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You could be here in just 72 minutes; Photograph courtesy of Madeline Hotel and Residences

Why Getting To Telluride Just Got Easier

New direct flights to the mountain paradise mean no more six-hour-plus drives.

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After conquering the quad-searing bumps on Telluride Ski Resort’s Mammoth run, our aching legs would delight in the 104-degree twin hot tubs atop the new Sky Terrace at the recently renovated Madeline Hotel and Residences (from $359 per night). Then we’d gather around a fire pit on the 4,000-square-foot pool deck and take in the glory of the San Juans while sipping the signature Flu Shot cocktail made with Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin, Campari, and grapefruit. In the past, of course, the problem would have been getting to this enchanting Victorian ski town, which sits some six-plus grueling hours by car from Denver. However, new this season, Great Lakes Airlines is running daily flights between Denver International Airport and Telluride Regional Airport. In other words, the only thing standing between you and this bliss is an hourlong plane ride.

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