It is never too early to start thinking about your winter vacation. If you know Telluride, you know the skiing is phenomenal. It is what brings thousands of people to our little mountain town every winter from Christmas on. But even if you love skiing, you will want something to mix up the fun. So, here it is, a local’s inside perspective to unique winter activities in Telluride.
Fat Bike Tour
Fat bikes have become more popular in the winters in Telluride as a unique way to get around and see the outskirts of town. They are literally bikes with fat tires made for trudging through the snow and mud. You can rent one from Box Canyon Bicycles near Elk Park in Telluride or Bootdoctors near the gondola station in Telluride.
Maybe you have climbed mountains or boulders or trees, but have you ever thought of climbing a frozen waterfall?! Ice climbing is one of the most unique experiences you can have in the San Juan Mountains. The beautiful, awe-inspiring waterfalls hiked to in the summer season become massive walls of sparkling ice. Use crampons and ice axes to pick your way to the top with a local guide service (San Juan Outdoor Adventures or Mountain Trip). Meant for all ability levels, ice climbing is a one of a kind adventure sure to get you out of your comfort zone.
Scenic winter rides done right. Snowmobiles are a fun way to move around the mountains and access Tellurides abundant backcountry. Check out a snowmobile tour with Telluride Outside for half and full day excursions away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. Their tours explore the Falls Creek and Beaver Park Areas. For a shorter, groomed trail experience check out the ghost town of Alta with guides from Telluride Outfitters of Mountain Village. Learn about a long mining history on this two hour tour great for large groups, families, and anyone at the beginner or intermediate level.