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Telluride: mid-week ski-break things-to-do??

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Two couples headed to Telluride for a week, our first time there.  We'll ski 3 days, take a day off for something else (and give our 40-something legs a break), and finish off with 2 more days of skiing.  I'm looking for suggestions for that "day off." 

 

On past trips, we've had a lot of fun doing the snowmobile thing -- but at other resort areas, we've found some operators are pretty lame, some pretty good (based on where they take you, what they allow you to do).  Similarly, come evening, we've done the horse-drawn sleighride thing to camps in the forest for dinner -- some of these have been pretty good, some pretty lame (100 yards into the treeline versus really headed down some cool trails much further into the wilderness).  In addition to recommendations for decent operators for things like the above, perhaps there are other activitives in the Telluride area I might not be thinking of, must-see sightseeing, whatever it is, but hopefully you get the idea -- looking for suggestions for that mid-week day off.

 

While I'm at it, what are some good dining suggestions in town?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Aaron

Wilmington, DE

post #2 of 13

You might check out this place

http://www.orvishotsprings.com/ 

 

If that isn't your cup of tea try this place

http://www.boxcanyonouray.com/ 

I've been to the Box Canyon they have a few small tubs. there is also a public sized hot springs pool in Ouray. (Ouray is a must! if only to see it)

If you fly fish you can go to Ridgway and fish below the dam at Pacochupuk.

It depends on what you like to do and what the weather is like.  

As far as eating I usually avoid Telluride as it's pricey but, the Chop House is a great place if you want a great steak, Smugglers is a good brew pub type of food on the cheaper side and Baked in telluride is great pizza or breakfast-bakery food (cinnamon rolls) this placed burned down and I'm not sure if it's reopened or not?

post #3 of 13

I can't give advice on what to do if you're not skiing, because when I'm in Telluride I ski.

 

As for restaurants, my favorite is Cosmopolitan in the Hotel Columbia.  Great food and the staff is very friendly.  For value meals, Fat Alley's BBQ is always good, and Cucina de Luz has awesome mexican food.  Hongas used to be one of my favorites for asian/sushi, but I feel it has gone down hill in the past couple of years.

 

Enjoy Telluride.

post #4 of 13
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I'd be tempted to ski straight thru, burnt legs or not, but one of the wives is a complete non-skier due to a bad leg injury a few years ago, so a non-ski day mid-week will have to be a must, given her good "sportedness."  

 

Thanks for the tips thus far.  The more natural type no-tubs hot springs look pretty enticing, and appreciate the dining suggestions.  

 

What's Ouray about?

post #5 of 13

Ouray is the switzerland or America they say. It's a beautiful place Hot springs are a good way to relax on your day off. go to their website and you can see some of the pics

 

 http://www.ouraycolorado.com/ 

post #6 of 13

 I was in T-Ride a few years back, and just like you take day 4 off to 'rest' and usually snowmobile unless theres something more fun to do.

 

The snowmobile terrain in the area was terrific, can't remember the company, but it was all high country touring, really tip-top scenery and I've snowmobiled everywhere from Whistler to J-Hole and in between. They let you go off by youself in several of the meadows and noodle around to your hearts content.

 

Have fun, Telluride is a great little town, make sure to check for music shows, we caught the North Missisippi Allstars at the Fly me to the Moon Saloon... They rawked!

 

Had a excellent meal at the Sheridan Hotel, a bit pricey but good food always is.

post #7 of 13

I just got back from my first trip Telluride.  The town is great.  In addition to what other people posted, there are lots of great 2-6 hour hikes from the center of town into the mountains.  If the snow is deep I'd pick up some snowshoes in Mountain Village.

 

The other draw for Telluride is the food.  A few people recommended that I go to Cosmopolitan for dinner, and this was by far the most overrated restaurant I've been to in years.  Definitely not worth the price.  The food was cold and bland.  If you're looking to spend money on food, go to Excelsior or Hongas Lotus Petal.  For Mexican food check out La Cocina or Emilios.

 

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Now that's an endorsement!  If you remember who it was, let us know!

 

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Originally Posted by Furball View Post

 

The snowmobile terrain in the area was terrific, can't remember the company, but it was all high country touring, really tip-top scenery and I've snowmobiled everywhere from Whistler to J-Hole and in between. They let you go off by youself in several of the meadows and noodle around to your hearts content.

  

post #9 of 13

Mesa Verde National Park.  One of the oldest inhabited sites in North America.

 

Mike

post #10 of 13
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I spotted Mesa Verde as a possiblity for a day trip.  How far is it?

post #11 of 13

Depends on weather and road conditions over Lizard Head Hour and a half

post #12 of 13

If you have the $$ the glider ride will blow your mind.

post #13 of 13
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Soaring in (hopefully not into) the Rockies -- that sounds tempting.  What kind of money?

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