Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park
Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular in that the scenery and wildlife and bird watching are both unsurpassed in their variety and beauty. Visitors to the park often site cross-country skiing as their favorite winter activity because of the miles and miles of trails from which to choose as well as the diverse terrain available for experts and novice skiers alike. Snow depth varies across Rocky Mountain National Park but the west side of the park usually and has the most snow accumulation. There is usually enough snow by late November or early December to cover logs, rocks and debris so that the trails and slopes are safe to ski. Because there are no ski lifts in the park skiers generally use cross-country equipment that allows them to ascend as well as descend in mountainous terrain.
After a day in the park visitors usually head into Estes Park to explore some of the local dining establishments, for some shopping or even to visit one of several day spas for some special pampering. Plan to spend a couple of days exploring this amazing winter paradise