Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer many opportunities to enjoy the sport of skiing in a simplified way. If you want to get back to the basics, you can experience the thrill of Rocky Mountain splendor on skis.
Backcountry / AT Skiing
Ready for a new winter challenge? Whether you are an expert heading out on your own, and new to backcountry skiing and want to book a guided trip, Rocky Mountain National Park is known worldwide for some of the best and most authentic backcountry skiing and boarding available. Local outfitters rent gear, provide avalanche training and offer guided excursions.
Alpine Touring Gear, mountain guides, and advice on ice climbing can be found at local shops. Find out more at rockymountainnationalpark.com.
From 1955-1991 Hidden Valley was a ski resort operated inside Rocky Mountain National Park. The lifts have been removed, nature is slowly taking over, but what is left are runs for knowledgeable backcountry enthusiasts. Trail Ridge Road cuts through the middle of the old area. The lower area below Trail Ridge Road has beginner/intermediate terrain, and above is the steeper terrain. BUT there is no avalanche control and no ski patrol, so you need the proper gear & knowledge to stay safe. Avalanche danger is real on these slopes. Base elevation - 9500 ft. Vertical about 2,000 ft.
Adventurous skiers have spring skiing fun on the north side of Sundance Mountain or on Andrews Glacier. There are no lifts, no groomed slopes. Look for their tracks when you drive up Old Fall River Road in the summer and imagine the thrill of zooming down to the rocks at the bottom.
Drive an hour south on the Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway to Eldora Ski Resort to find a full-service ski resort with ski rentals, lessons, groomed slopes and lighting for some night-time skiing. Eldora is in Boulder's back yard, and is a local favorite.
Cross Country Skiing
The high scenic trails we hike in the summer are used by cross country skiers in the winter. Sprague Lake and Bear Lake areas in the National Park are the most popular. Shops in town offer lessons, guided tours and rental skis.
On the West Side of the Park, Rangers lead 1.5 hour Ski the Wilderness in Winter tours from Dec. 27 - Mar. 7 on Saturdays at 9:30 am. Reservations required (970-627-3471 from 8-4:30 daily).
We are open year-round to welcome skiers...
Nestled between the cool clear waters of Fall River & the granite peak of Old Man Mountain, Streamside is one of Rocky Mountains' most unique resorts. Nineteen luxury cabin-suites are located well off the road among seventeen acres of pine and aspen, perfect for relaxing after your hiking, snowshoeing, or back-country skiing adventures. Streamside on Fall River Details
Fall River provides a beautiful backdrop for our lodging resort. After your hiking, snowshoeing or back-country skiing adventure, spend an intimate evening in a luxurious Spa Suite or relax in a spacious 1 Bedroom Suite. Enjoy sounds of the river from your private cabin/condo deck. All the conveniences of home in each suite. Boulder Brook on Fall River Details
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Winter Weekday special, Now Through Feb (minus Holidays) - Come stay in any one bedroom cabin or suite during the week (Sunday through Thursday nights) for only $100 per night! No minimums… stay one night or all five weeknights! Put your feet up in front of a crackling fire in your cabin or suite with panoramic views of Fall River Valley. Snuggle up & watch a movie. A perfect mountain escape! McGregor Mountain Lodge Details
Stay two nights, get the third night free! Hot tub cabins and cozy cottages all with a beautiful mountain view. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife. Close to everything. Don't ski? Come see Estes Park! Lazy R Cottages Details
Stay two nights, get the third night free! Hot tub cabins and cozy suites right in the trees. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife. Hike from your front door. Free snowshoe rental. Don't ski? Come see Estes Park! Timber Creek Chalets Details
Stay two nights, get the third night free (October 15 through May 21). Hot tub units, Jacuzzi suites, riverside condos. Full kitchens, fireplaces, wildlife, great views. Come see the beauty of Estes Park in winter! Fawn Valley Inn Details
Welcome to the very romantic world of Della Terra. We offer 14 luxury suites with fireplaces, waterfalls, large soaking bathtubs, private balconies w/ hot tubs, spa facilities, & much more. If you're coming to enjoy winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing, please call us for your winter fun in the park specials. Della Terra Mountain Chateau Details
Valhalla Lovescapes packages - for that special romantic occasion (honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or weekend getaway). Bouquet of fresh flowers, choice of Champagne, beverage & snack basket, dinner certificate for Estes fine dining, plush bath robes & special soaps. Valhalla Resort Details
Cuddle up for a quiet fireside getaway. Venture forth on a snowshoe trek. Go sledding in the mountains. Watch the elk, deer and bighorn sheep that move down into our neighborhood in the wintertime. Browse the shops in town. Click the gotroom? icon above to see great off-season rates for cottages, suites and vacation homes on the river bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Castle Mountain Lodge on Fall River Details
Combine Cross Country Skiing & a SnowCat ride! Estes Park's only Private SnowCat Adventure! Scenic groomed cross country ski trails in breathtaking backcountry near panoramic Twin Sisters Mountain. Extend your stay & experience our private mountain lodge as home base. Customize for any adventure appetite - daylight, moonlight, or overnight! Meals can be included with your package - we have it all, just ask!
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