Telluride is not just a set of downhill runs.
- Some of us (broken knee parts - oh where did that ACL go on the mountain) now beat the backcountry in our love trees, snow, head out through and around town on cross country trails that unfold through trees, in valleys and over passes on our SNINNY SKIS.
- We have six Nordic skiing areas within a half-hour and a Nordic Center offering rentals, maps and lessons.
Where to go Cross Country Skiing
The Nordic Center is located at the north entrance to Town Park and is open every day except Sunday. A series of trails running three kilometer begin just steps from the center.
A longer set of trails expands across the Valley Floor open space just west of Telluride. Parking can be found at the end of Mahoney Drive in the southwest corner of town.
Priest Lake is about 12 miles south of Telluride alongside Highway 145. The trailhead is at the Forest Service building about 500 yards past the Matterhorn Campground. There are several interconnected trails over rolling terrain labeled beginner, intermediate and advanced. Remember to sign in before using the trails.
The Trout Lake trails are dog-friendly and receive the most snow, making it the first trail to open and last to close. The best access point is at the parking lot on the summit of Lizard Head Pass south of Telluride on Highway 145.
Mountain Village Golf Course
Mountain Village maintains twelve kilometers of trails through aspen groves, pines and along the golf course. Trails can be accessed by a free parking lot at the end of Adams Ranch Road or in the main village by the Peaks Resort.
The ski resort operates and maintains a series of trails at the top of Lift 10 in Mountain Village. Special discount tickets are available if visitors are only using the Nordic trails.