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Winter Skip the Lifts

Part 1 // Skip the Lifts: Nordic Skiing + Ice Skating

It’s true people the world over dream of Telluride’s legendary downhill skiing. But locals know: Lifts aren’t the only way to access the the incredible world of Telluride winter sports. Continue to read about nordic skiing and ice skating options in town.

Cliff notes for cross-country skiing

Make your first stop the Telluride Nordic Center, where you can find advice, gear and grooming reports for Nordic die-hards dedicated to the education and enhancement of Nordic skiing. There are at least six trails throughout the area — one on the resort, two around lakes, options in Telluride and Mountain Village, and even some that are dog friendly. In fact, one of the trails is groomed and maintained by the Telluride Ski Resort. For $25 you can take one ride up and down Lift 10. If you’d rather take advantage of free skiing access, then head up to the Mountain Village Trail System. You can easily slide into epic views in Mountain Village with more than eight miles of trails and multiple access points.

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Ice skating, two ways

Indoor or outdoor! Check the weather and your crew’s vibe to choose the rink that’s right for you. Telluride Town Park boasts both an outdoor rink with an adjacent warming hut, which can be reserved for birthday parties or small social gatherings, and an indoor rink. Explore the Town of Telluride’s Hanley Ice Skating Rink schedule, here. However, you don’t have to stay in town to enjoy an outdoor skating rink. If you’re in Mountain Village and fancy an evening skating under the lights, the Hotel Madeline offers a full-service outdoor rink. It’s in the heart of the Village, just steps from Crazy Elk Pizza and Dylan’s Candy Bar. After enjoying a glide around the ice, you can grab a bite or a sweet snack to round out your evening.

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