Whether you are a first-time skier or an authority on this exciting sport, the Telluride Ski Resort, only one hour from the Box Canyon Lodge, has everything — from gentle, undulating trails and steep slopes to high-adventure moguls and freestyle terrain.
Ski the extreme powder and terrain of Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain is a new advanced, guided ski and snowboard facility for the hard-core enthusiast. The base elevation is 10,400 feet and the chairlift peaks at 12,300 feet.
Skiers are guided in groups of eight or less, skiing four to five runs a day, amounting to 8,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of wild rides. They have unguided skiing available during the ski season, but, you need to contact them for details.
A relaxing soak in the 108-degree hot springs spas at the Box Canyon Lodge, after a day at Silverton Mountain, is a must!
Silverton Mountain is open Thursday through Sunday, from December through April. Reservations are required. For more information on this extreme adventure of all thrills and no frills, visit their website.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
The mountains surrounding Ouray offer some spectacular areas for either cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. No matter what your ability, there are both groomed and un-groomed trails of all difficulty levels. The Ouray Nordic Council maintains several kilometers of groomed trails in and around the City of Ouray. For starters, try the gentle valley of Ironton 8 miles south of Ouray ironton-trail-map. The area offers beginner and intermediate skiing.
North of Ouray and near the town of Ridgway, you can enjoy Top of the Pines open space preserve and retreat. This area is on top of a mesa with spectacular scenery of the Mt. Sneffels massif.
You can also try Dave Wood Road which is closer to Montrose. The USFS map of Dave Wood Road Cross Country Ski Trail Map provides great suggestions for a winter excursion in a safe manner.
Further south, at Durango Mountain Resort, skate ski on their cross country ski tracks.
Your aching muscles will thank you as you slide down into the 108-degree mineral hot springs spas when you return to the Box Canyon Lodge at the end of the day.
Both cross-country skis and snowshoes can be rented in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports.
Backcountry skiing blends the excitement of downhill skiing with the physical challenges and rewards of backcountry winter travel. The Red Mountain Pass area, in particular, hosts an abundance of different tours for a variety of different skiing abilities. Read more information about backcountry safety and access information from the winter_recreation that features information for Red Mountain.