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Six Family-Friendly Winter Activities in Colorado

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It’s no secret that Colorado is one of the top vacation destinations for families during the winter. It may snow quite a bit, but the high altitude, low humidity and large amount of sunny days (300 a year!) make for the perfect weather for outdoor winter activities. Between the mountains and the snow, there are endless opportunities to have some family fun.

  1. Skiing at Keystone Resort

When you think winter activities in Colorado, the first thing that comes to mind is probably skiing. With 27 ski areas and more than 40,000 acres of skiable terrain, it’s the place to go if you want to hit the slopes. For a fun family vacation, Keystone is the place to go. If you book a two-night stay at the resort, kids that are 12 and under ski for free! That’s a sweet deal.

Opens Nov. 10.

1.5 hours outside of Denver – get there on the Colorado Mountain Express.


  1. Tubing at Copper Mountain

Not big into skiing? No problem! Colorado offers a wide variety of other winter activities, and Copper Mountain is the best place to go tubing. Hop on an inflated tube and whiz down the side of the mountain. Tubing is fun for all ages (as long as you’re 3 feet tall), and is sure to provide some laughs for the rest of the trip!

Open Dec. 15 – April 6.

1.5 hours outside of Denver – get there on the Colorado Mountain Express.

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  1.  Snowshoeing at Frisco Nordic Center

Hiking enthusiasts can still take in the beauty of the trails during the winter too. Snowshoeing is a great activity, and the Frisco Nordic Center has a bunch of different trails for people with all different levels of experience. There aren’t many things that are more beautiful than hiking through the snowy mountains of Colorado, and kids under 6 get to snowshoe for free!

            Opens Nov. 18.

            1.5 hours outside of Denver – get there on the West Line of the Bustang.

  1.  Snowmobiling in Winter Park

With 5 different snowmobiling trails, Winter Park is the place for both beginners and advanced riders. They also offer family tours, with a guide that teaches you how to ride, takes you to the best spots, and has kid-sized snowmobiles to ride!

            Opens Nov. 23.

            1.5 hours outside of Denver – get there on the Winter Park Express Train.

  1. Sledding at Ruby Hill Park

The best hills for sledding in Denver are at Ruby Hill Park. Not only is it super fun for the sledders, but it also has one of the best views overlooking downtown Denver. The best part is that the park is free for everyone to come enjoy the slopes!

            Opens in January.

  1. Snow fun in Denver

When the snow starts falling, there’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned snowman. Denver is the perfect place to play in the snow. From snow angels to a snowball fight, you’ll find it in Colorado. Plus, there are a bunch of little cafes around to grab a hot chocolate when you need a break from the cold!

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With all of these activities, your family won’t be able to wait until they get to spend another winter in Colorado!