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.
In January 2017 an Avalanche Beacon Training Park was added at Hidden Valley so skiers can practice their beacon locating skills.
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.
Although no skiing is allowed in the tubing/sledding area at Hidden Valley, AT skiers can pass through on their way up.
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 West Side of the Park is generally flatter with more snow, and thus better for cross country skiing. Rangers lead 1.5 hour Winter Ski Programs from Dec. 26 - Jan. 30 on Saturdays at 9:30 am. Reservations required up to one week in advance (970-627-3471 from 8-4:30 daily). Bring your own ski equipment.
On the East Side of the Park, the high scenic trails we hike in the summer are used by backcountry skiers in the winter. Sprague Lake and Bear Lake areas in the National Park are the easiest & most popular. Shops in town offer lessons, guided tours and rental skis.
We are open year-round to welcome skiers...
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
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
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
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
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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Enjoy time with that special someone in your own private cabin bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Take advantage of our Sweetheart Package including 2 nights in a 1-bdrm cabin, fresh flowers, 2 souvenir mugs, dinner for 2 at the Dunraven Inn, extra firewood, fireside snack basket, box of Rocky Mountain Chocolates & time in the hot tub! Just $475; $760 (plus taxes) on 2/10 & 2/11/17 & $889 (plus taxes) 2/17-2/19 (3 night min.) McGregor Mountain Lodge Details
Rams Horn Village Resort is pleased to offer a variety of discounts and specials to help you escape to the Colorado Rockies this winter. From Thanksgiving and Holiday Specials, to a Colorado Local Pass, to a Romance In the Rockies Add-On, we have something for everyone. Our 2-bedroom, 2-bath cabins feature full kitchens and gas fireplaces. Rams Horn Village Resort Specials 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
Come ski during the day & warm up by the fire at night. Triple Double Deal - $400 incl tax - 2 ski passes to Eldora Ski Resort, 2 nights for 2ppl in a queen bed cabin, 3rd night free! Call for info on other deals - Friends & Family Deal, extra people or more ski passes. Cabins equipped w/ full kitchens, fireplaces, cable TV, wifi, & decks to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. 1-4 bdrm cabins. Sleep 2-16 people. Valhalla Resort 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!
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
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