With sledding and tubing hills located in Fraser, Keystone, Vail, and many other mountain resorts, tubing is surely one of the most fun, family-oriented activities available in the mountains. Requiring absolutely no special skills and barely any physical labor, tubing can undoubtedly be described by most as 100% fun! Almost any age can enjoy hopping on a tube and then sliding down to the bottom of a snow-covered hill. Perhaps even more fun is being dragged back up the hill by a “magic carpet” or a pulley system. Just be sure to bundle up to brace yourself against the icy wind you may face when you’re speeding down the hill.
Colorado is known for its snow, but sometimes its ice is overlooked. Many resorts in the mountains are home to quaint little ice skating rinks that are open to the general public and are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Afterwards, you can cozy up at the rink’s warming hut. If you prefer a more urban setting, you can try the larger rinks in Fort Collins or Boulder, which are surrounded by charming shops and cafes and are located in busier, pedestrian areas. Either way, anyone can enjoy a little old-fashioned ice skating, whether you have to hold on to the sides the entire time or you can zoom around on the ice like a pro.
This one’s targeted for all those exercise junkies out there who never learned how to ski or snowboard. Though not extremely labor intensive, this snow activity still isn’t recommended for extremely young children, as it involves strapping on large, grate-style shoes and trekking through the deep snow to sight see and get a good workout. Many of the national parks in Colorado feature many trails for this exact purpose. Simply pick up a map, choose what you want to see and how hard you want to work on your expedition, and then show-shoe away!
Another activity that is best suited for teens and adults, snowmobiling is incredibly popular among inhabitants of Colorado, and is available in almost every region of the state. You can rent your own snowmobile at any of these locations and jet across heaps of fluffy white powder on any trail that you may choose. Depending on the park, the trails may vary depending on difficulty. Some parks even have groomed courses within the park for those too young to drive to try their hand at snowmobiling in smaller “snow scoots.” This ride is thrilling, exciting, and occasionally challenging for anyone who tries it.
Residents of Colorado and tourists alike can see that skiing and snowboarding are not the only things to do on the snowy mountains of Colorado. If you aren’t interested in hitting the slopes, or you never got around to learning how, there are plenty of other things to do in the snow that are sure to keep you entertained for as long as you wish. So don’t hesitate, go out there and have fun in the mountains!