Snow-covered mountains, cozy Victorian villages and Old West mining towns come to mind at the mention of Telluride, Colorado. This year-round destination is especially charming for a winter getaway as holiday parades, horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating radiate a nostalgic feeling of warmth and family.
Sledding for the Young and Young at Heart
World-class downhill skiing is most often associated with Telluride. Along with powder perfect conditions, the steeps, chutes and crowd-free slopes are a testament to that, but there are plenty of less intense winter activities to go around. Sledding and snow tubing are fun activities for families with young kids and those who don’t care for the alpine adrenaline of powder, peaks and black diamond trails.
Take to Telluride or Move on to Mountain Village
Telluride Ski Resort is located in the San Juan Mountains, a range of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby Mountain Village, which is the main base of Telluride Ski Resort, is accessible via a 15-minute gondola ride. In contrast to the Victorian architecture and ambiance of Telluride, Mountain Village features a more modern and European vibe. Travelers will find resorts, spas, restaurants, shops and an ice skating rink. Both of these areas offer a laid-back option for non-skiers or those who want to try something different after a day on the slopes.
Sled Runs down Firecracker Hill
Firecracker Hill, located in Telluride Town Park, is the most popular sledding spot in the area. It’s on the south corner of Town Park on East Colorado Avenue. You’ll have to hike through a park situated along cross-country ski trails to get to it. Along the way, there are views of the Rocky Mountains and wide stretches of snow-covered fields. There are orange cones that mark the way to the sledding hill.
Get Your Thrills on Thrill Hill
Snow tubers looking for an adrenaline rush should check out Thrill Hill. Located in the nearby Mountain Village, Thrill Hill is a steep and swift slope. Once in Mountain Village, take Lift 2 to get to the top. Tubers must be over 42 inches tall. There is a small fee per run. This area is only available for tubing during certain times of the year, so you’ll want to check ahead of time.
Sleds and Tubes for Rent or Purchase
Just like with skis, boots and other gear, you’ll need to bring your own sled or tube. If you forget yours, or just don’t have room, Telluride has you covered. You can buy sleds and tubes from a local shop or ski center as well as rent them. Telluride Nordic Center rents sleds, and Ace Hardware sells them.
What to Wear on the Sledding Trail
As with any winter sport, warm outerwear is a necessity. The same snow pants and jackets you would wear for a day on the slopes will work for sledding and tubing. Layers work wonders in cold weather. Long underwear makes a great first layer. For the next layer, choose long-sleeved shirts and pants. Waterproof gloves or mittens, hats and snow boots can all be found in the local ski shops if you didn’t pack enough for everybody.
Stay With Us
Telluride’s wonderland of snow-covered streets, glowing storefronts and crackling fireside scenes makes a magical winter destination for families, couples and groups. At Telluride Rentals, we can help you choose the perfect luxury vacation rental as well as help you find activities and transportation to make your getaway an experience you’ll cherish for years to come. Contact us today.