Winter Recreation In Laramie, WY

21 Nov

Winter Fun


Are you ready for some winter fun now that the snow has finally arrived? Laramie has just want you’re looking for in the way of winter recreation; ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding.  Laramie is a unique place with a variety of people, so there’s something for everyone. The access to outdoor activities is unparalleled for a college town located in the Rockies.


I would like to fully concentrate on what the skiing/snowboarding is like around Laramie and concentrate on the Ice & Event Center for my next blog. So let’s head to the Snowy Range Ski Area and my talk with a local ski buff, H.C. Pande.


Where to go

Snowy Range Ski Area

Snowy Range Ski Area 

Snowy Range is nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The Snowy Range Ski Lodge is 30 miles west of Laramie on Wyoming Highway 130 (SR130).  It has approximately 30 groomed trails to choose from with 3 standard levels of difficulty, green (easy), blue (intermediate), black (expert).  Currently, a person can get a weekday or a weekend lift ticket for $45.00, that is, a person could buy one AFTER the season opens, tentatively scheduled for November 29, 2014

Needing some firsthand experience about skiing, I asked H.C. Pande, a longtime resident of Laramie, WY and an avid skier, how the Snowy Range Ski Area compared to other mountains he’s tried. Mr. Pande has experience skiing the east coast, Colorado and the slopes in Norway.


“I think the Snowy Range Ski Area has great value. It’s priced right, the terrain is great and if you want to go for a day of relaxed skiing, Snowy Range offers shorter lift lines, shorter lift times, and is less crowded giving you more time on the slopes. A full day lift ticket at Vail, CO is a lot more expensive than a full day lift ticket at Snowy Range, plus the distance to travel to Snowy Range is much closer.”


What else is there


“Snowy Range Ski Area offers ski & snowboard rentals, boots, and poles.  They also offer ski lessons for different age groups. The Snowy Range Ski Area offers many of the same services and amenities as the larger Colorado ski resorts. They have a bar and snack bar to purchase food, snacks and drinks to warm up with.” For more information on the Snowy Range Ski Area, please click here.


Now you know where to go


If you’re looking for a nice place to ski, with decent trails and not a lot of crowds, you might want to check out the Snowy Range Ski Area.  It’s a nice, scenic drive, only 30 miles out, and not much waiting in lines. All those out-of-state license plates in the parking lot at Snowy Range attest to its allure.


Kathy Ogburn, author

Kathy Ogburn, author


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