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    10 Things to Do in Boulder Before Winter Is Over

    Have you made the most of winter? If not, seize the season in Boulder with these end-of-winter activities and things to do.

    Beer tasting at BRU

    1. Sample the Season’s Best Brews

    Winter warmers, stouts, porters…now’s the time to slide into a cozy booth and sip toasty, dark drafts before brewers rotate in the citrusy spring brews. Try Avery’s Winter Day IPA (with notes of rosemary and orange zest) or Wild Woods Brewery’s Winter Plum — or go exploring to any or all of Boulder's 20 breweries.

    2. Ski at a Colorado Gem

    Colorado is home to 25 ski areas and 8 of the smaller areas are known as the Colorado Gems. Have you skied them all? Eldora Mountain Resort is one of Colorado’s gems and gets to the heart of what skiing is all about — discovery, comradery, going up and coming down. It’s also the local ski area for the 20-time national champion NCAA University of Colorado ski team and where local kiddos learn to ski. About half the hotels in town offer ski and lodging packages, so you can nab a great deal.

    3. Snap the Perfect Winter Family Photo

    Those iPhone photos you took of the fam at the mall aren’t quite frame-worthy. Document this winter’s snowy adventures with a great shot of the crew in front of the snow-frosted Boulder Flatirons, blue sky shining up above.

    Snowshoeing Boulder

    4. Get Out and Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski

    So, you’ve been yapping about it all winter but you haven’t done it yet? Then, carpe diem! There’s nothing like traipsing through a quiet, snow-blanked landscape on snowshoes or cross-country skis to revive your senses in the dull of winter. Check out the stellar Nordic trails at Eldora Mountain Resort, or ski right in Boulder at North Boulder Park, or the backcountry at Eldorado Canyon State Park or Indian Peaks Wilderness.

    5. See All the Movies

    You know that once warmer weather rolls around, you’re going to be out on the patio instead of in a dark theater. See an arthouse flick at the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Arts Center or Friday-Sunday indie films at the new Boulder Art Cinema

    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    6. Find Solitude Over a Cup of Tea

    Wrap your hands around a warm mug of Darjeeling or taste an exotic blend at one of Boulder’s many tea hot spots. Take a tour of the Celestial Seasonings plant and sample as many of their delicious blends as you like. Or admire the incredible architecture while you sip unique teas at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, hand-carved and -painted in Tajikistan and gifted to the city of Boulder.

    Macky Auditorium

    7. Catch Performing Arts at Their Peak

    Classical music, dance, and performing arts companies really hit their stride in winter, with some of the year’s top programs. Come see the Ars Nova Singers perform "Music of the Renaissance" on February 25-26, 2017; beloved Irish band Danu perform at Macky Auditorium on March 4, 2017; or dozens of art events happening during Boulder Arts Week, March 31-April 8, 2017.

    8. Learn How to Cook Something Fabulous

    Farmers’ market season is still a few months away, so take the time now to sharpen your cooking skills so that this year is the year that not one gorgeous tomato goes unused! Bring your friends and take a course at Food Labs, with a chic facility on Pearl Street and courses taught by local chefs; a huge variety of classes like “Great Paella at Home” at Sur la Table; or basic and advanced skills from the experts at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

    9. Geek Out on Something New

    Attend a delightfully nerdy Ignite Boulder night, where a variety of presenters share their expertise on one topic for five entertaining minutes, or take advantage of the CU on the Weekend program, which gives the public free access to lectures by CU’s faculty and staff.

    Peppercorn Lights Pearl Street

    10. Shop End-of-Winter Sales

    Shopping Pearl Street’s locally owned and loved boutiques is always tempting, but it’s especially picturesque in winter, where snow trims the edges of the historic buildings, the sun shines on the bricks and coffee and chocolate shops offer warm refuge all along the way. Plus, there’s deals to be had as retailers clear out their winter stock.