Winter in Grand Lake

What is Winter Like 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 through 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. Even though you may not break a sweat, your body will thank you.

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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.

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.

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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?


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