Snow's Perfect State: Colorado's Winter Adventures Bring All Generations Together

Denver, CO, Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There's snow, and then there's Colorado Snow. Fresh powder will soon blanket Colorado’s ski slopes, charming towns and vibrant cities, creating a wonderland full of winter adventures that bring everyone together for family bonding and memory making. More families than ever are discovering the joy of traveling with multiple generations, including grandparents, cousins and maybe even great aunts and uncles. From ski adventures to dude ranch experiences, and sleigh rides to snowcats, Colorado offers something for every member of the family this winter.  For more great multigenerational travel ideas, click here.

Off-The-Slopes Activities For Everyone:

Snow Tube at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch: Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch, located near Red Feather Lakes, is home to the oldest and longest running snow tube park in Colorado. There are 12 snow tube runs that range from gentle to extreme, and on any given day visitors can expect to get in 5-10 runs per hour.

Explore Cave of the Winds Mountain Park in Colorado Springs: Some of the oldest show caves in the country offer a variety of ways families can play all year long. Little ones can enjoy gold and gemstone panning. Preteens can try the Cliffhanger Climbing Wall. Adventure-seeking teens can launch nearly 100 mph on the TERROR-Dactyl. And the entire family can try the brand new Via Ferrata course.

Experience A Winter Dude Ranch Adventure at C Lazy U Ranch: Located in the mountains of Grand County, C Lazy U features a collection of 40 unique and elegant cabin accommodations and provides visitors with limitless winter activities, including horseback riding, snow tubing, ice hockey and ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more.

Discover Something New At The Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Explore the cosmos, uncover dazzling gems and minerals, visit IMAX and the planetarium, and get as close to a T-Rex as you dare.

Explore The Ice Castles In Dillon: The impressive Ice Castle in Dillon is perfect for all ages. The castle features tall walls and turrets, slides, interactive features, colorful lighting and live entertainment. Open beginning in December.

Go Ice Fishing in Rio Blanco County: Anglers will love the multitude of ice fishing opportunities available in Rio Blanco County. Visit Lake Avery, Kenney Reservoir or Rio Blanco Lake throughout the winter and catch a variety of trout, crappie and bluegill.

Try Winter Jeeping with Rockin’ K Jeep Rentals in Ouray: Starting this winter, Rockin' K Jeep Rentals will provide a new winter Jeeping experience utilizing brand new Jeep Rubicons with 35-inch tires, perfect for exploring the area’s many maintained winter roads and trails.

Enjoy A Guided Gourmet Snowshoe Tour in Steamboat: Offered daily throughout the season, snowshoe tours follow the mile-long Vista Nature Trail and finish at Thunderhead with a delectable gourmet lunch and refreshing glass of wine at Hazie’s.

Check Out The “Cats of Colorado Snowshoe” with Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail: New this winter, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has partnered with Walking Mountains Science Center to offer a brand new Cats of Colorado Snowshoe Package. Certified Interpretive Guides will escort guests on a snowshoe tour around Vail looking for scats, tracks and furs from local cats, including lynx.

Watch for Eagles at Barr Lake State Park: Winter is an excellent time for bald eagle viewing at Barr Lake State Park, including nesting pairs and many other wintering eagles. Celebrate this unique time at Barr Lake by attending the Bald Eagle Festival on February 3, 2019 at the nature center.

Family Fun On-The-Slopes:

Ride Amtrak’s Winter Park Express Ski Train: Amtrak’s Winter Park Express Train runs from the historic Denver Union Station to the base of the ski hill at Winter Park. The 2019 season features a continuation of fares starting at $29 each way and three additional Friday round-trips.

Experience Vail’s Legendary Back Bowls with The Four Seasons Vail: Families can enjoy an exclusive tour of Vail’s famed back bowls with a local celebrity, while enjoying stories about the founding days of Vail. Complement this full-day experience with a chef-curated picnic lunch at Blue Sky Basin.

Try Cat Skiing or Enjoy A Scenic Tour at Ski Cooper: Ski Cooper offers scenic snowcat rides and snowcat skiing through powder bowls and glades from the top of 12,600’ Chicago Ridge. 

Check Out The New Snowmass Mountain Club: Perfect for families, the cozy-chic Snowmass Mountain Club offers exclusive access on and off Snowmass Mountain and includes activities like first tracks and moonlight cross-country skiing, as well as access to an on-site concierge.

Take An Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course at Snow Mountain Ranch: A new ski program now being offered at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park provides the perfect opportunity for folks to learn how to have a great day in the backcountry. The course touches upon the basic principles of avalanche safety, terrain management, backcountry travel & preparedness, and how to use an avalanche beacon.

Apres Adventure and Winter Warm-Ups:

Enjoy at Exclusive Dining Experience at Anderson’s Cabin in Beaver Creek: Experience the history and magic of Bachelor Gulch by reserving an exclusive, private dining experience at Anderson’s Cabin.

Take a Soak In The Iron Mountain Hot Springs:  Relax in the pure hot mineral water in the 16 soaking pools at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs. All ages are welcome in the freshwater family pool and jetted spa.

Catch a Cozy Night Sleep in A Never Summer Nordic Yurt: For a unique twist on Colorado’s iconic hut trips, take the whole family on a yurt trip with Never Summer Nordic. All of the Never Summer Nordic yurts offer a seemingly endless system of old roads and trails for skiing and snowshoeing.

Feast On A Gourmet Yurt Dinner at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse: Visitors to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts can enjoy a hike to a candlelit yurt and a gourmet dinner.

Experience Uley’s Sleigh Ride Dinner at Crested Butte Mountain Resort: Ride a snow-cat driven sleigh to the cabin where a multi-course feast awaits. This evening allows for family members of all ages to experience the thrills of the slopes and the majesty of the mountain.

Ski With The Family and Save:

Snag A Colorado Gems Card: Appropriately named, the Gems ski areas are among Colorado’s best hidden treasures. With affordable prices, and world-class terrain, the Colorado Gems ski areas offer an authentic Colorado skiing and snowboarding experience.

Get A Powder Kids Season Pass at Purgatory Mountain Resort: New this year, Purgatory Mountain Resort is giving all kids 10 years old and younger a FREE Power Kids Season Pass. The free pass is valid at Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area.

Save With “Mission: Affordable” at Powderhorn Mountain Resort: Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers “Mission: Affordable” season passes including an adult pass for $399, children’s passes starting at $49. Additionally, the “Mission: Affordable Learn to Ski FREE” program includes three sessions for beginner skiers and riders plus a free EZ Rider lift ticket and rental equipment.


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