Colorado is a top ski destination. Everyone knows of the big names like Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen, etc. But outside those big name resort towns there is still plenty of places around the state to strap in those boots and get out on the slopes. One of those places, which happens to be great for beginners, is Cranor Ski Hill in Gunnison, Colorado.
Cranor is pretty small with only 4 runs and only one Poma Platter Surface lift to get you where you need to go. But that also means, it isn’t typically crowded and you can feel free to take your time learning to ski.
The Hill is only open Saturdays and Sundays (10:30am-4pm) and Wednesdays (1-4pm) and that’s only IF there is enough snow. So make sure to check on that before heading out there. Wednesday afternoons are FREE for everyone. On the weekends you can expect to pay $13 for kids 5-16 and $22 for adults 17-64. Those under 5 and 65+ are FREE. That is a pretty sweet deal for skiing in Colorado.
Our kiddo loved the laid back atmosphere of this hill. It seemed to take the pressure off of learning to ski. We highly recommend.
Jorgensen Ice Rink
While you are in Gunnison, you should also take the time to swing by the Jorgensen Ice Rink. There are 3 rinks here: an indoor rink (that costs extra), an outdoor hockey rink and a frozen pond. The outdoor rink and pond are FREE to use during open hours, which is typically 8am-10pm on weekends but check the schedule online. You can rent skates for $5 per person.
What a great way to spend a winter day: laid back skiing and old school ice skating. Sign me up! Now get out and enjoy that winter weather!