Grand Lake Winter

Winter in Grand Lake, Colorado

Travel to Grand Lake in the Winter and feel like the main character of a winter Hallmark film. With crisp snow, festive lights, and so many fun ways to play outside, your family is sure to make some precious, cozy mountain memories.

Time of year: mid-November-March

Temps: 35F/5F

Pack list tip: Many visitors associate winter with darker days, but not in sunny Colorado! We have over 300 sunny days a year, so do remember to pack your sunglasses and sunscreen.

Perks: Winter wonderland with lots of snow, without the traffic that comes with resort towns!

Travel tip: Many people forget to hydrate enough in cold temperatures, but adjusting to our high elevation and dry climate is made easier if you can carry a water bottle around. Event though you may not break a sweat, your body will thank you.

Cross-Country Ski Grand Lake


You can find multiple locations for both groomed Nordic skiing trails and downhill ski resorts. Drive five minutes from downtown to Grand Lake Nordic Center for dog-friendly snowshoe and cross-country ski trails. Venture a little farther to reach Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies for more, plus the addition of sled dog rides and horse drawn sleighs.


Known as the Snowmobile Capital of Colorado, Grand Lake’s downtown connects directly to the snowmobile trail system with over 100 miles of groomed trails maintained by the Grand Lake Trailgroomers and endless backcountry territory for experts. Check the Trailgroomers site for trail status here.

Snowmobile Grand Lake - Best in Colorado

Winter Carnival

A favorite locals event, Winter Carnival celebrates all things winter outdoor recreation for the whole family. Play in the teapot curling tournament, slingshot into human bowling, create in the snowman building contest, post the fastest time in the snowball-snowshoe biathlon, and prep for the parent-child sled pull.

Winter Wonderland

Imagining the perfect backdrop to your holiday memories? Look no further than Grand Lake for it’s idyllic small-town postcard feel to the downtown holiday light display, in-town sledding hill, ice skating rink down on the frozen lake, and see the Milky Way through the crisp night sky.

Pond Hockey

Grand Lake’s Annual Pond Hockey Classic grows in popularity every year and there’s good reason! Where else can you play an outdoor hockey game with as majestic a backdrop as this tournament?

Ice Fishing

Walk your setup out on to the frozen lake for an idyllic morning of ice fishing. Check out our calendar for our multiple ice fishing tournaments, such as Ice Addiction on Grand Lake or the Three Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Granby.

Ice Fishing Lake Granby, Colorado