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Following a successful stop number three at Crested Butte's 9380 Prime venue, the FREESKIER squad kept driving south to Telluride in our beautiful Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport—taking in the San Juan mountains and enjoying the open road to the fullest. Knowing we were heading to one of the greatest ski destinations in the United States to go party with fellow mountain lovers made us particularly antsy to get a move on.

En route to Telluride in style.

For this stop of the Elevated Après Tour—a 15-party tour via which we visit some of the best aprés bars in North America—we set up camp at Last Dollar Saloon, a spacious and eclectic spot that capture's Telluride's unique character incredibly well. Walking into this place is akin to walking into a time machine; it's a full-on Wild West-style bar, and bellying up here will make you feel like a cowboy and a half. Except, here, patrons ride skis through deep Coloradan powder—a far superior alternative.

Rolling up to Last Dollar Saloon with party gear in tow.

Shots kicked things off properly.

At 4 p.m., skiers had called it quits for the day ripping Telluride's world-famous slopes and flocked towards the saloon with one thing in mind: aprés. Fortunately, we were there, ready to greet them with a party. And what a party it was.

Telluride locals clearly know how to party.

Shots appear to be a large theme in this town.

Seriously. People in Telluride LOVE shots.

Immediately, the party got started with some serious momentum, much thanks to free drinks and knowledge that ski gear was being raffled off later on. Just like our previous Elevated Aprés stops at Breckenridge, Copper and Crested Butte, the venue was filled with folks smiling and cheers'ing in honor of ski season's grand return. Not to mention, with the holidays fast-approaching, there was an extra-jolly vibe going 'round.

A Telluride legend, Bill Sheppard, links up with some lovely ladies.

When the time came to raffle off various ski gear, things ramped up big time. Every person in the bar that ordered a drink had a raffle ticket in hand, meaning the competition was fierce and those who walked away with free swag were totally ecstatic.

The lucky winner of an Outdoor Research jacket strikes a pose.

The fourth stop of our Elevated Aprés tour was better than we could have possibly imagined. In a place like Telluride, it's hard not to have fun, but this party was really something else.

Next Saturday, December 17, we post up at The Sky Hotel in Aspen for stop number five of the Elevated Aprés Tour. We hope to see you there, or at one of the other 10 stops on the schedule, below.


Ski, Eat and Sleep and Discover in Telluride:

SKI

Telluride offers 2,000-plus acres of wildly entertaining skiing. The Plunge Lift (Lift 9) features some of the longest bump runs in the state flowing into the world famous Plunge. A classic local’s test when bringing new skiers onto the mountain is running them through a bump lap incorporating Kant-Mak-M, Spiral Stairs and the Lower Plunge (Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge). The hike-to terrain? Well that's just absurdly good. Telluride’s options includes Gold Hill, Prospect Bowl and Palmyra Peak which—bucket list items for people near and far.

EAT

Telluride has a ton of on-mountain food options worth pointing out. Ranging from French- to New Orleans-inspired fare, the mountain breaks away from the traditional cafeteria-style dining options and explores the realm of fine dining. Bon Vivant offers a great selection of food and libations including a decadent mushroom soup, a killer crepe and champagne for all. Alpino Vino’s classic gourmet grilled cheese with tomato soup makes for rad high-elevation dining in a cozy cabin. Off-mountain, we're big fans of Brown Dog Pizza. This place has tons of beer, 'za, sandwiches and salads that'll satisfy the largest of post-ski hungers.

SLEEP

Camel's Garden is an affordable, yet extremely nice place to crash in Telluride. And we can attest to this because we stayed here ourselves. This hotel is located right at the base of the mountain, adjacent to the beautiful San Miguel River. And, staying here also means you're within steps of many restaurants, bars and shops so there's no need to drive anywhere.

The rooms are super luxurious, filled with fine furniture and equipped with a cozy atmosphere, meaning every day ends in top-notch comfort. And on top of the stellar sleeping arrangements, Camel's Garden also has a spa, massive hot tub and breathtaking views of the San Juan mountains.

DISCOVER

Flights are the name of the game this season for Telluride. Now more than ever, folks can fly directly into the skiing hub from major cities, so you spend less time traveling and more time shredding. The following list of airports offer direct flights into Telluride (TEX) this winter, so get bookin': Denver (DEN), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Houston International Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

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