Cross Country Skiing The high scenic trails that are hiked in the summer are used by cross country skiers in the winter. Sprague Lake and Bear Lake areas in the National Park are the most popular. Shops in town offer lessons, guided tours and rental skis.

Downhill Skiing Drive an hour south on the Peak to Peak National Scenic Byway to Eldora Ski Resort to find a full-service ski resort with ski rentals, lessons, groomed slopes and lighting for some night-time skiing. There are several other Colorado ski areas within a few hours of Estes Park.

Eldora Resort, is located only about an hour and a half south of Estes Park near the town of Nederland. It is an easy drive, on well-maintained highways, including a stretch along the Peak to Peak scenic byway. A perfect option for groups with some skiers or snowboarders and others who wish to stay back to snowshoe in the park or shop the village. The local mountain shop offers rental ski equipment and passes to Eldora. Make everyone happy – including your budget – by spending your “ski trip” in Estes Park.