7 Winter Activities in Colorado Beyond Skiing or Boarding
While the rest of the country may enjoy hibernating or be looking to “Netflix and chill” with a cute mate, Coloradans know that wintertime means play time. Sure, you can debate whether the Epic Local or the Rocky Mountain Super Pass rules the slopes, but if you want to mix it up from the typical resort weekend, here are some other winter date ideas if the weather has got you feeling a little stir crazy.
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Give Dogsledding a Go
Powered by a team of huskies, dogsledding is one of the most unique ways to explore Colorado’s backcountry. Gliding through the peaceful aspen glades you’ll take turns learning to mush and snuggling up under cozy blankets. Rides typically last about an hour and twenty minutes with the option to add a kennel tour to meet the dogs and play with the puppies (earning major cuteness points). A number of mountain towns offer the experience, with the closest being Leadville or Winter Park.
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Snowshoe and Fondue
A romantic romp thorough Rocky Mountain National Park, snowshoeing is the way to get your hike on while the snow’s falling. Led by expert Apex Ex guides, this Front Range adventure tour takes you to some of the most pristinely beautiful trails right in your own backyard. At the halfway point, you’ll indulge on warm apple cider and rich fondue and feel like you’re on your own private winter picnic. Looking to save a few bucks? They usually offer a Groupon.
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Relax in the Hot Springs
While Colorado has no shortage of hot springs throughout the state, hands down the sexiest has to be Strawberry Park in Steamboat Springs. Clothing optional after 9 p.m., the night sky opens up in front of your eyes as you soak in one of the most spectacular mineral springs on the planet that just so happens to be a cozy 104 degrees all year-round. Want to spend the weekend? They rent out everything from covered wagons to vintage cabooses and teepees on site for a winter campout to remember.
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Try Ski Biking
A new outdoor activity that’s gaining traction quickly, ski bikes (or fat bikes) are innovative little contraptions that include three blades, a seat, and handlebars you steer like a bike. Many ski resorts offer lessons (Keystone, Vail, Snowmass, Winter Park)– and to up the adrenaline factor, most teach you at night when there are less people on the slopes. Learning in the dark via headlamp is both exhilarating and terrifying, but above all, memorable.
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Pump the Breaks
Snowmobiling (or sledding, as the cool kids call it) is the ultimate adrenaline rush as you plow through the pow. With more than 3,000 miles of trails in the state, shops across High Country offer both tours and rentals for some of the best alpine views you can find on (no) wheels.
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Hit the Ice
Ice skating under the Clock Tower? Yes, please. Spend Friday or Saturday night slipping and sliding under the stars as a DJ or live music sets the mood right on the 16th Street Mall. Ice skating at Skyline Park is completely free if you bring your own skates or just $2 for rentals, making it one of the most affordable dates in town.
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Practice Your Swing
The newly opened Top Golf may be all the way in Centennial, but trust us; it’s worth the trek. The grown up version of cosmic bowling with nightclub feel, this psychedelic driving range is a great way to get outside in winter, while staying warm and toasty under the heat lamps. The food is top notch and a lengthy menu of creative cocktails ensures you stay for awhile.
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