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Heli-Skiing

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The Telluride Adventure Center works with Colorado’s premier helicopter ski company, Telluride Helitrax , to bring advanced-intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders the memory of a lifetime at some of the highest elevations in North America.

The Helitrax Eurocopter S350 B3e helicopter allots guests exclusive access to over 200 square miles of high alpine basins, cirques and summits. Backcountry enthusiasts can expect an average of 6 runs over the course of a day, totaling approximately 10,000-14,000 vertical feet.


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Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr
(970) 728-8377 powder@helitrax.com

Guided Heli-Skiing and Snowboarding Tours

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Single Day Heli-Ski Trip $1,295.00
Semi-Private Single Day Heli-Ski Trip, Up to 4 Skiers $5,000.00

Almost all terrain is above tree line, and while most days start with a moderate angle run (equivalent to double blue and single black runs, as rated by Telluride Ski Resort) to assess the conditions and group ability levels, our expert guides will seek out steeper terrain (similar to single and double black diamond runs) if snow conditions, avalanche hazard and group ability allow. Our guides do not consider any of the runs they bring guests on to be extreme, and the pace of the skiing and snowboarding is not rushed at any point in the day.

Terms:

  • Please contact the Telluride Adventure Center for specific single and semi-private tour pricing and terms. We ask that guests provide us with their preferred day and alternate available dates. Trips will be refunded or rescheduled if weather/avalanche conditions are unsafe.
  • If weather/avalanche conditions are safe on a given day, there must be a minimum of 3 participants signed up for a regular trip for that trip to go out, unless an individual or group wants to pay for a semi-private trip. If less than 3 guests are signed up for a regular trip, our guides will either refund or reschedule the trip. Individuals from different booked parties can make up a group of 3.
  • Our guides are typically able to accommodate 16 seats per day. You will ski or snowboard in a group of 4 guests to 1 guide, with 1 pilot operating the helicopter.
  • Parties larger than 4 will be split up between groups. While our guides will do their very best to bring different groups to ski and snowboard together, there are no guarantees groups will be together for the entire day.
  • While there are no age requirements, we do request that guests under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult guardian.

What’s Included:

  • Coffee and tea in the morning, enough water to hydrate guests for the entire day, a mid-day lunch, snacks and après ski refreshments
  • Avalanche beacon and airbag pack. Our guides provide an orientation on proper-use for guests to fully familiarize themselves with the equipment.
  • Most guests are comfortable using their own ski equipment, but powder skis and poles are available for rent upon request, free-of-charge.
  • Our guides do not have snowboards to rent free-of-charge. We ask snowboarders without their own equipment to please contact the Telluride Adventure Center for alternative rental or purchase recommendations.

 

What to Bring/Recommended Attire:

  • Dress for a day of skiing or snowboarding. To ensure maximum warmth and comfort, guests should wear waterproof, breathable, synthetic (non-cotton) layers underneath their waterproof jacket and snow pants. A warm, insulating layer (wool, fleece or synthetic loft) to go over one’s base layers and under their waterproof jacket is also encouraged.
  • Participants should also bring their own helmet, goggles, neck gaiters, and hand and/or foot warmers for extra-chilly conditions.
  • Do not bring personal backpacks or anything other than the equipment you will wear on your body on the helicopter, due to baggage weight restrictions of our helicopter. You may leave personal items at our guide’s shop, and you will be provided with a small pack.

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Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr
(970) 728-8377 powder@helitrax.com

Guided Snowmobiling

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Explore into the seldom-traveled backcountry on a guided snowmobile tour. Whether you are a seasoned powder hound, or a novice with a need for speed, you will be able to witness the pristine snowmobiling terrain that is synonymous with Telluride. Our various tours enable guests to explore a plethora of groomed and ungroomed alpine terrain. Dip through valleys, dart through forests, and climb the San Juan Mountains to reach destination experiences including historic towns, hot springs, and more.

Call (970) 728-7433 or email adventure@tellurideskiresort.com for price inquiries or to book your adventure today!

Guided Snowmobiling Tours

 

Half-Day Family Friendly Tours (AGES 6+) (PRICING TBD):

Morning and afternoon tours to Alta Lakes Ghost Town or Sacred Meadows/Beaver Park are a perfect option for the entire family.

  • Each tour is approximately 4 hours door-to-door, with approximately 2-2.5 hours of snowmobiling time .
  • All participants must be at least 6 years of age .
  • Single and double sled options are available.
  • Single sled drivers are required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Double sled drivers must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license to drive passengers under the age of 18.

 

Half-Day Advanced Tours (AGES 6+) (PRICING TBD):

Morning and afternoon tours to the Beaver Park and Black Mesa areas are designed for experienced drivers looking to conquer challenging alpine terrain.

  • Each tour is approximately 5 hours door-to-door , with approximately 2.5-3 hours of snowmobiling time .
  • All participants must be at least 6 years of age .
  • Both single and double sled options are available, but single sleds are highly advised over double sleds for this advanced tour.
  • Single sled drivers are required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Double sled drivers must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license to drive passengers under the age of 18.

 

Full-Day Tours (PRICING TBD):

Full-day trips to the exclusive areas of Barlow Creek and Dunton Hot Springs cater to the experienced, resilient drivers looking for more adrenaline, miles covered, and unique moments in their tour. Lunch is included for both tours.

BARLOW CREEK (AGES 16+):

  • Each tour is approximately 8 hours door-to-door , with approximately 4-5 hours of snowmobiling time .
  • Tour is approximately 30 miles round-trip.
  • Single sleds only . Single sled drivers are required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license..
  • Best suited for the intermediate-to-advanced snowmobiler , Barlow Creek tours are designed for thrill-seeking drivers searching for ungroomed trails, alpine meadow free play and hill climbing opportunities.
  • A box lunch, drinks and snacks are included.

 

DUNTON HOT SPRINGS (AGES 6+):

  • Each tour is approximately 8 hours door-to-door , with approximately 4-5 hours of snowmobiling time .
  • Guests will embark on a 50-mile round-trip to the private, historic town of Dunton, where a sit-down, gourmet meal and soak in the world-renowned, natural hot springs await their arrival.
  • This tour includes a mix of groomed and ungroomed terrain that allows snowmobilers time for free play.
  • All participants must be at least 6 years of age.
  • Single and double sled options are available.
  • Single sled drivers are required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Double sled drivers must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license to drive passengers under the age of 18.

 

WHAT TO BRING/RECOMMENDED ATTIRE:

  • Snowmobile-rated helmets are provided by our guides. Do not wear your own ski or snowboard helmet, as they are not rated for motor sports.
  • Guests are encouraged to dress like they would for a day of skiing or snowboarding. To ensure maximum warmth and comfort, guests should wear waterproof snow boots and waterproof, breathable, synthetic (non-cotton) base layers underneath their waterproof jacket and snow pants.
  • Guests should also bring their own sunglasses or goggles, as well as a neck gaiter and a warm, insulating layer (wool, fleece or synthetic loft) to go over one’s base layers and under their waterproof jacket for extra-chilly conditions.
  • Drivers of sleds are encouraged to wear gloves as opposed to mittens for ideal grip of the vehicle. Many of our sleds have optional heated hand-grips for drivers.
  • We highly recommend guests bring a lightweight backpack to store shredded layers, SPF lip balm, sunscreen, their own salty and protein-packed snacks and something to hydrate with. Collapsible water bottles are available for purchase at the Telluride Adventure Center.

Call (970) 728-7433 or email adventure@tellurideskiresort.com for price inquiries or to book your adventure today!

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Guided Snowshoeing

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Explore areas of the Telluride Ski Resort that are normally unseen by the average skier or snowboarder, or snowshoe through the iconic backcountry of Ophir or Lizard Head with a Telluride local legend. Advance reservations for snowshoe tours and rentals are highly encouraged due to limited availability.

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On-Resort Guided Snowshoe Tours

Be led through a winter wonderland by our expert naturalist snowshoe guides. On these expeditions discover signs of wildlife and get exclusive knowledge about the captivating natural world and the unique history of the region. Tours are designed to accommodate all ability levels and depart from the Telluride Adventure Center (located in the glass building at the top of the stairs at Mountain Village Gondola Plaza).

ON-RESORT DAILY GROUP TOURS (AGES 16+)

  • 3.5 hours door to door
  • Daily group tours depart from the Telluride Adventure Center
  • Guests should arrive at 9:30am (30 minutes prior to their departure time) to complete the liability waiver signing process and meet their guide.
  • Guests can expect to return to the Telluride Adventure Center at approximately 1:30pm .
  • Group tours can hold a maximum of 11 guests .
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but advance reservations are highly encouraged due to limited availability.
  • On the tour, the group will travel from the Telluride Adventure Center to the Chondola/Lift 1 (half chair lift, half gondola) and download on the 4-person gondola portion of the lift. Across from the bottom of the Chondola is the bottom of Sunshine Express/Lift 10, a chair lift that takes you to the Top-A-Ten Nordic and Snowshoe Area. Guests will be outfitted for snowshoes and given poles in the nearby yurt/warming hut .
GROUP SNOWSHOE TOUR PRICES  
Top-A-Ten Group Snowshoe Tour $85.00
Top-A-Ten Group Snowshoe Tour (Passholder) $75.00

 

PRIVATE TOURS (ALL AGES)

While the Telluride Adventure Center will do our best to accommodate last-minute reservations, we ask guests contact us at least 48 hours in advance for private tours .

  • Designed for individuals, families or groups that want a customized tour based on their specific needs and desired pace.
  • Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time to complete the liability waiver signing process and meet their tour guide.
  • Private tours take place on either our Top-A-Ten Nordic and Snowshoe Area or Ridge Trail.
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Up to 5 People $350.00

 

Backcountry Snowshoe Tours

Experience the unique beauty of the San Juan Mountains with a Telluride local legend. Take a half-day or full-day backcountry group or private snowshoe tour in iconic Ophir or Lizard Head. Tour price includes snowshoes and poles.

BACKCOUNTRY SNOWSHOE TOUR PRICING  
Half Day Ophir Group Backcountry Snowshoe Tour $ 95.00
Half Day Lizard Head Group Backcountry Snowshoe Tour $ 95.00
Half Day Moonlight Backcountry Snowshoe Tour $ 110.00
Half Day Private Backcountry Snowshoe Tour $ 140.00
Full Day Ophir Group Backcountry Snowshoe Tour Call for Pricing
Full Day Lizard Head Group Backcountry Snowshoe Tour Call for Pricing

Call (970) 728-7433 or email us at adventure@tellurideskiresort.com , or stop by the Adventure Center located on the mountain village gondola plaza.

 

How to Prepare for Your Snowshoe Adventure

  • Waterproof snow boots that go above the ankle are required (no ski or snowboard boots). The Telluride Adventure Center has a limited supply of gaiters to fit over questionable footwear, but availability is not guaranteed.
  • Guests are encouraged to dress like they would for a day of skiing or snowboarding. This includes warm, waterproof layers, snow pants, jacket, hat, gloves, and sunglasses or goggles.
  • We highly recommend guests bring a lightweight backpack to store shedded layers, SPF lip balm, sunscreen, their own salty and protein-packed snacks and something to hydrate with. Collapsible water bottles are available for purchase at the Telluride Adventure Center.

 

Telluride Adventure Center Snowshoe Rentals

Prefer to explore independently?

The Telluride Adventure Center offers day rentals. We are happy to provide you with maps and detailed directions to local trails that cater to the entire family.

PRICING FOR RENTALS  
Snowshoe Rental Package $ 35.00
Poles $  5.00
Gaiters $  5.00
Foot Passenger Lift Ticket ( grants you one upload and one download on Sunshine Express/Lift 10 which takes you to the on-mountain Top-A-Ten Nordic and Snowshoe Area) $ 25.00

For questions call (970) 728-7433 or email us at adventure@tellurideskiresort.com , or stop by the Adventure Center located on the mountain village gondola plaza.

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Nordic Skiing

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Telluride is home to some of the most beautiful cross-country terrain in the United States.

There are six Nordic skiing areas in the vicinity: Telluride Town Park, the Valley Floor, the golf course in Mountain Village, the top of Chair Ten (Top-A-ten) at Telluride Ski Resort, Trout Lake and Priest Lake. Each area offers different terrain, varied lengths of groomed trails, and excellent views.

The Telluride Nordic Association, through charitable donations and fundraising efforts, manages the trails and posts a daily grooming report. Pets are permitted in Mountain Village, Priest Lake and Trout Lake. The Nordic Center in Telluride Town Park offers cross-country rental equipment and lessons.

Visit  telluridenordic.com  for more information.

 

Kids Winter Camps

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The Telluride Adventure Center provides day camps for kids ages 5-12. Our programs are designed to connect kids with their environment and develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them. We have full day, half day, and afternoon options, with programs for all interests.

The Telluride Adventure Center is open daily and is located inside the ski school at the base of the gondola in Mountain Village.

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For more information please call (970) 728-7433

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Snowbiking Rentals

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No tires needed on this biking adventure! Ski blades replace wheels as you cruise and curve down our groomed ski runs. With smaller ski blades on each foot, you are able to carve through the snow and stop with ease. While staying on the mountain, try this fun alternative way to speed down the hills! Join us for a quick, 2-hour lesson, which will enable you to snow bike down our mountain for the remainder of the day.

SNOWBIKING LESSONS & RENTALS

For adults and children of all ages

Whether you’re a veteran skier who wants to switch things up a bit or you’re new to the slopes and want to start off slow, our snowbiking instructors will provide you with an exciting experience that fits your needs.

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Call (970) 728-7433 to book your adventure over the phone.

Kids Night Out

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Located in the Children's Ski School, Mountain Village at the base of Village Express (Lift 4) under the gondola.

The Telluride Adventure Center is excited to provide an evening out for parents and a memorable Kids Night Out for your children. As you enjoy your time throughout Mountain Village and Telluride, your children will be creating crafts to take home as keepsakes and playing games to make new friends for future ski seasons; making your child's night as memorable as yours.

Telluride Adventure Center Instructors are CPR certified, qualified child care providers, professional, and over 21.

SCHEDULE / HOURS:

Open 5pm to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays all winter long.

PRICING

$60 per child, $25 each additional child in the same family.

WHAT WE DO

Telluride Adventure Center will provide an evening of fun, food, and games. We will learn about one another through interactive indoor games, share dinner and do kitchen experiments like making slime. After dinner there is an outside option, proper attire required.

DINNER MENU

Main Course: Chicken Tenders, Pasta & Gluten Free pasta, Cheese or Hamburgers, Hotdogs
Sides: Apple Sauce, Broccoli, Carrots & Ranch, Steamed Broccoli
Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Slices, Decorate your own Cookie

Reservations may be made by calling (970) 728-7433 or reserve online.

Telluride Historical Museum

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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.


Historic Walking Tour

Every Thursday,  1:00 pm
$15 / $10 Museum Members

Meet at the Museum, 201 West Gregory Ave. (Top of Fir St.)

Join long-time local Ashley Boling for this fun and lively tour about town! Learn more about the people, buildings, and events that make Telluride unique. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum prior to 1:00 pm, by phone at (970) 728-3344 or online at telluridemuseum.org .
 


Lone Tree Cemetery Tours

Every Friday starting September 2nd – October 7th 

1:00 pm, $15 / $10 Museum Members

Don't miss this unique look at Telluride's history and the rugged people that lived, worked and were buried here. Tours depart from the Lone Tree Cemetery pedestrian gate on Colorado Avenue at 1:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum prior to the tour, by phone at (970) 728-3344 or online at telluridemuseum.org .


Lamplight Lone Tree Cemetery Tours

Last three Fridays in October (14th, 21st, 28th) | 6:00 pm | $15 / $10 Museum Members

Hear the stories and legends of Telluride’s historic graveyard in the ambiance of lantern light. Meet at the Lone Tree Cemetery. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum prior to the tour, by phone at (970) 728-3344 or online at telluridemuseum.org.


Fireside Chats

Wednesday, August 17th | 6:00 pm | Free | Norwood
Thursday, August 18th | 6:00 pm | Free | Hotel Madeline, Mountain Village
Wednesday, August 24th | 6:00 pm | Free | Norwood
Thursday, August 25th | 6:00 pm | Free | Hotel Madeline, Mountain Village

This annual Telluride Historical Museum lecture series delves into local historical topics through the lenses of authors, historical re-enactors, professors, geologists and more. Visit telluridemusem.org for information on presenters and locations.


 

 

Wagner Custom Skis Factory Tour

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Join Wagner Custom Skis and Snowboards for a private tour of their sustainable ski factory in the center of Mountain Village. CEO Pete Wagner will walk through his custom ski process, all while taking a look at what sets Wagner Custom apart from other ski manufacturers. Pete will show the different materials that are used to build varying ski types, and the different stages of custom ski production. Join us for an afternoon of winter envy at the Wagner factory. This custom tour will last roughly an hour.

Tip: Before you take the tour, take the Wagner Custom Skier DNA quiz to start the custom ski process. Once at the shop, Pete can show you the different materials that would make up the construction of your ski and go over the different sidecut, width and length options that make the most sense for you, all based on your Skier DNA.

Location: 620 Mountain Village Blvd Unit 1B, Mountain Village, CO 81435

To schedule a tour, call (970) 728-0107

NASTAR

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A national recreational ski racing program, NASTAR is the largest program of its kind in the world. Giving recreational racers an opportunity to compete and compare their scores to those of friends and family regardless of when and where they race, NASTAR presents all skiers with the opportunity to race slalom courses at many resorts around the country. When visiting Telluride, consider competing with your family and friends on our world-class race course. Visiting with a group? Set up a race with everybody and compete for the best race times. Single races cost $5 per run and give you access to logs of race times and places you amongst all other NASTAR competitors. Feel like a pro while speeding down the slalom course to victory!

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Kids Winter Camp xx

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Eco Adventures provides day camps for kids ages 5-12. Our programs are designed to connect kids with their environment and develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them. We have full day, half day, and afternoon options, with programs for all interests. And while you’re signing your kids up for our camps, don’t forget to check out our snowbike lessons! Learn a new, exciting way to get down the mountain.

Visit the Summer Eco Kids' Camp page >>

 

Eco Adventures is located inside the ski school at the base of the gondola in Mountain Village. Please call (970) 728-7300 or email us at ecostaff@tellurideskiresort.com for more information.

Kids Snow Camp

For kids ages 5-12 years old

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A cool alternative to ski school for kids ages 5-12, your child will experience a full day of indoor and outdoor winter activities.

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Kids Happy Hour

For kids ages 5-12 years old

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Indoor after-skiing activities for kids offered daily from 3:30pm to 5pm.

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SNOWBIKING LESSONS & RENTALS

For adults and children of all ages

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Whether you’re a veteran skier who wants to switch things up a bit or you’re new to the slopes and want to start off slow, our snowbiking instructors will provide you with an exciting experience that fits your needs.

View details about Snowbiking Lessons & Rentals

 

Kids’ night out

For kids ages 5-12 years old

Happy kids creating crafts.

Eco Adventures is excited to provide an evening out for parents and a memorable Kid's Night Out for your children. They will be creating crafts to take home as keepsakes and playing games to make new friends for future ski seasons; making your child's night as memorable as yours.

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