Updated: Aug 19
There is something magical about snow. One of the first confirmed climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary said, "Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow." In this year when people are traveling domestically and road tripping, winter in Colorado offers the childhood pleasures of playing in the snow. Both skiers and non-skiers can find plenty to do, see, taste and sip in the snow blanketed Colorado Rockies. Throughout this post there are affiliate links to Amazon. This allows you to get some of my favorite products. While you pay the same price, I earn a small commission anything you would purchase, so I can continue to provide you with ideas and inspiration for your next trip.
Colorado is a skiers paradise in winter. Pictured above are the some of the beginner and intermediate slopes at Steamboat, an authentic western ski town about 3.5 hours from Denver, also accessible from the Haden/Yampa Valley Airport. If you are considering a new jacket this winter, I love a hip length down jacket that comes in a wide selection of colors like the Northface Theromoball Full Zip Jacket
Think of "apres ski" as happy hour on the mountains. Live music, fire pits, craft beer, wine and cocktails, delicious nibbles all add to the festive atmosphere. The great thing is you don't even have to ski to enjoy "apres ski."
Snowmobiling is my favorite non-skiing activity. For more information on snowmobiling in the Breckinridge/Copper Mountain areas, check out my blog post exploring Copper Mt. from a Snowmobile.
An Elk Burger at the top of the mountain. For non-skiers, the views and food venues are still available to you. You can purchase a non-skiing gondola ticket and enjoy the mountain top. Many areas offer snowshoeing trails at the top as well.
Days End at Steamboat Ski Resort.
Snowshoeing or snow hiking is a delightful way to experience the quiet and serenity of the woods when it is covered in snow.
Snow trips make wonderful "girl's trip" opportunities. Skiing, snow shoeing or hiking, ice skating, shopping, late nights by the fire, and spa days are all easily available in any ski town. These adorable half zips in ski themed patterns add to the festive mood of any winter trip. To check out more styles and colors, click here.
Cocktails at Besame on Lincoln Ave in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Wingle Ridge forms the backdrop to this snowy vista.
Early morning Ski Lift at Copper mountain.
Ski Shots at Downhill Duke's in the Copper Mountain Center Village.
A sparkling blue hour in Steamboat Springs.
Craft beer with a view, Steamboat Springs.
A ski gate, we stumbled upon this while exploring Frisco.
Salt and Lime, downtown Steamboat Springs.
The grounds at Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Apres ski at Copper Mountain East Village.
Shopping in downtown Frisco.
Ten Mile Creek, Frisco.
Blue Hour grooming, Copper Mountain.
Blue Hour at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort.
Steamboat Springs, ski runs. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire." Edith Sitwell, poet.
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