Need a Ski Break? Check Out the Best Alternatives to Skiing in Telluride!

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy a crisp winter excursion with family and friends of all ages. If you can walk you can snowshoe so there’s no excuse not to get out there with state-of-the art lightweight gear and explore Telluride’s scenic wintery landscapes at a slower pace. Romping in the snow for a few hours or a full day is also a great way to gently get used to Telluride’s high-altitude environment. Be sure to slather on plenty of sunscreen and lip protection. The snow magnifies the sun’s rays and you don’t want to spend the rest of your vacation with red tomato face and cracked lips.
San Juan Outdoor School and Telluride Alpinism offers half- and full-day tours with lunch with naturalist-led tours that share the natural history of the area, scout for animal tracks and lure kids ann irritable snowshoe and sled combo, games and snowman building. For ages 5 and up. Hot cocoa served. Prices start at $95 per person for groups of four or more clients.
Telluride Ski Resort’s Eco Adventures offer 3.5-hour tours that depart daily at 10 a.m. from the Franz Klammer Breezeway. Knowledgeable local guides share info on Telluride’s wildlife, trees, geology, history, climate and cool lore. Designed for adults, price includes foot passenger lift ticket, snacks, water and snowshoe rental. $65 per person; $55 for season pass holders. Privates can be booked 48-hours in advance. Hint: Telluride is pretty adamantly anti-single use disposable water bottles for oh-so-many environmental reasons. Blend with the locals and bring your own re-usable water bottle.

Ice Skating

Ice-skating is a quintessentially timeless way to experience the joys of winter in Telluride. With two rink locations, whether you are staying in downtown or up at Mountain Village, a trip to the ice rink is a fun diversion that doesn’t require a lot of time, money or gear. 

Town Park: A free outdoor rink and NHL-regulation indoor covered rink are both located at Telluride Town Park at the east end of town. Skate rentals are available at the Nordic Center hut between the indoor and outdoor rinks. The outdoor rink operates at the whims of Mother Nature, usually 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. mid-December through mid-February. A warming hut and restrooms adjoin the rink. The Hanley Ice Rink Pavilion hosts a full schedule of lessons and adult and junior hockey leagues and broomball. Call 970.728.2173 for current info, schedules and to book private parties. Be eco-friendly and walk or take the Galloping Goose free trolley to the park.
Mountain Village: A small quaint and casual ice rink is located in the Hotel Madeleine Plaza. Operated by Boot Doctors, figure and hockey skates can be rented rinkside. Open Noon to 8 p.m. daily. Kids under 5 skate free.  Rink can be rented for private parties with advance notice. Call Boot Doctors at 970.239.0606.
Snowmobiling

Enjoy a motorized tour astride 600 horsepower snowmobiles as you explore the wintry wonderland around Telluride with one of the area’s professional snowmobile outfitters. Choose from play time in freshly powdered meadows or tour ghost towns and hot springs, all while taking in jaw-dropping views of the unique peaks and skylines in the Wilson Range, Dolores peaks, Sneffels Range and – on sunny bluebird days – eastern Utah’s La Sal Mountains.

Tours are rated by ability from beginner and family-friendly groomed trail rides to more challenging backcountry trips with time for free play for advanced riders. Guides are friendly, knowledgeable, fun and safety-conscious. Terrain varies from flat, steep narrow winding trails through trees to wide paths through meadows and “sledding hills.”

Trips last from a couple hours to all day and are paced to allow time to stop to take photos and discuss the history, geology and ecology of the area. Wildlife tracks are plentiful and on particularly lucky days, guests may even see deer, elk, coyotes, fox, snowshoe hares and other mountain wildlife.
The snowmobile fleets are stocked with finely-tuned machines that run quieter and cleaner than their predecessors and pack more horsepower into lighter, more maneuverable sleds. Most tour companies require drivers to be at least 16 while passengers as young as 6 can ride double.

Snowmobiling is a great option to enjoy the exhilarating feel of powder even while giving ski and snowboard legs a rest day. Let the Reservation Specialists at Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals package a fun and scenic snowmobile tour into your next winter vacation. Call us at 970-728-8838 to book a tour today!

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