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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Telluride vs (10) Mammoth

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The Curbed Cup, our competition for the ski town of the year, is kicking off with 16 ski towns vying for the prestigious trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Telluride photo courtesy of Visit Telluride, Mammoth photo via Visit Mammoth

In today's contest for the Curbed Cup, we have two incredibly popular ski destinations: Telluride, Colorado and Mammoth, California. Telluride is making headlines left and right in the ski world, from logging in a record-setting winter last year to being the setting for Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated new movie, the Hateful Eight. No matter the season, Telluride has some of the best amenities and events around: kickass festivals, a nurturing business environment for startups, and an iconic, walkable downtown. This winter, Telluride is easier than ever to get to and don't even get us started on how awesome the skiing is. This place is hard to beat.

Then again, if anyone can beat Telluride, it just might be Mammoth. Everything's a bit bigger in this California ski town, with Mammoth ranking as the third most frequented ski area in the United States. The town has new restaurants seemingly every other month, some of the largest skiing in America, and plenty of off-mountain fun (like these hot springs). In the last year, Mammoth Mountain acquired Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in a $38-million deal with the goal of connecting the two ski areas. The resort also debuted the Cali4nia Pass, with access to all four of the ski areas operated by the resort company: Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. On or off the hill, Mammoth is ready to compete in the big leagues.

Poll results

· All Telluride Coverage [Curbed Ski]
· All Mammoth Lakes Coverage [Curbed Ski]