It wouldn’t be a Colorado winter without finding yourself laughing in the cool air on one of the following joyrides, some of the best things to do in winter.
Take turns mushing a team of eager Siberian and Alaskan huskies over snow-packed trails on a morning or afternoon trip. Bundle up and sit back to take in the amazing mountain views in a sled for two (or two adults and a small child). Colorado dog sledding trips often include breaks for hot cocoa and baked goods. Durango Dog Ranch and Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park are just a few options with gorgeous mountain backdrops.
Snuggling up in blankets next to your loved ones in a horse-drawn sleigh is something everyone should experience at least once. Feel like mountain royalty and take in spectacular scenery as you glide past moonlit peaks under a pure winter sky. Sleigh rides are a great romantic date or unforgettable family adventure. Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch in Red Feather Lakes offers a popular Cowboy Lunch Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride, with cowboy stew, cornbread, hot cider and more served at a rustic cabin in the woods.
Colorado’s 25 ski areas offer safe, swift lifts to 40,000 acres of skiable terrain, including beginner runs, challenging bowls, exciting moguls and much more. From Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Imperial Express SuperChair, topping out at 12,840 feet as the highest chairlift in North America, to the fastest triple chair lift in the state at Aspen Highlands, which carries skiers and boarders up 1,700 feet in just seven minutes, there’s a Colorado lift to match your skill level.
Bring horsepower to the trails with a guided snowmobile tour through scenic Rocky Mountain nooks. Resorts and high-country towns across the state offer trips ranging from groomed, relaxed trail beginner tours to high-adrenaline excursions across the Continental Divide. Bring your camera for some framable backcountry shots. Cottonwood Country Snowmobile Tours and High Country Tours in Dillon, among many others, offer personalized tours.
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Colorado resorts pride themselves on their squeal-worthy, specially designed tubing hills. Aiming to provide guests with a bigger, faster, more thrilling experience, many tubing hills around the state now offer side-by-side lanes for racing and rolling features with mini-kickers for that extra oomph through the air. Some hills are served by easy-access surface lifts and allow parents to ride down with the littlest tubers. Copper Mountain and Vail’s Adventure Ridge are a couple of Colorado resorts known for their tubing.
Fairly new to the snow sports scene, snow biking is an exhilarating mode of slopeside transit. Special snowcycles – basically a bicycle on skis instead of tires – let you steer and ski down the mountain. Instructors are on-hand to teach you how to maneuver snowcycles at Winter Park and Durango Mountain Resort. The resorts offer snowcycle lessons and tours around the mountain.