If you’re visiting Winter Park for more than a few days, you might want to consider taking a day away from the slopes to rest the legs and sample some of the area’s other attractions on a day away from the slopes. In this article, we’ll showcase some of the alternative pastimes to skiing and snowboarding during your Winter vacation in Winter Park.
Winter Park is perfectly positioned on the precipice of the Continental Divide, and there’s no better way of experiencing this, than by getting into the high country. For those of us that don’t have the time spare to go for a very long hiking adventure, the best way to achieve this is on the back of a snowmobile. Grand Adventures is the leader of the pack in snowmobiling in Grand County, and offer a variety of guided tours and self-guided daily rentals in the Winter Park Area. Furthermore, Winter Park Lodging Company guests enjoy a 10% discount on snowmobile tours with Grand Adventures.
Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Grand Adventure snowmobile Tours.
For a truly unique and exhilarating experience, go for a dog sled ride with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park. This top notch outfit will bundle you up with your loved ones and whisk you through the pristine woodland and meadows around Fraser. This company takes exceptionally good care of their 70+ dogs and encourages riders to spend some time with the friendly pack after your ride.
Guests staying with Winter Park Lodging Company enjoy a 10% discount on Dog Sled Rides Of Winter Park.
People who love biking, love biking whenever they can…even in the snow. To help the cause, some clever bike fanatic out there invented the Fat Tire Bike: a regular mountain bike with oversized tires to help you stay afloat on snowy trails. Being the MTB Capital of the World, Winter Park has embraced fat biking with gusto, offering free groomed trails around the towns of Fraser and Downtown Winter Park, plus even more options on the paid trails of YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and Devils Thumb Ranch in nearby Tabernash.
Fat bikes can be rented at:
Icebox Mountain Sports. Four hours $39, 8 hours $44, or 24 hours $59. 970.722.7780
Devil’s Thumb Ranch $45 gets you a fat bike rental and access to their 20k of biking dedicated trails. 970.726.8231
Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA $60/full-day, $40/half-day and access to 10km of biking-dedicated trails. 888.573.9622.
There’s a world of beauty out there to be explored, and a great way to get a little deeper into woods is by cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Winter Park & Fraser is surrounded by national forest with a fantastic network of trails for all levels of ability and fitness, click here to see our winter map. With options to rent equipment and go it alone, or go to one of the areas highly acclaimed xc centers at Devils Thumb Ranch or YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, you are truly spoilt for choice for cross country adventures in the Winter Park area.
Kids have fun, and if we want to drink from that eternal fountain of youth, we’d better start acting like them. Kid-friendly activities don’t cost a lot, and can make for a really enjoyable day for fun loving adults too. Great kid-friendly pursuits in Winter Park include snow tubing, ice skating and sledding. Heck, we won’t even judge you if you choose to build a snowman…..sorry ‘Ice Sculpture’.
Treat your body and mind to day of pampering at one of the many excellent spas on offer in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley. If you are staying at the Resort and want to take a quick stroll to heaven, check out Alpenglow Massage in the main Village. If you are staying in Downtown Winter Park, Blue Sky Massage and Bella Vita Spa offer a fantastic range of services to rejuvenate the soul; and if you really want to go all out and spend a day in the lap of luxury, head to Ranch Creek Spa at Devils Thumb Ranch.
How often do you really get a chance to just relax at home for an entire day. Our vacation homes should feel like a cozy and welcoming home away from home (minus the chores!), giving you the perfect retreat to relax by the fire, read a good book, or play a board game with the family. If you want to combine a day at home with a little TLC for your body, call Sheila DuCharme of Blue Sky Massage who will bring the spa to you, with her mobile massage offerings.
To find out more about Winter Park activities during the summer or winter months, click here for our full guide.
@w1Nt3rP@r February 1st, 2015