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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 six runs over the course of a day, totaling approximately 10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet.

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Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr
(888) 797-7705

Guided Heli-Skiing and Snowboarding Tours

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Single Day Heli-Ski Trip $1,345.00
Semi-Private Single Day Heli-Ski Trip, Up to 4 Skiers $5,200.00

Almost all of the terrain Helitrax has access to is above tree line with some landings above 13,000 feet. Most days start with a moderate angle run (equivalent to double blue, as rated by Telluride Ski Resort) to assess the conditions and group ability levels. Helitrax guides will then select appropriate terrain for the group based on snow conditions, avalanche hazard, and group ability. A day with Telluride Helitrax has the ability to be the best ski or snowboard day of your life.


  • Please contact Telluride Helitrax for specific single and semi-private tour pricing and terms. We ask that guests provide us with their preferred date and alternate available dates. Trips will be refunded or rescheduled if flying conditions are deemed unsafe.
  • You will fly and ski or snowboard in a group of 4 guests with 1 guide and 1 pilot a operating the helicopter. Parties larger than 4 will be split up between loads.
  • While there are no age requirements, Helitrax requires that guests under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult guardian.


  • Coffee and tea in the morning, enough water to hydrate guests for the entire day, a mid-day lunch, snacks and, après ski refreshments and snacks at the Peaks Resort.
  • 6 runs, approximately 10,000 vertical feet to 14000 vertical feet of skiing
  • Use of our avalanche transceiver and airbag pack. Our guides provide an orientation on proper-use for guests to fully familiarize themselves with the equipment.
  • Guests are permitted to use their own equipment, but powder skis and poles are available, free-of-charge and we recommend their use for the best experience. 


  • Dress for a day of skiing or snowboarding as you would to ski at the top of the ski resort. 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 are responsible to bring their own boots, helmet, goggles, neck gaiters, and hand and/or foot warmers for extra-chilly conditions.
  • Please limit personal belongings, there is a limited amount of room in your issued backpack but due to weight restrictions of the helicopter we reserve the right to limit baggage. You may leave your shoes and personal belongings at the Helitrax office while you are heli-skiing.

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Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr
(888) 797-7705

Guided Snowmobiling

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Explore into the region’s pristine backcountry on a guided snowmobile tour. Telluride’s local snowmobile outfitters specialize in half and full day tours that accommodate all abilities from novice to advanced riders. Snowmobiling is the most popular winter adventure activity off-piste, reservations are highly recommended.

Please see below for direct access to the best guides in the business!

Telluride Outside guides half day, advanced half day and full day snowmobile tours in the magnificent Beaver Park area between the Wilson and Dolores mountain ranges. Just 30 minutes from Telluride, our Fall Creek snow base is the gateway to seldom traveled backcountry with unmatched riding opportunities and scenery. Single and double rider options are available for all tours. All snow apparel, helmets and boots are provided for guests.

Transportation is provided from Telluride and Mountain Village on all tours.

Family friendly, advanced, and Dunton Hot Springs tours available.



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Established in 1988 and proud to be the area’s first and most experienced snowmobile touring company. Several different tours are available seven days a week during the winter season to provide guests with all levels of snowmobiling experience an exciting and fun filled snowmobile adventure. Knowledgeable guides will entertain and educate you about the area’s historic and natural wonders while showing off some of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery.

Transportation is provided from Telluride and Mountain Village on all tours.

Family friendly, advanced, and Dunton Hot Springs tours available.



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Guided Snowshoeing

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Explore areas of the Telluride Ski Resort that are inaccessible on skis or a snowboard. Our group and private snowshoe tours cater to all ability levels. Advance reservations for snowshoe tours and rentals are highly encouraged due to limited availability.


Guided Snowshoe Tours

Imagine being led through Telluride’s winter wonderland by an expert naturalist. Our legendary guide staff will detail the local environments’ flora, fauna and provide exclusive knowledge about the captivating natural world. Tours are designed to accommodate all ability levels and depart from the Telluride Adventure Center (base of chair #4 in Heritage Plaza).


  • 3.5 hours door to door
  • Daily group tours depart from the Telluride Adventure Center
  • Guests should arrive at 9:45am (30 minutes prior to their departure time) to meet their guide and finalize details.
  • Guests can expect to return to the Telluride Adventure Center at approximately 1:30pm .
  • Group tours may accommodate 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 walk 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 .
Top-A-Ten Group Snowshoe Tour $85.00
Top-A-Ten Group Snowshoe Tour (Passholder) $75.00



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 snowshoe 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 meet their guide and finalize details.
  • Private tours take place on either our Top-A-Ten Nordic and Snowshoe Area or Ridge Trail.
Up to 5 People $350.00


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.


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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 Mountain Village Nordic Trails, the Top-A-Ten Nordic Trails (Lift of Lift 10 at Telluride Ski Resort), Trout Lake and Priest Lake. Each area offers different terrain, varied lengths of groomed trails, and excellent views.

The Top-A-Ten Nordic Trail system (10km) is managed and groomed by Telluride Ski Resort. View Telluride's Daily Snow Report for grooming information. To access the Top-A-Ten Nordic Trails guests can purchase a single-use lift ticket for $25 which includes one lift ride up and down via Lift 10. Tickets can be purchased from the Mountain Village Ticket Office or Big Billies Ticket Office, or follow the uphill guidelines set forth in TSG's Uphill Policy. Call the Telluride Adventure Center, (970) 728-7433, for more information.

The Mountain Village Trail System is managed and maintained by the Town of Mountain Village and is free to all users. Mountain Village grooms approximately eight miles of winter trails to create a quality surface for as many users as possible. Our winter trails accommodate skiers, hikers, snowshoers and bikers as well as dogs who are accompanied by a responsible dog owner. Follow @MV Nordic Groomer on Twitter for grooming updates. For your convenience, there are multiple access points to our winter trails. If you are driving, you may access the trails from Adams Ranch Road, 100 yards north of the intersection at Mountain Village Boulevard where there is free parking along the roadway. Or if you’re in Mountain Village Center, access is available from The Peaks Resort and The Peaks ski trail, at the top of the chondola.

The Telluride Nordic Association, through charitable donations and fundraising efforts, manages the other areas 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 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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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.


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.

View details about Snowbiking Lessons & Rentals

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

Guided Backcountry Skiing

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Join Mountain Trip’s highly trained staff for a day of backcountry skiing around Telluride. Whether you want to learn the skills to explore the winter backcountry, or gain the confidence to drop into steeper lines, we can help you realize your big mountain aspirations. Our guides are highly trained in ski guiding, as well as avalanche forecasting, assessment, and rescue. We love teaching the skills necessary to help you expand what you thought possible in the mountains.

Mountain Trip is the only guide service in southwestern Colorado that is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), the premier credentialing organization in the US. AMGA Accreditation is a recognition of a company’s high standards in risk management, guide training and company procedures.

Considerations: Clients do not need previous backcountry skiing experience, but they do need to possess at least intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding ability on the resort (ski “black diamond” runs confidently). Clients coming from sea level or lower elevations should be aware of altitude and its effects when recreating. Altitude and route finding will often make going uphill much slower than clients may anticipate. All skiiers will need to provide shoe sizes upon booking.

Trip fee INCLUDES: Route-finding, risk mitigation and instruction from professional mountain guides. Mountain Trip will provide round-trip transportation, ski pack, beacon, shovel and probe, if needed. New, lightweight Alpine Touring Boots, Skis, Skins available for an additional charge. Airbag backpack available for an additional charge.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation to Telluride, personal clothing, lunch ($20 per person, from Pandora Catering). Some of these items may be available through our office; please inquire for details. We do not have splitboard rentals.

Timing: A full day backcountry ski experience takes 6-8 hours. Half day experiences can be tailored upon request, depending on skier experience and ability. Maximum group size: 8 participants.



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Guided Ice Climbing

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Join Mountain Trip’s highly-trained staff for a day of ice climbing around Telluride or Ouray. Ice climbing is a perfect outing for adventurous visitors looking to mix up their ski vacation as well as for climbers looking to expand their skill set. Mountain Trip is the only guide service in southwestern Colorado that is accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), the premier credentialing organization in the US. AMGA Accreditation is a recognition of a company’s high standards in risk management, guide training and company procedures. We are the only Telluride-based guide service permitted to guide in the Ouray Ice Park.

Mountain Trip will provide all the necessary technical climbing equipment, unless you would prefer to use your own. Our equipment is top-of-the-line and features the most advanced technology available.

Considerations: Ice climbing trips are great for individuals and families of all ages. We have taken children as young as four years old and adults as old as 75. Clients do not need previous climbing experience, but if they have climbed in the past, please let us know as a wider variety of venues may be accessible to them. All climbers will need to provide shoe sizes upon booking.

Trip fee INCLUDES: Guiding and instruction, group climbing equipment (ropes, ice screws, etc), harness, helmet, ice tools, crampons and ice boots. Hot drinks are provided for all trips and lunch is available upon request for an additional cost ($20 per person, from Pandora Catering). Gloves, gaiters and day packs are also available upon request. Shuttle to our office from the Telluride/Mountain Village area is also included upon request.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation to and from Ouray ($100 per trip), personal clothing--wear what you would for skiing on-area on a cold day. (ie: heavy, dextourous gloves, puffy jacket, base layers, waterproof pants and shell, etc.)

Timing: Half-day climbs take approximately 4 hours and full day trips about 8 hours+, if driving to/from Ouray. Maximum group size: 12 climbers with the potential for 2-3 hour rotation.



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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.


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


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


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.


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 .

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 .

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

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 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


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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!

TAC Snowshoe Rentals

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For those who prefer a more independent experience off-piste, the Telluride Adventure Center offers snowshoe equipment rentals. We are happy to provide you with maps and detailed directions to local trails that cater to all ability levels.

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