Category Archives: RMNP Snowshoeing

Old Ski Slopes At Former Hidden Valley Ski Resort In RMNP

 

Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Rocky Mountain National Park used to be a very popular ski resort from 1955 until 1991 when it was closed by the national park to try to get it back to its natural beauty. Reading and listening to stories about the old ski area  is like going back in time to the old T-Bars and chair lifts. It was a hopping place back then.

Today it is used as a sledding and tubing hill in the winter. If you feel adventurous you can hike up and ski down one of the many old trails or try some snowshowing. We’ve done both of them a few times. It’s lots of fun but what a workout!

In the summer you can hike the many trails or or ski slopes up to Trail Ridge Road. It’s a beautiful place for a hike, whether it be long or short.  Near the bottom there are many picnic tables to eat at while you enjoy the spectacular views. It’s a geat place to visit either in summer and winter.

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Little Snowman Overlooking Old Hidden Valley Ski Slopes And Bowls On Trail Ridge Road In RMNP

The day that Phil and I drove up Trail Ridge Road we stopped at Many Parks Curve to see all of the old Hidden Valley ski slopes. You can see where the old T-Bar was located as well as many of the ski slopes. They are so much easier to see with the snow that trying to find them in the summer when you drive up.

We saw where we snowshoed up the old T-Bar to Trail Ridge Road and then hiked along the road till we got to the bowls. We then snowshoed down Columbine. What a magical day, just trying to relive what life and skiing was like many years ago when Hidden Valley was open.

When I saw this little snowman, it just made my day! I thought it was just adorable!

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There’s A Lot Of Snow In Estes Park, CO And Rocky Mountain National Park!


By the time the snow ended yesterday morning, we had about 22″ of fresh powder. That’s the biggest snowfall we’ve had all winter. Because of the elevation, the snow doesn’t last very long in Estes Park. It usually melts in a couple of days, unlike back east where it can stay all winter.

However in the mountains above 10,000 feet which is about a 10-15 minute drive for us, they had 3 feet by early this morning. Wow! That is incredible. It’ll be fun to get the snowshoes or skis out this week and try it out.

If you do want to go snowshoeing or AT skiing, be very careful where you go. The avalanche danger is very HIGH in RMNP. If the slope is more than 30 degrees, there is much more chance of an avalanche.

This is a picture from our deck which overlooks Rocky Mountain National Park. The winds have already blown the snow from the railings.

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The Hike To Dream Lake And Emerald Lake In RMNP Is Always Spectacular!

 

The hike from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is always spectacular…especially in the winter! The skies are so blue and the snow is so pretty.

Many people hike or snowshoe this trail in the winter. Others who are very adventuresome, will put their skins on their downhill skis and ski up to Emerald Lake and then ski down.

On  the way to Dream Lake from Nymph Lake the trail narrows considerably so you need to go single file. We were lucky that the trail was fairly packed down when we passed by. It was  a gorgeous day when Phil took this photograph!

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New Ski Tracks Near Hidden Valley In Rocky Mountain Natinal Park

 

We were driving up Trail Ridge Road to Hidden Valley to see what the conditions were like when I saw these fresh ski tracks coming down one of the slopes. Someone looked like they were having fun skiing through all of the trees. I wonder where they started their run…

We have our skis ready and waiting until the arctic blast goes away so we can try our hand at skiing at Hidden Valley. Or maybe we’ll just go snowshoeing…that’s just as much fun!

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