- Telluride Ski Resort has increased its summer outdoor activities and now new trails and a nature center.
- Telluride's golf course offers longer flight time (the ball flies further at altitude) and some great scenery.
- In 2009 the resort gave the OK to a new volunteer-run mountain bike downhill course.
Telluride Ski Resort has expanded their summer activity offerings with a new nature center and a free downhill mountain biking course. The golf course is still one of the most spectacular in the country, and hiking trails extend to the farthest reaches of the resort’s ridgelines.
The ski resort is home to a network of trails cutting across the slopes, open meadows and tightly spaced Aspens. The season begins in late-May when the gondola reopens, but the higher elevation trails can remain mud-caked into June.
A long-standing local favorite, the Prospect Trail is the longest single-track on the ski area, and traverses several ridgelines and valleys without getting too extreme. Follow the signs from the top of the gondola.
Operated and maintained by volunteers, the Full Tilt downhill course is a new addition to the ski resort bike trails, and is accessed from the gondola’s mid-mountain station. Head straight out of the gondola terminal and look for the access gate. Trail difficulty is clearly marked at the course entrance.
Playing golf at Telluride can be tough. Not because of the conditions—the course is world-class and the ball travels further at altitude—but because of the jaw-dropping scenery surrounding the 9,300-foot high course. The course is a par 71 and stretches 6,739-yards through alpine meadows, aspen groves and towering pine trees. The course is usually open from May to mid-October depending on conditions.
Hiking trails crisscross the ski area and extend to its highest ridgelines. Make sure to summit the resort’s Gold Hill Ridge along the See Forever Trail, which can be reached from the trail under the gondola or by the mid-mountain gondola station.
The St. Sophia Nature Center at the top of the gondola is a new addition to the summer season at Telluride. The center has information on hiking and biking trails, weather expectations and the local ecosystems to keep visitors informed.