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24 Sep 2021

Telluride, Colorado is beautiful year-round. Our breathtaking box canyon has gorgeous hiking in the summertime, epic leaf-peeping in the fall, and stunning mountain-top displays year-round. But there’s no question that winter is when the magic of Telluride really comes alive. With picture-perfect powder, an endless inventory of world-class ski runs, an uncrowded, peaceful pace, and breathtaking Rocky Mountain views— Telluride sets the bar high for what winter is supposed to be.

Here are our top five picks for the best winter activities to do in Telluride this snowy season. 

Best Winter Activity in Telluride #1: Helicopter Skiing

Why hop on a chair lift when you can hop inside a helicopter instead? Telluride HeliTrax promises “the adventure of your life awaits” when they whisk you away to some gorgeous, untracked powder. They offer tours and scenic flights, as well. If you want to up your winter skiing experience and make memories you’ll never forget— book a day of heliskiing. 

Best Winter Activity in Telluride #2: Snowmobiling

For those that want a smidge more horsepower in their winter frolicking, head over to Telluride Outfitters for an adrenaline-fueled day in the box canyon on a single or double snowmobile. 

They offer fun, themed outings like a ghost town tour, a trip to the hot springs, and a full-day backcountry tour. Vroom vroom!

Best Winter Activity in Telluride #3: Sledding

Another old-school winter activity in Telluride that the whole family will love is the simple pleasure of sledding. The beauty of sledding in Telluride is you don’t need a reservation or a whole bunch of equipment. Simply bring your sled to Telluride Town Park, and head over to Firecracker Hill. If you need to rent a sled, give the Nordic Center a call. 
And when you’re tuckered out from all those ups and downs on the hill, take a stroll over to Telluride Truffle to warm up with some decadent hot chocolate. 

Best Winter Activity in Telluride #4: Ice Skating

When you click out of your skis, consider slipping into a pair of ice skates. Ice skating is easily one of the top winter activities in Telluride, and for good reason. Telluride has a handful of different rinks to choose from, including a regulation-size hockey rink, a picturesque frozen pond in the Town Park, and a rink in Mountain Village with a Christmas tree in the center. 

Best Winter Activity in Telluride #5: Cross-Country Skiing

If you're looking to break a sweat, then look no further than cross country skiing. Cross-country skiing is a full-body workout that combines strength and endurance. Telluride has several world-class cross-country tracks packed with endless scenes of Mountain beauty.

There are several Nordic skiing options in the surrounding Telluride area. Some of our favorites include Telluride Town Park, the Valley Floor, the Mountain Village golf course, and the top of Chair Ten. Each of these areas has different terrain, difficulty level, and view.

Exceptional Winter Lodging in Telluride

The best way to truly enjoy all of these magnificent winter activities in Telluride is to book a luxury home that puts you front and center for all that the box canyon has to offer. Exceptional Stays offers an impressive selection of secluded estates and centrally-located condominiums that are sure to please everyone in your group. 

Take a peek inside some of our elegant Telluride homes and start planning your winter escape to Telluride today. 

As always, call us or drop us a line if you need more info or just want to chat with one of our winter-loving locals.

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