Traditionally March is Colorado’s snowiest month and with snowstorms blowing in with the new month this March is sure to maintain that status, especially following Colorado’s snowiest February on record. While many will take to Colorado’s renowned ski slopes to enjoy the precipitation there are in fact several alternative ways to enjoy the snow besides skiing or snowboarding including these five outdoor activities around Colorado:
- Rocky Mountain hut trips
The Colorado backcountry is dotted with rustic cabins for adventurous snowshoers and cross-country skiers for whom a single day in the snow is simply not sufficient.These back country home bases allow guests to explore the area’s snowy terrain during the day, and on a clear night their remote locations afford overnight guests spectacular views of the stars. The 10th Mountain Division maintains 34 pack-in pack-out cabins that backcountry enthusiasts can reserve and rent year round.
- Winter Park Wipeout
Join in an entirely unique wintertime activity, the Winter Park Wipeout. Part scavenger hunt and part obstacle course, this outdoor event in Winter Park, Colorado combines snow sports, tubing, puzzles, food challenges, beer, raffles and live music during the last weekend in March.
Enjoy the snow with your dog by learning the Scandinavian sport of skijoring with High Country Dogs. Though traditionally reindeer were used in this winter sport whose name literally means “ski driving” the canine adaptation allows cross country skiers to harness the power of the pooch to pull them through the snowy tundra.
- Dog sledding
Another popular dog-related, snow sport in Colorado is dog sledding. With outfits in beautiful locations like the Swan River Valley in Breckenridge (Good Times Adventures), Winter Park (Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park) and the Vail Valley (Mountain Mushers) there’s much to see on the back of a sled in the snow.
Sit on tube and go down the hill; with only two real steps tubing may be one of the simplest activities in the snow but its simplicity is anything but mundane. In fact tubing is great fun and a terrific family-friendly activity with professionally maintained hills in Frisco, Fraser and Telluride. In addition to the independent tubing hills several ski resorts including Keystone, Copper Mountain and new for the 2014-1015 season Snowmass each have on-site tubing hills for guests to enjoy at an additional cost of course.