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winter activities Winter wonderland When winter arrives in Grand Lake, so do the multitude of options for taking in the beauty — blanketed in feet, not inches, of snow! Whether your fancy is to have fun at the helm of a snowmobile, or to find solace among the majestic pine trees on a snowshoe trek, you will find it here. Grand Lake’s charm is enhanced in the quiet, shorter days of winter. You might want a fullon adventure, which you can find, or perhaps your day is making the perfect snowman, followed by sweet repose by a crackling fire with hot cocoa. ice fishing Rocky Mountain Outfitters is a Grand County-native family-owned business that specializes in fishing year-round. They offer guided ice-fishing trips. With their local experienced guides, success is almost guaranteed. Complete ice-fishing setups are available if you prefer to venture out on your own. Conveniently located in the village, they rent ice skates and snowshoes if you want to walk or twirl instead of fish. 970-798-8021, www.rkymtnoutfitters.com. Beacon Landing offers guided ice-fishing trips on Lake Granby with professional licensed guides to help you catch lake, brown, or rainbow trout. They will take you on the ice, provide the equipment, tackle, shelter, and even drill the holes for you! Four-hour guided trips are available. If you prefer to go alone but didn’t bring your equipment, they rent everything from ice augers to sleds. They also provide shuttle service to and from the ice if you don’t have a snowmobile. 970-627-3671, www.beaconlanding.us. Family Fun YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch, located just 17 miles from Grand Lake, offers a huge array of winter activities, guaranteeing fun for all ages. In addition to the fabulous Nordic ski center, the “Y” has miles of snowshoe trails and offers dog sled rides, sleigh rides, horseback riding, snow tubing, sledding, and ice skating. The Y has fat bike rentals (mountain bikes equipped with beefy tires) and dedicated trails to ride them on. If you prefer to have your fun indoors, there is a swimming pool, indoor archery, a climbing wall, and a craft area. The Kiva Center is Snow Mountain’s home for indoor recreation and includes ping-pong, volleyball, basketball, foosball, and roller skating. 970-887-2152, www.snowmountainranch.org. Ice Skating Practice your twirls on the ice on the Town Square rink conveniently located in downtown Grand Lake at 1026 Park Avenue. Free skates may be checked out at Rocky Mountain Outfitters, 900 Grand Avenue, 970-798-8021. Sleigh Rides Beautiful draft horses pull immense wooden sleighs for winter sleigh rides at Winding River Resort. Get cozy under blankets as the scenery passes by. Group rides, private rides and campfire cookout rides for groups. 970-627-3215, www.windingriverresort.com. Winter Carnival A sure way to beat the winter doldrums is to take in the Winter Carnival, held annually in early February. From wacky and creative to more traditional activities, there is something for the abominable snowman in all of us. Tea pot curling, a snowman contest, snow golf, human bowling, bed sled races, snow sculptures, a parade and culminating with a terrific fireworks show. Visit www.grandlakechamber.com for all the details. Fireworks in Grand Lake A long-standing tradition is the incredible fireworks display over Grand Lake on New Year’s Eve, during Winter Carnival in early February, and on the 4th of July. The fireworks can be seen from many local businesses in town with patios. They may also be viewed from Lake Avenue, Lake Park, and the beach. Another viewing point is near the East Inlet boat launch. Many businesses have live music and extended hours following the fireworks. Firework shows are dependent on weather and fire advisories. 22 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ®


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