The resort also features the nearly new Fraser Crossing condominiums, which are right by the lifts. They’re new, big and comfortable.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Close to Winter Park but feels off the beaten path. Sleigh rides and cross-country ski trails await on 5,000 scenic acres. Don’t have the gear? No problem. The ranch has its own pro shop. You also can rent a room and enjoy some choice dining there.
Snow tubing at YMCA of the Rockies, Winter Park Village. Also close to the slopes, snow tubing might be just the thrill kids need if skiing has proven to be too daunting.
Worth the drive
Breckenridge. Set in the shadow of Quandary Peak, this former mining town is synonymous with great skiing and boarding. Breckenridge has 2,000 acres for all skill levels, a massive terrain park (think half-pipes and jumps) and the highest chair lift in North America (12,840 feet). A top-notch ski school will get your young ones up to speed. The town itself is filled with good lodging with plenty of deals available. Hint: If you can go in February or April, you’ll save big-time.
Dog sledding. Not far from Breckenridge is Good Times Adventures, which offers snowmobiling and dog sledding. Handlers teach you the basic commands and how to work the dog sled. Unlike most places, they also give you a chance to drive a dog sled team (not just ride) through a backcountry course.
Downstairs at Eric’s in Breckenridge. Good, high-calorie food after a long day on the slopes, featuring specialty pizzas. A laid-back, fun atmosphere with a motif that’s half sports, half ski freak. Eric’s also has a sizable arcade, just the distraction for kids who may get fidgety waiting on dinner.
Travel and accommodations provided by Colorado Tourism Office, Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Winter Park Ski Resort and Breckenridge Resort Chamber.