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Page Title: Winter Activities in Telluride, Colorado
Page Synopsis: An overview of winter activities in Telluride, Colorado.

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Alternative Activities in Telluride, Colorado

Snowshoers can pack a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and hike to hidden hideaways of pristine snow, quiet solitude and gorgeous views. With an experienced guide from Telluride Mountain Adventures, participants learn of local history, wildlife, flora and fauna. Tours take off every Wednesday and Saturday, or by advanced reservation from the Mountain Village Plaza at 8:45 a.m. A three-hour tour is $50 and includes a lift ticket, snack and snowshoe rentals from Telluride Sports, (800) 801-4832.

For alpine serenity, Telluride provides a 30-km network of Nordic trails. At the top of Lift 10, guests can enjoy the serenity of Magic Meadows or glide all the way to Alta Lakes (a $20 Nordic lift ticket gives Nordic skiers two rides on Lift 10). The Mountain Village Golf Course and Far Away Ranch are regularly groomed as are the Nordic loops in Town Park, Priest Lake and Trout Lake. The Telluride Nordic Center, located in Town Park, maintains a groomed trail report and offers Nordic equipment rentals for kids and adults, (970) 728-1144.

Local thespian Ashley Boling dons a cowboy hat and bandanna, all to play the role of historical guide of Telluride. From Opera House lore to ghost stories and more, Boling's Historical Tours of Telluride are a must, (970) 728-6639.

Guests who prefer cowboy boots to ski boots should stop by and visit Roudy Roudebush at Telluride Horseback, (970) 728-9611.

A dozen dashing sled dogs in the lead, guests enjoy a true Alaskan adventure right here in Telluride. Half-day, full-day and overnight trips are offered through Winter Moon Sled Dog Adventures, (970) 729-0058.

Snowmobiling is the perfect winter adventure for cruising snow covered meadows and forests while taking in stunning views. Dave's Snowmobile Tours and Telluride Snowmobile Adventure offer guests a glimpse of Telluride's mining legacy while traveling over mountain passes and through deserted towns. The historic ghost town of Alta Lakes is a favorite destination among guests. Telluride Snowmobile Adventures, (970) 728-4475 or Dave's Snowmobile Tours, (970) 728-7737.

Skaters waltz by day and night in Telluride Town Park or in Mountain Village. The town ice rink provides a warming hut with a fireplace for toasty toes, while the Mountain Village pond plays seasonal music under the stars. For free skate time in town, call (970) 728-2173, and for rentals, the Telluride Nordic Center at (970) 728-1144. The pond in Mountain Village offers free skating all day. Rentals are available at the Boot Doctors, (970) 728-8954.

If the champagne powder on Gold Hill and in Prospect Bowl isn't enough, Telluride Helitrax is the only outfitter in Colorado to offer helicopter skiing for true powderhounds. With daily, weekly and private trips, Helitrax whisks intermediate and expert skiers up to hidden caches of untracked powder in Telluride's San Juan Mountains, (866) 435-4754.

The San Juan Hut System beckons backcountry buffs to brave the 73-km expanse of trails from Telluride to Ouray. With intermediate and expert trails up and over the Sneffles Range, guided trips are available for guests embarking on the full journey or those who just want a dose for a day. Spaced every 10-15 km, the huts are used for shelter and overnight stays, and are equipped with padded bunks, propane lights, a wood-burning stove, chopped wood and a kitchen, (970) 728-6935.

With Bridal Veil Falls and the Nose right in the backyard, Telluride and Ouray attract ice climbers and mountaineers from all over the world to experience some of the premiere ice climbs in the country. Ryder/Walker Alpine Adventures and Fantasy Ridge Alpinism provide guests with thrills to satisfy the most extreme adrenaline junkie. Call (970) 728-6481 and (970) 728-3546, respectively.


The variety of soothing treatments and relaxing massages offered at spas in the area make weary guests feel good as new. Voted one of the top five overall ski resorts in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the Golden Door Spa at Wyndham Peaks Resort draws its inspiration from the ancient Honjin Inns of Japan, where weary travelers sought sanctuary. The spa incorporates a variety of techniques and ingredients - from as far away as Europe and the Far East to traditions of the Southern Utes - to take the rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit to an elevation of 9,500 feet.

The Golden Door Spa features 44 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, an indoor lap pool connected by a water slide to the lower indoor/outdoor pool, a Cybex weight room, cardiovascular deck, squash and racquetball courts, indoor climbing wall, reading and television lounges and a full-service beauty salon.

The list of treatments is extensive. More than 12 different types of massage, from sports and high altitude massages to La'Stone therapy, Ayurvedic body treatments, shiatsu, reflexology, Reiki and acupuncture. The spa's newest service, oxygen therapy, has been quite popular among guests for relieving the affects of altitude sickness as well as providing an exceptional degree of mental clarity and increased energy. Oxygen therapy can be experienced at the novel oxygen bar or during an O2 facial or body exfoliation, (970) 728-2590.

Atmosphere, the newest addition to the pampering scene in Telluride, is a unique day spa with the finest massage therapists in town and most definitely the greatest of atmospheres. Conveniently located at the base of the gondola in the Camels Garden Hotel, Atmosphere pampers guests with a variety of massages, skin care treatments and body wraps as well as innovative and cutting edge therapies like Ahiatsu (also knows as Barefoot Shiatsu). Atmosphere offers a Vichey shower, a long wand with five showerheads that allows guests to rinse off after body wraps without leaving the table. For more information, call 970-728-0630.

Several other day spas in Telluride pamper guests with everything from European facials and body polish treatments to acupuncture and reflexology
  • Aromatherapy Day Spa: (970) 728-9515
  • Atmosphere Day Spa: (970) 728-0630
  • Hal for Hair: (970) 728-4900
  • The Repair Shop: (970) 728-8273
An hour from Telluride guests can soak their weary bones in natural hot spring pools or find rejuvenation in the vapor caves in Ouray.

Just past Ridgway on the drive to Ouray is the smaller, more natural Orvis Hot Springs, where bathing suits are optional. The property also features a hotel and on-site massage therapist, (970) 626-5324.

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