Northwest of Telluride, for a true backcountry ski experience try the 56 miles of trails in the Mt. Sneffels Range linking Telluride, Ouray and Ridgeway. The route provides access to the San Juan Hut System while cruising through forests and has great views of several 14,000 feet peaks. Each of the five huts has bunks, propane stoves, and woodburning stoves. It is typically 10-15km between huts.
Overall, San Juan is the 26th most popular cross country ski area of all 58 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado.