Colorado is famous for the vast number of ski resorts scattered all over the state. With famous resorts such as; Vail, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Aspen, and more, it’s no wonder people flock to the mountains here. But in addition to the endless miles of ski runs you can hit, Colorado is also home to a wide variety of other winter activities. Sometimes, it is nice to take a day or two off from the slopes to go play in the snow in other ways. Here is our list of top winter activities to do in Colorado besides hitting the slopes:
Hanging out with doggos is already the best thing ever, but you know what’s even more awesome? Having said doggos pull you around in a sled. Dogsledding is probably one of our favorite things to do in the winter. It’s one of the best ways to check out the less traveled trails during the winter. It’s nothing but you, the puppers, the beautiful Colorado scenery, and your guide. Adventures with dogs = the best kind of adventures.
Snowmobiling through the mountains of Colorado is one of the best ways to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. On top on the gorgeous views, playing around in the deep powder on a snowmobile is epic. It’s sort of like you’re soaring through the clouds! Check out Leadville, Crested Butte, Rabbit Ears Pass (near Steamboat Springs), and Grand Lake for some of the best places to snowmobile in Colorado.
You know how snow kind of makes everything look way more beautiful? Well, have you ever taken the time to snowshoe through the forest? Oof. Talk about a magical view. If you’ve got a Costco membership, make sure to walk by the sports section next time. Sometimes they have snowshoe sets for as low as $70 bucks a pair. You can also rent some from REI and many of the ski shops around the state.
4. Sledding and Snowtubing
All it takes is a good layer of snow and a steep enough hill to become a decent sledding hill. With mountain ranges surrounding many cities in the state, you really don’t have to go far to find a place to hop on an inflatable tub and slide your way down a hill screaming in delight like a grade school kid. You’ll find a plethora of sledding hills littered all around ski towns; all you need to do is ask around and someone will lead the way with a good tip!
5. Ice Skating
Strap on a pair of skates and hit the ice! Luckily, our state has a ton of indoor and outdoor rinks you can check out. Pretty much every single ski village has one and there are tons in Denver, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, and more. Maybe you’ll find your calling to become an elegant figure skater?!
6. Ice Fishing
Just because there’s a layer of ice covering your normal fishing hole doesn’t mean you can’t fish there. All you really need to do is cut a hole in the ice and bam, finishing in the middle of the lake. Some of the best ice fishing locations in Colorado include: Lake Granby, Chambers Lake, Eleven Mile Reservoir, Chatfield Reservoir, and Crawford Reservoir.
Have some other winter activities besides hitting the slopes that you like to get into? We would love to hear about them! Join the conversation below or contact us. We want to hear about your Colorado winter adventures.