Last January I flew into the Montrose, CO Airport for 3 days/nights of skiing and relaxing at the Capella, a new five star property in Telluride's Mountain Village. This is a beautiful hotel with a perfect slopeside location built around a new ice-skating rink a quick stroll from the gondola to head up the mountain to Allreds or down to the New Sheridan for Apres Ski cocktails.
The rooms at Capella Telluride are luxuriously appointed with spacious bathrooms, comfy beds and balconies to take in the fresh mountain air - or cool off if in your excitement, you don your gear a little too quickly and have to wait while your traveling companion makes head to toe adjustments.
While Telluride DOES have an airport, friends that chose that route feared for their lives as they cleared 14ers (14,000 foot mountain peaks surrounding the town) before a sheer drop to the runway.
Montrose is the easier airport as the area is generally flat. Then, you simply take a 1 hour private or shared transfer to the Mountain Village of Telluride.
Currently, United is offering a GREAT deal on First Class Air from most US cities for travel between January 4 and February 10, 2011. You must book 14 days in advance and stay 3 nights. Outbound travel must occur Sunday - Wednesday with a return Tuesday through Friday. http://www.united.com/page/article/1,,50078,00.html