Winter Fun


Dog Sledding

One of the most thrilling and unique ways to experience the backcountry while visiting Telluride is to go dog sledding! Wintermoon has been providing sled dog adventures over snowy trails in the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests since 1993. Our concierge team will be happy to assist in booking one of these tours. Mush!




Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs is a perfectly renovated ghost town located about 30 minutes outside of Telluride. Hand-hewn log cabins decorate the property and are available for nightly rentals throughout the winter. Enjoy heliskiing, snowshoeing, winter fly fishing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, luxurious spa treatments, hot springs, yoga and Pilates, and more. Learn more here.




Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

The Telluride Ski Resort opens on Thanksgiving Day, and until the first week of April, our gorgeous playground attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. With terrain ranging from groomed corduroy to cliffs and chutes, there is something for everyone! Try runs like Captain Jacks or Logpile, or just follow one of the local kids around and find a powder stash. We are proud to pair up with BootDoctorsSki Butlers and Black Tie. All three companies boast the best equipment and offer custom-fitted boots, skis and snowboards. Black Tie even offers free rentals for kids! We can also book your lift tickets for you. Call 888-729-0398 to skip the line and reserve your spot! Book in advance and save big.

Fat Tire Biking

One of the classic things you might see in the winter is someone biking down Main Street with a pair of skis on their shoulders! Now, biking on the snow is easier than ever with Fat Tire Bikes. The tires are nearly 5″ wide, and tours and rentals are offered by Bootdoctors Rentals & Outdoor Gear.






With access to over 200 square miles of pristine alpine terrain, heli-skiing in Telluride is the ultimate heli-ski experience. Operating at some of the highest elevations in North America, Telluride Helitrax’s formula of small group tours and top notch staff is sure to deliver an absolutely unforgettable experience.





Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. The Telluride area has lots of opportunities to explore ice climbing in some of the region’s most beautiful settings. We recommend going with a guide, and San Juan Outdoor Adventures has some of the best.





Ice Skating

Need a break from skiing? Gather the family and head to one of three ice skating rinks! In the Mountain Village core, you can rent skates and pirouette around the ice and then take a candy break at Dylan’s Candy Bar.  If you happen to be in town there are two choices, the Hanley Rink, is a fully enclosed, refrigerated NHL size hockey rink. The rink is available daily. The Outdoor Ice Rink is a natural, non-refrigerated rink next to the warming hut and bathrooms. Warming Hut hours are: Monday-Sunday 9AM-9PM. Rentals are available from the Telluride Nordic Center between the indoor and outdoor rinks.



Nordic Skiing

In town, there are two trails you can take for Nordic Skiing. The Town Park loop and the Valley Floor Trail. The trail in Town Park is 3 km of beautifully groomed trail that’s the perfect place for a quick workout or lessons. On the Valley Floor there are a few different trail options, allowing access to snowshoeing, Nordic Skiing, hiking, and biking. Please pay attention to trail signs! Stop by the Telluride Nordic Center in town park to learn about all the Nordic offerings the area.





One of the best places to enjoy sledding in Telluride is in Town Park on Firecracker Hill! Bring your own sled, or rent one from the Telluride Nordic Center! Be sure to hold on tight- sledding on this hill can get wild! Learn more.





Sleigh Rides

Telluride Sleighs and Wagons offers a unique experience your family is sure to enjoy! Take a sleigh ride in a horse drawn sleigh through Aldasoro and up to the historic family sheep camp where you will enjoy a gourmet dinner freshly made on site. For more information, click here.






There are several outfitters in the area that offer fantastic snowmobile tours suitable for families or adventure seeking groups. Take a tour around the historic Alta Ghost Town, or rip through fields of powder on Wilson Mesa. Learn more here.






Take a break from skiing while still getting some fresh air! There are lots of trails all around Telluride and the surrounding areas, or you can break your own trail. Tip: check out snowshoes from the library for free (when you use your library card)! Learn more here.





Winter Fly Fishing

Cast your line as snowflakes gracefully fall into the river around you. Take a day off from the slopes and float the Gunnison with our favorite fly fishing guides at Telluride Outside. Winter fly fishing is one of the best-kept secrets in Colorado.