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This page last updated 12/27/15.
This page lists great things to do all winter and provides other helpful winter information.
ORIC Volunteer Chuck Shom skiing at Monarch Mountain.
Alpine skiing, telemark skiing, and snowboarding outside a developed ski area.
Popular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing area. Very busy on weekends. Best time to visit is on weekdays.
Drive north from Nederland, west of Boulder, on Colorado 72 for 11.7 miles. Turn left onto the Brainard Lake Road (Boulder County Road 112) and continue for 2.7 miles. Park on the right at the Red Rock Trailhead just before a road barrier. No fee is charged when the seasonal gate is closed in the winter season (November 15 - April 30). Two wheel drive cars can reach the trailhead unless snow and ice have not been plowed.
Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Larry White, ORIC Volunteer.
May not be for everyone, but Colorado State Parks are great places to go when you just need to get a good dose of the outdoors. It's wise to check first on which campgrounds are open.
Notchtop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Larry White, ORIC Volunteer.
The US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region has a program for cutting your own Christmas Tree. USFS program webpage.
For those wanting a more rigorous cardiovascular workout we present the following cross-country skiing opportunities. This is also known as "ski touring" and "Nordic skiing."
Essentially cross-country skiing with your dog in the lead pulling.
They're popular so book well in advance.
Be sure the ice is at least 8 inches thick before you step on it. Thicker is better. Call ahead to get a condition report.
In Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Larry White, ORIC Volunteer.
They're great when your looking for groomed trails or are trying cross-country skiing for the first time.
Snowshoeing to Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by David Hite, ORIC Volunteer.
Here are a few suggested areas for those diehard flyfishers who can't wait until spring.