There is no doubt that Colorado is a premiere winter playground. What groups might not know is that non-mountain towns also have many beautiful winter days with temperatures that reach 50, 60 and even 70 degrees. With 300 days of sunshine annually, winter days in the mountains feel warm even at higher altitudes when bathed in sunshine.
Snowy days just mean it’s time to get outside and enjoy activities like downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, snowmobiling and even zip lining in some places. Newer to the scene is fat biking on wheels that are extra wide and easily blaze trails through the fluffy white stuff. Just like ski slopes range in difficulty from easy to extreme, outdoor activities can be more on the mild side or can be ramped up for adrenaline junkies.
Mixing it up so your group gets a variety of experiences is easy, plus there are boundless opportunities to watch sports instead of participate. Professional teams like the Avalanche, Nuggets and Broncos play into the winter in Denver, and there are various minor league hockey teams. The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and a variety of ski races through the season also are fun to tour and observe.
Culture never closes its doors regardless of season. Catch great theatre production and concerts throughout the year at venues like the recently renovated Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction, Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Or visit all sorts of museums from the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden to El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo. It’s also possible to line up a wide array of art and culinary classes for groups.
It’s also fun to go on factory tours at places like Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy in Longmont and Meir Skis in Glenwood Springs.
Hot springs also is a unique Colorado feature with 27 facilities across the state where you can soak the day or night away. When snowflakes are gently floating down or when there is snow on the ground, it’s an especially satisfying time to enjoy hot springs in towns like Steamboat Springs, Pagosa Springs, Glenwood Springs and more.
Leave the driving to others with many quality transportation companies across the state or fly into one of the state’s airports that provide access to cities and mountains. The options for winter group travel match the wide range of possibilities in summer! Choose what fits best for the schedule and personality of your group and embrace this celebrated Colorado season.