Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Top 5 Wacky Ways to Enjoy Winter Park this Winter

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“Colorado’s Favorite Playground” is good for winter sports and activities, like biking, sleighing, sledding, tubing, hot air ballooning and more. Learn what to do on a Colorado vacation to Winter Park this winter.


Fat Biking makes mountain biking a year-round sport in Winter Park.

It’s not just about great, family-friendly downhill skiing and snowboarding in Winter Park. There are also some wonderfully wacky - and incredibly fun - ways to enjoy wintertime in Winter Park.

As implied in its name, Winter Park, Colo., is a cold-weather playground for winter travelers. But it’s not just about great, family-friendly downhill skiing and snowboarding in Winter Park (though there is plenty of that at Winter Park Resort and Ski Granby Ranch!). There are also some wonderfully wacky (and incredibly fun) ways to enjoy wintertime in Winter Park without putting on a pair of skis or strapping on a snowboard. Here are the top 5.

Fat Biking
The Winter Park area – dubbed Mountain Bike Capital USA™ for its 600-plus miles of mountain bike trails – is now a four-season destination, thanks to the new way to ride all year long in the mountains. Fat biking – with its wide rims and extra-large tires – enables riders to enjoy Winter Park’s hundreds of miles of trails, even in the wintertime. Fat bike rentals are available at Beaver Sports Shop at the Best Western Hotel, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch, and Epic Mountain Sports and Icebox Mountain Sports.

The Winter Park area boasts six tubing hills– that’s more than any other Colorado destination! Some of the slopes also have lights to enable visitors to tackle tubing even after a day on the slopes. Choose from the Coca-Cola® Tubing Hill at Winter Park Resort, Colorado Adventure Park, the famed Fraser Tubing Hill, Grand Lake Nordic Center, YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch, and the Town of Winter Park Sledding Hill.

Sleigh Rides
For an old-fashioned family experience, book a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Travelers can choose from a variety of tour lengths and packages – some of which even include meals – with local sleigh ride outfitters. Dashing Thru the Snow offers great family fun at an affordable price. Cabin Creek Stables at Devil's Thumb Ranch offers a wide variety of sleigh rides, including one hour, half hour, dinner, morning and evening feed options. It even offers livery service to dine at Ranch House Restaurant or Heck's. They also offer individual horseback rides and pony rides for the little ones. Sombrero Stables at YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch boasts a variety of winter horse activities, including a hot cocoa sleigh ride, dinner sleigh ride, private, two-person rides and winter horseback rides.

Dog Sledding
Sled dogs love their job and can’t wait until there’s enough snow to pull their rigs through the forests near Winter Park! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park has 80 Siberian and Alaskan huskies who can take visitors on an adventure that is sure to be a howling good time. Riders simply sit back and enjoy, while an experienced musher expertly guides them down a trail, pointing out wildlife/wildlife tracks, offering local history and answering guests’ questions. YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch also offers guided dog sled rides at their private and expansive location about 15 minutes from downtown Winter Park. Reservations are required.

Hot Air Ballooning
See the snowy scenery from above with a hot air balloon ride with Grand Adventure Balloon Tours. Low level contour flying allows riders to spot wildlife and pick pine cones from treetops. At higher altitudes spectacular peaks are visible, along with views to Grand, Routt, Summit, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Boulder Counties of Colorado. Flights are celebrated with a post-flight traditional champagne toast. Call 970-887-1340 to make a reservation.

For more information, including lodging deals and winter events, visit

About Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

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