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FUN WINTERTIME ACTIVITIES ASIDE FROM SKIING

Sledding is one of many activities aside from skiing or snowboarding that families can enjoy in Grand County.
Amy Golden / agolden@skyhinews.com

Fun lurks around every corner in Grand County.

Contrary to popular belief, there is far more to do here in the winter than go skiing and snowboarding. As proof, we’ve put together a rundown of some of the fun wintertime activities, indoors and outdoors, awaiting families in Grand County. COVID-19 restrictions could apply.

SLEDDING AND TUBING



❆ GRANBY: Snow Mountain Ranch provides a sledding and tubing hill. There is no tow rope or moving platform to the top of the hill. A day pass must be purchased if you’re not staying at the ranch. A pass is $25 for adults and $10 for kids, and tubes are available at the Winter Pavilion, weather permitting. Only tubes provided by the ranch are allowed. Visit SnowMountainRanch.org or call 970-887-2152 for more.

❆ FRASER: Colorado Adventure Park offers single tubing at $25 per hour. Double tubing is $40 per hour. The park offers a variety of terrain and a Magic Carpet lift to the top. Kids interested in a bit more adventure can hop on a Snow Scoot, a Polaris 120 snowmobile for kids shorter than 5 feet and 90 pounds or under. The park is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. every day of the week. Call 970-726-5779 for more.



❆ WINTER PARK: Hideaway Park features a free sledding hill in downtown Winter Park. Sleds are provided for free on this small but fun hill next to a new playground.

❆ FRASER: The Historic Fraser Tubing Hill offers first-come, first-serve tube rentals for 60 minutes or 90 minutes at $25 and $30 respectively. No outside tubes or sleds are permitted, but a rental is included with the cost of the ticket. The hill offers a lift to the top and is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Call 970-726-5954 for more information.

ICE-SKATING

❆ GRANBY: Snow Mountain Ranch offers a rink under a covered pavilion with the Continental Divide as the backdrop. Ice skates are free to rent and those staying at the ranch have free access. Day visitors can purchase passes that include use of the ice rink and ice skates for $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more, 970-887-2152 ex. 4135.

❆ FRASER: IceBox Ice Rink is an NHL-sized, partially enclosed rink with skate rentals for $4. Non-resident fees are $6 for children 4-17, $7 for adults and $6 for seniors 60 and older. Children 3 and under are free. Check the ice rink schedule online at FraserValleyRec.org or call 970-726-5919.

❆ TABERNASH: Devil’s Thumb Ranch has an outdoor skating rink from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Rink access and skate rentals are complementary and reserved for lodging guests only.

FAT BIKING

❆ GRANBY: Snow Mountain Ranch has fat bikes, the snowy version of mountain biking that features giant tires and heavy treads. Guests or day visitors can use the trail. Day passes are $25 for adults not staying at the ranch. The ranch provides more than 24 miles of trails reserved exclusively for fat biking. A bike rental that includes a helmet is $60 for a full day, $40 for a half-day or $20 an hour. The bikes come in four adult sizes. For more, call the Nordic Center at 888-573-9622.

❆ TABERNASH: Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers fat bike rentals for non-lodging guests starting at $40 for a half day (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m.) or $60 for a full day (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). Helmets are included. For more, call 970-726-9231.

WINTER AIR RIFLE BIATHLON

❆ TABERNASH: Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers its lodging guests a sport that combines cross- country skiing and rifle shooting for $50 per person, excluding equipment rental and trail pass. The experience lasts one hour and you must be 12 or older. Call 970-726-8231 for details.

HOT SPRINGS

❆ HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS: Tired of the cold? The Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa offers natural, hot, mineral-rich water in 21 pools and baths. Temperatures range from 95-112 degrees. The resort does not add chemicals, filter or recirculate the water. Rates start at $20 for adults. The resort is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends. Due to COVID, pool reservations are required with specific time slots for a two hour visit. Call 970-725-3306 or go to hotsulphursprings.com for more.

SLEIGH RIDES

❆ FRASER: Dashing Thru The Snow offers 45-minute sleigh rides through secluded woods and meadows in old-fashioned sleighs with approximately 16 seats, which will be assigned according to groups for COVID-19 compliance. Group rides are $40 for adults, $35 for ages 5-11 and $5 for 4 and under. The company also offers private rides on a smaller sleigh costing $295 for groups of up to four. Both group and private rides leave four times daily, at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 970-389-2977 or go to winterparksleighrides.com for more.

❆ GRANBY: Reserve a 45-minute winding sleigh ride through the Rocky Mountains with Snow Mountain Ranch, ending with a bonfire complete with hot chocolate. Adults are $45 and children are $35. Rides are available 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. but reservations are required. For more, call 970-444-1308 or go to snowmountainstables.com.

HORSEBACK RIDING

❆ GRANBY: Snow Mountain ranch offers one or two hour rides through the winter for ages 8 and older. One hour rides are $60 and two hours rides are $100. Rides are available daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For more, go to snowmountainstables.com.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

❆ THE FOUNDRY: The Foundry in Winter Park offers bowling lanes and movie screens to keep the whole family warm and entertained. Every other bowling lane will be open to allow for social distancing and 21 seats will be available per cinema. Food and drinks are also available. No ticket presales are available, but call for bowling reservations at 970-363-7161. The theater and bowling alley is open 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Check foundry-wp.com for movie listings.

❆ WYLIE’S PAINT AND GAMES: From the outside, Wylie’s looks like nothing more than an unassuming paint shop, but step inside and you will find a world of traditional and modern games. Whether families are looking for a board game, a vintage video game or a role playing game, Wylie’s offers a selection to buy and play in-store. Not sure how to play or what the rules are? Ask a Wylie’s employee and they will be happy to teach it. The store also hosts game nights, typically on Thursdays and Fridays, for larger group games, like Magic: The Gathering or Dungeons and Dragons. Check out the store’s Facebook page for the latest events. The game store is open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

❆ GRAND PARK REC CENTER: Not just a gym, the Grand Park Recreation Center includes an indoor swimming pool, a rock climbing wall and gymnastics space complete with trampolines and foam pit for families that want to get active inside. Reservations are required due to COVID and visits cost $7 per hour. Day passes are not available this year. The rec center is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Register at http://www.fraservalleyrec.org.


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