Why Adventure with Us

We are Telluride’s premier source for mountain adventures—creating the most tailor-made guided experiences in the San Juans!  We pride ourselves on our safety record. Our local, knowledgable, expert guides offer high-end, full-service, customized excursions.

Winter Adventures in Telluride!

San Juan Outdoor Adventures will entertain you with winter  ice climbing adventures, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and winter hut touring.

Want to learn winter backcountry skills? We offer cutting-edge courses in avalanche education at the San Juan Outdoor School.

Our expert instructors and naturalists entertain you and guide you. You’ll gain an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of Telluride’s majestic San Juan Mountains. We give you the industry’s highest quality instruction in a supportive learning environment and create a memorable outdoor experience for people of all ages and abilities.

Ice Climbing

Want to learn how to ice climb?
Let’s plan it now.

You want to test yourself?
We’ll lead you to amazing frozen waterfalls where you will use your “spider” skills.

Telluride has some of the best ice climbs in the West! Learn new skills or try new terrain,from Ames Falls to Cornet Falls to Bridal Veil Falls to the Ames Ice Hose. A variety of climbs are available for all levels and abilities.

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

Want to explore the San Juan mountain backcountry?
Let’s plan it now.
Ready to try a peak descent?
Tell us where you want to go.

Let us introduce you to the thrilling sport of backcountry skiing or snowboarding. Or guide the experienced to a new peak.


There is no better way to experience the serene winter beauty of the San Juan Mountains than with a pair of snowshoes strapped to your feet. You will frolic in fresh Colorado powder while learning about Telluride’s unique natural history from our expert guides. Join us for just a few hours or come on one of our multi-day hut trips. Or, take a day at the spa and send your kids on one of our Kid’s Tours specializing in snowman-building and sledding.

Winter Hut Trips

Dreaming of snuggling by the fire, and sipping hot cocoa while taking in the finest scenery through frosted windows?
We can make that happen.

An overnight or multi-day winter hut trip allows you to get deep into Telluride’s backcountry and sleep amidst towering peaks and the majestic frozen landscape.

Avalanche Education

Are you prepared for the backcountry?

The San Juan Field School offers several avalanche education opportunities throughout the winter season including one 4-day avalanche course, two 3-day avalanche courses, one 2-day avalanche course, our free Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series and as well as our free Avalanche Beacon Rescue Clinics.

Peak Decents

Earning your turns and achieving the perfect line is the heart and soul of the Telluride Winter experience.

You want to descend a peak? Let’s go!
You want technical snow climbs or couloir descent? Onward!

Backcountry Nordic Skiing

Looking for unique adventure on skis but you are not an alpine skier?

Our backcountry nordic ski tours are off the groomed tracks and access different terrain throughout the mountains.

Fattire Biking

Explore Telluride’s amazing backroads and trails on a fattire mountain bike.

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