Top Ways to Enjoy Winter in the Park
Visitors invited to unleash their inner child at 'Colorado's favorite playground'
Winter Park-Fraser Chamber Announces Top Ways to Enjoy Winter in the Park
–Visitors invited to unleash their inner child at ‘Colorado’s favorite playground’–
Winter Park-Fraser Valley, Colo. – Winter Park-Fraser Chamber today announced the top five ways to spend winter days in Winter Park. Winter Park – only 67 miles west of Denver – is not only convenient, it is also full of spectacular scenery, family-friendly activities, vacation value (Winter Park Key Card, anyone?), and outdoor activities sure to overflow any bucket list.
Vacation is the perfect time to let loose a little, and Winter Park’s playground is the perfect place to unleash the inner child. Visitors can build a snowman, start a snowball fight, make a snow-angel or whatever the imagination can create! Here are just five ways vacationers can play in the park this winter – no matter how old they are.
- Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
From world-famous bumps to gorgeously groomed runs, Winter Park’s two ski hills – Winter Park Resort and Ski Granby Ranch – offer family fun at every turn. Boasting an average of 29 feet of snow each winter, Winter Park Resort – Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort – has some of the most dependable conditions in the state. Ski Granby Ranch is a perfect place for families to learn to ski or board together and also offers night skiing and tubing.
- Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
The snow isn’t just for downhill skiing in Winter Park! Cross-country and snowshoe fans will delight in the 100 km of trails at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies. Granby Ranch offers an additional 25 km of trails, while the Grand Lake Nordic Center chips in 35 km more. Classic or skate skiing is also available through the Arapaho National Forest. For snowshoers, Rocky Mountain National Park offers free ranger-led tours every Saturday starting in February. Or, snowshoers can always head out on their own to traverse the hundreds of miles of trails surrounding Winter Park.
- Ice Skating
Don’t be too cool to put the vacation on ice, literally! Stop by Cooper Creek Square for a free spin around the rink, or head to the new “IceBox” rink at the Fraser ball fields. YMCA of the Rockies also offers ice skating. Rentals are available at each site and will cost about $10-$15.
- Sleigh Rides, Tubing & Sledding
Tubing is a quintessential Winter Park activity, which is available at the Town of Fraser’s legendary tubing hill, Colorado Adventure Center, Ski Granby Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies, Grand Lake Nordic Center and – new this year – at Winter Park Resort. Sleigh rides are another unique way to experience Winter Park’s winter wonderland with local outfitters offering a variety of tours and lengths. For the little ones, free sledding is available at Hideaway Park’s SnowZone.
- Hot Air Ballooning
There is something simply magical about floating above the snow-covered landscape in a hot air balloon. Takeoff is from the launch site in Fraser. Depending on conditions, the flight pattern might stay low – great for wildlife viewing and pinecone picking – or go high, which means a bird’s eye view of the stunning scenery. Whatever the experience, it’s sure to be one for the memory book!
Winter Park-Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)
The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain
responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of
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