World class downhill skiing makes Winter Park special, but for those who want a change of pace there are a wide variety of non-skiing activities to challenge and entertain you. Whether you’re still in the mood for some snowy adventure, you just need to entertain the kids off-slope or you’re ready for a break from the cold, there are plenty of things to do in Winter Park that don’t require skis!
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy the snow without skis:
- Take a scenic ride on the Zephyr Express Chairlift – You don’t have to wear skis to marvel at the spectacular views of the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountain National Park. At the top enjoy lunch at The Lodge at Sunspot. On Friday and Saturday evenings and select holidays The Lodge is open for dinner. Inquire about foot passenger tickets.
- Bike on the snow – Why quit mountain biking simply because it’s winter? Explore the hundreds of miles of snow-packed trails in the Fraser Valley on a fat tire bike that rides on top of the snow. Stick to the hard packed trails and dress in layers because you will work up a sweat! Need wheels? There are plenty of bike rental shops to get all of the gear you could possibly need. P.S. Last year Snow Mountain Ranch offered fat tire bikes for its guests and it was a big hit. They are even planning a progressive Fat Bike Race Series this winter! How cool!
- Go for a sleigh ride in the snow – Sombrero Stables offers sleigh rides with a campfire stop for cocoa and marshmallows at Snow Mountain Ranch. The dinner sleigh ride features a home-cooked Colorado meal served in an indoor, western-style dining hall. On the winter horseback rides, wranglers point out elk, deer, moose, black bear, and coyote that roam the property. All rides are weather dependent; please call for times and reservations. Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Need to entertain the kids off-slope?
- Check out some non-skiing, free outdoor activities – Hideaway Park next to the Winter Park Information Center has free activities for kids of all ages, with facilities including a playground, a free sledding hill, a rail-riding area, a covered picnic area with a fireplace, hand-warmer fire pits and restrooms. Free events are offered periodically throughout the winter.
- Explore kid-friendly night life – The Village at Winter Park has fun weekly events like Broomball Nights, Kids Night Out and Disco Skate Nights to 1970s disco music.
- Settle in for pizza & a movie – If it’s already been a big day, settle in for a relaxing family evening at The Foundry Cinema & Bowl. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza and cocktail while watching a movie at one of the two theaters that feature oversized luxury seating. You can also bowl and play billiards.
Looking for a break from all of the adventure?
- Pamper yourself – Try pilates at Elevate Pilates and Physical Therapy Studio or get take a yoga class Mountain Moon Yoga. After you work up a sweat, visit Bella Vita Wellness Spa and Salon for massage and bodywork, facials, waxing, tinting, nail care and more, or check out the 18,000 square foot Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa where you can revive and rejuvenate with a hot stone massage, an exfoliating body scrub, a high altitude facial or a couples relaxation treatment.
- Read a book, check your email – The five libraries in Grand County are located in Fraser, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand Lake and Kremmling. Computers with high-speed Internet access are available free to the public. A low-vision computer station is available in each library. Wireless Internet access is free at all libraries. Check website for hours and days of operation for each library.
- Get fit – Swim, run, lift weights, climb or soak at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. The rec center offers a multi-sport gymnasium, running/walking track, a large swimming pool that includes lap pool, 20ft slide, a spray-and-play feature and lazy river. In addition, there is a cardio/weight area, group fitness room, climbing wall, sauna, hot tub and more. Snow Mountain Ranch also has a brand-new, three-story, indoor climbing wall and indoor archery range. There is also ice skating, sledding, tubing, an indoor pool with an aquatic climbing wall, water slide and sauna. Most activities are free for guests staying on-property; off-property guests must purchase a day pass for $20.
No matter what kind of mood you’re in, there are plenty of things to do in Winter Park without hitting the slopes! And of course, it’s never too late to change your mind about skiing in Winter Park!Tags: What to Do