Winter in Telluride

A picturesque escape where you can start your day on the slopes and end it in town indulging in delicious local food and libations. Walking around you will find yourself staring up at the impressive San Juan Mountains that surround this quaint mountain town and you’ll probably ask yourself if you ever have to leave. Soak up all that Telluride has to offer in the winter season and enjoy your stay with us!

Winter Activities in Telluride

Although Telluride is known for its skiing, there are numerous winter activities to enjoy without having to gear up for the slopes. Take a ride with Telluride Sleighs & Wagons: Looking for a historic winter experience? Telluride Sleighs & Wagons offers a winter experience unlike anything else. Take a ride through Telluride’s beautiful landscape and end with a delicious dinner. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on and is perfect for families, date night, or to enjoy with a group of friends.

Seeking a more daring adventure? Helitrax offers the ultimate helicopter skiing and snowboarding experience with a crew of expert guides. Take some of the best turns of your life in the pristine San Juan Mountains for a truly unforgettable experience. 

Biking isn’t just for the summer months! Experience the fun of biking on snow with fat bike rentals from Boot Doctors! Pack a lunch to take with you for the day and experience our trails in a whole new way.

Nordic skiing & Snowshoeing in Mountain Village: There are approximately 8 miles of winter trails to explore on nordic skis or snowshoes! Check out The Town of Mountain Village for more information regarding trails, rentals, and dog accessibility. 

Take a relaxing soak in one of our nearby hot springs: Quite possibly one of our favorite ways to relax in the winter. Check out the three hot springs nearby, each with their own personalized touch to elevate your wellness. 

For more options regarding winter activities, updates on COVID-19, and rental information, please check out Visit Telluride.

Gondola Information

Known for being “the most beautiful commute in America”, the Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola system may be the most unique public transportation in the country.

Winter in Telluride

Hours: The gondola is FREE and runs from 7 am to 12 am, 7 days a week. 
Stations: Located at the Mountain Village Parking Garage (& grocery store), Heritage Plaza in the Mountain Village core, at the top of San Sophia Ridge, and at the base of Oak Street in the Town of Telluride. 

It is approximately a 15-minute ride from Mountain Village to Telluride.  For more information and updates regarding COVID-19 please visit: The Town of Mountain Village.

Ski/Snowboard Rentals

There are many options in Telluride to get suited up with the right gear for the mountain. Check them out below:

*please note both delivery services & rental shops will require advance reservations this season. No walk-ins allowed per COVID protocols.

Lift Ticket and Ski School Information

Telluride Ski Resort will require PRE-PURCHASE of all lift ticket products for the 2021-22 ski season.  There will be NO SAME DAY purchase options available.  For ordering and details please see: and

Telluride Ski School will also be requiring advance reservations for all lesson participants.

Guest Information

Interested in learning about the events happening around Telluride during your stay? Check out Visit Telluride for more information and happenings around town. 


What is your cancellation policy for the Winter ’21-’22 season?
SilverStar Properties has a 30-day or 60-day cancellation policy dependent on your reservation dates.  For regular-season dates, reservations are 100% refundable up until 30 days prior to arrival.  30 days prior to arrival or less, the reservation is 100% non-refundable. For Holiday dates (Dec. 19th – Jan. 3rd and March 6th – March 21st) there is a 60-day cancellation policy meaning outside of 60 days cancellation would receive a full refund, cancellation 60 days prior to arrival or less is 100% non-refundable.

Are there COVID-19 exceptions to the cancellation policy?
The only exceptions to the regular cancellation policy are as follows:

  1. If there is an active government order prohibiting guest from traveling to Telluride (i.e. current mandated stay-at-home order for primary residence) reservation is eligible for a full refund if notified at least 48 hours prior to arrival date.
  2. If SilverStar Properties is prohibited from hosting guest due to active government order prohibiting or limiting lodging operations in Telluride or Mountain Village (i.e. short term rentals prohibited, guests from specific geographic locations restricted, active quarantine period which is longer than or majority of reservation length) reservation is eligible for a full refund.

Please note the following are NOT exceptions to the regular cancellation policy:

  1. Telluride Ski Resort limiting, restricting, or closing ski access for any reason including but not limited to snow conditions, weather conditions, COVID-19 restrictions and/or closures.
  2. Personal travel decisions to alter or suspend travel to Telluride/Mountain Village, including but not limited to: personal decisions regarding feeling uncomfortable or fear of traveling due to COVID-19 increases/spikes, air travel protocols or restrictions, increased regulations of personal behavior during travel or while at destination (i.e. face covering mandates, test requirements, capacity limits, etc.)
  3. Any weather related events including travel to Telluride/Mountain Village.

Can I get Travel Insurance?
Yes, SilverStar Properties offers travel insurance through Generali Travel Insurance. Please note that any questions regarding specific coverage must be directed through Generali, not SilverStar. Purchase of such insurance can, however, be added onto your reservation with SilverStar. Contact Guest Services manager Julia Vollendorf to do so:

How to Get Here: All you need to know from our friends at

Do I need a car when I’m in Telluride?
Having a personal vehicle in Telluride is not a necessity. Many visitors, especially in the winter, do not choose to have a vehicle. Both Mountain VIllage and downtown Telluride are set up with a pedestrian nature in mind. The free gondola is the main transportation between the two town centers (and actually is faster than driving between the two), and the amenities of both towns are central in nature with restaurants, shopping, nightlife etc. all within a small radius.
Shuttle companies offer services from the Montrose Airport (we recommend Telluride Express) and once in Telluride/Mountain Village there are a variety of free transportation options available. The Mountain Village Dial-A-Ride shuttle, Town of Telluride Galloping Goose bus service, and of course the free gondola system.

If you do choose to have a personal vehicle, please keep in mind the winter driving conditions and often steep roads and driveways.  Remember, you are in the mountains and in a rural environment, so driveways and roadways may not be cleared in the fashion you are accustomed to in other more urban areas. AWD or 4WD and snow tires are always recommended during the winter months.

What are my grocery shopping options?
Both downtown Telluride and the Mountain Village have full-service grocery stores – Clark’s Market in Telluride and the Village Market in Mountain Village.  While these are full service, they are also local stores as opposed to National Chain grocers. Please keep in mind selection may be limited and prices are often higher than the large national chain grocers you may be used to.  

There are many options for large national chain grocers in the larger neighboring communities where you are likely to be flying into or traveling through. Montrose, Durango, and Cortez all have options such as City Market (Kroger chain), Super Walmart, Target, and Natural Grocers. Pre-Arrival Grocery delivery is also available. Please contact SilverStar directly for further info, ordering requirements, and service pricing. Please note this service must be scheduled at least 1 week prior to arrival.

What are my dining options?
Telluride and Mountain Village have a plethora of dinner options for all palates and expectations. From the highest rated in fine dining to farm-to-table goodness to “get your grub on” comfort food after a hard day on the slopes you can find it all. A great resource to see what restaurants are offering which services (especially in the time of COVID regulations) can be found at Visit Telluride and Town of Mountain Village. Filter by dine-in, take-out, location, etc. to find the most up to date information on the current Telluride dining experience.

Being at Altitude: It’s very important to know the risks that come from visiting and recreating at higher elevations that you’re accustomed to. You can go from 8,750ft in the Town of Telluride to 9,545ft in Mountain Village to the top of the ski resort which rests at 13,150 (12,515 lift-served) in less than 30 minutes. Always remember to take care and to remember these tips!