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Top Nine Spring Activities in Colorado

Spring has sprung, Colorado! Are you struggling to come up with fun, family-friendly activities to keep you and the kids entertained? We’ve got you covered with this list of the nine best spring break activities in Colorado. So, read away and get ready for great ways to play!

1. Visit a National Park 

If you’re looking to experience the beauty of nature, then Colorado’s National Parks have got you covered. From colorful canyons to majestic mountains, these parks are sure to provide the perfect escape for you and your family to soak up some sun and breathe in some fresh air. 

2. Take a Food Tour

Are you craving new cuisine? Why not check out a food tour in Colorado Springs? With Rocky Mountain Food Tours, you can visit five of Colorado Springs’ top restaurants in just a few hours. That way, you can take a bite out of Colorado Springs without breaking the bank. In addition to offering contact-free check-in, groups are limited to eight people and masks are required. Read more about their safety protocols for a delicious and safe experience. 

3. Stop By the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Located in Colorado Springs at 6,800 feet above sea level is the “highest zoo in America.” With beautiful views and over 200 species of animals, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is sure to please the animal lover in your family! Start the day with a stroll through the reptile exhibit and at lunch be sure to feed the hungry giraffes. Advance e-tickets are required as well as masks. Read more about their COVID-19 restrictions to best plan your visit.

4. Check Out the Royal Gorge

Want to add a little suspense to your spring fun? Then steer your car towards the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This gorgeous gorge is home to the highest suspension bridge in America and the park offers tons of rides too. A trip to the Royal Gorge is guaranteed to give you and your family fond memories that will last a lifetime. Every person ages 10 and up must wear a mask but beaming smiles will still be easily noticeable!

5. Drive to the Top Of Pikes Peak

Nothing embodies exploration and enjoyment like a good old-fashioned road trip. Standing tall at 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak offers the perfect opportunity to get in the car and relish each other’s company and some fantastic views. Just be sure to bring a coat because it is bound to be chilly once you reach the summit.  


6. Go Horseback Riding Through Garden of the Gods

For a unique adventure, trot down to Garden of the Gods and hop on horseback. With breathtaking sandstone formations and a ton of hiking trails to choose from, Garden of the Gods is a must-see for any Coloradoan. However, if you want to experience this classic landmark in a whole new way, try taking a trail riding tour and elevate your perspective. Groups are limited to eight people and you must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled ride.

7. Learn Something New at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Even us adults don’t have to stop learning. Located in downtown Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers the perfect mix of education and enjoyment. Uncover the mysteries of Stonehenge and venture into the prehistoric era to watch Allosaurus and Stegosaurus do battle with an 80-foot-long Diplodocus towering overhead! Discover gems about ancient history and Colorado’s recent history with exhibits like Tom’s Baby, an eight-pound nugget of crystallized gold unearthed in Breckenridge in 1887. Masks are required, indoor capacity limitations are in place, likely resulting in queue times, and popular galleries require timed entry tickets.

8. Stay a Night at The Stanley Hotel

Staying home all of spring is a frightening thought. So why not pack your bags and take a weekend getaway to the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park? Stay for the night and the frights. Meet some friendly ghosts and entertain the kids with the variety of activities offered at our other blog here [link to blog].

9. Browse the Denver Art Museum 

If you’re looking for some sights that will astound and delight you, then venture on down to the Denver Art Museum. Take a stroll through the nineteenth century’s art and then explore the fashionable Véronique and Gregory Peck exhibit. Afterward, you can grab a snack in Denver’s beautiful River North Art District (RiNo) and maybe even do some shopping. In addition to masks being required, be sure to check out their Plan Your Visit page to make sure you have a fulfilling and safe experience.

As the weather warms and adventure beckons, don’t spend your time wondering what to do. Go out and try a few of the activities on this list so you can make this spring the best one yet!

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Visit the Stanley Hotel

Touring the Historic Stanley Hotel

Tucked into the scenic mountains of Estes Park, Colorado, The Stanley Hotel has a vibrant history that stretches long before its appearance in a classic horror film. The hotel opened in 1909 and was run by Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife, Flora, who adored the quaint community of Estes Park but craved a nostalgic east coast feel. Surprisingly, the hotel faced significant economic and maintenance challenges and would have likely closed if not for a special visitor in the 1970s, Stephen King. He used the establishment as a muse in his renowned novel and motion picture, The Shining. Today, the historic Stanley Hotel serves as a beautiful getaway and tourist destination with various unique tour options described below. 

The Historic Stanley Day & Night Tours

Whether you’re spending the weekend as a hotel guest or just passing through, The Historic Stanley Day & Night tours are a great way to learn about the history, architecture and pop culture attached to The Stanley Hotel with family and friends. This 60-minute walking tour includes fascinating facts and amusing sights, all guided by an experienced storyteller. You can elect to take the tour during the day or at night to experience the haunted aura associated with the hotel. These tours are designed for people ages 8+ and include discounted rates if you stay at the hotel. Finally, the tours currently only entertain 10 guests to abide by COVID-19 regulations, and masks are required.

The Historic Stanley Family Friends Tour

If you visit with a large family or younger children, The Historic Stanley Family Friends Tour may be a better fit for you! This version of the historic walking tour is geared towards kids, with an entertaining spin on the history and a fun follow-along I-Spy game with a souvenir card to take home at the end. The family tour is limited to 15 guests and is temporarily suspended due to the pandemic but is scheduled to return this summer! This activity is a great way to learn about the rich history of The Stanley Hotel while keeping kids intrigued and entertained throughout!

Along with the incredible tour opportunities, The Stanley Hotel also has multiple delicious dining options and outdoor adventures available for guests of the hotel. Whether you’re a Stephen King fan or looking for a unique weekend excursion, consider taking a trip to beautiful Estes Park and getting in touch with your spooky side on one of the unforgettable historic Stanley Tours!

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Colorado Hot Springs

It’s looking like a late winter in Colorado this year, and what better way to stay warm than a trip to a hot spring! With three major areas in Colorado, with both developed and undeveloped pools, it’s no wonder they’re one of the state’s most popular outdoor attractions. Here are our “hot picks” for the hot springs you should check out this season.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs

Located only a few miles from downtown Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Park Hot Springs has been rated the best in the Rockies. The five beautiful pools are open year-round to the public, though reservations are currently required due to COVID-19 protocols. While Strawberry Park is family-friendly during the day, they do not allow anyone over 18 after dark due to a clothing optional policy. And if you love stargazing, these springs provide a tranquil soak with a stellar view.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs

The world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, Glenwood Hot Springs, offers a multitude of options for a romantic getaway or whole family fun. The resort also offers a full-service spa, although temporarily closed due to the pandemic, with an extensive menu of treatments for ensured relaxation. The spring’s warm 90-degree waters make it a popular summer destination for outdoor adventurers and hikers to wind down after a long day. Pool reservations are not currently required; however, see their website for more information on the resort’s gradual reopening plan

Hot Sulphur Springs

If you find yourself on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park or skiing at Winter Park Resort, check out Hot Sulphur Springs. Make it a day trip or stay at the cozy waterside motel-style lodge. Hot Sulphur Springs is currently accepting two-hour pool and massage reservations for all interested guests and visitors. With delicious local restaurants and affordable main street shopping, making the trip to this quaint town will be well worth your while.

We know you’ve been working hard this year, but there’s always time for a break. Take advantage of what our beautiful state has to offer and choose to relax in one of the most natural and revitalizing wonders of the world. These hot springs may be our favorites, but there are many other options across Colorado. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your peaceful and restorative getaway today!

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Fort Collins: Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum

If you are looking for a delicious restaurant and a cultural experience you can’t find anywhere else, Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum in Fort Collins, Colorado is for you! This restaurant makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time and found yourself in the lively and colorful decade of the 1980s. While it serves as a nostalgic haven for those who lived through the iconic decade, owners Alex and L’aura Morgan noted that the real inspiration for the restaurant and museum was to show younger customers the amazing cultural period they were not able to experience in real time. 

Experience

The eatery took 10 years to come together, as the owners scoured the country for the most unique and decade-relevant decorations. As you eat your delicious pizza and wings, you will be surrounded by some of the most memorable artifacts from the ‘80s, including “rare vintage arcade games, cereal boxes, autographed photos, computers and handwritten lyrics from the biggest names in 1980s music.” The bright colors and plentiful decorations combine for a dining experience that will never run out of cool items to marvel at and discuss. To top it all off, many renowned celebrities from the decade have also been spotted checking out the nostalgic restaurant, such as actors and actresses from Ghostbusters and The Goonies!

Food

While the major attraction of the restaurant is the 1980s style, Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum acknowledges that no pizza restaurant can succeed without an authentic, mouth-watering recipe. They flaunt their house-made dough and sauce with 14 herbs and spices, along with delicious toppings and a variety of other savory menu options like wings, garlic parmesan twists and your choice of their many beers on tap. As you leave the restaurant, with your stomach full and eyes beaming, you won’t be able to decide which to rave about first, the memorabilia or the divine meal. 

Catering & Rentals

With all of the arcade games, memorabilia to explore and family-style dining options, Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum makes the perfect choice for catering or hosting a birthday party or other fun event. If you choose to rent out the restaurant for a celebration, you are also given the option to rent an authentic 1981 DeLorean to be displayed at your event! This unique option only further adds to the incredible experience you can only find when you visit this hip spot.

The brilliant idea for a restaurant that celebrates such an eclectic decade in history has become widely known across Northern Colorado and is recommended as a must-see when passing through Fort Collins. Appealing to those who lived through the era as well as those who want to experience it for the first time, Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum will remain a hot spot and beloved location for an unforgettable dining experience.

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Five Trends to Watch in Colorado Economic Development

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg

When I moved to Denver in 1982 it was literally and figuratively a cow town. Nothing wrong with cows, they’re cute. I won’t eat one, but the ranching lifestyle they represent has been deeply embedded and identified with our region for many generations.

That hasn’t been the case in recent years and it’s becoming more a part of our history and legacy than the day-to-day reality for most Coloradoans. Ranching, cows, and sheep are not a driver of our region’s future as much as what built the foundation for our success in the new economy of the 21st Century.

Colorado’s Future

The trends I’m watching for our future involve passionate and committed community members who are fashioning the Front Range of Colorado into a vibrant and exciting region. From technology to bioscience, green energy to healthcare solutions, Futbol to mountaineering, and of course, wine, microbrews, and fine dining. We’re on the move out here in Colorado.

  1. World Cup 2026 – We’re working to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Denver! For all the Futbol lovers out there, we promise you an experience of a lifetime if we secure Denver as a host city. If you don’t know Futbol, you may recognize a game we know as soccer. We’re pretty excited to yell GOOOOOOOOOAL! When FIFA chooses Denver to host in 2026. Visit https://denver2026.com to learn more and sign up as a booster or volunteer. #Denver2026!
  2. Clean Energy – The news that Vestas wind energy company is closing and repurposing some facilities does not dampen Colorado’s leadership on clean energy and green energy. The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation is helping lead the way to a balanced energy economy. The energy and natural resources industry is Colorado’s most diverse. Coloradoans are committed to supporting all of the sectors within the energy industry to help us move to cleaner energy while maintaining employment and innovation. http://www.metrodenver.org/industries/energy-natural-resources/
  3. Colorado Lifestyle Reigns – Visit Denver and Visit Fort Collins offer exciting ideas for how to get out and enjoy our wonderful lifestyle. Most of us transplants came for the outdoors and stayed for a combination of outdoors along with the arts, sports, dining, and community. Even with COVID restrictions, we’re finding ways to stay in tune with our environment and our communities. This trend will only accelerate as COVID restrictions lift and life gradually begins to hit the stride of our new normal post-pandemic. https://www.denver.org/things-to-do/https://www.visitftcollins.com/
  4. Housing Opportunities – Along the northern Front Range of Colorado from south of Metro Denver up through Loveland and Fort Collins we currently have a shortage of available housing. Many homebuyers are looking to purchase and are faced with making repeated competing offers to secure a winning bid. This, along with record-low interest rates have driven home prices to new highs. Renters are also struggling with availability and affordability. The opportunity for our homebuilders, who are struggling to meet demand, and potential home sellers is terrific. This is, and will remain for some time, a great season to sell a property. Check out the Colorado Market Trends from the Colorado Association of Realtors: https://www.coloradorealtors.com/market-trends/regional-and-statewide-statistics/
  5. Wine – Do I have your attention? What does Colorado have to do with wine or wine with economic development, you’re thinking? We do actually have a wine and vineyard industry, generally concentrated along our Colorado Western Slope. https://coloradowine.com/ AND we also have a burgeoning wine scene in Metro Denver. Kentwood Real Estate is working with Naked Wines to help them plant their flag in Colorado. We’re very excited to welcome the Naked Wines team to Colorado and I’m particularly enthused about hosting a wine tasting as soon as we’re able. Check out the Naked Wines site here: https://us.nakedwines.com. I’m drawn to Willamette Pinots and Pinot Gris Rose’s. It will be fun to see them flourish once they set up their stand in Colorado.

Stay tuned for more from Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado in general! We’re growing on you!

If you’re thinking of making a move to Colorado, check out the Kentwood Real Estate website for more information on all of our local communities and to search for your next home. www.Kentwood.com.

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Snowshoe Trails in Colorado

Are you anxiously awaiting adventure this winter, tired of watching the snow fall outside your window? If skiing isn’t your thing, why not try snowshoeing? For those looking for fun in the sun and snow, here are some snowshoeing trails so you can get up and go.      

Mills Lake, located in Rocky Mountain National park, is a scenic five-mile hike around a gorgeous frozen lake against a backdrop of snow-sprinkled Pagoda peak and Longs peak. While Rocky Mountain National Park is not exactly an isolated locale, this trail is known for being a little less crowded due to its length. For those feeling particularly motivated, Mills Lake is the perfect mountain trail to test your skills. 

Also located in Rocky Mountain National Park, Sprague Lake is the perfect destination for those donning their snowshoes for the first time. This hike around an idyllic lake is both short and flat, ideal for those looking for a quick adventure before cozying up with some hot chocolate. If you’re seeking a brief snowshoeing experience, look no further than this spectacular Sprague Lake hike. 

Brainard Lake in The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is the best place for those feeling indecisive about how long they want their winter wonderland experience to last. The trail circles beautiful Brainard Lake and connects to other charming trails such as Lake Isabelle in case you’re feeling more ambitious than you originally thought. While the Brainard Lake Recreation Area is bustling in the summer, the crowds dim during the winter months, offering you a serene snowshoeing experience.    

Located in Golden Colorado, you can find Clear Creek Trail in Lions Park. This trail requires a bit of snowfall before you can use it for snowshoeing, but the wait is more than worth it. Clear Creek Trail offers a chance for an exciting urban experience where you can enjoy the small-town charm of Golden painted against a picturesque Front Range background. So, when you’re done spending time in the snow, you can slide right into a fun night of snacking and shopping.  

Quandary Peak is the place to be if you’re looking for a challenging fourteener hike near Breckenridge, Colorado. This seven-mile trek is not for the faint of heart (make sure to read the guidance and warnings before you head out!), but the view from the top makes the climb worth the effort. If you are looking to annihilate a fourteener this winter while snowshoeing, Quandary Peak Trail is the best quest for you.    

Zimmerman Lake in Cameron Pass is an ideal location for snowshoeing all winter long due to the Pass’ excellent ability to retain snowfall. The lake is just one mile away from the parking lot and allows you to admire the Never Summer Mountains. This hike connects to other relatively flat trails if you want to explore more of this perpetually snowy pass.

You don’t have to stay inside and wait for sunny weather to chase adventure. Winter in Colorado means lots of chances to make spectacular memories in the snow. This winter, try strapping on a new pair of snowshoes, follow your feet and find a whole new climb to conquer.

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Exploring Old Town Fort Collins

Colorado is packed full of beautiful mountain towns, ski resorts and dazzling cities, but it’s important not to miss the many hidden gems, one of them undoubtedly being the historic Old Town Fort Collins. Located in Northern Colorado, Old Town Fort Collins has been growing in popularity as a weekend destination with beautiful scenery, great places to eat and a passion for displaying local art! Read on for a whole day’s worth of food, drinks and incredible socially distanced experiences that you just can’t miss when visiting Old Town.

Breakfast: The Waffle Lab
Calling all waffle lovers! This unique restaurant puts a scientific twist on the classic Belgian Liege waffle. With a variety of fun menu categories such as “The Control Group” and “The Sample Size,” you can choose from a plethora of savory and sweet toppings for your waffle, satisfying any breakfast craving you may have. They also offer patio seating if you opt against indoor dining and want to enjoy the scenic surrounding area. If you’re seeking a breakfast stop on your visit to Old Town that will leave you feeling happier and fuller than ever, The Waffle Lab is a must.

Lunch: La Piadina
La Piadina, a food truck located within Old Town’s outdoor market, The Exchange, specializes in Italian flatbreads with a recipe dating back to 1371 AD! Their classic flatbread includes prosciutto, arugula, a divine cheese sauce and olive oil, and they also offer a variety of vegan plates. This is one of the many prime dining options at The Exchange, so you can enjoy an authentic Italian sandwich while admiring the beautiful views Fort Collins has to offer. 

Happy Hour: The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro
This divine cheese shop and bistro is the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon enjoying a delicious cheese plate with friends. The Welsh Rabbit is a family-owned business where “Slow Food,” an industry that values health, sustainability and fair pricing, is the top priority. You can customize your own cheese platter and pair it with a flight of beer or glass of wine, making for an excellent happy hour or after-dinner treat with outdoor table options.

Dinner: Big Al’s Burgers & Dogs
Big Al’s takes “local” to a whole new level. Aside from being locally owned and operated, they pride themselves on their strong sense of community within the Old Town area, from collaborating with a nearby company to build all of the tables and chairs, to supporting neighborhood artists and displaying unique and eye-catching pieces throughout the restaurant. They claim to serve the best burgers in Fort Collins, along with delicious vegetarian options and sensational fries topped with Big Al’s signature seasoning that can also be enjoyed at a picnic table outside the restaurant. For an authentic Old Town experience, Big Al’s is the perfect dinner destination.

Experience: Museum of Art
The Museum of Art is an excellent representation of the passion and appreciation for art that radiates through Old Town. You can check out their website for updates on current exhibitions on display, available time slots and ticket options. At just $5.00 for an adult ticket, a walk through the Museum of Art is an excellent way to spend a socially distant afternoon admiring the works of the latest artists.

While there is no shortage of sites to see and places to eat in Old Town Fort Collins, these are just a few of the best that combine for a wonderful day exploring the town square. As an added bonus, every restaurant we discussed is included in the Downtown Gift Card, which can be ordered on the Downtown Fort Collins website. This gift card is the perfect present for a friend or loved one, so you can enjoy a day exploring the area and experiencing all of the amazing dining options Old Town has to offer. 

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Ways to Stay Social (While Socially Distanced) in Northern Colorado

It’s finally 2021! A new year to create long-lasting memories with friends and family. Even though COVID-19 is still around, don’t let it spoil your fun. Here are some safe ways to stay social while socially distanced this winter season. 

Adventure at Horsetooth Reservoir
Just minutes from Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir provides a wide selection of outdoor activities, whether you are looking to hike, snowshoe, horseback ride, bike or even have a snow day picnic. Spanning 6.5-miles, Horsetooth Reservoir is open year-round with breathtaking views and recreation for all.

Try Fat Biking
In Northern Colorado, snow doesn’t stop us from going on a bike ride in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Fat bikes are designed with two oversized tires that make for smooth riding on rough terrain so that you can continue to cruise on snow-packed trails. Cameron Pass and Lory State Park, outside of Fort Collins, offer amazing fat bike adventures. If you’re an inexperienced biker, no problem! Check out Front Range Ride Guides for a ride that will complement your abilities, fitness level and desires. 

Outdoor Fitness Classes
If you’re missing the gym, Northern Colorado has some great socially-distanced outdoor fitness options. OpenAir-NoCo provides year-round outdoor training in Fort Collins’ beautiful parks so layer up and breathe in the fresh air! If you’re a yogi, check out Liv Barre’s COVID-friendly barre class and wine tasting at Sweet Heart Winery in Loveland on January 24th.

Support Local Restaurants
We know that indoor dining is still extremely limited, but why should that stop you from experiencing a delicious meal? As an alternative for going out to eat, try Noco Nosh, an independent delivery service for independent restaurants. Northern Colorado has some of the best local restaurants, so set up your dinner table or start up the fire for an outdoor meal with friends and place your order today!

We know connecting with friends and family can be difficult during these uncertain times. These are just a few ways that you can stay social and safe during the pandemic. So bundle up and get out there for some socially-distanced fun. And don’t forget your mask!

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Best Snow Tubing Spots in Colorado

Winter in Colorado may bring cold and ice, but it also offers gorgeous snow and exhilarating winter activities! Colorado is known for its majestic ski mountains, but if skiing isn’t your thing then you might want to check out all the fantastic tubing hills that Colorado has to offer. Without further delay, here is a list of the best tubing spots in the Front Range. 

*Please note that reservations must be placed for all tubing hills except for the Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill and Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. Visit their websites for more details.

Copper Mountain Tubing
Copper Mountain Tubing is located in Friso, Colorado on Copper Mountain, a well-known skiing spot. The tubing hill can be found in Copper’s East Village behind Copper station. The downhill experience boasts banked curves that will keep the whole family laughing! Copper Mountain Tubing is the perfect place for adventurous families looking for an after-ski or day activity in Frisco, Colorado.

Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill
Located in Granby, Colorado, Snow Mountain Ranch Sledding and Tubing Hill is a part of a YMCA of the Rockies and is available all year-round. The YMCA also offers tons of other fun activities like snowmobiling, skiing and dog sledding, making this tubing destination the ideal weekend getaway! No tubing reservation required, just walk up and check in via QR code.

Frisco Tubing Hill
In scenic Frisco, Colorado lies Frisco Tubing Hill. With multiple lanes varying in drops, twists and turns, this location is the ultimate destination for any tuber, whether you’re timid or an adrenaline junkie. Frisco Tubing Hill is also a part of Frisco Adventure Park, which offers snowshoeing and skiing. So if you’re ready for a wonderful winter wonderland experience, steer your sleigh towards Frisco Tubing Hill! 

Yee-Haw Tubing Hill
Twenty minutes outside Steamboat Springs lies a not so hidden gem, Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. Whether you’re feeling rowdy or just want to put your skis down for the night, Yee-Haw is the place for you. This tubing area offers many lanes, all designed for fantastic family fun, as well as a free shuttle from town. Reservations are required for shuttle transportation, but if you plan to drive yourself reservations aren’t necessary as tubing is on a first-come-first-served basis. Whether young or old, this tubing adventure will have you screaming “Yee-Haw!”

Coca Cola® Tube Park
Those looking for a stand-alone tubing spot, look no farther than Winter Park’s Coca-Cola® Tube Park. The Coca-Cola® Tube Park is also perfect for large groups looking to rent the area all day. So if you’re struggling to plan a socially distanced gathering, this location is perfect for you! Grab some friends and have a fun socially-distanced day slipping and sliding away!  

Tubing is one of the most fun and thrilling winter activities out there. Luckily for you, Colorado snow brings endless opportunities for tubing thrills on many hills. So young or old, skier or nonskier, grab a tube and try these spots out for yourself this winter!

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Top Five Ski Resorts for Your Winter Escape

Vail, Colorado
Are you looking for a luxury skiing experience? As the largest ski area in Colorado, Vail is the perfect destination for an elegant getaway. According to the American Ski Index, this Colorado ski town is ranked number two in the country, and it is right at our fingertips! The seven back bowls and 767,716 feet of runs will keep you occupied all winter season! The ski town of 5,500 residents is inspired by Austrian villages and keeps visitors coming back for more. Don’t forget to check out Lionhead Village and Vail Town Center to be charmed by the fine-dining and shopping experiences! 

Aspen, Colorado
There is a reason The Kardashian’s and Jeff Bezos frequently visit here! While Aspen may attract shopaholics as much as the skiers, this enchanting town provides entertainment both on and off the mountain. Aspen contains four different mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. With distinct personalities, these mountains will feel like you’re skiing four resorts for the price of one. 

Breckenridge, Colorado
Looking for a challenge? Breckenridge’s Imperial Express SuperChair on Peak 8 is the highest lift in North America! With a widely spread terrain loaded with greens, blue and diamonds, Breckenridge provides unparalleled skiing opportunities for every level. Many individuals describe the town as relaxed yet vibrant, providing the opportunity to live luxuriously or affordably. And don’t forget to check out the iconic 2021 Ullr Fest held every year to celebrate the history of Breckenridge!

Telluride, Colorado
If you are looking for an easier terrain to refine your skills, Telluride is the place! With nearly 60% of terrain beginner and intermediate-friendly, this resort is ideal for kids or first-time skiers! Telluride is slightly off the grid compared to other resorts, making this remote town truly special. Whether it’s winter, summer or spring, Telluride can provide you with action-packed activities all year round! 

Winter Park, Colorado
If you are looking for a quick cure to ski jitters, Winter Park is the place to go. As the closest ski resort to Denver, Winter Park provides a one-day skiing adventure for you and your family or roommates. The accessible, relaxed and quaint village of Winter Park is the ideal day trip destination for all the beginner, intermediate and advanced shredders out there!