Even though it’s the middle of February, there’s no reason to allow the “winter blahs” to set in. Daylight is still short, but thankfully we have fun outdoor things to do in Boulder County during winter. I compiled a list of my top five favorites:
- Skiing at Eldora: Nordic and alpine skiers, snow awaits you at a resort close to Boulder. About 20 miles up Boulder Canyon and through the unique town of Nederland, Eldora has a wide variety of trail options for both types of skiing and snowboarding. The resort has made many upgrades to both its physical facilities and lifts recently, and is becoming a major player on the Colorado ski scene.
- Ice Skating: There’s something so nostalgic and magical about outdoor ice skating. We have two beautifully maintained rinks to choose from. Winterskate in Louisville is located in the Steinbaugh Pavillion area in Historic Downtown. There’s free parking nearby. The Boulder Winterskate is found on 13th Street next to the Dushanbe Teahouse; if you just like watching people skate without lacing yourself up, a row of the café’s windows look out over the ice. Both rinks have concession and rental kiosks, sparkling lights for evening skating, and are located close to restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs should you want to have a special treat before or after skating. The rinks close operations at the end of February, so visit soon.
- Snowshoeing Brainard Lake Recreation Area: When winter weather is dry and warm in the Front Range, you’ll still find snow closer to the Continental Divide. Brainard Lake has wonderful views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Moose sightings are not uncommon; don’t forget to keep a very safe distance! Before you make the drive to the Peak to Peak Highway, check the area’s trail conditions.
- Run Lobo, Coal Creek, or Rock Creek Trails: Colorado has 300 days of sunshine that you can enjoy even in the deep of winter. When you’re itching to get outside and want to wear sneakers instead of snowshoes, gravel trails in east Boulder County tend to dry before trails near the foothills. Relatively flat surfaces of the Lobo, Coal Creek, and Rock Creek trails are ideal for a jog, brisk walk, or even to stretch your dog’s legs.
- Hike the Mesa Trail. This 7.5 mile, iconic Boulder trail runs from the South Mesa Trailhead in Eldorado Springs to Chautauqua Park. There are many offshoots to local trail spurs from the Mesa, so if you’re not familiar download a map first or keep a sharp eye on trail maps along the way. Much of the trail is shaded by trees, and may be muddy, snow covered, or icy. However, a continually mild winter allows this trail is usable 12 months a year. Hike a section or the whole thing. No matter which section you choose, you’ll be enchanted with views of the city, the Flatirons, and a picture-perfect trail.
Just visiting Boulder? If you want to take up a permanent residence in Boulder County so you can enjoy our activities year-round, contact me. I’ll help you find a home for sale in Boulder that best suits your lifestyle, location, and budget. Already a resident? Tell me what winter activities YOU enjoy near your neighborhood that I may not know about!