Snow falls gently through the trees, the only sound snowshoes squeaking on the snowy trail. Snowshoeing is an ideal way to slow down and enjoy the mountains while getting an excellent aerobic workout that is low-impact on your body. Plus, just one hour of snowshoeing can burn roughly 600 calories.
Where to Go Snowshoeing in Winter Park
Wherever there is snow in Grand Country, there is a great place to snowshoe. But if you want to escape into the backcountry, consider these excellent locations that also rent snowshoes:
- Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa’s Nordic Center offers 20km of marked snowshoe trails. Dogs on leashes are welcome on the dog-friendly trails. Open daily during ski season. (970) 726-8231.
- Granby Ranch has two Nordic trail networks located on East Mountain (lift access available during Ski Granby Ranch hours) and at Golf Granby Ranch. (970) 887-5123, 800-757-7669.
- Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA Nordic Center features more than 100km of groomed, well-marked trails. Single day snowshoe trail pass is complimentary to YMCA of the Rockies members and overnight guests. Otherwise, a trail pass is $20; children $10 (ages 6-12); 5 and younger free. The Nordic Center is a full-service ski shop. (970) 887-2152, 888-573-9622.
- Grand Lake Touring Center offers 1.5 miles of well-marked snowshoe trails. You can snowshoe with your dog on the trail, as well as on the dog loop ski trail. Trail fees are $14 for a full day; $12 for a half-day. (970) 627-8008.
Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand County mountain bike trails are great places to go snowshoeing.
- Try a ranger-led snowshoe hike for beginners and intermediates on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Call the Kawuneeche Visitor Centerat (970) 627-3471 for reservations.
- For winter trail ideas pick up a free copy of The Official Mountain Bike & Trail Guide to Winter Park & the Fraser Valley™.
Tips for Snowshoeing
- Don’t worry, it’s easy – Snowshoeing is one of the few winter sports where a beginner doesn’t need a skill-set to have fun the first time on the trail. Basically, if you can walk, you can snowshoe.
- Dress in layers – Because snowshoeing can be a vigorous workout it is smart to dress in layers. Twenty minutes on the trail will often find people stripping off clothes as they heat up. Make sure to wear waterproof boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
- Stay hydrated – Snowshoeing can work up a sweat, so it’s important to stay hydrated. In frigid weather water bottles and the plastic hoses leading to water packs often freeze. Keep water bottles in your backpack next to your body or try hot tea in a thermos.
Enjoy the quiet and serenity of winter in the Rocky Mountains. Strap on those snowshoes and find a trail today. Need more things to do this winter in Winter Park and Grand County? We’ve got you covered!Tags: What to Do