What will winter bring?
November was unseasonably warm and except for a few days following a snow storm, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park remained open into November! The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold winter with average snow – good for playing in! Who knows when winter will arrive in Grand Lake, Colorado, but it is coming, so start making your plans for a winter vacation in the Colorado Rockies.
The Rapids Lodge will be open from December 1st through the winter and we have unbeatable winter rates: stay for just $60 per night for 2 people or $89 for up to 6 people! Some of the one bedroom Rapids Suites are pet-friendly. We offer the widest variety of accommodation in Grand Lake and some of our adjoining condos sleep up to 12. Our Grand Lake condos sleep 2-12 and offer either electric, gas or wood burning fireplaces. We are just a block from the end of the main street in town (Grand Ave.) and just 2 short blocks to the lake so you can walk everywhere.
If you would like to rent a snowmobile for your stay, contact “On The Trail Rentals” or “Grand Adventures”, then you can park right outside your room at the Rapids and access the 100 miles + of groomed snowmobile trails in the Arapahoe National Forest right from town. There are two snowmobile poker runs in February which raise money for good causes and anyone can join in – “Flight for Life Snowmobile Poker Run” and “Rocky Mountain Warriors”.
Some of the activities you can enjoy in our area include winter hot air ballooning, dog sled rides, sleigh rides, ice fishing (there are several Grand County Ice Fishing Competitions during the winter), snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, ice-skating, shopping and romantic dinners. The Rapids Restaurant (opening December 9th) is a great place to host your holiday party whether for work or family. Call us today!
Are you looking for a reason to visit Grand County, Colorado this winter? Check out the December activities below:
December 2 – 13th Annual Festival of Trees – Fraser 4-8pm
December 4 – Free Cross Country Ski Lesson at Snow Mountain Ranch
December 7+8 – “The Importance of being Earnest” presented at Crooked Creek Young Life Camp
December 10 – Full Moon Ski at Grand Lake Nordic Center
December 12 – Granby’s Birthday Party Celebration 11am to 1pm
December 17+18 – “Home for the Holidays” at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
December 17+18 – Break the Ice Weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch – free family
December 18 – Free Ski Lessons =- Grand Lake Nordic Center
December 24 – Torchlight Parade at Winter Park Resort
December 26+27 – Kauffman House Museum Open
Kauffman House Museum Open – 10pm to midnight
December 31 – Ski the Wilderness in Winter – Rocky Mountain National Park
Beginner Snow Shoe – Rocky Mountain National Park
December 31 – Fireworks at midnight – Grand Lake
December 31 – New Year’s Eve at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
Later in the winter, the Grand Lake Winter Carnival is a must for family winter fun. Martin Luther King Weekend and President’s Day Weekend and Valentine’s offer great opportunities for a quick getaway.
The winter playground of Grand County and Grand Lake, Colorado is waiting for you!