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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.

    1. Go to a Classic Boulder Winter Event

    From the Boulder International Film Festival to the Winter Craft Beer Festival to the Polar Plunge, winter events in Boulder are not your ordinary affairs. Plug in your travel dates on our searchable calendar and see what's happening to spice up your winter. 

    2. 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 Freeskier Pow Day IPA or Asher Brewing Company's Spice Whirled — or go exploring to any or all of Boulder's 21 breweries.

    Beer tasting at BRU

    3. Ski 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 is one of Colorado’s gems and gets to the heart of what skiing is all about — discovery, camaraderie, 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. 

    4. 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, ski right in Boulder at North Boulder Park, or head for the backcountry in Eldorado Canyon State Park or Indian Peaks Wilderness.

    Man and woman snowshoeing in Boulder

    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. Now's the time to see an art house flick at the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Arts Center, which screens special features, New York Film Critics national screenings, live opera and ballet performances. There's also Century Theatre, which shows Hollywood blockbusters and indie films alike.

    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.

    Exterior of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    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 Boulder Bach Festival perform Bach's Goldberg Variations with Angela Hewitt on March 3, 2020, dance troupe Pilobolus at Macky Auditorium on March 2, 2020; or dozens of art events happening during Boulder Arts Week, late March to early April 2020.

    Performance at the Macky Auditorium

    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 will be 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, or select from a huge variety of classes (like “Great Paella at Home”) at Sur la Table.

    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. Find a full list of ongoing talks and lectures here

    Front of Peppercorn with Lights on Pearl Street

    10. Shop End-of-Winter Sales

    Shopping Pearl Street’s locally owned and loved boutiques is always tempting, and it’s especially picturesque in winter when 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 are deals to be had as retailers clear out their winter stock.