Skiing and snowboarding may be the favorite spring break pastime in Grand County, but there are plenty of fun things to do beyond the slopes for non-skiers. Whether your family is outdoor active or just hopelessly romantic, this list of activities will make sure you have a great spring break.
While it is open year-round, Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa really does the trick over spring break. With 21 pools registering between 95º and 112º F, the hot springs offer stress-melting comfort for adults and plenty of novelty for kids. An added bonus: the springs minerals help refresh skin and cleanse away stress.
When the kids return to school, they may just use one word to describe their vacation: "mush." With dog-sled operators in Granby and Winter Park, Grand County is a hub for this compelling sport. Dashing through the woods behind a fleet of huskies is a memory your family will share for a lifetime.
Whether your kids are not yet ready for skis — or they simply aren't interested — there is one activity that is sure to capture their heart: tubing and sledding in the Rockies. The Original Fraser Tubing Hill, the Colorado Adventure Park and Coca-Cola Tubing at Winter Park are all choice locales with tube rentals, rope tows and tubing lanes. Learn more about tubing in Grand County.
In the silence of the forest, with only the sound of your skis gliding over the trail, you'll discover a whole new definition of serenity. Head to the Grand Lake Nordic Center where groomed trails create several loop options to keep you busy. Or find your way to Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies Nordic Center outside Granby for open views of the Indian Peaks and trails for all levels of ability. Spring break never felt so peaceful.
If finding the right form on cross-country skis seems too daunting for you and your family, snowshoeing offers a pleasant alternative. Don a pair and head to the numerous national forest trails in and around Winter Park and Fraser, or discover a whole other side to Rocky Mountain National Park with a wintry walk through the Kawuneeche Valley. Kids will forever remember the animal tracks they found along this wildlife-rich corridor.
The scenic beauty of Grand County cannot be overstated. By spring break, blue skies are more common than cloudy snow storms, creating postcard-worthy vistas of snowcapped peaks and gorgeously monochrome valleys. Head to Berthoud Pass, Devil's Thumb Ranch, Willow Creek Pass and Snow Mountain Ranch for the best views.