Telluride Winter Activities
Whether you ski, ride or just want to get away to snuggle, Telluride offers endless ways to enjoy your winter vacation.
Skiing-Telluride Ski Resort
Fly in, fly out. Ski in, ski out. Open your backdoor and ski onto over 2000 acres and 125 trails for all levels of skiers. Just outside your doors at the Inn at Lost Creek, another resort begins. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School offers group and private lessons, clinics, and complimentary daily tours of the ski mountain just 100 yards from the Inn. The Children's Nursery, Meadows (Lift 1), Village Express (Lift 4) and the free gondola are located just a swish and a glide away from our hotel.
Nordic and Skate Skiing
Take a break from lift-served slopes and explore Telluride’s wild and wonderful backcountry. Eco Adventures offers groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. The Town Park Nordic Center offers group and private lessons with equipment daily.
Designed for intermediate and advanced skiers, helicopter ski tours offer miles of off-piste, untracked powder in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Telluride. A single-day tour includes six runs and 10,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of skiing.
Experience the peace and tranquility of the Colorado backcountry as you fly through the snow on a dog-sled pulled by eight to ten Alaskan Huskies. This fun activity for all ages carries our guest stamp of approval. There are two passengers per sled; children under three may sit on a parent’s lap.
Snowmobile tours will whisk you through a snowy wonderland of wide open alpine meadows or to the remote historic town of Alta Lakes, where wilderness mining was done by hand. Guides with expert knowledge of the history of these areas will add enjoyment to your tour.
The easiest way to experience mountain scenery and wildlife, especially for non-skiers, is on snowshoe. Eco Adventures offers 10 kilometers of groomed trails, a warming hut, snowshoe rental and guided tours featuring wildlife, forest ecology, geology and history. For snow shoeing on the Mountain Village Golf Course or surrounding area, snowshoe rentals are available at Telluride Sports. Guided Tours are also available.
The ice rink in Mountain Village offers day and evening skating with music. The rink is located a few steps from the Inn and maintained nightly. In Telluride the Town Park features a recreational skating rink with music and lighting. The new Hanley Ice Pavilion is also located in the park with recreational skating, hockey and broom ball. The Pavilion opens mid-November, ice rinks are open in December, weather permitting. Rentals are available at sports stores or in Town Park.
For a different mode of fun on Telluride’s ski slopes, try snow biking. Snow bikes require no pedaling, no climbing and no prior experience on snow. The bike sits low to the ground on two skis, instead of wheels, and the rider straps snow blades on his feet for extra balance. Private and group lessons are available.
Whether a novice or an advanced climber, you can experience the exhilaration of an ice climb on icy waterfalls near Telluride with experienced guides. For enthusiasts, the Ouray Ice Climbing Park, located in the historic mining town of Ouray, offers half and full-day climbs, with world-renowned instructors, an hour and a half drive from Telluride.