SNOWSHOEING & NORDIC SKIING
GRAND COUNTY is a premiere destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. With three Nordic centers in the county and free trails maintained across its public lands, the county has something for any skill level.
Before heading out to cross-country ski or snowshoe, make sure to have a safety plan with proper clothing and equipment. You should also thoroughly research weather conditions and bring plenty of food and water.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
In Tabernash 15 miles from Winter Park, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 70 miles of trails at the base of the Continental Divide. Dogs on leashes are allowed on certain trails.
Day passes start at $30 for adults (13 and older), $20 for seniors (65 and older) and $20 for kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. The pass includes access to the ice-skating rink, and package deals and discounts with lodging are available. The ranch also offers ski and snowshoe rental packages.
Additionally, the ranch offers regular lessons for adults and children, as well as private lessons and tours. Visit DevilsThumbRanch.com or call 970-726-8231 for more information. Call 970-726-7010 for trail conditions.
Grand Lake Nordic Center
The Grand Lake Nordic Center has 20 miles of trails less than a mile from Grand Lake. There is a dog friendly snowshoe trail and ski loop. Day passes for cross country skiing are available at affordable rates. The center also has rentals for adults and kids ages 5-16 and package deals.
Nordic ski lessons are available by appointment for all ages and experience. Call the Nordic Center to reserve a day and time at 970-627-8008.
The center also has snowshoe rentals and over 3 miles of snowshoe trails, ranging from easy to advanced. While not groomed, the trails are well marked. For more go to http://www.SkiGrandNordic.org.
Snow Mountain Ranch
With over 120 kilometers of terrain for skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking – snow mountain biking – Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby offers trails for beginners to advance. Leashed dogs are welcome on some trails.
A single pass for skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking is available for adults and kids ages 6-12. There is also a transferable five-punch card that family members can share. Children five and under are free. Check the website and resort for a full listing of rates and deals.
Passes also give access to tubing, ice-skating and other amenities offered at Snow Mountain Ranch. If you’re staying at the YMCA of the Rockies lodging, trail passes are included in the stay.
Rentals are offered for adult skis or snowshoes, child skis or snowshoes, and the ranch offers a demo ski rental. For more, call 970-887-2152, ext. 4173.
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