Winter Park Colorado Ski Vacations & Winter Activities

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Whether you're searching for adventure or leisure in the Winter Park area, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for given the wide range of extraordinary opportunities.

With all of the recreational options available in the Winter Park area, every day can be a new adventure!

Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding

The Winter Park Resort is a world-class ski area known for the 'bumps at Mary Jane", its five interconnecting mountains offering a wide variety of terrain, and its 350 inches of powder a year. If you're into terrain parks, Winter Park has six of them (and one Superpipe) that progress up to its most difficult, named Dark Territory.

Cross-Country Skiing

Skate ski or classic at any of the four nordic centers in the county (YMCA of the Rockies, Devil's Thumb Ranch, Grand Lake Touring Center, Latigo Ranch) or cross-country for free on the SolVista Basin trails or through the many national forest trails that canvas the Valley.

Dog Sled Rides

Take a tour through the woods via a dog sled team! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park (located in Fraser) offers a different array of tours, and you can even meet all of the dogs and tour the facilities.

Hot Air Ballooning

See the Rockies like never before - from within a hot air balloon that is piloted by an FAA commercial pilot; Grand Adventures Balloon Tours start off with a commemorative photo and a champagne toast, and then it's lift-off!

Ice Skating

Skate on the pond at the Winter Park Resort, or on the custom rink at Devil's Thumb Ranch. If ice hockey is more your speed, check out the free covered, outdoor rink in Fraser, near the Ball Fields off of County Rd. 5.

Ice Fishing

There's nothing like huddling near a hole in the ice on one of the 'great lakes', waiting for the line to snag a huge Colorado Trout! Contact the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce for more information regarding Ice Fishing contests and popular ice fishing destinations.

Indoor Recreation

The Grand Park Community Center is open to the public daily, with features including a lap pool, climbing wall, indoor track, exercise classes and full weight and cardio machine selections. It's the perfect place to pass the time if the weather is too cold outside.

Movie Theater

Watch the latest movies at The Foundry, Winter Park's movie theater/bowling ally.

Nastar Racing

This dual course at the Winter Park Ski Resort will give you a chance to beat a friend down a designated course (and win bragging rights!) or race the clock on your own.

Scenic Chairlift Rides

You don't have to be a skier to enjoy the vistas from the top of the Winter Park Ski Resort! Opt to ride the Zephyr chairlift to the summit and have lunch at The Lodge at Sunspot.


Cooper Creek Square has everything from clothing & art boutiques, souvenir and keepsake galleries, to a wine shop, toy store & paint your own pottery opportunities. Restaurants, coffee & ice cream shops, along with an outdoor fountain and ice skating rink, are within this downtown Winter Park retail section.

SkiBiking (or Snowcycling)

A whole new take on 'mountain biking'! Strap on foot skis, sit on the skibike (or snowcycle) and glide through the pines and down the slopes of the Winter Park Ski Resort. Night snowcycling is available on weekends, so call for details.

Sleigh Rides

The Devil's Thumb Ranch offers horse-drawn sleigh rides (group or private), and afterwards, stop into Heck's Tavern for a hot toddy or hot chocolate and some lunch or dinner.

Snowcat Tours or Snowcat Skiing

For an easy day of fun, climb aboard a snowcoach and take a tour of the Winter Park Ski Resort; tours are offered daily, and private group tours can be arranged. Or go snowcat skiing for an epic day of powder turns up on Jones Pass.


Whether you're looking for a mellow, guided tour of forest trails or want to zoom straight to the top of the Continental Divide, contact the Trailblazer Snowmobile Tours in Fraser, or Grand Adventures in Winter Park. Guided and unguided snowmobile tours are available.


Hike the biking trails with snowshoes on at the Winter Park Ski Resort or opt for a guided tour of the mountain, or simply go to any of the nordic centers and take advantage of their snowshoe trails. Strapping on snowshoes is a great way to see the sights and get a little exercise at the same time. Bring your own snowshoes or rent at the Winter Park Resort or any of the nordic centers.

Soaking in Natural Hot Springs

Spend a few hours relaxing by sampling any of the 17 hot mineral baths and pools within the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa. Private and indoor pools are available, as well as massages.


Hurtling yourself down a slope on a tube isn't just for kids! There are two tubing hills in Fraser (the Fraser Tubing Hill and The Colorado Adventure Center) with varied degrees of steepness, so you can experience the thrill of tubing, day or night!

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