People visit Winter Park every winter for a variety of reasons. World-class skiing, amazing scenery, phenomenal lodging, and a little taste of the mountain life are just a few of people’s favorite things about spending winter in the area. Once the snow starts falling, Grand County becomes a winter wonderland, complete with skiing, sledding, sleigh rides, and hot cocoa by the fire. Unfortunately, many people find out when planning for a trip to this scenic mountain town that planning a vacation here can be a very expensive undertaking. Never fear, the staff at Staywinterpark is here to help! We polled our staff, family, and friends for their favorite free (yup, we said free!) things to do in the Winter Park area, and everyone knows that the locals know best! After some very scientific deliberation, here are some great tips on free things to do in the area:
- Cross Country Skiing – Pack up your gear and head to the high country! With miles upon miles of some of North America’s best Nordic trails, you’re sure to find the perfect trail for your skill and ability level. If you want to experience the serene side of skiing the high country, you’ll love cross country skiing in Colorado!
- Snowshoeing – A sport that has been loved by the locals for generations has rapidly been growing in popularity the last few years. Much like cross country skiing, snowshoeing offers an amazing mountain experience without the hassle of crowds and expensive equipment. Pack a lunch, grab your camera, and spend a day enjoying Colorado on snowshoe!
- Sledding – They don’t call it Winter Park for nothing! The area has countless hills, parks, and snow drifts for children of all ages to enjoy. Grab your saucer or toboggan and find the perfect hill –don’t forget your camera!
- Free Shuttle – There is a free shuttle cruising around Winter Park for the convenience of locals and visitors alike. Be sure to take advantage and save your pennies for a great meal or some shopping at one of the local boutiques. Free transportation makes everything else more affordable!
- Local Winter Park Events – There is always something free to enjoy in Winter Park, if you know where to look! Between the ski resort and events going on around town, there is no shortage of fun, free activities and festivals! Enjoy live music, holiday celebrations, parades, festivals, and much more throughout the season!