Mountain Lodge at Telluride resort outlines top 10 things to do
So you're going to Telluride for a ski vacation, ready to schuss, glide, and power your way down steep mountains at elevations more than 10,000 feet. Sounds exciting, fun…and maybe calling for some variety in the vacation.
What to do when you're ready to mix it up? Mountain Lodge at Telluride, an exclusive, upscale resort located slopeside to the famed Telluride Ski Resort, has compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in the area to help winter vacationers make the most of their time.
Telluride's world-famous slopes offer ski experiences for all levels. From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, a mix of terrain at all points on the mountain means that even beginners can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy runs and views typically reserved for the experts.
Telluride Ski Resort is comprised of 2,000+ acres, with 127 trails, a vertical drop of 4,425 feet, runs of up to 4.6 miles in length, and 17 lifts (including 2 high-speed gondolas). Average annual snowfall is more than 300 inches. The resort's ski school offers lessons for the most novice to the most advanced skier or snowboarder, and its NASTAR course ranks participants nationally, providing an opportunity to win gold, silver, and bronze.
In Telluride, you'll find Colorado's only helicopter skiing. The ultimate thrill for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, heli-skiing takes skiers and snowboarders to untracked powder in small custom groups on some of the highest helicopter-accessed terrain in the world. Telluride Helitrax offers the lowest guest-to-guide ratio in North America.
Located at the top of Lift 10, the TopAten Snowshoe and Nordic Area offers 10 kilometers of groomed, rolling trails that lead cross-country skiers and snowshoers through high alpine forests and open meadows. Daily educational snowshoe tours with a local naturalist and private tours are available. Advanced skiers and snowshoers can continue outside the boundary of the ski area to nearby Alta Lakes on National Forest trails.
Take a sleigh ride
Snowcat-drawn sleighs whisk visitors to Gorrono Ranch for a western-style buffet and a drink on the deck around the fire.
Cruising across white-blanketed meadows and forests, over mountain passes and through deserted ghost towns, snowmobilers get a first-hand look at all that established Telluride's rich mining history. After exploring old mining sites, snowmobilers can enjoy a catered lunch at the Alta Lakes Observatory, a quaint log and stone cabin nestled in the woods.
Nearby Ouray is home to the world-famous Ouray Ice Park and some of the finest backcountry multi-pitch ice climbing terrain in the lower 48 states. Guided introductory and advanced ice climbing tours, either half-day or full-day, are available. 7. Go fish - Winter fly-fishing in Telluride is one of the best-kept secrets in Colorado. Guides, quality public water, and exclusive private water alternatives make for excellent winter fishing on the Uncompahgre and San Miguel Rivers.
Practice your Hamel Camel
Skaters waltz by day and night on rinks in Telluride Town Park and Mountain Village. In Telluride, the Town provides a warming hut with a fireplace, while the Mountain Village pond plays seasonal music under the stars. Best yet, both rinks are free.
With a dozen dashing sled dogs in the lead, guests can experience a true Alaskan adventure in Telluride. Half-day, full-day and overnight sled dog trips are available.
A day indoors in Telluride can be as active or as relaxing as one would like. See a movie, visit the town's museum or library, take a historic walking tour of the town or attend a performance at Telluride's famed opera house. Relax at one of many extraordinary spas, or shop til you drop.
Dine in style
With over 50 fantastic restaurants in Telluride and the Mountain Village, you will never have to worry about finding that perfect mountain meal.