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Winter Skip the Lifts: Part 1

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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. Consider exploring nordic skiing and ice skating options in town.

Nordic 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, and even some that are dog friendly, with options in Telluride and Mountain Village. Learn more >

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating 

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. 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. Learn more >

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