Good news for skiers traveling with non-skiers this winter: Telluride is much more than just a ski town.
Yes, there’s a reason why Telluride has been named the top ski resort by multiple top-notch publications—because it is truly a winter wonderland for outdoor activities, food, culture, history, nightlife, music and shopping. And most everything in the town and Mountain Village is within easy walking distance (along with a free gondola that transports residents and visitors from Telluride to Mountain Village affording riders a superb views of the box canyon!) so you can skip the rental car and just hire a shuttle to get back and forth to the airport.
Après for Adults
With nearly 60 restaurants dotted throughout (including the famed Allred’s Restaurant at the top of the mountain) and 20 bars, there are plenty of places to get your après on. For casual brew lovers, there’s Oak at the base of the gondola, where you can grab a local Colorado brew and some BBQ while people-watching on the patio. For those who prefer happy hour and home early, there’s handcrafted cocktails and fire pits at Black Iron. And for the late-night set, there are a myriad of bars, clubs and music venues on East Colorado Avenue that go until 2 a.m.
Outdoor Family Fun
From Thanksgiving to Easter, Telluride draws families for memorable holidays and winter vacations. While some members of the family might want to hit the powder, others may enjoy other outdoor activities in the fresh, mountain air. Imagine zipping along backcountry trails and open meadows on a half- or full-day guided snowmobile tour. For a slower pace, let Telluride Ski Resort take you on a private family snowshoe tour with an expert naturalist pointing out local flora and fauna through Telluride Outdoor Guide Service. You could take the whole family out for an exhilarating horse-drawn sleigh ride led by a colorful, local cowboy through Telluride Horseback Adventures or on a dogsledding trip with Wintermoon Sled Dog Adventures. Or float over the snow with a fat-bike guided tour with Boot Doctors. You can replace your wheels with blades on a snowbiking adventure for another unforgettable way to cruise and curve down groomed ski runs. Because there are so many fun things to do with friends and family, we have even more suggestions for outdoor and indoor activities in Telluride on our blog.
When you come to Telluride, you are literally stepping into the past with a rich (and sometimes racy) history. Lining the 12 blocks of cobblestone streets in this National Historic Landmark District is the heart of the Old West, where you can learn about Butch Cassidy and his bank-robbing days and what it was like to live in an old mining town in the 1890s through the Telluride Historical Museum.
On the contemporary side, the 20th Annual Telluride Comedy Festival takes place February 14-17 where comedians from all over the country come to perform for a weekend of laughs. This is a town known for its ability to draw top talent in droves with its world-famous Festivals, so don’t be fooled by the small-town vibe. It’s a cultural hotspot. Delve into the Telluride Arts District serving as the hub for artists, art walks, festivals and other events year-round.
For more great ideas on fun things to do in Telluride and how to enjoy your winter vacation in this history-rich ski town, visit our website or call SilverStar Telluride Luxury Properties at 970-728-3001.