A Week-Long Family-Friendly Winter Escape

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! 

Day 1

On your first day in town, check into your chosen accommodations in one of our unique towns: Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Hot Sulphur Springs or Kremmling.

(Pro note: Check out our specials and packages for the best deals on family-sized trips! Weekday stays typically have lower rates and smaller crowds)

Once settled in, explore the town. Whether you shop at the base of Winter Park Resort, peruse up-and-coming art galleries in Kremmling, find a local gem on Hot Sulphur Springs’ main street, walk the boardwalk in Grand Lake or explore unique shops in Granby, there’s plenty to see for an afternoon to help get oriented in your new home for the week! Learn more about shopping in each town.

For dinner, find a local comfort food restaurant before turning in early for the night to prepare for an epic second day in Grand County.

Day 2

Head into the town of Granby and grab breakfast at Mid Town Café, and get ready to spend an active day at Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies. On top of a variety of family-friendly activities all year long, Snow Mountain Ranch offers two of the top activities in the Rockies: fat biking and sleigh rides

Spend the morning riding bikes with snow tires through the trails of Snow Mountain Ranch to see what the new fat biking fad is all about. Explore the natural forests, snow-covered meadows and more on Snow Mountain Ranch’s 40 kilometers of groomed trails. One thing’s for sure – a morning spent biking will work up an appetite! 

Grab lunch at Buckboard Grill at Snow Mountain Ranch to get indoors and warm up a bit. When you’re ready, head back out to go sleigh riding at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Sombrero Stables offers both 60- to 90-minute hot cocoa sleigh rides or 1.5- to 2.5-hour dinner sleigh rides for groups. If you’re celebrating something special like a birthday or anniversary when you’re in town, they also offer private sleigh rides if you want to step it up a notch. Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to hop in a sleigh with your loved ones, snuggle under some cozy blankets, and enjoy the serene outdoors on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After your activities have concluded for the day, head back into town to grab some authentic Italian food at Mustachio’s on the Lake, which is located, of course, on Lake Granby. 

After dinner, find a local movie theater or live performance venue if you still have some extra energy before turning in for the night.

Day 3

On the third day, get up and head into Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. Grab breakfast in town at Carver’s Bakery Café.

Then try your hand at dog sledding with Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park. The whole family will get to explore the Winter Park and the Fraser Valley backcountry with an experienced guide and musher. A can’t-miss opportunity? Ask to take the reins for part of the ride! 

After spending the morning with your new furry friends, head back into town for an incredible barbecue lunch at Smokin’ Moe’s, then spend the afternoon at one of our local recreation centers to keep warm. Grand Park Community Recreation area offers fitness classes in addition to a pool, lazy river, climbing wall and more.

End your day with some good-old-fashioned pizza at Elevation Pizza, where you can enjoy homemade dough, signature sauce, and high-quality ingredients for even the pickiest of eaters.

After your afternoon and evening of play, turn in early – tomorrow will be an early start!

Day 4

Wake up before the sun to head back into the Winter Park and Fraser Valley to catch a hot air balloon ride, where a continental breakfast is included. Available all year long, depending on weather conditions, this Hot Air Balloon Ride will go up with the morning sun and soar above Winter Park and the Fraser Valley, presenting you with magnificent views of Grand County and the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

Skim above the treetops, or soar high in the sky while you search for wildlife and take photos of this unique perspective of the area. 

Head into town for lunch to warm up – even though it’s a little warmer up in the sky, it can still be chilly! Try a local favorite like Sharky’s Eatery, which offers breakfast favorites like benedicts all day and lunch options all afternoon.

After lunch, spend the afternoon sledding or tubing at one of our incredible hills. Between the breathtaking views and the heart-pumping thrill, you won’t want to get off of the hill at all! 

Head back into town for a relaxing evening of dining, shopping, or watching a movie. This would be a good night to take advantage of a hot tub at your accommodations if you have one!

Day 5

A trip to Grand County wouldn’t be complete without a day for skiing! With lessons for the kids at all of our skiing locations, the parents or more advanced teens can head out on their own so everyone can find the experience they are looking for.

Spend the day at Winter Park Resort or Ski Granby Ranch for some amazing downhill fun that’ll last all day long.

Can’t decide where to go? Here’s our guide to ski and snowboard schools so you can choose based on your family’s needs.

Day 6

Today is the day to wind down to round out your vacation. Today, head to Hot Sulphur Springs for a hot breakfast at The Glory Hole Café. Try a cinnamon roll or a full breakfast to start the day off right.

Head to Hot Sulphur Springs Resort for the morning, where you can soak in one of 22 mineral hot spring tubs to relax. While you’re there, consider participating in a spa treatment like a massage, facial, or body wrap to truly melt your stress away.

After a morning of bliss, head back into town or toward a local ice skating rink to grab lunch. Spend the afternoon ice skating at one or more of our seven ice rinks around Grand County. 

Turn in and spend the night together as a family playing games and sipping hot chocolate at your hotel or resort.

Day 7

On the final day of your week-long vacation, head to Kremmling for a quick breakfast and cup of Joe at the quaint Big Shooter’s Coffee in town.

Fuel up for a morning of snowshoeing near Kremmling at Rabbit Ears Pass. Try to do the 3.7-mile route clockwise for an easier trek. Take in views of the Yampa Valley and the Flat Tops for a great day of hiking on snow in the Rockies!

Depending on your travel plans, you can spend another afternoon sledding or tubing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying the small mountain towns with the whole family. 

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