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From World-Class Skiing to Ice Climbing to Swimming in the Hot Springs, Ouray has more than ever to offer during the Winter Season!

Skiing in Telluride!

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Telluride is one of the best ski resorts in Colorado for a couple of reasons. First, it is located in a remote area so there are never any lift lines and the variety of terrain is exceptional. In fact, in December, 2001, Telluride opened an entire new area called Prospect Bowl which almost doubled the size of the mountain. It has some great glade and bowl skiing that can't be missed. And, for those of you that ski the front range resorts in Colorado -- there are never any lift lines at Telluride!

Telluride is also great because of the amenities that it offers. It has 3 gondolas (one of which is completely dedicated to taking you from your car in the free parking lot directly to the base for instant access and no walking). It also has some great restaurants on the mountain that have character and great food.

Getting to Telluride from Ouray is a simple and scenic 40 minute drive. For specific directions, click on the Driving Directions page.

Also, don't forget to ask about the discounted lift tickets when staying at our townhome in Ouray.

Skiing at Silverton Mountain
 
Silverton Mountain is a new expert and advanced only ski/snowboard facility. One double chairlift accesses the steepest, most powder filled skiing this side of Valdez, Alaska. Silverton Mountain located in Silverton, Colorado opened for business on January 19th 2002. They are a guided only operation with a maximum of 20 people a day.  Visit http://www.silvertonmountain.com for more details.

Ice Climbing
icepark.jpgLocated in the Uncompahgre Gorge, the Ouray Ice Park was opened in 1995 as the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing. Climbing is free. And, you can sign up for ice climbing lessons through San Juan Mountain Guides.  They have all the equipment you need.  Visit their site at http://www.ourayclimbing.com/.
 
You can also visit the Ouray Ice Park Website at http://www.ourayicepark.com/.

Ouray Hot Springs Pool

Soak, swim & relax in the 1 million gallon natural hot mineral springs pool. Work out at the fully equipped fitness center. Just a two blocks from the townhouse. Summer Hrs.10-10. Fall , Winter & Spring Hrs. 12-9.

Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
 
Ouray and the surrounding mountains has miles and miles of trails available for all outdoor activities.  You can rent equipment at the Ouray Mountain Sports store on Main Street or bring your own.  Snowmobiling tours are available outside Telluride and just south of Ouray.

Pamper Yourself with a Spa Treatment
 
Enjoy a massage and spa treatment at the Chipeta Spa in Ridgway -- just 10 minutes north of Ouray.  Multiple options and packages are available.  Contact them at 800-633-5868.

The Durango Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad

Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year round adventure.

For more information on the Durango Silverton Train, click here.