Winter Park is known as Colorado’s favorite playground — and for good reason! This small town boasts plenty to see and do all year-round but is busiest in the winter months. Are you planning a trip to Winter Park, Colorado, this season? Make your trip unforgettable by including some of the following five activities in your itinerary.
1. Skiing or Snowboarding
Winter Park Resort attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced park rat, this ski resort has something for everyone. Spanning over 3,000 acres of snowy terrain, Winter Park Resort features a wide variety of groomed runs, black diamonds, terrain parks, and glades.
After a long day of carving up the slopes, you can grab a bite to eat at Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco for some of the best fish tacos you’ve ever had. Or soak your sore muscles in a hot tub at one of the ski lodges nearby.
Looking for an easier and less expensive winter sport instead? Try snowshoeing one of the many trails through Winter Park’s backcountry. If you’re new to the area or want to make the most of your trip, consider a guided snowshoe tour. Your tour guide will ensure you don’t get lost as you venture off the beaten path and may provide commentary about the local wildlife and plants you encounter.
If you need to rent snowshoes, check out the Ski Broker in Fraser or go to the guest services section in the Balcony House.
3. Alpine Tubing
If you’d prefer an activity that is less physically demanding than skiing and snowshoeing, consider tubing at the Fraser Tubing Hill. This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. No reservations are required but expect to pay $24 per person for an hour of tubing or $28 for 90 minutes. These rates include a tube rental.
If you like tubing but hate hauling your tube back up the hill, Fraser Tubing Hill is the place for you. Rather than walk back up the hill, let our tube lift pull you up.
When you’re done with your tubing session, enjoy a picnic on the hill or visit the lodge for a burger, pizza, or snacks.
4. Ice Fishing
Aside from its impressive ski resort, miles of hiking/snowshoeing trails, and tubing hills, Winter Park is also known for its fishing lakes. So grab your fishing poles and bait, and head on over to Lake Granby to try your hand at nabbing a kokanee salmon or rainbow trout.
If you’re willing to drive a bit further away from Winter Park, you can also fish at Grand Lake or Shadow Mountain Reservoir.
If you want to cook up your catch later, plan to stay in one of the numerous vacation homes in the area so you can take advantage of a fully equipped kitchen.
5. Ice Skating
Last but not least, ice skating is another activity you can enjoy in Winter Park. This activity won’t cost you a dime at Cooper Creek Square Rink when you bring your own skates. If you need to rent skates, however, you can do so at Christy Sports or the Viking Lodge. What are you waiting for? Go show off your moves on this scenic outdoor rink.
Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and sweet or savory crepes at Goodys Mountain Creperie. Or take a dip in the natural mineral hot springs in the aptly named town Hot Sulphur Springs.
Looking for the perfect place to lodge while you hit the slopes, fish, or skate in Winter Park, Colorado? Check out Access Winter Park to find beautiful rental properties in the heart of the city.