Looking to escape the crowds for a day?   Do what the locals do, don a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes, and discover the quieter side of the Winter Park & Fraser Valley.  With two nationally acclaimed Cross Country Ski Areas nearby, and easy access to miles upon miles of trails in the National Forest, you will be spoiled for choice on options.

xcDevil’s Thumb Ranch

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is considered the premiere Nordic center in colorado.  Offering more than 100km of groomed trails below the majestic Continental Divide, you will never tire of the views or trail options before you.

The center offers lessons, equipment rentals, merchandise & ski tuning in addition to offering technique clinics & race events throughout the year.  Dogs on leashes are welcome on designated dog-friendly trails and ski-jouring harnesses are also available for rent at Zacks Merchantile.

The center is open daily, from 8.30am to 5pm.  For further information, or to book a lesson, please call 970-726-8231.

Snow Mountain Ranch

XC skiing in winter park coloradoSnow Mountain Ranch (aka YMCA of the Rockies) has more than 100 kilometers of groomed trails and terrain to suit all abilities of cross country skier or snowshoer.   Beginners often enjoy skiing on the shorter loops around the Nordic Center, while experienced skiers tackle the longer trails with steeper terrain.  Leashed dogs are also  allowed on designated trails.

The center is open 5 days a week during the ski season, from 8.30am- 5pm.   Rentals & lessons are available for skate skiing, classical skiing, snowshoeing & ice skating (rentals only).  For further information, or to make a reservation, call 888-573-9622.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Park Guide