With its never-ending outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery and lively nightlife, Colorado is the perfect destination for your next winter getaway with friends. While it’s allure and draw has mostly been for its legalization of recreational marijuana. Know that it has an amazing craft brew culture; friendly social people; spectacular themed festivals; and more than 300 days of sunshine to definitely make it worth the trip!
1. Spend an awesome day skiing in Telluride
You can find some of the best skiing in Colorado in Telluride (although there are definitely a ton of great places to ski and snowboard throughout the state). Don’t worry if you aren’t the most graceful skier among your friends – the slopes range in difficulty. The Telluride Ski Resort will help you plan the perfect day out in the snow.
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2. Relax at Steamboat Springs
After a long day of skiing, dip into the relaxing hot springs of Steamboat Springs. The town actually received its name during the 1800’s because the bubbling sound of its waters sounded like a steamboat coming down the Yampa River. Try Strawberry Park Hot Springs or Old Town Hot Springs for a guaranteed great time!
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3. Dance to bluegrass music at Winter Wondergrass
This unique winter festival brings together bluegrass and acoustic performers with craft beer to create a night you and your friends won’t forget. Drink up and dance to some great music in Harry A. Nottingham Park in picturesque Avon.
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4. Search for Kenny in South Park, Colorado
If you and your crew are fans of South Park, you simply must to make a trip to Fairplay, the town the show is based off.
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5. Discover beautiful Vail
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Free outdoor concerts, delicious food, and warm drinks will make anyone’s night.
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6. Take a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen
Known as the longest single-stage gondola in the world, the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen, Colorado will take your breath away. Soar through the air and take in the unforgettable Elk Mountains that surround you.
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7. Peruse the shelves at Boulder Book Store
If you’ve got some downtime and are doing some holiday shopping, take your friends to the lovely Boulder Book Store in Boulder. Escape the cold and discuss your newest favorite novel!
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8. Capture every tumble with EpicMix on-mountain photographers
We know winter sports are serious business, but don’t forget to goof off a little! The on-mountain photographers in Breckenridge, Colorado are strategically stationed to capture every moment on the slopes with friends.
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9. Enjoy fine dining
In addition to great skiing, Vail also offers some incredible options for good eats. Fodor’s even named it one of the world’s best ski towns for foodies!
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10. Go ice climbing at Ouray Park
Ouray Ice Park is a man-made ice climbing venue in Ouray, Colorado and is perfect for the more adventurous group. The best part? It’s free and open to the public!
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