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Top Places For Outdoor Winter Activities Near Denver

December 1, 2012 6:00 AM

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The cold winters in Colorado warm up the area with activities. Of course, we have some of the best skiing in the country, but there are plenty of other activities for the entire family. All within a two-hour drive, there is plenty of winter fun to be found with activities like snow tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling. Families and couples alike can find plenty to do on their winter weekends near Denver while staying on a budget.

fraser Top Places For Outdoor Winter Activities Near Denver

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The Original Fraser Tubing Hill
455 County Road 72
Fraser, CO 80442
(970) 726-5954
thefrasertubinghill.com

For those who have never shouted with joy sledding down a snow-packed hill in a giant inner tube, and for those who know the rush, The Original Fraser Tubing Hill is for everyone. Less than two hours from Denver, this tubing hill is well known for its long, steep hills and friendly service. The hardest part about tubing is carrying the giant tube back up the hill. With a safe and convenient tow rope, the return up the hill is a breeze. After a day of tubing, there is a warming hut where you can enjoy hot and cold beverages. To keep the prices down, the warming house accepts cash or checks only.

Good Times Adventures
6061 Tiger Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-7604
www.snowmobilecolorado.com

Just minutes from downtown Breckenridge, Good Times Adventures offers snowmobiles perfect for couples, families and individuals seeking speed and adventure through the trees. Good Times offers new Polaris snowmobiles equipped with hand warmers and back rests that will allow you to tour the outskirts of Breckenridge in style. The guides are both experienced and fun allowing riders to depart on their adventure confident and comfortable. Both of the two- and three-hour tours take the rider up to the beautiful Georgia Pass at the top of Continental Divide.

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Evergreen Lake House
29612 Upper Bear Creek Road (Log building at the lake)
Evergreen, CO 80439
(720) 880-1300
www.evergreenrecreation.com

For those seeking a fun day-trip getaway just outside of Denver, the Evergreen Lake House offers ice skating for the entire family. Unlike the loud and harsh indoor skating rinks, outdoor ice skating brings the skater back to nature. The frozen lake is divided into several small ice rinks to meet the needs of hockey enthusiasts as well as families of all ages. Ice skating outdoors is a back-to-nature way of spending an afternoon. Skating under the blue mountain sky and pine trees makes for an ideal romantic date.

Beaver Village
2 miles past Winter Park Ski Area
79303 U.S. 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
(970) 722-0100
www.sombrero.com

Enjoy a romantic good time or a family adventure. Sombrero Ranches offers traditional horse-drawn sleigh rides capped off with a campfire and hot chocolate. The hot cocoa sleigh ride adventure will have you dashing through the snow, ending with a warm fire and cup of hot cocoa. After a long day of winter activities, guests can relax in a sleigh ride under the stars with a delicious chocolaty cup to warm them. Since this is quite a popular activity, reservations are required.

Loveland
Exit 216 Interstate 70
Georgetown, CO 80444
(303) 571-5580
www.skiloveland.com

Denver-area natives know the pain of the winter I-70 tunnel traffic. Loveland is fast, inexpensive and a quality solution for hitting the slopes before everyone else. With a wide variety of beginning and challenging advanced black-diamond runs, skiers will have plenty to choose from. Within 60 miles from downtown Denver, skiers will be clicking into their bindings before anyone else. Ski season after ski season, Loveland boasts about typically having the earliest opening. For those wanting to break into the sport or to just improve their technique, Loveland offers a good ski and ride school for all ages and levels.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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