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    6 Ways to Make Your Winter Brag-Worthy in Boulder 

    Maybe this is the winter you try something new on vacation. Boulder's beautiful landscape and sunny disposition is the perfect excuse to get outside and stretch your limits. Come play in the snow-dusted foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just 30 minutes from Denver, and fill your lungs with the fresh winter air they've been craving.

    1. Experience the Pure Glee of Fat Biking

    The giant, cushy, nubby tires on fat bikes make it possible to ride in just about any weather. And cruising down an otherwise inaccessible, snow-packed trail on a fat tire bike can make you feel like a superhero. Rent yours from Pedego or University Bicycles and head to the scenic Doudy Draw trail, or go on a half-day or full-day fat bike tour with Front Range Ride Guides

    Discover Fat Biking in Boulder

    Fat Biking

    Shutterstock/Grogol

    2. Get in Some Bucket-List Skiing at a Colorado Gem

    Colorado is home to 28 ski areas and 11 of the smaller areas are known as the Colorado Gems. Have you skied them all? Eldora Mountain Resort (just 21 miles outside of Boulder) is one of Colorado’s gems and gets to the heart of what skiing is all about — discovery, camaraderie, going up and coming down. Read more about it in the LA Times.

    Group Skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort

    3. Discover the Magic of a Winter Hike

    Boulder's trails are especially enchanting in winter. There is a stillness that comes over the landscape and fewer hikers to interrupt your thoughts. You don't need any special gear — just some boots with traction and warm layers (which you may end up peeling off under the warm Colorado sun). Here are 5 winter hikes to try out. For a gentle nature walk, try Wonderland Lake or Sawhill Ponds.

    Chautauqua Winter Hiking Flatirons

    4. Feel Alive Again on Snowshoes or Cross-Country Skis

    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 ski resort, ski right in town at North Boulder Park, or head for the backcountry in Eldorado Canyon State Park (20 minutes away) or Indian Peaks Wilderness (an hour away). Here's where to rent gear.

    Snowshoeing

    5. Play Like a Kid Again on a Sledding Hill

    After a good snowfall in Boulder, you'll be hard-pressed to find any kids who want to stay inside. Stop by McGuckin Hardware for a snow tube, and head to the nearest sledding hill for some good, old-fashioned fun. 

    Scott Carpenter Park Sledding Boulder

    6. Skate at the Foot of the Stunning Flatirons

    A new rink opens this winter at the historic Colorado Chautauqua for their WinterFest, December 13-15, 2019, and will remain open until February 2, 2020. We can't think of a more picturesque spot to skate than at the base of the Flatirons surrounded by historic cottages.

    The rink will be open Wednesdays – Sundays 1:00pm – 7:00pm
    December – February 2nd
    $8 per-person skate fee
    $4 skate rental (bring your own skates if you don’t want to rent)
    Located behind the playground due East from the Chautauqua Dining Hall main entrance.

    Snowy Ranger Cottage Chautauqua