A Grand Junction Winter You Won't Forget

People have long been coming to Colorado to create lasting winter memories and to experience Snow's Perfect State. The Western Slope offers all the Colorado winter benefits without the traffic, costly hotels and restaurants – and of course, plenty of powder for every snow activity that exists.

Colorado is known for its incredible skiing, and Grand Junction is no exception to that. Powderhorn Mountain Resort, just 45 minutes from Downtown Grand Junction, is your classic ski resort, complete with short lift lines and a friendly local vibe. Don't let the local status fool you, though. Powderhorn is renowned for having some of the best tree skiing in the state – pillow filled aspen groves abound, and the opportunities for fresh lines are endless. Plus, you can easily access tons of backcountry from any one of Powderhorn's lifts, including the new high-speed quad, the Flat-Top Flyer. The best part? Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a family-friendly and affordable destination.

 
 
 
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Mix it up with a snowmobile ride across the Grand Mesa. Not only is this the largest flat-top mountain in the world, covering more than 500-square miles, but it also receives more than 250 inches of light, fluffy snow each year. There’s a reason why Skidoo and Polaris test their new snow machines here! With wide-open spaces when you can pin the throttle for miles, to intricate and beautiful pine forests, the Mesa has sledding to match just what you’re looking for. Keep your eyes open, the area is also home to more than 400 moose – you might get the chance to see one frolicking through the deep snow. If you don’t have your own sled, visit Grand Mesa Adventures. You can also take a tour with one of their expert guides if you’re unsure of where to go.

 
 
 
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Grand Mesa also has world-class groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, thanks to the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. This group maintains over 30 miles of pristine cross country trails all over the Mesa. Skyway trail is perfect for all skill levels and even offers a warming hut at the trailhead. You can snowshoe on any of the trails maintained by the Nordic Council - you'll see the snowshoe tracks next to the groomed ski tracks.

 
 
 
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While all these are iconic Colorado experiences, they are not all you can do in Grand Junction during the winter. Because of its temperate climate, Grand Junction receives very little snow during the winter. You can enjoy the Mesa's winter wonderland in the morning, then head down into the valley, just 45 minutes away, where you can enjoy your favorite single-track hiking and mountain biking trails all year-round. The area's five public golf courses even stay open throughout most of the year, so you can continue to fine tune your swing that you've been improving all summer long.

 
 
 
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Grand Junction offers over 37 affordable hotel lodging options and 257 vacation homes. From staying Downtown or closer to I-70, you’ll have quick access to all the amazing activities the destination offers, including discovering affordable trendy restaurants that we promise will delight you!

Check out page 28 of the Grand Junction Adventure Guide for more adventures during every season!