It is fair to say that when the snow starts flying, the big focus in Winter Park is the world class skiing to be had at Winter Park Resort. But we all need a day away from the slopes from time to time, and with so many other activities on offer, it would be a crying shame to go home without trying out at least a couple of the following.
Zip your way up to the Continental Divide and feel like you are on top of the world with Grand Adventures Snowmobile Tours. Take in incredible views of the Winter Park Ski Resort, Fraser Valley & the Front Range Mountains during this beginner friendly 2 hour tour. Perfect for the beginner to intermediate riders and families looking to experience Colorado’s backcountry on a snowmobile.
There’s something distinctly romantic about ice skating on a real pond as snowflakes fall around you. Winter Park has a variety of ice skating venues on offer at little or no cost to any would be Nancy Kerrigans out there.
If you’ve ever yearned to take a break from the high speed chase we call modern life and make a return to the more traditional values of good old fashioned ranchin’, it’s time you took a Feed Sleigh Ride at Cabin Creek Stables of Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
If you’ve ever longed to feel like Nanook and command your own sled of dogs, have we got the adventure for you. Winter Park Lodging Company has partnered with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park to provide our guests with an exhilarating-once-in-a-life-time ride.
A favorite activity among locals and visitors, young and old, families and friends is snow tubing and sledding. Winter Park and the Fraser Valley has a variety of locations to choose from.
Snowshoeing is a great and inexpensive way to escape the crowds and enjoy the simple splendor of reconnecting with mother nature. Winter Park is home to a vast network of public trails that offer everything from an easy stroll along a sparkling creek bed, to a heart pumping hike to the high ground.
Click here for our Favorite trails for snowshoeing in the Winter Park Area.
A hot air balloon ride is a wonderful experience in all year round. Believe it or not, Wintertime is a great time to take flight aboard a hot air balloon ride. The temperature actually rises as you reach higher altitude, so while the rest of Winter Park is shivering away below, you’ll be feeling warm and toasty in your hot air balloon.
Join in the hot new craze on the mountain: skibiking, aka Frankenbiking! Believe it or not, skibiking is very easy to learn and a really fun way to get around the mountain. Winter Park Resort offers beginner and intermediate skibike lessons daily, and even offer night rides when the Sunspot Restaurant is operating.
Sometimes a day off should be just that. If you want to sit back, relax and give your body a little well deserved TLC check out the plethora of pamper palaces on offer in the winter park area. A forty minute drive west of Winter Park will find you at the town of Hot Sulphur Springs, and the historic Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa. Offering a full range of spa services, (including massage, body wraps and facials) and over 20 hot spring pools to choose from, the resort is a pure mecca of relaxation and natural wellness. A little closer to home is Devils Thumb Ranch, a true paradise of mountain beauty and charm, with a jaw droppingly beautiful spa that you’ll never want to leave.
Think ice-hockey minus the skates, pads and brawls. Broomball is a fun, free activity on offer at the Village Pond at Winter Park Resort.
Sarah October 4th, 2013