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Best Powder Plays in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Winter in Colorado’s favorite hot springs town has officially arrived. Glenwood Springs’ snow-packed trails and slopes are beckoning. Find out where to ski, snowmobile and trek this season.

Snow in the forecast, winter storm warnings, deep freeze temps, blizzard conditions—far from frightening, these words are a rock-and-roll anthem to the ears of anyone who takes a winter ski vacation in Colorado; they also aptly describe the flurry of recent meteorological activity in Glenwood Springs.

The result? Prime conditions for winter sports. Top off your windshield wiper fluid, grab your gear and head out for a season packed with snow days (and hot spring nights) in Glenwood Springs!


So come check out these Glenwood Springs winter activities:


Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Just minutes from downtown Glenwood Springs, Sunlight Mountain Resort opened weeks ahead of schedule thanks to new snow-making capabilities, frigid temperatures and several storms that bombarded the region. Sunlight Mountain Resort offers families big Colorado skiing at affordable prices. With the latest precipitation, make fresh tracks on easy greens like Ute and Sun King. For deep powder stashes, venture into the Enchanted Forest—beginner-level tree skiing or the more difficult glades located around the mountain. Sunlight is also home to the East Ridge, an experts-only area with more than a dozen double-black diamond runs.

The newly dedicated Aligator Alleys honors World Cup skier and two-time Olympian Alice McKennis, a native of New Castle, Colorado, who learned to ski from her father at Sunlight.

The name comes from McKennis’ handle on Instagram: @thealigator.

White River National Forest.

Feeling the need for speed? Opt for a full-throttle snowmobiling adventure. Glenwood Adventure Company and Sunlight Mountain Resort lead guided snowmobiling tours that take riders deep into Colorado’s scenic back-country where untracked powder abounds. Navigate undulating terrain on a private ranch in Glenwood Canyon or explore for miles on the Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail (S-P Trail), so named because it begins near Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs and ends at Powderhorn Ski Area near Grand Junction. Snowmobiling tours are an ideal skiing alternative that is suitable for all ability levels. Reservations book quickly, so call ahead! For those with their own machines, the S-P trail is one of Colorado’s top snowmobiling trails. The entire route covers 120 miles with an additional 180 miles of associated trails!


Babbish Gulch, Ironbridge Golf Club & Spring Gulch.

For a slower pace and solitude with ample snow, choose Nordic skiing or snowshoeing on nearby groomed trails. Babbish Gulch at Sunlight Mountain Resort features 29 kilometers of trails that take hikers through a peaceful Colorado winter landscape. Among the highlights is a backcountry log cabin built in the1800s. Closer to town, when the greens are covered in white, Ironbridge Golf Club invites cross-country skiers and snowshoers to traverse its rolling hills with stunning views of Mt. Sopris. Another destination is Spring Gulch in nearby Carbondale, an easy day-trip from Glenwood Springs. Reserved exclusively for Nordic enthusiasts, the trail system includes 21 miles of classic cross-country ski and skate track.


Check the forecast—the snow has arrived, and more is on the way! Make plans to play in our powder today at visitglenwood.com.

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Visit Glenwood Springs

Reservations to hike Hanging Lake are released on a weekly basis every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. 

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.