Winter Activities In Winter Park, Colorado

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Winter Park, Colorado boasts the title, ‘Colorado’s Favorite’

Why is that?  The answer is easy: EPIC skiing and snowboarding, an average snowfall of 375 inches each winter, and the friendliest locals around.  But don’t think that skiing is the only thing on offer in this winter wonderland, check out the activities below and click on the links for more information.

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Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort boasts 3081 acres of diverse skiing terrain, spread out over seven territories.   From family friendly groomers, to the famous bumps of Mary Jane, to challenging double black diamond runs around the chutes and Cirque – Winter Park really is a playground for all levels.   Located just 90 miles west of Denver International Airport, Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to Denver, Colorado.

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Dog-sledding In Winter Park

For a truly unique mountain experience, try dog sledding with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park.

This professional outfit takes care of 70+ happy sled dogs, offering year round experiences of dog sledding and dog carting to all from 1 and up.

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Sledding & Snow Tubing

Fun for all ages, snow tubing and backyard sledding are winter traditions for most visiting families to Winter Park.

From free sled dashes in Hideaway Park, to the polished alleys of Winter Park Resort, there are lots of options for sliding around in Winter Park & Fraser.

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Sleigh Rides At Devils Thumb Ranch

Take a family friendly feed-sleigh ride at nearby Devils Thumb Ranch.

Enjoy a little Wild West on your winter vacation when you take a trip aboard the feed sleigh with the friendly wranglers at Devils Thumb and help them feed their hungry herd of 50+ horses in the pasture.  Oh, and there’s smores and hot chocolate too!

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Snowmobiling In Winter Park

Take a trip to the top of the Continental Divide with Grand Adventures Snowmobile tours.

The professional guides at Grand Adventures will suit you and boot you up for a day of fun in the mountains, taking time to show you some tips and tricks to riding your very own snowmobile.

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Powder Addiction Snowcat Skiing

Get away from the crowds and experience the untracked backcountry descents of nearby Jones Pass with Powder Addiction.

This local snowcat operation offers guided snowcat skiing and snowboarding from December – April (snow conditions dependent).

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Ice Skating 

The timeless tradition of a yuletide glide lasts all winter in Winter Park.

There are many options available, from maintained outdoor ice ponds,  to full size hockey rinks.  For those that don’t feel completely at ease on skates, weekly broomball games make for a great (and less intimidating) adventure on the ice.

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Cross Country & Snowshoeing

If you’re looking to get away from it all, head to the tranquil forest trails waiting to be explored around Winter Park.

If you want to explore independently, snowshoes and cross country skis can be rented from local store, Epic Mountain Sports; or enjoy professionally maintained skate and traditional tracks at nearby Devil’s Thumb Ranch or Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA.

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Hot Air Balloon Tours

Didn’t think this was a winter time activity?  It’s actually the best time of the year to take to the skies!

Soar high above the valley beneath the toasty flame of the hot air balloon for a one of kind view of Winter Park and surrounding mountains.   Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Tours have been operating in Winter Park for many years with an excellent reputation for service and safety.

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Spas, Massage & Hot Spring

Whether you’ve been working your muscles hard, or simply deserve a little pampering, Winter Park has a large array of spa services on offer.

Learn more about local massage services (including in-home massage),  local day spas in the area, plus natural hot spring soaks in the many pools at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.

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Grand Park Recreation Center

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained with away from the slopes?  Grand Park Recreation Center is a first class facility full of fun for every age of visitor.

A full size aquatic center includes lap pool, lazy river, slides and diving boards, plus steam room, sauna and hot tubs for the adults.  Dry land activities on offer include a climbing wall, large gym, basketball court, gymnastic and dance studios.

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Retail Therapy In Winter Park

You’ll find many sporting goods and artisan stores throughout Winter Park Resort, Downtown Winter Park and Fraser, but if you want the best selection in one spot, head to Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park.

Cooper Creek Square offers a large selection of gift stores, clothing outlets and restaurants in a pedestrianized shopping mall.  They also offer many fun and free activities, such as horse drawn carriage rides, live music and ice cream socials.

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