Colorado is known for its internationally renown ski resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Winter Park, etc. These resorts offer visitors and locals a popular winter activity option. However, what if you are not a skier, are on a budget (a ski day can quickly add up to $500/day or more), don’t want to sit in ski traffic on I-70 all day, or simply are looking for other outdoor winter activities in the Rocky Mountains? Well, we got good news!!
Contrary to popular belief, Colorado is not snowed in for 4 bitterly cold months a year. Actually, winter storms come and go quickly, typically lasting only 1-2 days. Soon after, the sun returns and melts off much of the snow at lower elevations such as the Front Range (Rocky Mountains closest to Denver). Temperatures are often quite comfortable in the high 40s and low 50s. This opens up the door for plenty of other outdoor activities that are much closer to Denver, still in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and much cheaper. What about mountain biking on lower elevation trails or even fat biking higher up in the mountains? Rock climbing, snowshoeing, hiking, and ziplining are all possible during the winter as well!! For your safety you want to go with a local adventure outfitter that knows where to go and can determine safe weather and trail conditions. Only a few adventure outfitters stay open during the winter so you might have to look around a bit. If you have time to venture out farther into the mountains, you might also look into snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snow tubing. Typically, outfitter availability is great, groups are smaller, and often times winter pricing or discounts are available. These are all family-friendly outdoor activities but of course you need to dress appropriately. No need to buy more expensive clothes. Your “ski” clothes are great for other snow adventures, too! Make sure to layer with non-cotton clothes and bring useful accessories such as goggles, sun glasses, chap stick, sun screen, wool socks, hat, gloves, winter boots, face mask, and a small backpack to store valuables. There is nothing more memorable than cruising through a true Colorado winter wonderland!
Oh, and one more thing … if you don’t know what to get your loved ones for the Holidays, give them a gift certificate from a local outfitter instead of a useless present they will re-gift to another poor soul!!
Denver Adventures (www.denveradventures.com) is ready to assist you with planning your winter extravaganza! As a local adventure outfitter we are open year around specializing in guided winter and summer outdoor activities in the Rocky Mountains close to Denver. We offer a huge variety of activities and operate the longest and fastest ziplines in Colorado year around. Gift certificates can be ordered online or over the phone and can be emailed to you in only a few hours!
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Denver Adventures Team!