Almont, Colorado is a little slice of paradise year-round, but the winter is not always for the faint of heart. Almont is best known for its mild summers, spectacular views and close proximity to Gunnison and Crested Butte. While the summers are mild, the winters in Almont are often colder than most but offer stunning winter views. We at Harmels on the Taylor are giving you an insight into winter in Almont and sharing our top five best tips and tricks for making the most of your winter vacation in the heart of the Colorado mountains
1. Embrace Outdoor Adventure
Gunnison Valley is filled with endless opportunities for outdoor winter adventures. From nordic skiing to snowmobiling, there are winter activities for every age and skill level. Nordic skiing up Spring Creek is a fun and relaxing way to take in the beauty of Almont and is in close proximity to Harmels on the Taylor. Check the local nordic skiing centers in Crested Butte and Gunnison for up to date trail conditions and the best places to rent skis. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are both classic winter activities and only a short drive to Crested Butte Ski Resort for a day of winter fun on the mountain. If you and your family are looking for something a little more adventurous, Crested Butte is home to quite a few snowmobile rental facilities. Action Adventure Rentals is a great place to rent snowmobiles, learn the trails or hire a guide if you want a little more experience on the trails with you.
2. Location, Location, Location
Finding a place to rent in the Gunnison Valley can be difficult during the winter months. Luckily for you, Harmels on the Taylor has a select number of riverfront cabins available year round. Our on-site coffee shop, Bucks on the Taylor, is available for you to partake in grabbing a warm cup of coffee before hitting the slopes or trails, and our cozy cabins are the perfect place to cuddle up and experience the beautiful winter weather in Almont. Away from the busyness of Crested Butte and nestled in the mountains along the banks of the Taylor River, Harmels on the Taylor is the perfect location for you to stay during your winter vacation in Almont.
3. Dress for the Weather
As we mentioned earlier, winters in Almont can be cold and not for the faint of heart. The weather is unpredictable in terms of amounts of snow, but you can guarantee cold days from November through May. This is important to keep in mind while packing for your winter stay in Almont because you will want to stay prepared for the cold weather. Base layers made of wool or synthetic fibers are perfect for under your clothes on really cold days. Beanies and gloves are perfect for walking around the property or on your outdoor adventures. A good, sturdy pair of waterproof boots will keep your feet nice and toasty during any winter excursion. If you are planning on participating in more strenuous activities like snowboarding, skiing or snowmobiling, you will want something that covers your face and neck, goggles, snow pants, waterproof jacket and even a helmet. Regardless of the activity, your winter trip to Almont will require you to pack and dress warm.
4. Don’t be Afraid of Change
Plans change – it’s just a fact of life. One thing to keep in mind during your trip to Almont in the winter is that your plans might change depending on the weather, how tired you are and what the status of the roads are. The number one thing to keep in mind is to plan to enjoy yourself! You might decide to cozy up inside and play board games all day instead of shredding on the mountain. The options are endless!
5. Do Your Research
Research is the best way to plan a successful trip anytime of the year, and traveling to Almont in the winter is no exception. The months of November and early December are pretty slow in the Gunnison Valley, and are the times of year where most of the seasonal staff take their vacations. Look up the restaurants you want to eat at, places you want to visit and stay to make sure everything is open and ready for your trip. Research is the best way to see what fun activities you can incorporate into your winter vacation.
Almont, Colorado in the winter has endless opportunities for fun, relaxation and recharging. Plan your trip to visit Harmels on the Taylor to experience our cozy cabin accommodations, friendly staff, delicious food at Bites and Brews on the Taylor and warm coffee at Bucks on the Taylor. We cannot wait for you to visit!