Summer Fun at the Telluride Ski Resort
Yes, the Telluride Ski Resort is an award-winning ski area with 2,000 acres of terrain for all levels of skier and rider, but it’s a hub for summertime fun too. Two musts for summer adventurers are the Telluride Bike Park and the Canopy Adventure. Both are true memory makers that promise family-friendly thrills, outdoor activity and — of course — stupendous views at every turn.
Telluride Bike Park
Located on the ski resort, the Telluride Bike Park is a freestyle course that was designed in partnership with Gravity Logic, a Whistler-based industry leader. The carefully constructed trails — approximately 45 trails in all, covering all levels of difficulty — roll playfully down the mountain through aspen groves and alpine meadows as they wind their way toward Mountain Village. At various points, the trails offer stunning viewpoints north to the San Sophia and Sneffels mountain ranges, as well as west to the Wilsons, a range that includes Wilson Peak, whose iconic silhouette forms the Coors logo.
Access to the bike park is easy via either the Gondola or Village Express (Lift 4) and the park offers lessons, clinics and guides for all ability levels, from first-timers to experienced mountain bikers.
The bike park’s routes tie into established U.S. Forest Service trails, including cross-country favorites like Prospect Loop and the Village Trail. The result is fabulous with mountain bike enthusiasts having over 30 miles of interconnected trails that weave a network of freeride, technical and cross-country routes for almost every level of rider.
Ready for an adrenaline rush? Also on the ski resort is the Canopy Adventure, which takes participants through a course of five ziplines, two aerial bridges and two rappels, spanning various terrain in the Village Express and Polar Queen Express areas. Reaching a maximum height of 140 feet above the forest floor, with zipline spans as long as 1,800 feet, the fully guided, approximately three-hour tour provides a fully interactive experience, with instruction in ziplining and rappelling appropriate for most people of average physical ability,
Described as an adrenaline rush in a controlled environment, the Canopy Adventure was planned, engineered and installed by one of the industry’s leading canopy tour developers, Bonsai Design of Grand Junction, Colorado. The course was created to give participants a fully immersive outdoor experience that also highlights the views Telluride and Mountain Village are known for.
It’s a heck of a lot of fun, too.
Telluride’s high-altitude twin, the town of Mountain Village sits within the ski resort and is the perfect lunchtime refuelling stop for bike park and canopy tour enthusiasts.
Delish Mountain Village eateries run the gamut from grab-and-go food carts, to family friendly cafes and pubs, to fine dining spots. Most have takeaway options and outdoor dining spaces, or you can take your meal to the Cabins at Mountain Village, the charming offline gondola cars placed all around the Village Center.
And, if you still have some energy to burn, there are also a wealth of hiking trails that weave their way in and around Mountain Village, as well as kid-friendly activities dotted around the Village Center, including a bouldering rock, ropes course, bungee trampoline, disc golf course, giant Jenga and Connect Four games and Elk Lake, a catch-and-release fishing pond.
For more on the Telluride Bike Park, the Canopy Adventure and all that the Telluride Ski Resort has to offer in the summertime, visit tellurideskiresort.com/summer.