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Winter Sports

What a great way to explore Rocky Mountain National Park in the winter! Snowshoeing is fun for the whole family due to the easy learning curve. Rent a set of snowshoes from the Estes Park Mountain Shop for only $5 a day and hit the snowy trails!

Where to go: Check out our staff picks for some great suggestions or just stop by the shop and we can find just the snowshoe hike for you. We also guided showshoe tours to some of our favorite spots.

Rob leading a snowshoe trip in RMNPIf you can walk,  you can snowshoe

Cross Country Skiing
Want to give cross-country skiing a try? It's a great way to spend time in the backcountry, enjoy the snow and scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park, and get a great workout. You don't need to be an expert ski racer to enjoy this fun winter sport! Rent a set-up for just $20 a day and get gliding!

Where to go: A good beginner trail is the 3.3 mile Sprague Lake - Glacier Basin Campground Loop or just cruise around the lake itself. This trail has very little elevation gain and is a great place to get started. Another good XC Ski option is Trail Ridge Road. Since the road is closed to traffic in the winter it provides a nice wide path without any obstacles. Check in at the Estes Park Mountain Shop for current conditions. Eldora Ski Resort also offers 25 miles of XC ski trails.

Downhill Skiing
Tired of paying way too much for ski and snowboard rentals? Tired of waiting in line all morning to get your equipment while everyone tracks up the fresh powder? No Problem! Stop in at the Estes Park Mountain Shop the night before your next adventure and we will get you ready to hit the slopes first thing in the morning. Adult ski/snowboard packages ONLY $20 a day! Child package ONLY $15 a day!

Backcountry Skiing
RMNP is a backcountry skier's paradise. Acres of untracked terrain full of fluffy powder to drop into! Some of our staff head out daily before work to get in as many ski days as they can. Come by and ask about the best places to ski. But don't forget, avalances are a very real danger. Know what you are getting into.

David's Skis

Historical Estes
"Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Snow bank in the cirque at the head of Fall River near the point where the proposed road to Grand Lake crosses the Continental Divide. Note the relatively smooth top of the range in which the cirques are cut. Snow is carried by the prevailing westerly 

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