Full-Moon Skiing and Snowshoeing: Under the Stars in Summit County, Colorado

Nighttime and sunrise are two scenic times to snowshoe in Summit County, Colorado.

Nighttime and sunrise are two scenic times to snowshoe in Summit County, Colorado.

One of the most popular posts on the site so far has been the Black Mountain Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner piece. So I decided to pass on a few of my favorite spots for full-moon snowshoeing and let folks know about a few group tours in surrounding counties. And, of course, you can always snowshoe or skin up the ski slopes at Summit County resorts. Just make sure to contact them regarding rules for uphill traffic.

A Few Spots for Moonlight Snowshoeing in Summit County, Colorado

Peaks Trail: Popular throughout all four seasons, the roughly 8-mile Peaks Trail runs between Frisco and Breckenridge. When I’m looking for something shorter I’ll go for an under-the-stars snowshoe to Rainbow Lake, accessed via Zach’s stop at the south end of Third Street in Frisco, Colorado.

Mount Royal: Stiff but short, I use my backcountry snowshoes for this steep hike. Accessed via the bikepath on the north end of Frisco’s Main Street, the Mount Royal trail offers excellent views of Lake Dillon. At the top, hard work is rewarded with open vistas of the surrounding mountains (and the stars above!).

Oro Grande: This is one of my favorite Dillon trails, probably because I can run there from home. It’s really a 4WD road and the up-and-down nature makes it an easy route with little climbing compared to many trails in Summit County, Colorado. The Oro Grande trail parallels US Highway 6 and as it opens up, the views of Lake Dillon are fantastic. I access this trail via the service road off Evergreen Road in Dillon, Colorado.

Snowshoes sit outside the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin. Photo courtesy Arapahoe Basin

Snowshoes sit outside the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin. Photo courtesy Arapahoe Basin.

Upcoming Guided Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Tours Throughout Colorado

February 27, Ouray City Hall: This ongoing ski and soak involves nighttime skiing followed by a soak in Ouray, Colorado’s hot springs. 800.228.1876

February 28, Grand Lake Nordic Center: Check out the full-moon ski, complete with a campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Contact the Nordic center for details. 970.627.8008

March 27, Devil’s Thumb Ranch: Near Winter Park, Colorado, Devil’s Thumb offers outstanding Nordic skiing and they offer a full-moon ski. Upcoming dates include Saturday, March 27. Contact Devil’s Thumb for details. 800.933.4339

And of course, there’s the Black Mountain Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Series at Arapahoe Basin.

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