As we approach the winter season, ski lovers begin to express their delight at the dawn of another winter ski season. The frenzy of questions begins…how much will it snow? What skis should I buy? When should we visit to ski? Should we try heli skiing this year? Where is the best apres ski spot in town? So many questions, so much anticipation! But for those who don’t ski, the anticipation can amount to uncertainty about what to do while everyone else is out swooshing down the powdery slopes. If you are the non skiing type, this post can hopefully give you some ideas for non slippery entertainment.
The Telluride Ski Resort offers group and private snowshoe tours. Knowledgeable guides serve snacks along the way and share information about Telluride’s history, flora and fauna, and geology. Group tours leave every day from Eco Adventures at 10am. A three-hour tour is $50 and includes a lift ticket, snack, and snowshoe rental. Private tours are available with 48-hour advance notice.
If you prefer to explore on your own, rentals are available at Bootdoctors & Paragon Outdoors.
There are six Nordic Ski areas in the Telluride Region. For beginners, head to the Nordic Center in Telluride’s Town Park to rent gear and join a lesson. All levels will enjoy the picturesque trails on the preserved valley floor. Trails at Priest Lake and Trout Lake are maintained by Telluride Nordic Association. Detailed information, including downloadable maps for trails maintained by TNA and the Town of Telluride are available by visiting the links for each trail. Maps are available for sale at the Nordic Center in Town Park.
Pedal Den, located in Telluride town just off Colorado Avenue, is the only studio in Telluride dedicated to providing the best indoor cycling, barre and personal/small group training experiences. Personal and small group training classes take place in a functional training space known as the Training Den. Please call or e-mail to book an appointment. Due to the limited number of bikes and barre space, you must pay first and make a reservation through the mindbody website or app.
Telluride & Mountain Village both have skating options for those who are keen to hit the ice! Telluride Town Park has an outdoor & indoor ice rink. The outdoor rink is a fabulous spot for family fun and offers picturesque skating surrounded by the awe inspiring San Juan Mountains. Next to the rink is a cosy warming hut for when you need a skate break. The Hanley indoor rink ensures consistent ice conditions. Skate rentals are available at the Telluride Nordic Center.
From late December thorugh March, the ice rink at The Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village core offers a large, family-friendly rink. Skate rentals are available at the shop next to the rink. The Ice Rink is open from 12 pm – 8 pm daily, and has a free skate hour from 12 pm – 1 pm.
If you are a seeking a more daring off piste experience this winter, call the team at Mountaintrip for an ice climbing adventure! 970-369-1153.
Winter Fat Tire Biking
Boot doctor’s on Colorado Avenue offers winter fat bike tours, for those seeking a different type of “sliding around on the snow” experience. Join a custom fat bike tour, or cheers your way through the “Bike & Bevies” tour that takes you out to Telluride’s award winning brewery. Visit the Bootdoctor’s website for more details.
Yoga, yoga, YOGA!
If you would rather spend your time lengthening and strengthening in a dimly lit, candle scented studio, rather than sweating & tensing your muscles on the slopes, then head to one of the many local options for yoga. The Telluride Yoga Center is the most established yoga center in Telluride, offering a variety of classes and yoga styles. Mangala Yoga Center is a newer addition, but offers extremely popular hot yoga classes.
The beauty of Telluride, even when it’s cold outside, is that its beautifully sunny for most of the winter months. If the sun is shining, throw on some layers and take a leisurely long walk along the valley floor, out to the mine, or even the Jud Wiebe trail if it hasn’t snowed in the past few days.
The Telluride Historical Museum offers engaging annual exhibitions alongside the Museum’s permanent collection of artifacts from the region’s Ute heritage, robust mining history, and ski and festival history. Ten rooms, each with their own theme, showcase these different aspects of Telluride history. Hands-on, interactive, and rotating displays engage all the senses, giving visitors new experiences each visit.
Visitors can also enjoy a historic walking tour of Telluride, a Fireside Chat lecture, and a Hike into History program as we explore the high country in celebration of our rich history.
If you have small kids, the Telluride library is going to be your very best friend while on vacation in Telluride. With a truly amazing kid’s section filled with creative play stations, daily kid’s story time sessions & a bevy of scheduled kid friendly events, the library is the place for your kid to meet other kids & for you to meet other wonderful parents from near & far.
Treat yourself to a massage, facial, mani/pedi & even a cheeky botox treatment at one of Telluride’s many spa and medical spa spots. Our favorite’s include Breathe Spa on Main St, where the lovely Corinne will pamper you like you are the only human left on earth. Atmosphere Spa by the gondola & Studio G on Pacific Ave are also local’s favorites.
Peruse the streets of Telluride & bask in our glorious winter sun (most days!). Highlights include Telluride Toggery, HOOK Telluride, Two Skirts, Between The Cover Bookstore & Down To Earth.
For a truly unique dining experience that you & your loved one’s will never forget, book an evening with Telluride Sleighs & Wagons. Telluride Sleighs offers two rides a day; an earlier ride that is geared for families, and a later ride for adults. There is a 4.30pm Family Ride & a 6.30pm adult ride each night, meeting at the Telluride Courthouse in town. You are shuttled up to Aldasoro Ranch where a sleigh meets your shuttle & transports you to a wood stove warmed yurt on the mesa, overlooking the mountains and valley below. This is a truly incredible experience. Bookings are essential.
Catch a good old fashioned flick at the historic Nugget Theatre on Colorado Avenue in town.
To book your Telluride accommodations, call Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. We are a boutique vacation rental management company offering a unique selection of condos and homes for your Telluride stay.
Within an hours drive, you can enjoy a couple of different natural hot springs. View our blog post on hot springs in the Telluride area.