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Give the Legs A Break: Family Fun Off the Ski Area


When families take a ski vacation to Telluride they want to maximize their time on the slopes. This is completely understandable but if there is a day or two where your legs are screaming “uncle” and your quads go on strike, there are plenty of off mountain diversions to keep you busy.

Take a stroll back in time- Interactive exhibits and knowledgeable staff make the past come alive at the Telluride Historical Museum. From its time as a revered summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians, to the boom and bustle of its mining heyday, Telluride has a colorful and surprising history.  Wintertime hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  

Ice skating-Go for an open air glide in Telluride Town Park or at the ice rink in Mountain Village. Town Park’s outdoor rink is weather dependent and usually skateable from mid-December though mid-February. An indoor rink in the Town Park Hanley Pavilion is open throughout the winter season with free daily pubic skating hours.

Ride the Gondola- The gondola is a transportation link between Telluride & Mountain Village, but it is also a spectacular ride and it is free. Many guests have commented “This is better than a ride at Disneyland”. Young kiddos could do laps on the gondola all day and be perfectly content.

Sledding-Firecracker Hill, at the southern edge of Telluride Town Park, has kept kids giggling and screaming for decades. There are sled paths to suit any adrenaline level and sleds are available for rent at the nearby Nordic Center.  

Climb High-Shake things up. Instead of descending a ski run, ascend a route on a climbing wall. Children 5 and up can safely enjoy over 90 linear feet for climbing above a thickly padded floor at Telluride Gravity Works. Day passes are a $15 and gear rental is $5. 


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