Ice sailing in Colorado, as well as most other places, can be a challenge. We're looking for clear ice with little to no snow on top. Some seasons are fantastic, lots of clear ice, wind and time off to go sailing. Other seasons the weather does not cooperate, and we do little or no sailing.
There are several lakes in northern Colorado that we ice sail. Boyd Lake State Park is about 1500 acres when full. Boedecker Lake on the west side of Loveland has been a great place to sail; the past season it had excellent conditions.
Georgetown lake on I-70 west of Denver offers early season sailing with winds that can swirl, gust and shift directions. It's challenging at times. Later in the season the ice gets very rough and there are four wheel drive races that use up a significant part of the lake. The biggest hassle is dealing with the winter driving conditions and skier traffic on I-70.
In the Denver area there are a couple more lakes, Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks. Both are good sized.
West of Colorado Springs is Eleven Mile State Park. It's a big lake by Colorado standards. Most years it offers clear thick ice with mountain wind patterns. If it snows and the wind blows the snow gets extremely wind packed and becomes unsailable.
Last season we spent several days sailing at Granite Reservoir in Curt Gowdy State Park, which is halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming. If you know anything about Wyoming, it is famous for being windy. Winds at Granite tend to be gusty, although not as many wind shifts as other mountain lakes. The campground is open all year with electricity, so if you want to spend the night you will be warm. It's an easy drive from northern Colorado with very little traffic.
Ice sailing videos, pictures and information
A gallery of pics from a chilly day on Heinrecy lake.
Check out some youtube video from Curt Gowdy here, here, and here.
Video of an extreme day when we tried setting up a race course at Curt Gowdy
New Years Day ice sailing video on Boedecker Lake with perfect ice.
Here is a video by a fellow sailer from Boedecker Lake.
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