While Telluride is renowned for its world-class skiing, the town offers a wide variety of activities for non-skiers as well. From snowmobiling adventures to family-friendly art classes, here are our top 10 things to do in Telluride if you don’t ski.
1. Snowmobiling with Telluride Outfitters:
For the adventurous folks who don’t ski or snowboard, Telluride Outfitters offers a snowmobiling tour that will allow you to explore the outdoors with no prior skills needed. Your guide will lead you from Mountain Village to the Alta “Ghost Town,” where you can witness the breathtaking beauty of the San Juan Mountains while learning about the mining town’s history. Visit their website at Telluride Outfitters for more information.
2. Guided Snowshoeing:
Explore the serene winter landscapes of Telluride through guided snowshoeing tours. Your expert guide will take you on a scenic tour while providing you with exclusive insights on the local flora and fauna. Private tours are designed for all ability levels, and are friendly for all ages, while group tours can accommodate participants age 16 & up.
3. Sheridan Opera House:
Immerse yourself in the cultural scene of Telluride by attending concerts, theater performances, and other events at the historic Sheridan Opera House. Break up some of your time spent outside by relaxing and enjoying some entertainment. To see what’s playing during your trip, check out the upcoming show schedule.
4. Ah Haa School for the Arts:
Unleash your creativity at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, offering a variety of classes for all ages. From cooking workshops to art classes for children or adults, Aha provides a chance to do something different during your mountain vacation. Check out their classes here.
5. Mainstreet Shopping and Art Walk:
Take a stroll down Telluride’s iconic Main Street, where you can go shopping at boutique stores and galleries. Depending on when your trip takes place, you could also attend an art walk, discovering the town’s vibrant artistic community. Find information on art walks at Telluride Arts.
6. Ice Skating in Mountain Village:
Try ice skating in one of the Mountain Village ice rinks any day of the week from 3-8 pm. Enjoy the picturesque views from the Village Pond, or the charming setting of Reflection Plaza outside The Madeline Hotel & Residences. To learn about rentals and entry, click here.
7. Attend Local Events:
From festivals to community gatherings, there’s always something happening in Telluride. Find out what events, festivals, and celebrations are taking place during your trip by checking the Telluride Events Calendar.
8. Tour the Wagner Ski Factory:
For a rare, behind-the-scenes look at ski craftsmanship, take a tour of the Wagner Ski Factory. Learn about the art and science of ski making at a local authentic shop. Free tours are operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4pm (excluding Christmas and New Years Day). No sign-up is necessary for the tour. Location and contact info can be found on Wagner’s website.
9. Telluride Museum:
Delve into Telluride’s rich history at the Telluride Museum. Learn about the town’s start as a mining community, the Nikola Tesla AC Plant, and how the Ski Resort was founded. To plan a tour or get more information, vit the Telluride Museum Website.
10. Unique, High-End Dining Experiences:
Telluride offers a host of luxurious and unique alpine dining experiences that will truly leave a mark on you. Experience dinner in a winter wonderland with Telluride Sleighs & Wagons. Take a sunset snowcat ride to Alpino Vino, the second highest restaurant in North America, and savor an Italian-inspired, multi-course dinner with pairings. Alternatively, you can choose from a variety of wine pairing dinners at Communion Wine Bar, relish fine dining at Ania’s Table, or indulge in a 4-course meal while overlooking town at Allred’s Restaurant.
Telluride offers a diverse range of activities for non-skiers, ensuring a memorable and enriching winter experience for everyone. From family-friendly outdoor adventures to a lively art scene, our picturesque mountain town has something for everyone to enjoy.