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WINTER ACTIVITIES
Fun and recreation don't end with summer! We're open all winter at Elk Point.

Whether you just want to sit next to the fireplace and watch the snow fall, or get outside and play in the powder,
there are plenty of ways to enjoy winter with us up here in the San Juan Mountains!

Snowshoe or Nordic Ski right from your doorstep- or when the ice is thick enough, head out onto
the lake for some ice fishing! Take a break and warm up in your cabin next to your fireplace.
Once rested, maybe head out for a half day on the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

Join us over here on the quite shore, as all our surrounding neighbors are closed.
We invite you to experience the solitude of snow.

Vallecito lake in winter is an entirely different destination! 

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Cross Country Skiing

Either head over to the groomed trails provided by Vallecito Nordic Ski Club or just wander across the snow-covered lakebed. A wonderful way to experience this marvelous snow-covered wilderness.
You can even explore through the closed NF Campgrounds.
(pictured to right: xc skiing through Vallecito Creek Campground)

Skis can be rented at many sports shops in Durango. Stop by on your way to Elk Point, and enjoy right from your doorstep!
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At Vallecito Nordic you will find approximately 15km of nordic trails groomed for classic and skate skiing along the beautiful shores of Vallecito Reservoir!
They even have a groomed showshoe trail to enjoy.
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Ice Fishing

They don't stop biting at Vallecito! January and February are prime time for ice fishing here at the lake. You can even enter the ice fishing tournament toward the end of February.
Rainbow and Brown Trout, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and
Yellow Perch are all ripe for the hooking!
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Snowshoeing

Get out on the trails even in winter! For even more magic, plan to head out on a full moon night. Show shoes can be rented at the sports shops in Durango, so be sure to swing by on your way to Vallecito. 
You can also shoe right from your cabin. Head out onto the lakebed, or explore the woods surrounding the lodge. 


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Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Daytrip up to Purgatory or over to Wolf Creek ski areas. World class downhill awaits you at our two nearest resorts.
From Elk Point Purgatory is a one and a half hour drive, and Wolf Creek is two hours. 
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A note about Altitude Sickness
Vallecito lake sits at 7700' elevation. Even a 1500' change to this height of elevation can cause symptoms, so please be aware of your own limitations. Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of age or physical ability.
Below: Views while Nordic Skiing near the top of the lakebed along one of the many tendrils of Vallecito Creek.
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