Off Mountain Family Fun
With over 16 feet of snow this ski season, the skiing in Telluride is unbeatable. Storms continue to move through Telluride, providing ample powder and soft snow. It’s hard to pull yourself away from the slopes during a family vacation when the skiing is so stellar. But if your legs need a break, there is plenty of off-mountain family fun to be had.
Firecracker Hill, in Telluride Town Park, has kept kids giggling and shouting for joy for decades. There are sled paths to suit any adrenaline level and sleds are available for rent at the nearby Nordic Center.
Ice Ice Baby
Budding Wayne Gretzkys or Michelle Kwans can make their way to ice rinks in Telluride Town Park or at the Hotel Madeline in the Mountain Village Core. In Town Park, there is an outdoor rink that is typically open until late February, depending on weather. A fully enclosed, refrigerated NHL-sized indoor rink, the Hanley Pavilion is open for drop in hockey and free public skate daily. Or head up to Mountain Village to glide and twirl on the ice rink at the Hotel Madeline.
We Love Our Library
The award winning Wilkinson Public Library, located at 100 W. Pacific Avenue, not only houses an impressive collection of books, DVD’s, music and magazines, but has a lot of cool non traditional items like a karoke machine, iPads, e-readers, bikes, GoPros, costume play bags and more. There is an indoor tree house and tables where you can enjoy a snack in addition to the books and developmental play toys. Weekly programs for kids range from cooking to art to story time.
A perfect activity to share across generations, Nordic skiing opens up new terrain for the whole family. Start with 3 kilometers of groomed trails that wind through Town Park, then set off for the wind open spaces of the Valley Floor, Mountain Village or Priest Lake.