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There are more than 30 ski resorts in Colorado, including Vail, Telluride and Steamboat.
Denver is definitely a great place for exploring those resorts, but there are plenty of other options for wintertime fun, as well. This includes hiking, ice-skating, wildlife-watching and warming up with hot chocolate like you’ve never seen before.
Winter Activities in Denver
Ice-skating is free under the glow of twinkling lights at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. Head there on Friday nights to catch a DJ in action or on Saturday nights for live concerts.
Don’t give up your hiking just because it’s cold out. Winter hikes can be invigorating—and incredibly beautiful. This may not be the time to venture up into the Rockies, but Denver itself has 4,000 acres of parks, including City Park where you’ll catch views of the Denver skyline framed by the Rocky Mountains.
If you’re ready to hit the slopes, Loveland Ski Area is just 53 miles west of Denver. It offers 94 trails, as well as free snowcat skiing for those in search of the most difficult terrain at the resort.
If you’re more into snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or sledding, head to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s also a great place to enjoy a drive and look for wildlife. In the winter, you’ll find elk, mule deer, moose, big horn sheep and coyotes.
No car? No problem. Denver Adventures will pick you up in downtown Denver for a half or full day of snowshoeing.
Another option is to skip all the physical activity and warm up with a hot chocolate at The Inventing Room Dessert Shop in downtown Denver. This one-of-a-kind place serves up liquid nitrogen as the main ingredient in each menu item. The hot chocolate, for example, is created with chocolate syrup, ice cream, chocolate powder, liquid nitrogen and exploding whipped cream. Other menu items include Really, Really Cold Cheetos, Compressed Banana Cream Pie and Mexican Fried Ice Cream with Nitro Chocolate.
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