Winter Fun Guide: Your time to get out and play

by R. SCOTT RAPPOLD - Updated: November 19, 2013 at 8:54 am • Published: November 17, 2013 0

Winter in Colorado - it doesn't have to be all about dicey mountain passes, deadly avalanches and Jack Nicholson frozen in the snow. It can be fun.

Colorado is a winter lover's paradise. More than 11 million people visited our ski areas last winter, nearly twice as many as the next state, California. Thanks to competition for Front Range skier dollars, you can buy season passes for multiple mountains at prices that would make skiers in most other states green with envy.

We also have ski resort towns that hum to life once the snow falls, with enough shopping and dining options to blow your budget in one night.

For those who love the quiet beauty of the snow-bound wilderness, the opportunities for snow-shoeing and backcountry skiing are endless. There are cabins and yurts to provide a warm place to sleep far from any highway.

So get out of the house and enjoy winter in Colorado. Let this be your guide.


- Celebrate the holiday season with a plethora of events.

- Eclectic festivals around the state, from Ouray to Nederland.

- Ready to celebrate 2014? Here are some New Year's Eve options.

- More skiing than any other state awaits.

- The lowdown on good times on snowmobiles.

- You don't always have to head outdoors. Check out the great indoors.

- Theater and drama in the region.

- Film festivals with a bit of glitz, glamour.

- Road trip to Pueblo.

- Stuff for the kids, from dinosaurs to sledding.

- Fun with your pets.

- Solutions for lunch on the run.

- Food and wine festivals combine the best of all worlds.

- Fine breakfast options for a hot meal on a cold morning.

- Dining gems easy to find.

- Stuff for the kids right around the corner.

 - Ah, finding relaxation in our hot springs.

 - We're well-stocked for ice fishing.

 - Try your hand with a rock and a broom at a curling club.

 - Get a rugged, rustic experience in a hut or a yurt.

Getting the most out of 48 hours in Breckenridge.

- Forget Las Vegas, Colorado has gambling options closer to home.

- The Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche give pro sports fans good options.

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