Colorado’s brutal winters typically start to let up a little in March. While many Centennial State residents probably cannot wait for warmer weather, others will be sad to see the season end. Here are some fun winter activities to take advantage of before it is too late.
Ice skating at WinterSkate
The old-fashioned charms of outdoor ice skating are best experienced at WinterSkate, located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville. With skate rental, concessions, traditional holiday music and a small town setting, WinterSkate has been delighting skaters for 13 years now. The rink closes at the end of February, so make sure to visit soon. Hours of operation and admission prices can be found at http://www.downtownlouisvilleco.com/winterskate/.
Sleigh rides at 2 Below Zero
One of the best ways to experience scenic Colorado is under a warm blanket and seated on a sleigh. Before it closes in April, be sure to visit 2 Below Zero in Frisco, where families can enjoy a mule-team-driven sleigh ride through the snow. The ride is followed by live musical entertainment and dinner, with a hearty and home-cooked menu that includes sirloin steak, baked potato and warm apple pie. Guests can also enjoy a cup of hot cocoa (with a complimentary shot of Peppermint Schnapps to really warm up the adults). For pricing and more information, visit http://dinnersleighrides.com/breckenridge-restaurants-and-entertainment/.
Snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park
Located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors majestic mountain views and a chance to glimpse fascinating wildlife. The park also boasts a variety of ranger-led programs, which run until March 20 and include the opportunity to go snowshoeing through the park’s many trails. First-timers can reserve a beginner or intermediate snowshoe hike on the west side of the park, or dive right into the snowshoe ecology walk on the east side, which allows visitors to learn more about the natural world of a subalpine forest. For times and more information, check out http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/Ranger-Led-Programs-Rocky-Mtn-NP-2015-Winter.pdf.
Sledding at Firecracker Hill
The charming and beautiful town of Telluride is also home to one of the state’s best sledding spots, Firecracker Hill, located at the south end of Town Park. Rent sleds from the nearby Telluride Nordic Center and recapture the childhood joy of sliding through the snow. Afterward, hop on the free Galloping Goose bus and visit Telluride Truffle to warm up with some gourmet hot chocolate. Sleds are $6 a day, while the price of other rental equipment and Nordic Center services can be found at http://www.telluridetrails.org/html/nordic_ctr.html.
Skiing at Crested Butte Mountain
Last but not least, no Colorado winter is complete without a little skiing. With 25 ski and snowboard resorts, which typically stay open until late April, there are plenty of slopes to choose from. One of the best for families, though, is Crested Butte Mountain Resort, thanks to its “Kids Night Out,” which lets children visit the resort’s Adventure Park while mom and dad enjoy an evening to themselves. There are also plenty of ski trails for all ages, including one for kids that lets them ski through a bear cave. To plan your trip, visit http://www.skicb.com/plan-your-trip/deals.
Colorado is the best state in the union when it comes to outdoor winter activities. Be sure to take advantage of that fact before the season ends!
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.