Here's a quick guide to the best family-friendly winter activities in our corner of mountain paradise.
Whether you are a small, tightly-knit family or a multi-generational clan reuniting for the first time in years, few activities create more common ground for all than skiing. With two ski resorts — Winter Park Resort and Ski Granby Ranch — Grand County offers a wealth of options. Children as young as 3 can take lessons on beginner slopes, restless teens can learn a few snowboard tricks or take to their first black-diamond run and parents can seek solace in powder-filled bowls and glades. Few activities can generate more fond memories than this winter pastime.
A sure-fire way to create indelible memories for you kids is a guided snowmobile tour of Colorado's mountains. Several snowmobiling outfitters in Grand County can set you up with everything you need and take you and your family deep into the scenic public lands of the Rockies. Favorite spots include the Grand Lake area, Arapahoe National Forest and Gore Pass.
Tubing and sledding on Grand County's numerous hills is guaranteed to deliver giggles, squeals of excitement and calls for "Can we do it again?" Fortunately for you, you don't have to climb all the way back up for another run — facilities in Fraser, Granby and Winter Park offer lift service, so you can take as many runs as you desire.
What kid wouldn't want to mush? Join a team of sled dogs for a delightful ride through the woods with Grand County's unique dogsledding outfitter. You'll get to meet Siberian and Alaskan huskies and ride an authentic sleigh through a private network of forested trails. It's like a 45-minute taste of the Iditarod, only with nicer conditions and all the hot chocolate you could possibly want.
If you've been "feeling the burn" on the slopes or the area's popular cross-country skiing trails, nothing soothes muscles and unwinds stress quite like a soak in the mineral pools of Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa. You'll be enjoying natural baths once revered by members of the Ute Indians for their healing properties.
A winter wonderland isn't complete without an ice rink and giggling children on ice skates. Around Grand County, several ice rinks are set up in winter to accommodate families of all ages.
For all the reasons to take a skiing or snowboarding lesson, there always seems to be twice as many reasons — or rather, excuses — not to take one. This is often more true for adults who already know how to ski or ride. If you already know, why bother? The answer is simple: because you'll have more fun.Read More
With all due respect to your local park — you know, the one your kids rush to at the first sign of snow — you haven't experienced the ultimate thrills of sledding and tubing until you've done it in the Rocky Mountains. And of all the places in Colorado, Grand County ranks highest for sledding and tubing fun. It's accessible, the sledding hills are big but not too intimidating, and we even have several facilities offering lights (night tubing!) as well as surface lifts and tow ropes, just in case you want to take the lugging and trudging out the equation. So grab your toboggan and your snow saucer and check out these prime spots for Colorado's "other downhill pastime."Read More
For families with children, no matter their age, it can be difficult to find a trip that everyone agrees upon. But in Grand County, there are plenty of ways to make sure everyone enjoys the perfect family-friendly escape, with just the right amount of adventure sprinkled in. Here’s our favorite way to spend a winter week in Grand County, and it’s sure to keep the whole family happy!Read More