Cross Country (XC) skiing is a wonderful way to enjoy the Telluride area. There are extensive groomed XC trails on the Valley Floor, Telluride Town Park, on the Mountain Village golf links and outside of town at Priest Lake and Trout Lake. The Telluride Nordic Association maintains the groomed trails.  I and others also XC ski off-trail, mostly at Lizard Head Pass, above Trout Lake, where routes through forests and meadows offers wilderness xc skiing lasting from a hour to a day.