Finally!  Finally we have snow falling in the mountains and we can hit the slopes or simply enjoy the beautiful snow-covered scenery.  Here are some winter activities to get you out and about despite the chilly weather.


Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park (February 1st – 14th)

Now that it’s finally cold enough to sustain some freezing water it’s time for you to don your skates for a lovely mandatory-hand-holding activity.  Bring your own skates or rent a pair for only $6-$8, the use of the rink is completely free.  Because of that, it’s the perfect experience to pair with dinner, or seeing a show at the neighboring Lannie’s Clocktower Caberet.

To learn more about the Skyline Park Rink click Those Who Fall Together Stay Together

Pagosa Springs Winterfest (February 3rd – 4th)

Get off the beaten winter track (ahem, i70) and take the longer drive down to the Four Corners (nearly) where the quaint town of Pagosa Springs rests.  Over the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to take a Penguin Plunge in the San Juan River which runs through the town.  Too chilly for you?  No problem!  Pagosa Springs gets its name for the many natural hot springs surrounding the area which will keep you warm in the cold mountain air.  Wake up early on Sunday for the hot air balloon send off and consider extending your trip to visit one of the nearby under-visited ski resorts: Wolf Creek, Purgatory (now Durango Mountain), or Monarch on the way home.

To learn more about the Pagosa Springs Winterfest click A Warm Plunge

Steamboat Winter Carnival (February 7th – 11th)

“Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen.”  Now you’ve got our attention!  Consider getting a place in town and shuttling to the ski area for this weekend as the main activities will be right down on Main Street.

To learn more about Steamboat Winter Carnival click Worth the Drive

Winter Park Mardi Gras (February 10th)

Can’t make it to Bourbon Street this year?  Go to an opposite climate where the humidity is in the form of snow up at one of Colorado’s favorite mountains: Winter Park.  “Visit the stage at the center of the Village where a 7-piece brass band will be playing New Orleans style Jazz and Blues or catch them as they dance, march, and play throughout the Village street, making this feel like a true Louisiana party.”  You’re going to need some very enviable beads to see much skin in this environment, but the apres parties will be fun nonetheless.

To learn more about Winter Park Mardi Gras click Show Us Your Boots!

Denver Restaurant Week (February 23rd – 28th)

The $52.80 tradition continues 14 years after the very first Denver Restaurant Week and there are more participating restaurants than ever!  This year, rather than forcing all restaurants to feature price options at about $26/person, they will be allowing three price points to allow for higher end bargains: $25/person, $35/person, and $45/person.  Clear your dinner schedule and fast until then because you’ll want to spend ten straight days of dining out!

To learn more about Denver Restaurant Week click Fat and Happy

You’re in for a fun-filled month with winter festivities and bare boots!