Backcountry Skiing in Telluride

When you're ready to take your skiing to the next level, this is it. Backcountry skiing in Telluride is a completely different animal than skiing at the ski resort, but there's a reason so many people flock to town to try it. 

Backcountry Skiing in Telluride

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While backcountry skiing can be extremely rewarding and absolutely dreamy, it can also be dangerous. While the backcountry and sidecountry are open to any skiers, it can also be quite dangerous. Telluride is known for its steep terrain and is very prone to avalanches. It is recommended that all backcountry adventurers are comfortable skiing black diamonds. If you want to try it out but aren't sure about doing it on your own, hire a guide! Our Hotel Columbia concierge can direct you to the best ones in town to guarantee a safe and fabulous backcountry skiing experience. 

Places we like to backcountry ski:

  • Bear Creek - technically the "sidecountry", this area is accessed from the Telluride Ski Resort. It is prone to avalanches, so please be wary of conditions before venturing in this area. 
  • Alta Lakes - Skiing is extremely diverse in this area and can be accessed from the Telluride Ski Resort's Prospect/Black Iron Bowl ridge. 
  • Ophir - This is a popular spot for locals and requires skinning up the mountain to gain access to the epic runs.