Telluride Ski & Golf to invest one million dollars into new and enhanced network of Freestyle, Technical & Cross-Country Trails

Bike Park Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Recreation

Telluride Ski Resort (TSG) has started construction of the new Telluride Bike Park with an anticipated opening in June 2019. The park has been designed by, and is being constructed in partnership with Gravity Logic, the Whistler, British Columbia-based industry leader in the design, development and construction of bike parks in North America.

Mountain biking has become a booming global trend. Not only will this park attract more visitors and provide more opportunities and activities for them, it will help stimulate the local economy. Upon its opening in June 2019, the Telluride Bike Park will encompass approximately 15 trails and 17 miles of terrain, designed to appeal to riders and resort guests of a wide variety of ages, skill and interests. The park will also provide lift-serviced access from Mountain Village on the Village Express chairlift (Lift 4).

The terrain will include new Freestyle trails (commonly known as “flow” trails), enhancements to the existing Technical trails (currently managed as the Mountain Village Bike Park), and existing Cross-Country trails within Telluride Ski Resort’s permit boundary (e.g. Prospect Trail, Prospect Loop, Village Trail, Basin Trail, etc.).

In addition, the park will offer lift service, pass sales, guides, clinics and camps from the Telluride Adventure Center in Mountain Village and pass sales location at Oak Street in Telluride.

Additional Facts & Information:

  1. Anticipated opening on the 3rd Saturday in June with daily operation through Monday Labor Day. Saturday, Sunday operations through the 2nd Sunday in October. Weather Permitting.
  2. The cross-country (XC) trails will open at 6:30 a.m. daily, and all access will close 30 minutes before sunset. Before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., XC trails will be accessible via the gondola at San Sophia Station and will not require an access pass.
    1. The FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails in the Bike Park (including lift access via Village Express – Lift 4) will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
  3. From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Telluride Ski Resort will provide the following services across the trail network:
    1. Bike Patrol & Emergency Response Services
    2. Pass sales in Mountain Village and at Oak Street
    3. Pass scanning at Village Express and gondola mid-station
    4. Lessons, instructions, and guides
  4. During operating hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., lift access to the Mountain Bike Trail Network will require an access pass.
    1. Before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. the FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails in the Bike Park are closed, but riders can access the XC trails for free.

Single-Day Trail Access Pass:

Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass: single-day access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $36/day, which includes a $1 donation to the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

Season Pass Access Products:

  1. TSG Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $25 NFF Donation.
  2. Non-Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $199, which includes a $25 donation to the NFF.
  3. XC Trail Season Pass: unlimited access to XC trails, NO Bike Park, FREESTYLE or TECHNICAL trail, or Village Express (Lift 4) access. $25 NFF Donation.

For more information please contact Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations at Telluride Ski Resort by email.

Telluride Gay Ski Week Announces 2018 Lineup

Telluride Gay Ski Week Logo

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event, Recreation

Telluride Gay Ski Week returns in 2018 with a schedule jam-packed with parties, events, dancing, entertainment and, of course, lots of skiing. The event takes place from February 24 to March 3, with events every day in Telluride, Mountain Village and on the Telluride Ski Resort.

Director Rosie Cusack, who took over production of Gay Ski Week three years ago, says the 15th Annual event is shaping up to be one for the books.

“It’s going to be the best one ever,” says Cusack.

That’s because the event has lined up heavy-hitting celebrities, such as 2017 Miss Gay America Suzy Wong, cabaret performer Frankie Grande and comedian Leslie Jordan, to entertain this years crowd. Shows will be sprinkled into a week that also features daily skiing excursions, après ski gatherings, dance parties, all-day spa and pool parties at the Peaks Resort & Spa, live music and the annual White Party. As always, Telluride Gay Ski Week takes place in the run-up to the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB), overlapping with several TAB events.

Cusack describes Gay Ski Week as an open and accepting celebration of diversity, expression and skiing in one of the most magical settings in America.

“The event,” she says, “is for anyone who enjoys celebrating community, meeting new people and participating in sports-centric events. You don’t even have to ski to have a good time,” she says. “There is something at Gay Ski Week for everyone.” Telluride Gay Ski Week’s profile is on the rise.“Telluride has become known in the last couple years across the board as the best gay ski week in America,” Cusack says. “One of the things I keep hearing from attendees is ‘It isn’t about quantity, it’s about the quality of the experience,” says Cusack.

The following is a rundown of Gay Ski Week highlights:

Kick off Gay Ski Week with a rousing and ribald evening of song, dance and humor. Featuring Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong, along with former Miss Continental, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Former Miss Gay America, Aurora Sexton and Raja Gemini, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three.” With a 21 and over dance party to follow.

“These drag queens have huge star power in the community,” says Cusack.

This evening will kick off with Drag Bingo featuring Suzy Wong in the Show Bar, and the action will move to the main theatre for a cabaret-style show featuring Frankie Grande. Grande is a singer, dancer, actor and social media mogul whose work on Broadway and television has earned worldwide fame.

Austin, Texas-based Middlespoon is the gender-bending love child of DJ Jinx McGee and vocalist Alexander Beatz, who are steering pop music away from hetero-normative traditions. Middlespoon takes on issues like polyamory, patriarchy and transphobia, layering them over whimsical beats that’ll be sure to get bodies onto the dance floor.

This longtime tradition, which follows the Telluride AIDS Benefit’s Sneak Peek Fashion Show, has a reputation as the best dance party of the year in Telluride – the kind that will literally bring the house down.

Jordan, whose television appearances include NBC’s “Will and Grace” and the new television project “Cool Kids,” will present his one-man show “Leslie Jordan: EXPOSED.” The show features an intimate peek into Jordan’s life, flamboyant youth, behind the scenes stories and hilarious anecdotes.

For a full schedule, ticket information, special offers and more, visit: Telluride Gay Ski Week

Join Telluride Gay Ski Week Event on Facebook!

2018 Winter Activities and Ski Terrain Updates

Ski Sculpture Telluride Ski Resort

Words by Danielle DeRoberts / Community, Event, Recreation, Transportation

It has been another wonderful holiday season here in Telluride and Mountain Village, Colorado. So many great highlights from 2017 including this must see video from local artist, Ryan Bonneau, capturing the best of 2017 in Telluride, courtesy of Visit Telluride. We are looking forward to an incredible 2018 and have many more updates on Ski Area Terrain and January Activities to share with our community. The terrain at Telluride Ski Resort is looking great as we want to extend another huge thank you to Telluride Ski Resort’s snowmaking and grooming teams for all their hard work as they continue to open more terrain this month.

Please take a look at the latest updates to our Ski Area Terrain, January Activities, Dining and Nightlife options!

Download the January 6 through 13 area calendar provided by Visit Telluride  Mid January Calendar & Guest Activities for your daily planning!

SKI REPORT UPDATES

5 Open Chair Lifts

  • 1, 4, 5 & 6 are open for the season
  • Middle and Lower Misty Maiden
  • 3 Magic Carpets: Beginner, Adult and New Meadows Learning Center Carpet
  • Lift 7 is open for mountain access only (no public downloading)
  • Ski access from the Gondola Mid-Station

Starting Saturday, January 6

  • Ski Access to Telluride (via Telluride Trail to Lookout to Bailout to Telluride Trail)
  • Lifts 8 and 9 to open for the season (skier access only)
  • Lookout opens, top-to-bottom (from See Forever to Lift 9)

Watch for additional terrain to open after the holidays. Keep up to date on terrain information at Telluride Ski Resort Snow Report and by following the town on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Ski Valet Locations

  • Ski Valet at the base of Chair 4 is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Ski Valet at The Peaks Resort is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

SKIER SERVICES, LIFT TICKETS & SEASON PASS OFFICE HOURS 

All locations are open 7 days a week with normal winter hours:

  • Mountain Village: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Coonskin: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oak Street: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Big Billies: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

JANUARY ACTIVITIES & EVENTS 

Spend the holidays with us, and take in what Mountain Village has to offer during the holidays! With a variety of winter activities and events the Town of Mountain Village will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

For additional information on Telluride and Mountain Village events from December 30 to January 6 visit: Visit Telluride Holiday Events.

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE DINING

All restaurants in Mountain Village are open for the winter including:

  • Altezza, Bean Café, Black Iron Kitchen, Crazy Elk Pizza, La Piazza & La Pizzeria, M Club, Poacher’s Pub, Scratch, Siam’s Talay, Starbucks, Telluride Coffee Company, Tomboy Tavern, Tracks Café, Village Table, and The View. View all dining options in Mountain Village and Telluride.

ON-MOUNTAIN DINING

  • Allred’s, Alpino Vino, Gorrono Ranch, Bon Vivant, Giuseppe’s, and Big Billies are open with normal winter hours.
  • High Camp will open when the Prospect Bowl terrain opens.

TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN TOWN OF TELLURIDE & TOWN OF MOUNTAIN VILLAGE 

  • Taking the Gondola
    To support increased ridership capacity, you may notice some of the new gondola cabins on the line running between Mountain Village and Telluride. Nine new cabins have been added to increase capacity on the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola by 16% for this winter. Another major upgrade already online is a dual-fuel generator system that’s located at the St. Sophia station that will allow the gondola to run at full speed in the event of a power outage.
  • Gondola Hours: 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday with extended hours until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Dial-a-Ride Service (Mountain Village Only)

Leave your car at home – Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) encourages members and their guests to sit back, relax, and let this service drive you to where you want to go. This TMVOA member benefit allows for ground transportation anywhere in Mountain Village, and when combined with the gondola, you can travel locally without ever needing to drive your car.

For quick and convenient access to or from the ski slopes or the village core, most members prefer these three locations:

  • Blue Mesa –  Located near Sunset Plaza and the top of lift 1. You can walk directly to the village core from here.
  • Dakota Place –  Located slope-side just above lift 4 along Lower Boomerang. You can ski directly to lift 4 or the village core from here.
  • Town Hall –  Located here is the market, town offices, and gondola terminal to the village core.

Dial-A-Ride Service
Phone:
  (970) 728-8888.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday & open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday & Saturday.

Through the busy holidays and new year, additional vehicles and personnel have been added to support quick service times and a positive experience for our members and their guests.

CHILD CARE & NURSERY

  • Telluride Ski Resort’s Nursery is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7531 for information.

TELLURIDE ECO ADVENTURES

  • Eco Adventures is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7300 for information.

TELLURIDE ADVENTURE CENTER

  • The Telluride Adventures Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (970) 728-7433 for information.

TELLURIDE SKI RESORT LODGING

  • The Inn at Lost Creek, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and Telluride Resort Lodging are all open for the season.
  • New reservations can be booked over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling Telluride Resort Reservations (855) 517-2906.

THE SPA AT THE PEAKS RESORT

  • The Spa is open during regular winter hours, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (970) 728-2590 for information.
  • The Spa has added 15 extra family-friendly classes to the fitness schedule from December 22 to January 4. To view a full schedule of classes visit, www.thepeaskresort.com/fitness.

Please check back for more updates through the holiday season!

Photo credit: Night view from Telluride Ski Resort by Ryan Bonneau.

Ski Area Terrain and Holiday Activities

Torchlight Parade

Words by Danielle DeRoberts / Community, Event, Recreation, Transportation

Everyone agrees that there is so much to discover when visiting and living in Telluride and Mountain Village, Colorado. With the holiday spirit in the air, we are excited for the many winter activities that take place this time of year. The terrain at Telluride Ski Resort offers something for everyone, and we extend a huge thank you to Telluride Ski Resort’s snowmaking and grooming teams for all their hard work as they continue to open more terrain for the holidays. Here is a beautiful video of the skiing experience at Telluride Ski Resort.

Please take a look at the latest updates to our Ski Area Terrain, Holiday Activities, Dining and Nightlife options!

Download the Holiday area calendar provided by Visit Telluride Holiday Calendar & Guest Activities for your holiday planning!

 

SKI REPORT UPDATES

5 Open Chair Lifts

  • 1, 4, 5 & 6 are open for the season
  • Middle and Lower Misty Maiden
  • Beginner, Adult and New Meadows Learning Center Carpet
  • Lift 7 is open for mountain access only (no public downloading)
  • Ski access from the Gondola Mid-Station

Early January Terrain Expansion

  • Ski Access to Telluride (via Telluride Trail to Lookout to Bailout to Telluride Trail)- snowmaking is in progress, anticipated opening January 1.
  • Lifts 8 and 9 to open

Watch for additional terrain to open after the holidays. Keep up to date on terrain information at Telluride Ski Resort Snow Report and by following the town on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ski Valet Locations

  • Ski Valet at the base of Chair 4 is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Ski Valet at The Peaks Resort is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

 

SKIER SERVICES, LIFT TICKETS & SEASON PASS OFFICE HOURS 

All locations are open 7 days a week with normal winter hours:

  • Mountain Village: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Coonskin: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Oak Street: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Big Billies: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

 

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES & EVENTS 

Spend the holidays with us, and take in what Mountain Village has to offer during the holidays! With a variety of winter activities and events the Town of Mountain Village will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

 

For additional information on Telluride and Mountain Village events from December 30 to January 6 visit: Visit Telluride Holiday Events.

 

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE DINING

All restaurants in Mountain Village are open for the winter including:

  • Altezza, Bean Café, Black Iron Kitchen, Crazy Elk Pizza, La Piazza & La Pizzeria, M Club, Poacher’s Pub, Scratch, Siam’s Talay, Starbucks, Telluride Coffee Company, Tomboy Tavern, Tracks Café, Village Table, and The View. View all dining options in Mountain Village and Telluride.

 

ON-MOUNTAIN DINING

  • Allred’s, Alpino Vino, Gorrono Ranch, Bon Vivant, Giuseppe’s, and Big Billies are open with normal winter hours.
  • High Camp will open when the Prospect Bowl terrain opens.

 

TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN TOWN OF TELLURIDE & TOWN OF MOUNTAIN VILLAGE 

  • Taking the Gondola
    To support increased ridership capacity, you may notice some of the new gondola cabins on the line running between Mountain Village and Telluride. Nine new cabins have been added to increase capacity on the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola by 16% for this winter. Another major upgrade already on-line is a dual-fuel generator system that’s located at the St. Sophia station that will allow the gondola to run at full speed in the event of a power outage.
  • Gondola Hours: 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday with extended hours until 2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and New Year’s Eve.
  • Additional bus shuttles will run as needed between 3 to 5 p.m. from Blue Mesa to Town of Telluride with 4 stops in Telluride: Shandoka, Oak St., Gondola Station, Post Office and Courthouse.

Dial-a-Ride Service (Mountain Village Only)

Leave your car at home – Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) encourages members and their guests to sit back, relax, and let this service drive you to where you want to go. This TMVOA member benefit allows for ground transportation anywhere in Mountain Village, and when combined with the gondola, you can travel locally without ever needing to drive your car.

For quick and convenient access to or from the ski slopes or the village core, most members prefer these three locations:

  • Blue Mesa –  Located near Sunset Plaza and the top of lift 1. You can walk directly to the village core from here.
  • Dakota Place –  Located slope-side just above lift 4 along Lower Boomerang. You can ski directly to lift 4 or the village core from here.
  • Town Hall –  Located here is the market, town offices, and gondola terminal to the village core.

Dial-a-Ride Service
Phone:
  (970) 728-8888.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday & open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday & Saturday.

Through the busy holidays and new year, additional vehicles and personnel have been added to support quick service times and a positive experience for our members and their guests.

 

CHILD CARE & NURSERY

  • Telluride Ski Resort’s Nursery is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7531 for information.

 

ECO ADVENTURES

  • Eco Adventures is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7300 for information.

 

ADVENTURE CENTER

  • The Telluride Adventures Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (970) 728-7433 for information.

 

TSG LODGING

  • The Inn at Lost Creek, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and Telluride Resort Lodging are all open for the season.
  • New reservations can be booked over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling Telluride Resort Reservations (855) 517-2906.

 

THE SPA AT THE PEAKS RESORT

  • The Spa is open during normal winter hours, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (970) 728-2590 for information.
  • The Spa has added 15 extra family-friendly classes to the fitness schedule from December 22 to January 4. To view a full schedule of classes visit, www.thepeaskresort.com/fitness.

 

Please check back for more updates through the holiday season!

 

Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau.

Snow Daze Travel + Leisure

Travel and Leisure Article Snow Daze

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Recreation

Thank you Travel + Leisure and writer, David Amsden!  Make sure to read this amazing article about Telluride and the community that inspires…

” And then there were the locals, an implausibly fit array of characters who seemed drawn from different chapters in Telluride’s history, all of whom emitted the distinct glow of people in their prime.” – David Amsden, for Travel + Leisure. Read the full article here.

 

Photo credit: David Amsden

Opening Day Announcement & Thanksgiving Activities

Donation Day Ski Groomed Trail

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event, Recreation, Transportation

Telluride Ski Resort has delayed its opening day to Friday, December 1 and is targeting the following dates and activities:

The snowmaking team has worked for weeks to make snow, primarily above 11,000 feet, as temperatures have permitted. The resort’s increased snowmaking capability will allow the system to produce more snow as temperatures continue to drop.

For up-to-date information on snow conditions and Opening Day please visit, Telluride Ski Resort’s Snow Report, their Twitter page or by calling (970) 728-6900.

Thanksgiving Snow Jam

During Thanksgiving holiday weekend, guests can find a variety of activities available in Mountain Village including sledding and a rail park at the base of Chair 4 (Village Express). Activities are free to the public beginning Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants are required to have a “free activity ticket” and a signed waiver from the Mountain Village Ticket Office, below gondola plaza. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent present to participate. Sleds will be provided.

Thanksgiving Dinner & Restaurant Operations

In addition to on-snow activities, Allred’s and Altezza at the Peaks Resort will open Wednesday, November 22 for the season with special Thanksgiving menus. Reservations are encouraged. For more information call Allred’s, (970) 728-7474 or Altezza, (970) 728-2525.

Tomboy Tavern (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Tuesday, November 21), Crazy Elk Pizza (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Monday, November 20), and Siam’s Talay (Breakfast & Dinner starting Friday, November 24) will also open for the winter season.

Lodging

The Inn at Lost Creek and Telluride Resort Lodging re-open for guest stays. The Peaks Resort & Spa re-opens for guests arriving on or after Wednesday, November 22

Ski School, Eco Adventures & Child Care

Services are not available during the Thanksgiving holiday and will begin Saturday, December 2 for Opening Day.

Gondola Operations

The gondola will open as scheduled Friday, November 17 between Telluride, Mountain Village and the Gondola Parking Garage. Hours of operation are 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

The Chondola (Chair 1) will begin operations when the ski resort opens for the season. The Town of Mountain Village will run shuttles between The Meadows / Big Billies, Town Hall / Gondola Parking Garage, Blue Mesa and Village Center. Visit Bus and Dial-A-Ride for schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

Telluride Ski & Golf Infrastructure Improvement Project Implements Temporary Telluride Trail Detour

Telluride Trail

Words by Bill Kight / Recreation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (TSG) continues to invest in its infrastructure by enhancing winter snowmaking capabilities. TSG has begun their third phase of work on the Oak Street pump house project located at the Oak Street Plaza in Telluride along the Telluride Trail. This pump house station is where TSG draws the water to push up to its distribution system for winter snowmaking.

Due to the proximity of the construction project, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort will implement a hiking trail closure and detour for the Telluride Trail effective immediately. The Oak Street Plaza access to the Telluride Trail is now closed to all recreational traffic until further notice. Public ingress and egress of the trail can be accessed from Telluride at the base of Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) or from the Camel’s Garden Trail beginning at the Bear Creek Preserve Trailhead at the end of Pine Street and from the egress of the Telluride Trail from Mountain Village.

“The trail detour is necessary to provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow the designated closure and detour signs posted by the ski area while the detour is in place,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight.

For questions regarding this temporary closure please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress by (970) 728-7522 or email. To learn more about Mountain Village’s trails, visit townofmountainvillage.com/hiking.

Mountain Village Waterline Improvement Project; Village Trail and Prospect Trail Detour

Hiking

Words by Bill Kight / Recreation, Utilities

To maintain a protected and accessible waterline for the Town of Mountain Village, construction on the town’s main waterline will be conducted beginning July 10. Construction for the 12-inch waterline improvement project will take place at the top of Telluride Ski Resort’s (Lift 7) and will run approximately1000 feet in length. The town anticipates construction will last appropriately 60 days through the end of August.

Due to the construction, the Town of Mountain Village in partnership with Telluride Ski & Golf and the US Forest Service will implement trail detours for the popular hiking and biking Village Trail and Prospect Trail starting July 10. The trail detour will provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow signage and use caution while the detour is in place.

“No residents or businesses will experience a disruption in water service or reduced water pressure,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “This construction is solely preventive maintenance for the longevity of the town’s main waterline.”

The waterline project will be conducted and managed by the Town of Mountain Village and Williams Construction. To learn more about our construction projects and for trail updates, visit townofmountainvillage.com/construction.

Something for everyone in Mountain Village this winter

Words by Nichole Zangara / Recreation

In winter, Mountain Village is all about soft white powder and endless runs with only heart-stopping views to keep you company. But should you need a break from on-mountain adventures, here are some alternatives with equally impressive backdrops.

Mountain Village boasts about its Winter Trail System for good reason: using a Piston Bully 100 Snowcat, the town grooms almost eight miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails to create a quality surface for as many users as possible: cross-country skiers, hikers, snowshoers and bikers as well as dogs (who are accompanied by a responsible dog owner). Each trail is interconnected, starting at the Telluride Valley Floor via the Boomerang Trail and continuing up to Mountain Village’s winter trails, which are located on the Telluride Ski & Golf Company’s golf course. These trails reach into Mountain Village Center and extend out to the Mountain Village entrance.

Another option that may be new to many is platform tennis. A slight variation on the traditional game of tennis, the platform version covers less of the court and is played with a paddle instead of a racquet. Mountain Village offers two heated, well-lighted courts open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are located 100 yards south of the Telluride Ski & Golf Club House at The Peaks Resort & Spa. A small clubhouse with equipment, lockers and restrooms is available for your convenience on site. In the winter, guests access the platform tennis court from The Peaks ski trail, 200 yards from the top of Lift 1. Reservations are not required, but a code is necessary for access so call first. For additional platform tennis rules, visit the official American Platform Tennis Association website.

And then there is ice skating.

After a day on the slopes, reconnect with family and friends at the full-service Mountain Village Ice Rink, now operated by Madeline Hotel and Residences. Located in Reflection Plaza, the rink offers daily open skating, special events, team-building, and skate instruction on the European-style plaza from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with a free skate hour between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. In addition, Madeline Hotel rents hockey and figure skates of all sizes and offers punch cards and season passes. For information about daily rates or to book a special event, contact Madeline Hotel and Residences at (970) 369-0880.

And finally – drumroll please – Mountain Village features Frozen Fun.

A recent addition to Mountain Village, Frozen Fun on Village Pond is the pet name of yet another winter venue. True, Frozen Fun is smaller than the Mountain Village Ice Rink, but you can play just about anything you can imagine for free – with or without skates – on this well-maintained frozen pond of fun. The site, which is unsupervised, is open to the public during daylight hours seven days a week. To find this hidden gem, follow the plazas until you reach Conference Center Plaza and Village Park Plaza.

And when you are literally frozen from too much outdoor fun and games and needing to refuel, Mountain Village is home to a wide variety of watering holes, from white-table-cloth to casual dining. Free parking is available near or adjacent to winter activities and dining options.