Before you leave
- Watch the weather so that you know how to pack.
- Become familiar with your destination by viewing their local tourism websites.
- Check weather and road conditions.
- Reconfirm your reservations with the airlines, hotels, and rental car companies 24hours before you depart.
- Check to be sure your driver’s license has not expired. This can cause delays at the airport and make for some unnecessary screening at security check points.
Be sure you have the following in your carry on luggage:
- Identification (Valid US identification).
- Insurance cards (Both medical and automobile).
- Credit cards and cash.
- Airline tickets.
- Itinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses where you will be staying.
- Your medications.
- Toiletries and clothes for one day.
If you have a camera and are worried about the film, carry it with you and have the TSA manually check it for you at the security check point.
If you have lighters, leave them at home. The FAA has banned all lighters in either checked or carry-on luggage.
- Size and weight restrictions are strictly enforced in all the airports on the Western Slope of Colorado due to the size of the airplanes. You can only have 2 checked bags and 1 carry-on bag. Skis and boots count as 1 bag.
- Your checked bag cannot exceed 50lbs in weight. The airlines will charge you anywhere from $25 to $75 for overweight bags and they can leave them off the plane if the flight becomes weight restricted.
- Carry-on limitations are 40 lbs and 14” high, 21” wide, and 8” deep.
- Be sure to carry an extra set of clothes as well as needed medications and toiletries in your carry-on because there is a 30% chance that your checked bag will not make it with you into your final destination. The reasons for this could be because your connection time was too short or your flight coming in was weight restricted or simply because your skis and luggage could not fit into the luggage hold. I recommend that you ship your skis, boots, and ski clothes ahead of time. This will save you from added frustration and allow you to enjoy your vacation.
- If you are changing airlines in your trip, be sure your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination.
- Altitude sickness strikes the majority of visitors to mountain towns at elevation. Check with your physician on medication you can take before you arrive to ease the sickness.
- An over-the-counter medication you can take to help ease altitude sickness is Diamox. (Azetazolamide)
- It is also recommended that you drink as much water as you can and keep hydrated once you arrive.
- If you have problems when you arrive seek immediate medical assistance.
For all your luggage and the souvenirs you purchased that you are unable to pack, you may ship them one of two ways:
in the town of Telluride
(located above Clark's Market)
High Country Shipping in the town of Mountain Village
(located next to the Mountain Village Market)
<go to High Country Shipping's home page >