Poof! It's a Powder Hound!
In Estes Park the best local powder for backcountry skiing or split-boarding is in Rocky Mountain National Park. Many back country skiers and snowboarders choose Hidden Valley as the place to earn their turns, be sure to get there early on powder days and weekends, because parking fills up fast. Hidden Valley also has some great snowshoeing so, while enjoying your runs be aware of your surroundings.
Some of the local climbing guides also offer guided trips and avalanche classes, and the local mountain shop has rental backcountry equipment. Be prepared with proper gear and knowledge before embarking on your wilderness winter adventure.
On the days that the heavy snows stick, other ski enthusiasts pull out their cross-country gear and head for the highest continuously paved highway at 12,183 feet -- Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road is conveniently closed to traffic in the winter. Check with Rocky Mountain National Park for conditions before setting out. For guests who may not have their own equipment, local outdoor gear and sporting goods stores provide rental gear for cross-country, or Nordic, skiing.
Have some people in your group that are craving groomers? 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.