There’s something quite magical about Telluride in the winter. The fresh, seemingly never-ending snow, the cheerful atmosphere, and the breathtaking mountains are just a few of the numerous reasons to visit. If that isn’t enough to convince you to plan a trip, take a look at some of the best winter activities to do in Telluride. Even if you’re knackered, you’ll feel fully rejuvenated and energized after a trip to the mountains—check it out!
Sit back, relax, and let the strong dogs do the work with this winter activity. There’s only one dog sled tour company in Telluride, but they offer everything from half-day to overnight trips. All ages can participate in this adventure.
An activity that’s not for the faint of heart, heliskiing will take you to the backcountry for some untouched powder. Helitrax will take you into the highest elevations of the San Juan mountains and drop you down to enjoy the trip. They offer day trips, multi-day outings, and even custom tours!
Nordic skiing encompasses a wide variety of skiing in which the tow of the ski boot is fixed to the binding, but the heel can rise off the ski. Test your abilities and head out to the six different Nordic ski areas in Telluride. Each location has many trails and views. Get your workout in, and then, come back for a weekend of relaxation.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Next on the list of winter activities in Telluride is the popular downhill skiing and snowboarding. There are tons of magnificent slopes to hit, and all of them truly showcase the town’s exquisite beauty. There are skiing opportunities for all abilities, and lessons are available for those that don’t quite feel confident yet. When you stay at one of Exceptional Stays’ Telluride cabin rentals, you can even get a ski-in, ski-out property. Take advantage of it!
Spend a romantic night at the Telluride Town Park ice skating with your love one. There’s also a newly opened rink at the Hotel Medline in Mountain Village. Try out the activity together, then grab a brew at a nearby bar.
Fat Tire Bike Rides
If you love summer bike rides, try out their colder sibling—fat tire bike rides. Cruise along the Valley Floor, or try your hand at climbing up to Bear Creek. Rent a big tire bike and enjoy!
Winter Fly Fishing
Another activity that isn’t just for the summer, winter fly fishing is for those of you who love the joy of this sport. Lucky for you, there are tons of streams and rivers in the region perfect for year-round fishing. Take a break from skiing to relax with a rod in hand.
An activity that’s not meant for everybody—especially younger children—ice climbing is one of the best winter activities in Telluride. Grab a local guide to try your hand at the various winter climbing opportunities. If you’re up for it, start small, but don’t say no to this thrilling activity!
Another great winter activity in Telluride for the family is snowshoeing. Snowshoes give you the ability to explore many snow-covered places you could not easily access otherwise. Choose a leisurely sight-seeing outing or the cardio workout that takes you uphill. Enjoy the sights when you snowshoe in Telluride.
Winter Horseback Riding
Last on our list is the brilliant experience of horseback riding through the San Juan Mountains in the snow. Ride through aspen forests and snow-covered meadows to take in the loveliest views of nature. You won’t want to miss out on this activity.
Hopefully these winter activities to do in Telluride have persuaded you to plan a trip. Turn to Exceptional Stays for your lodging needs, and make the most out of your winter vacation!