No matter where you are from, winter and some kind of ice skating are synonymous. Given how long our winters can be, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of places to skate in Gunnison County. Town league hockey, figure skating or just cruising around on the ice, you can pick your favorite way to enjoy ice skating.
In Gunnison-Crested Butte, we have many ways to travel on snow and explore the outdoors. Skiing and snowboarding are popular, but you may also want to consider a peaceful trip across the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh. It’s a wonderful, cozy way to spend some time with loved ones moving at a different pace.
Although you probably won’t find a sleigh traveling down Elk Avenue in Crested Butte or Main Street in Gunnison, you can experience the joys of this special old-fashioned way of getting around in Almont from the Almont Resort with Fantasy Ranch Outfitters. Their sleighs are traditional “one-horse open sleighs” (yes, just like the song) and can fit up to 4 adults and 2 small children. You might see wild life such as elk, deer, or big horn sheep. Don’t forget to cozy up by the fire with hot chocolate when you get back.
If you want the full experience of our winter wonderland, but don’t want to miss out precious daylight hours for skiing, we have you covered, too. Lazy F Bar Ranch and Crested Butte Mountain Resort offer sleigh ride dinners. Spend the day Nordic or Alpine Skiing then bundle up and hop in a sleigh for a magical night featuring a gourmet dinner at an isolated cabin in the snow-filled woods! This unforgettable experience should not be missed while you’re here in our little Rocky Mountain paradise.
Gunnison County has miles of unmaintained winter roads that are perfect for dog sledding. Consider taking a rest day off from skiing to explore the mountains from the comfort of a sled pulled by a team of rambunctious, fiercely beautiful sled dogs.
Our local sled dog outfitters will say there is no age limit on who can go dog sledding, but leave it up to parents’ discretion. If you have a wide variety of skiing abilities in your group, consider a day dog sledding to ensure that the whole family can spend some time together. If your children love dogs, they will love getting to meet all of the sled dogs. Some trips even offer a mid-day picnic on a snowy meadow for more special family time.