Non-Skiing Activities

Visitors to Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts will find world-class terrain and consistently great snow conditions. But visitors who don’t ski or snowboard may be surprised to find that Colorado ski areas also offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities on and off the snow. For guests who’ve never stepped foot on skis, family members who want additional options or skiers and riders who just want to take a day to enjoy something new, Colorado has something for everyone.

Fireworks at Granby Rance
Photo Credit: Granby Ranch

 

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Mountain Coaster Copper Mountain
Photo Credit: Copper Mountain

Mountain Coaster

Mountain coasters offer a great opportunity to spend some time off the slopes with a family-friendly activity. These alpine coasters operate year-round and offer a thrilling way for guests to get their adrenaline pumping.

  • Aspen Snowmass’ Breathtaker Alpine Coaster takes riders through over a mile of forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28mph.
  • Copper Mountain’s Rocky Mountain Coaster is 5,800 feet long, making it one of the longest in North America, and descends 430 vertical feet on an average grade of 10.9 percent.
  • Purgatory Resort’s Inferno Mountain Coaster zooms passengers through nine switchbacks, one 360-degree circle and multiple dips while covering over 300 vertical feet.
  • Steamboat Resort’s Outlaw Mountain Coaster is the longest coaster in North America at more than 6,280 linear feet. The track near Christie Peak Express descends more than 400 vertical feet, rises to 40 feet above the ground and features dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles.

 

Tubing at Purgatory Resort
Photo Credit: Scott Smith, Purgatory Resort

Snow Tubing

For those who want to slide around on snow without the skis, many Colorado ski areas offer winter tubing hills. Guests can take a break from the slopes or participate in an activity the whole family can enjoy.

  • Aspen Snowmass’s tubing hill at Snowmass Elk Camp includes multiple tubing lanes and lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night. Guests must be at least 38" tall to ride and reservations are encouraged.
  • Copper Mountain’s tubing hill offers the thrill of high speeds and banked curves in  East Village behind Copper Station. Guests must be at least 36” tall and able to ride in their own tube.
  • Brand new for the 2018-19 season, Echo Mountain will offer a new tubing hill serviced by a covered conveyor lift offering family-friendly fun for skiers and those who just want to play in the snow.
  • Hesperus Ski Area offers snow tubing for as low as $10 per hour and as late as 9 p.m. 
  • Kendall Mountain Ski Area in Silverton, Colorado offers snow tubing and rentals for $5 per hour or $15 for the full day, open weekends and some holidays.
  • For the 2018-19 season, Monarch Mountain will debut a brand new Tubing Park open Friday-Sunday and some holidays. All ages are welcome, though riders must be at least 36” tall and able to ride alone in a tube.
  • At Purgatory Resort’s Snow Coaster Tubing Hill, guests can fly down high-speed, snow-covered tubing lanes for only $10/hour. Riders must be at least 3 years old and 36” tall.
  • Powderhorn Resort’s tubing hill is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for friends and families to enjoy. Tubers must be 36” tall and rates are $12 for children ages 12 and under or $15 for adults.
  • Steamboat Resort offers tubing at Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. The hill is groomed and equipped with a state-of-the-art tube-tow lift system that attaches itself to the tube to transport guests back to the top.
  • Winter Park Resort’s Coca Cola Tubing Hill features four individual lanes, exciting banked curves, a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top and the comfortable Hill House warming lodge.

Snowshoeing at Telluride
Photo Credit: Telluride

 

Snowshoeing

Seeing Colorado’s ski resorts by snowshoe is a great workout and a lot of fun for the whole family.

  • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. During the winter season, these educational tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.
  • Copper Mountain hosts free daily snowshoe tours during the winter season.
  • Eldora offers several miles of snowshoe trails in the Nordic Center skiing area. Eldora also offers compete rental packages, lessons and clinics.
  • Granby Ranch’s Nordic Trails offer miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails on the East Mountain and at the golf course.
  • Guest can snowshoe in downtown Steamboat Springs at the Howelsen Hill Nordic Center.
  • Kendall Mountain offers 2.5 miles of groomed trails for snowshoeing right in the town of Silverton on the Town Loop.
  • Loveland Ski Area rents snowshoes and poles for guests looking to enjoy the Bakerville-Loveland Trail, a 10-mile out-and-back section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail between Bakerville and Loveland.
  • Purgatory Resort offers multiple experiences for family-friendly snowshoeing. For a self-guided experience, guests can visit the Purgatory Nordic Center for miles of scenic snowshoe trails, complete with rentals and lessons. For groups or individuals who prefer a guided tour, Purgatory also offers educational Snowshoe Tours available daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Steamboat Resort offers snowshoe rentals for those who want to explore on their own, plus Free Guided Snowshoe Tours each day at 1 p.m.
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort offers miles of groomed snowshoe trails. There is no charge for trail use and trail maps are available in the Guest Service Office. Rentals are available in Glenwood Springs and on the mountain.
  • Telluride Ski Resort offers 10 kilometers of groomed, rolling trails at the Snowshoe and Nordic Area located at the Top of Lift 10. Scenic trails lead snowshoers through high alpine forests and magical open meadows.
  • Winter Park Resort offers pristine snowshoeing trails nearby for guests to enjoy, and guided snowshoe tours for a more hands-on educational experience. Both have rental snowshoes available and offer a family-friendly alternative or addition to time on the slopes.
  • Wolf Creek Ski Area has nearly 10 kilometers of cross country trails in the beautiful Alberta Area that are open to snowshoers. A 4-kilometer loop goes around the natural meadows with an additional 6 kilometer loop that takes guests down to Alberta Reservoir and back through the trees. Tracks are groomed regularly for snowshoers, classic and skate skiers. Use of the Nordic trails are compliments of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Ice Skating at Copper Mountain
Photo Credit: Copper Mountain

Ice Skating

A long-beloved winter activity, ice skating offers a family-friendly reprieve for skiers and non-skiers alike.

  • Aspen Snowmass will offer a brand-new ice skating rink for the 2018-19 season in Snowmass Base Village. All season long, guests can enjoy free rentals and free ice skating to rediscover this classic winter pastime.
  • Copper Mountain’s West Lake Ice Skating in Center Village also features broomball and hockey nets for guest use.
  • At Howelsen Hill’s neighboring Howelsen Ice Complex, guests can enjoy an Olympic-size ice rink that hosts a variety of activities including public skating sessions, broomball, figure skating and hockey leagues, and even Bumper Cars on Ice.
  • New for the 2018-19 season, Kendall Mountain will offer a natural ice-skating experience with pond skating. Kendall’s pond just south of the ski lodge offers stellar views of the rugged San Juan Mountains and will also include nighttime skating events.
  • Winter Park Resort’s outdoor Village Ice Rink, located in the heart of the Village at Winter Park, is open from 10am – 10pm daily during the ski season as conditions permit.
  • Wolf Creek's nearest mountain towns of Pagosa Springs and South Fork offer ice skating for everyone to enjoy.  Both towns have rinks with minimal admission fees. Pagosa Springs also has skating ponds that are at no charge.

 

Snowmobiling at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Photo Credit: Jack Affleck, Sunlight Mountain Resort

Snowmobiling

Guests looking for a thrilling mountain activity, an adrenaline rush or a way to see the snow from a whole new perspective can consider a snowmobiling adventure.

  • Aspen Snowmass offers guests a snowmobile tour to the base of the most photographed peak in North America, the Maroon Bells, to sip on hot cocoa while taking in the magnificent view. The T-Lazy 7 Snowmobile Tours takes guests through the scenic White River National Forest on miles of groomed trails and wide open meadows.
  • At Purgatory Resort’s Snowmobile Adventures, professional mountain guides take guests into the backcountry to explore more than 35,000 acres of terrain and 75 miles of trails on a Polaris snowmobile. Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid ID, and passengers must be at least 4 years old.
  • Steamboat Resort partners with several snowmobile tour companies to offer guests an exhilarating mountain experience.
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort partners with Full Throttle Snowmobiling with something for everyone, from guests who are new to snowmobiling or families with children to guests looking for a full-throttle adventure.
  • Winter Park Resort offers both guided snowmobile tours and unguided rentals with views of the entire Fraser Valley. Tours are available for every skill level and top out at nearly 12,000 feet.
  • Pagosa Springs and South Fork, the nearest towns to Wolf Creek Ski Area, both have tours and rentals for anyone looking to explore the area on snowmobiles. Listings of providers can be found by visiting SouthFork.org and VisitPagosaSprings.com.

Fat Biking at Steamboat
Photo Credit: Larry Pierce, Steamboat

Fat Biking

Growing in popularity, Fat Biking is a great way to enjoy the snow on two wheels.

  • There are many places to try your hand at Fat Biking in and around Aspen Snowmass, including the well-known Aspen Fat Bike Loop.
  • Copper Mountain hosts an annual WinterBike event complete with fat bike demos, an adult fat bike race held after dark, fireworks over the slopes and more.  
  • Howelsen Hill’s Nordic Trails welcome fat bikers to enjoy the scenery during certain times. Fat bikers should be sure their equipment follows the guidelines and observe Fat Biking Etiquette.
  • Monarch Mountain hosts the Annual Great Divide Grinder, an early-morning fat bike race over 7 miles of Monarch trails.
  • Winter Park Resort partners with local companies to offer miles of groomed Fat Biking trails. Bikes and helmets are available for rent.

Sleigh Rides at Purgatory
Photo Credit: Purgatory Resort

 

Sleigh Rides

For guests who are dreaming of “dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh,” Colorado ski resorts deliver the experience of a lifetime with horse-drawn sleigh rides.

  • Aspen Snowmass’ Aspen Carriage and Sleigh Rides begin at Still Water Ranch, which is the perfect backdrop for the exhilarating one horse ride carrying guests through groves of snow-covered aspen trees. The horse drawn sleighs also roam around the streets of Aspen for a romantic town ride.
  • Purgatory Resort’s Belgian and Percheron Draft horses from Buck’s Livery take sleigh rides full of guests on a picturesque mountain ride amidst snow-covered spruce and aspen trees, with breathtaking views of the San Juan mountains.
  • Steamboat Resort offers several Sleigh Ride Dinners, featuring a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride in the backcountry to a gourmet meal.
  • Winter Park Resort partners with Snow Mountain Ranch to offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, complete with beautiful views and either hot cocoa or dinner.

Dog Sledding at Purgatory Resort
Photo Credit: Scott Smith, Purgatory Resort

 

Dog Sledding

It’s not quite the Iditarod, but Colorado ski resorts offer dog sledding for a fun and family-friendly way to explore the mountains with cute pups.

  • A Krabloonik Dog Sled Tour out of Aspen Snowmass, Colorado is the best way to explore the pristine Colorado backcountry. For over an hour, dog sledding tours twist and wind through Aspen on an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime journey. Each sled can carry two adults and a small child, pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Husky sled dogs and guided by an experienced musher.
  • Sled dogs from Durango Dog Ranch transport guests through a scenic winter wonderland at Purgatory’s Dog Sledding tours, offering breathtaking views and a memorable experience in the mountains.
  • Winter Park Resort’s Winter Dog Sled Rides are a great way to take in the peaceful valley scenery in a private trail system.

Grilling at The Beach Arapahoe Basin
Photo Credit: Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin

Grilling & Tailgating

For guests looking for a place to grill up food and enjoy a home-cooked meal in the mountains, ski areas offer areas and facilities ideal for grilling and tailgating.

  • Arapahoe Basin is well-known and beloved for The Beach, a stretch of prime real estate where guests can grill out with their own propane grills, eat, drink and celebrate with friends and family. Beach spots are reservable and very popular in the spring skiing season.
  • Aspen Snowmass offers a selection of on-mountain locations perfect for hosting a party, grilling or enjoying a picnic. On Aspen Mountain, skiers and riders can reserve Buckhorn Cabin or Tourtellotte Park and host a party or BBQ. Ski patrol and guest services can assist with delivering supplies. Over on Snowmass, the Wine Cabin is a fun locale for parties and grilling.
  • Loveland Ski Area’s On-Mountain Cabins are the perfect place to take a break, warm up or have a picnic. All of the on-mountain cabins are equipped with propane barbeques and free to use for guests. Some offer restrooms and electricity, while others strictly have the grill and a wood-burning stove.

 

Moonlight Dinner at Arapahoe Basin
Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin

 

Dining Experiences

For guests who would rather let someone else do the cooking on their winter vacation, Colorado ski resorts offer a wide variety of dining experiences, accessed by snowshoe, sleigh ride, snowcat and more.

  • Arapahoe Basin’s Moonlight Dinner Series, held at the beautiful Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain, includes a four-course buffet-style dining experience and live entertainment. Some of the moonlit dinners are lift-served, while others require guests to skin or snowshoe up to Black Mountain Lodge and ski or hike down afterward.
  • Aspen Snowmass offers several exclusive dining experiences. Guests can enjoy snowcat dinners at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Lynn Britt Cabin. Snowmass hosts Ullr Nights, a winter wonderland party every Friday night accessible by an evening gondola ride to Elk Camp. Buttermilk hosts Full Moon Dinners that invite guests to skin or hike up the mountain under the full moon to à la carte dinner specials and live music at the Cliffhouse.
  • At Cooper, guests can enjoy a Mountaintop Yurt Dinner at the Ridgeview Café on select Saturday evenings through the season. Take a snowcat ride to the top of Cooper for a delicious gourmet meal in this unforgettable experience.
  • Copper Mountain’s Moonlight Dine & Ski events begin with a chairlift ride up to Solitude Station, where you will be greeted by great views, live music and a gourmet buffet. Guests must ski down to Center Village after dinner, so only intermediate skiers/riders or better can participate.
  • Purgatory Resort’s Snowcat Dinner Excursions feature an enclosed snowcat ride to the Powderhouse Restaurant, hors-d'oeuvres, fresh salad, handcrafted soup, main course and dessert, plus wine and beer.
  • Steamboat Resort offers several unique dining experiences. Guests can enjoy snowshoe tours including the Guided Gourmet Snowshoe complete with a buffet lunch at Hazie’s or the Moonlit Snowshoe Tour featuring a one-mile educational snowshoe tour and dinner. Steamboat also offers Sleigh Ride Dinners and Snowcat Dinners for those seeking the ultimate mountaintop luxury experience.
  • Telluride’s Alpino Vino is the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America at 11,966 feet. During the day it can be accessed by ski, but at night guests travel via an enclosed and heated snow-coach from the top of the Gondola to the front door for a gourmet five-course dinner.
  • Winter Park serves a three-course gondola-served plated dinner and fondue experience at The Lodge at Sunspot. Brand new for the 2018-19 season, Winter Park will also offer Mountaintop Après seven days a week served by gondola from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Foot passengers can ride for free without a lift ticket beginning at 2:30 p.m. each day.

Scenic Gondola Ride at Winter Park
Photo Credit: Carl Frey, Winter Park

 

Scenic Sightseeing

Several ski areas in Colorado offer scenic sightseeing tours for guests who want to see the mountain without skiing or riding.

  • Arapahoe Basin offers Scenic Lift & Lunch tickets for foot passengers on the Black Mountain Express Lift. Guests may enjoy the scenery and return to the base or ride up for lunch at the Black Mountain Lodge.
  • Guests can ride the Aspen Mountain Gondola as a foot passenger and get some of the best sightseeing in the area with views of Aspen Highlands, Mount Hayden and the entire Castle Creek Valley. Foot passengers can also grab lunch or happy hour drinks at the Sundeck.
  • Cooper offers sightseeing tours by snowcat on the Continental Divide. Guests can enjoy a plush, comfortable snowcat ride and a unique historical tour of Ski Cooper’s scenery and unique 10th Mountain Division battle training lands.
  • Purgatory Resort’s Scenic Snowcat Tours feature a scenic chairlift ride, spectacular panoramic views, unbeatable photography opportunities and hot cocoa.
  • At Steamboat Resort, some of the most incredible views come from riding the gondola. Steamboat offers Scenic Gondola Rides for those who want to see the slopes but not necessarily ski or ride on them.
  • Winter Park Resort offers a few options for the sightseers in the group. Scenic Chairlift Rides offer an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of the Colorado Rockies from above, while Scenic Snowcat Tours provide a more hands-on way to see the mountain up-close.

Spa at Aspen Snowmass
Photo Credit: Aspen Snowmass

 

Spa

Is a winter vacation truly complete without a little pampering? Guests can enjoy spa treatments and other relaxing offerings at several Colorado ski resorts.

  • Aspen and Snowmass have an incredible, world class spa offerings, making them among the best places to get a massage or facial. Guests can visit the Viceroy in Snowmass or the St. Regis in downtown Aspen for a full offering of spa treatments at Aspen Snowmass.
  • The Copper Mountain Spa offers rejuvenating facial and relaxing massages with a combination of many techniques including Swedish relaxation, neuromuscular, sports, pregnancy and deep tissue. In-Room Massages are also available.
  • Purgatory Resort’s Woodhouse Day Spa invites guests to immerse their mind, body, and spirit in a tranquil experience centered on health and wellness. A variety of massages are available for the back, neck, shoulder and foot including Swedish, deep tissue, or therapeutic stone massages.
  • At Steamboat, guests can relax and rejuvenate at several resort spas specializing in body treatments, massage, luxurious body wraps, corrective skin care, microdermabrasion, revitalizing facials, and hair, hand and foot treatments.
  • Guests at Telluride Ski Resort can enjoy Spa Treatments both in Mountain Village and in the town of Telluride. Lead by the Director Alexandra Sharpe-Keene, The Spa At The Peaks in Mountain Village focuses on spirituality and mindfulness while striving to incorporate completely safe and natural products into each treatment. 
  • Winter Park’s Alpenglow Massage, the only spa located in Resort Village, offers relaxing massages year-round.

Shopping at Aspen Snowmass
Photo Credit: Aspen Snowmass

 

Shopping

Fancy taking a break from the slopes to do a little world-class shopping? These ski resorts offer luxury shopping on or near the mountain.

  • Aspen Snowmass has created one of the most compelling square miles of shopping in America, with options for gear and apparel, fashion and beauty, fine art, home décor, food and wine.
  • Copper Mountain’s shopping options include apparel, sports, gifts, crafts, services, grocery and liquor.
  • Shoppers at Purgatory Resort will find outdoor gear, quality apparel, logo wear, gifts and more.
  • Steamboat’s shopping area has dozens of shops and stores for everything from traveling essentials and apparel to high-performance gear and equipment.
  • Telluride is host to outposts for several well-known outdoor brands including North Face, Burton and Patagonia, as well as the designer labels featured at Heritage Apparel. 

Kid's Playing at Aspen Snowmass
Photo Credit: Jordan Curet, Aspen Snowmass

 

Kid's Play Centers

All Colorado ski resorts offer great skiing and riding lessons for children. For children who aren’t ready to learn on-snow sports, several ski areas offer engaged Kid’s Play Centers to keep the whole family happy while Mom and Dad are on the slopes.

  • At Aspen Snowmass, the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center features Colorado-themed play rooms and supervised activities for children ages 8 weeks to 4 years old.
  • Cooper provides supervised indoor play for fully potty-trained children ages 3 to 7 in the Children’s Center.
  • Copper Mountain’s Belly Button Bakery entertains children ages 6 months to 6 years with lunch and snacks, arts & crafts, outside snow play, circle time games, story time and free play. Copper also offers Kid’s Night Out, a free three-hour childcare service for qualifying children and families.
  • The Loveland Child Care provides age-appropriate toys, games, art projects, healthy lunches and snacks, as well as outside time in the snow in a kid-friendly environment. Children 12 months (must be walking) – 12 years of age are welcome.
  • The Monarch Mountain Children’s Center offers children activities like reading, quiet time, crafts, organized play and more.
  • At Purgatory Resort, children ages 2 months to 4 years can enjoy The Den, designed to give children a safe environment to explore creative indoor projects and outside snow play.
  • Steamboat’s kiddos who don’t want to ski can visit the Kiddie Corral Daycare, providing age-appropriate activities for children ages 1 to 6.  
  • Telluride Ski Resort invites children ages 2 months through 4 years to Cubs Camp, which can include gondola rides, short walks, playrooms and more.
  • Winter Park Resort offers child care on the second floor of the Children’s Center building for children ages 6 months to 6 years to enjoy games, crafts and outdoor activities.

Winter Wonder Grass at Steamboat
Photo Credit: Steamboat

 

Events and Live Music

Many Colorado ski resorts host events throughout the season, from live music to holiday festivals, torchlight parades, fireworks and more.

Each ski area’s event calendar can offer more insight on upcoming events:

Know where you are headed this winter? Click a resort to see which additional activities they offer. 

Grilling and Tailgating - Arapahoe Basin is well-known and beloved for The Beach, a stretch of prime real estate where guests can grill out with their own propane grills, eat, drink and celebrate with friends and family. Beach spots are reservable and very popular in the spring skiing season.

Dining Experiences - Arapahoe Basin’s Moonlight Dinner Series, held at the beautiful Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain, includes a four-course buffet-style dining experience and live entertainment. Some of the moonlit dinners are lift-served, while others require guests to skin or snowshoe up to Black Mountain Lodge and ski or hike down afterward.

Scenic Sightseeing - Arapahoe Basin offers Scenic Lift & Lunch tickets for foot passengers on the Black Mountain Express Lift. Guests may enjoy the scenery and return to the base or ride up for lunch at the Black Mountain Lodge.

Events and Live Music

Mountain Coaster - Aspen Snowmass’ Breathtaker Alpine Coaster takes riders through over a mile of forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28mph.

Tubing - Aspen Snowmass’s tubing hill at Snowmass Elk Camp includes multiple tubing lanes and lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night. Guests must be at least 38" tall to ride and reservations are encouraged.

Snowshoeing - The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. During the winter season, these educational tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.

Ice Skating - Aspen Snowmass will offer a brand-new ice skating rink for the 2018-19 season in Snowmass Base Village. All season long, guests can enjoy free rentals and free ice skating to rediscover this classic winter pastime.

Snowmobiling - Aspen Snowmass offers guests a snowmobile tour to the base of the most photographed peak in North America, the Maroon Bells, to sip on hot cocoa while taking in the magnificent view. The T-Lazy 7 Snowmobile Tours takes guests through the scenic White River National Forest on miles of groomed trails and wide open meadows.

Fat Biking - There are many places to try your hand at Fat Biking in and around Aspen Snowmass, including the well-known Aspen Fat Bike Loop.

Sleigh Rides - Aspen Snowmass’ Aspen Carriage and Sleigh Rides begin at Still Water Ranch, which is the perfect backdrop for the exhilarating one horse ride carrying guests through groves of snow-covered aspen trees. The horse drawn sleighs also roam around the streets of Aspen for a romantic town ride.

Dog Sledding - A Krabloonik Dog Sled Tour out of Aspen Snowmass, Colorado is the best way to explore the pristine Colorado backcountry. For over an hour, dog sledding tours twist and wind through Aspen on an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime journey. Each sled can carry two adults and a small child, pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Husky sled dogs and guided by an experienced musher.

Grilling and Tailgating - Aspen Snowmass offers a selection of on-mountain locations perfect for hosting a party, grilling or enjoying a picnic. On Aspen Mountain, skiers and riders can reserve Buckhorn Cabin or Tourtellotte Park and host a party or BBQ. Ski patrol and guest services can assist with delivering supplies. Over on Snowmass, the Wine Cabin is a fun locale for parties and grilling.

Dining Experiences - Aspen Snowmass offers several exclusive dining experiences. Guests can enjoy snowcat dinners at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Lynn Britt Cabin. Snowmass hosts Ullr Nights, a winter wonderland party every Friday night accessible by an evening gondola ride to Elk Camp. Buttermilk hosts Full Moon Dinners that invite guests to skin or hike up the mountain under the full moon to à la carte dinner specials and live music at the Cliffhouse.

Scenic Sightseeing - Guests can ride the Aspen Mountain Gondola as a foot passenger and get some of the best sightseeing in the area with views of Aspen Highlands, Mount Hayden and the entire Castle Creek Valley. Foot passengers can also grab lunch or happy hour drinks at the Sundeck.

Spa - Aspen and Snowmass have an incredible, world class spa offerings, making them among the best places to get a massage or facial. Guests can visit the Viceroy in Snowmass or the St. Regis in downtown Aspen for a full offering of spa treatments at Aspen Snowmass.

Shopping - Aspen Snowmass has created one of the most compelling square miles of shopping in America, with options for gear and apparel, fashion and beauty, fine art, home décor, food and wine.

Kid's Play Centers - At Aspen Snowmass, the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center features Colorado-themed play rooms and supervised activities for children ages 8 weeks to 4 years old.

Climbing Wall - One of the coolest new non-ski activities at Aspen Snowmass is the Limelight Snowmass climbing wall. The New Limelight Hotel Snowmass, opening December 2018, has a five-story high climbing wall with three self-belay routes — a lower one for beginners, and two that will scale the entire wall. Staff will be on hand to give pointers, ensure safety, and help with harnesses and climbing shoes. The routes are based off of climbs in the Roaring Fork Valley and will be the tallest indoor climbing wall in the state.

Events and Live Music

At Cooper, guests can enjoy a Mountaintop Yurt Dinner at the Ridgeview Café on select Saturday evenings through the season. Take a snowcat ride to the top of Cooper for a delicious gourmet meal in this unforgettable experience.

Scenic Sightseeing - Cooper offers sightseeing tours by snowcat on the Continental Divide. Guests can enjoy a plush, comfortable snowcat ride and a unique historical tour of Ski Cooper’s scenery and unique 10th Mountain Division battle training lands.

Kid's Play Center - Cooper provides supervised indoor play for fully potty-trained children ages 3 to 7 in the Children’s Center.

Events and Live Music

Mountain Coaster - Copper Mountain’s Rocky Mountain Coaster is 5,800 feet long, making it one of the longest in North America, and descends 430 vertical feet on an average grade of 10.9 percent.

Tubing - Copper Mountain’s tubing hill offers the thrill of high speeds and banked curves in  East Village behind Copper Station. Guests must be at least 36” tall and able to ride in their own tube.

Ice Skating - Copper Mountain’s West Lake Ice Skating in Center Village also features broomball and hockey nets for guest use.

Fat Biking - Copper Mountain hosts an annual WinterBike event complete with fat bike demos, an adult fat bike race held after dark, fireworks over the slopes and more.

Dining Experiences - Copper Mountain’s Moonlight Dine & Ski events begin with a chairlift ride up to Solitude Station, where you will be greeted by great views, live music and a gourmet buffet. Guests must ski down to Center Village after dinner, so only intermediate skiers/riders or better can participate.

Spa - The Copper Mountain Spa offers rejuvenating facial and relaxing massages with a combination of many techniques including Swedish relaxation, neuromuscular, sports, pregnancy and deep tissue. In-Room Massages are also available.

Shopping - Copper Mountain’s shopping options include apparel, sports, gifts, crafts, services, grocery and liquor.

Kid's Playing Centers - Copper Mountain’s Belly Button Bakery entertains children ages 6 months to 6 years with lunch and snacks, arts & crafts, outside snow play, circle time games, story time and free play. Copper also offers Kid’s Night Out, a free three-hour childcare service for qualifying children and families.

Events and Live Music

Tubing - Brand new for the 2018-19 season, Echo Mountain will offer a new tubing hill serviced by a covered conveyor lift offering family-friendly fun for skiers and those who just want to play in the snow.

Events and Live Music

Snowshoeing - Eldora offers several miles of snowshoe trails in the Nordic Center skiing area. Eldora also offers complete rental packages, lessons and clinics.

Events and Live Music

Snowshoeing - Granby Ranch’s Nordic Trails offer miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails on the East Mountain and at the golf course.

Events and Live Music

Tubing - Hesperus Ski Area offers snow tubing for as low as $10 per hour and as late as 9 p.m. 

Snowshoeing - Guest can snowshoe in downtown Steamboat Springs at the Howelsen Hill Nordic Center.

At Howelsen Hill’s neighboring Howelsen Ice Complex, guests can enjoy an Olympic-size ice rink that hosts a variety of activities including public skating sessions, broomball, figure skating and hockey leagues, and even Bumper Cars on Ice.

Fat Biking - Howelsen Hill’s Nordic Trails welcome fat bikers to enjoy the scenery during certain times. Fat bikers should be sure their equipment follows the guidelines and observe Fat Biking Etiquette.

Tubing - Kendall Mountain Ski Area in Silverton, Colorado offers snow tubing and rentals for $5 per hour or $15 for the full day, open weekends and some holidays.

Ice Skating - New for the 2018-19 season, Kendall Mountain will offer a natural ice-skating experience with pond skating. Kendall’s pond just south of the ski lodge offers stellar views of the rugged San Juan Mountains and will also include nighttime skating events.

Snowshoeing - Kendall Mountain offers 2.5 miles of groomed trails for snowshoeing right in the town of Silverton on the Town Loop.

Snowshoeing - Loveland Ski Area rents snowshoes and poles for guests looking to enjoy the Bakerville-Loveland Trail, a 10-mile out-and-back section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail between Bakerville and Loveland.

Grilling and Tailgating - Loveland Ski Area’s On-Mountain Cabins are the perfect place to take a break, warm up or have a picnic. All of the on-mountain cabins are equipped with propane barbeques and free to use for guests. Some offer restrooms and electricity, while others strictly have the grill and a wood-burning stove.

Kid's Play Center - The Loveland Child Care provides age-appropriate toys, games, art projects, healthy lunches and snacks, as well as outside time in the snow in a kid-friendly environment. Children 12 months (must be walking) – 12 years of age are welcome.

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Tubing - For the 2018-19 season, Monarch Mountain will debut a brand new Tubing Park open Friday-Sunday and some holidays. All ages are welcome, though riders must be at least 36” tall and able to ride alone in a tube.

Fat Biking - Monarch Mountain hosts the Annual Great Divide Grinder, an early-morning fat bike race over 7 miles of Monarch trails.

Kid's Play Center - The Monarch Mountain Children’s Center offers children activities like reading, quiet time, crafts, organized play and more.

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Tubing - Powderhorn Resort’s tubing hill is open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for friends and families to enjoy. Tubers must be 36” tall and rates are $12 for children ages 12 and under or $15 for adults.

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Mountain Coaster - Purgatory Resort’s Inferno Mountain Coaster zooms passengers through nine switchbacks, one 360-degree circle and multiple dips while covering over 300 vertical feet.

Tubing - At Purgatory Resort’s Snow Coaster Tubing Hill, guests can fly down high-speed, snow-covered tubing lanes for only $10/hour. Riders must be at least 3 years old and 36” tall.

Snowshoeing - Purgatory Resort offers multiple experiences for family-friendly snowshoeing. For a self-guided experience, guests can visit the Purgatory Nordic Center for miles of scenic snowshoe trails, complete with rentals and lessons. For groups or individuals who prefer a guided tour, Purgatory also offers educational Snowshoe Tours available daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Snowmobiling - At Purgatory Resort’s Snowmobile Adventures, professional mountain guides take guests into the backcountry to explore more than 35,000 acres of terrain and 75 miles of trails on a Polaris snowmobile. Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid ID, and passengers must be at least 4 years old.

Dog Sledding - Sled dogs from Durango Dog Ranch transport guests through a scenic winter wonderland at Purgatory’s Dog Sledding tours, offering breathtaking views and a memorable experience in the mountains.

Sleigh Rides - Purgatory Resort’s Belgian and Percheron Draft horses from Buck’s Livery take sleigh rides full of guests on a picturesque mountain ride amidst snow-covered spruce and aspen trees, with breathtaking views of the San Juan mountains.

Dining Experiences - Purgatory Resort’s Snowcat Dinner Excursions feature an enclosed snowcat ride to the Powderhouse Restaurant, hors-d'oeuvres, fresh salad, handcrafted soup, main course and dessert, plus wine and beer.

Scenic Sightseeing - Purgatory Resort’s Scenic Snowcat Tours feature a scenic chairlift ride, spectacular panoramic views, unbeatable photography opportunities and hot cocoa.

Spa - Purgatory Resort’s Woodhouse Day Spa invites guests to immerse their mind, body, and spirit in a tranquil experience centered on health and wellness. A variety of massages are available for the back, neck, shoulder and foot including Swedish, deep tissue, or therapeutic stone massages.

Shopping - Shoppers at Purgatory Resort will find outdoor gear, quality apparel, logo wear, gifts and more.

Kid's Play Center - At Purgatory Resort, children ages 2 months to 4 years can enjoy The Den, designed to give children a safe environment to explore creative indoor projects and outside snow play.

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Mountain Coaster - Steamboat Resort’s Outlaw Mountain Coaster is the longest coaster in North America at more than 6,280 linear feet. The track near Christie Peak Express descends more than 400 vertical feet, rises to 40 feet above the ground and features dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles.

Tubing - Steamboat Resort offers tubing at Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. The hill is groomed and equipped with a state-of-the-art tube-tow lift system that attaches itself to the tube to transport guests back to the top.

Snowshoeing - Steamboat Resort offers snowshoe rentals for those who want to explore on their own, plus Free Guided Snowshoe Tours each day at 1 p.m.

Snowmobiling - Steamboat Resort partners with several snowmobile tour companies to offer guests an exhilarating mountain experience.

Sleigh Rides - Steamboat Resort offers several Sleigh Ride Dinners, featuring a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride in the backcountry to a gourmet meal.

Dining Experiences - Steamboat Resort offers several unique dining experiences. Guests can enjoy snowshoe tours including the Guided Gourmet Snowshoe complete with a buffet lunch at Hazie’s or the Moonlit Snowshoe Tour featuring a one-mile educational snowshoe tour and dinner. Steamboat also offers Sleigh Ride Dinners and Snowcat Dinners for those seeking the ultimate mountaintop luxury experience.

Scenic Sightseeing - At Steamboat Resort, some of the most incredible views come from riding the gondola. Steamboat offers Scenic Gondola Rides for those who want to see the slopes but not necessarily ski or ride on them.

Spa - At Steamboat, guests can relax and rejuvenate at several resort spas specializing in body treatments, massage, luxurious body wraps, corrective skin care, microdermabrasion, revitalizing facials, and hair, hand and foot treatments.

Shopping - Steamboat’s shopping area has dozens of shops and stores for everything from traveling essentials and apparel to high-performance gear and equipment.

Kid's Play Center - Steamboat’s kiddos who don’t want to ski can visit the Kiddie Corral Daycare, providing age-appropriate activities for children ages 1 to 6.

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Snowshoeing - Sunlight Mountain Resort offers miles of groomed snowshoe trails. There is no charge for trail use and trail maps are available in the Guest Service Office. Rentals are available in Glenwood Springs and on the mountain.

Snowmobiling - Sunlight Mountain Resort partners with Full Throttle Snowmobiling with something for everyone, from guests who are new to snowmobiling or families with children to guests looking for a full-throttle adventure.

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Snowshoeing - Telluride Ski Resort offers 10 kilometers of groomed, rolling trails at the Snowshoe and Nordic Area located at the Top of Lift 10. Scenic trails lead snowshoers through high alpine forests and magical open meadows.

Dining Experiences - Telluride’s Alpino Vino is the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America at 11,966 feet. During the day it can be accessed by ski, but at night guests travel via an enclosed and heated snow-coach from the top of the Gondola to the front door for a gourmet five-course dinner.

Spa - Guests at Telluride Ski Resort can enjoy Spa Treatments both in Mountain Village and in the town of Telluride. Lead by the Director Alexandra Sharpe-Keene, The Spa At The Peaks in Mountain Village focuses on spirituality and mindfulness while striving to incorporate completely safe and natural products into each treatment. 

Shopping - Telluride is host to outposts for several well-known outdoor brands including North Face, Burton and Patagonia, as well as the designer labels featured at Heritage Apparel. 

Kid's Play Center - Telluride Ski Resort invites children ages 2 months through 4 years to Cubs Camp, which can include gondola rides, short walks, playrooms and more.

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Tubing - Winter Park Resort’s Coca Cola Tubing Hill features four individual lanes, exciting banked curves, a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top and the comfortable Hill House warming lodge.

Snowshoeing - Winter Park Resort offers pristine snowshoeing trails nearby for guests to enjoy, and guided snowshoe tours for a more hands-on educational experience. Both have rental snowshoes available and offer a family-friendly alternative or addition to time on the slopes.

Ice Skating - Winter Park Resort’s outdoor Village Ice Rink, located in the heart of the Village at Winter Park, is open from 10am – 10pm daily during the ski season as conditions permit.

Snowmobiling - Winter Park Resort offers both guided snowmobile tours and unguided rentals with views of the entire Fraser Valley. Tours are available for every skill level and top out at nearly 12,000 feet.

Fat Biking - Winter Park Resort partners with local companies to offer miles of groomed Fat Biking trails. Bikes and helmets are available for rent.

Sleigh Rides - Winter Park Resort partners with Snow Mountain Ranch to offer horse-drawn sleigh rides, complete with beautiful views and either hot cocoa or dinner.

Dog Sledding - Winter Park Resort’s Winter Dog Sled Rides are a great way to take in the peaceful valley scenery in a private trail system.

Dining Experiences - Winter Park serves a three-course gondola-served plated dinner and fondue experience at The Lodge at Sunspot. Brand new for the 2018-19 season, Winter Park will also offer Mountaintop Après seven days a week served by gondola from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Foot passengers can ride for free without a lift ticket beginning at 2:30 p.m. each day.

Scenic Sightseeing - Winter Park Resort offers a few options for the sightseers in the group. Scenic Chairlift Rides offer an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of the Colorado Rockies from above, while Scenic Snowcat Tours provide a more hands-on way to see the mountain up-close.

Spa - Winter Park’s Alpenglow Massage, the only spa located in Resort Village, offers relaxing massages year-round.

Kid's Play Center - Winter Park Resort offers child care on the second floor of the Children’s Center building for children ages 6 months to 6 years to enjoy games, crafts and outdoor activities.

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Snowshoeing - Wolf Creek Ski Area has nearly 10 kilometers of cross country trails in the beautiful Alberta Area that are open to snowshoers. A 4-kilometer loop goes around the natural meadows with an additional 6 kilometer loop that takes guests down to Alberta Reservoir and back through the trees. Tracks are groomed regularly for snowshoers, classic and skate skiers. Use of the Nordic trails are compliments of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Ice Skating - Wolf Creek's nearest mountain towns of Pagosa Springs and South Fork offer ice skating for everyone to enjoy.  Both towns have rinks with minimal admission fees. Pagosa Springs also has skating ponds that are at no charge.

Snowmobiling - Pagosa Springs and South Fork, the nearest towns to Wolf Creek Ski Area, both have tours and rentals for anyone looking to explore the area on snowmobiles. Listings of providers can be found by visiting SouthFork.org and VisitPagosaSprings.com.

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