For some of us, winter can be a long dreadful time full of dull moments spent at home with the occasional burst of excitement caused by holidays spent with family. Luckily, the Colorado Rockies are home to plenty of wonderful snow-based activities to keep us busy through the chillier months. Here are some ways that you can add a bit more excitement to your winter and avoid those feelings of cabin fever.
Getting outside and getting some exercise can be a great way to squash those cabin fever feelings. Get your heart rate up and head to the slopes of one of many worldclass ski resorts here in Colorado. If it’s your first time out there, there are plenty of lessons available at every resort. With resorts scattered across the state, you won’t be too far from the slopes as long as you’re close to the mountains.
Try a Snowmobiling Tour
Skiing can be daunting for those who have never tried it before. It can also rack up some receipts between your lift ticket, equipment rentals, lessons, and all the gear you need. If you’re on the hunt for a winter adventure that may be a bit more affordable, check out a snowmobiling tour. You’ll get to explore the backcountry for a few hours and catch some incredible views much like the ski slopes provide.
Snowshoe Your Favorite Trail
You can still get out on your favorite hike in the snow. Check out YakTraks or grab a pair of snowshoes to explore a winter wonderland. There are guided snowshoe trips across the Rockies that you can venture out on, or hit the trails solo and enjoy the peace and quite of the mountains blanketed in layers of snow. Be sure to not head out unprepared and know the trail you’re hiking if you’re opting to go alone.
Book a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
If you have younger kids or older folks in your group, a horse drawn carriage ride is a great option to get out of the house this winter. Lots of ski towns such as Breckenridge and Vail offer these excursions, and they’re perfect for cuddling up and drinking a hot cocoa as you wander the beautifully lit snowy streets.
The kids may be driving you crazy inside but they’ll be exhausted after an afternoon running around a sledding hill. If you’re staying in Summit County, the Frisco Adventure Park is an awesome spot to head for the ultimate sledding experience. Breckenridge is also incorporating sledding into their realm of activities and Adventure Ridge in Vail is popular sledding destination over the winter as well.
Whatever you decide to venture out on this winter, don’t forget to throw some chili in the crockpot before your day begins. That way you can warm right up the second you get home and have a hearty meal waiting for you. If you’re waiting until the spring to head to Colorado, AVA Rafting & Zipline‘s Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs, Colorado get started around spring break every year. Skip the lift lines at the ski resorts and soar through the treetops for a fun, unique experience.