Winter Park Colorado Winter Activities

Winter Park, Colorado is a winter activity heaven. Winter activity here in our part of the Colorado Rocky Mountains there are endless outdoor activities. We are home to Winter Park Ski Resort, Devils Thumb Nordic Center, enough back-country skiing for even the pros and we are the proclaimed snowmobile capitol of the USA. What to do here in Grand County is not a decision of what to do here in the winter but a decision of what not to do. If you are coming to visit for a week you will be able to fill every day with new and exciting activities. If you come for a month you may get to do a couple of activities a couple times. And if you come live for a year you may experience all of our winter activities here in Winterpark, CO.So lets start with our most recognized and popular outdoor winter activity. That is downhill alpine skiing at Winterpark Resort. Winter Park/Mary Jane Resort is the closest destination ski resort to Denver International Airport and is Colorado’s longest continually operating ski resort. Winterpark/Mary Jane receives the most snowfall of all Colorado destination resorts and is known for its best in North America moguls and is always recognized as one of the most family oriented ski resorts to visit. Winter Park/Mary Jane is also known for its disabled ski programs that are run through the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).Cross country skiing is also a very popular activity here in Grand County and there is no better location to take to the trails than Devils Thumb Ranch. With more than 100km of groomed trails nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek Valley at the base of the Continental Divide, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is the premiere Nordic center for Colorado cross country skiing, whether for skate or classic Nordic. Novices can start the day with a private or group lesson from one of their friendly instructors. More seasoned Nordic enthusiasts will find the advanced technique clinics helpful. And of course, a wide variety of quality cross country ski equipment is available for purchase or rental, including infant sleds and skijoring rigs. Devil’s Thumb Ranch is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.Snowmobiling is also a more than a pastime in this part of Grand County. Grand Lake, known as the Snowmobile Capital of Colorado because of the abundance of excellent snowmobile riding and the ability to ride into town for lunch, dinner and lodging. Leave your car behind, all you will need is your snowmobile for days of freedom and enjoyment.And lastly lets not forget about all the back-country skiing that is just out the door of your lodging here in Winter Park. There is a new back-country cat skiing operation called Powder Addiction that is headquartered in the Winter Park base village to take all that yearn for some untouched ungroomed tracks out to get their kicks.Outdoor winter activities is what Winter Park is about. Something for everyone and more than enough for all.

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