When most people think of a winter night, they picture being curled up on the couch by a warm fire watching the snow fall outside. Little do they know there are so many adventures still to be had outside. Exploring Colorado’s magnificent snowy mountains under a moonlit sky is an experience that should not be missed!
There is something special about a night out in the snow that makes these already incredible activities even more memorable. Here are 4 winter night activities close to Denver that you have to try!
Be sure to bundle up, it’s going to be COLD.
4 MUST TRY WINTER NIGHT ACTIVITIES
1. NIGHT SKIING
Sometimes a full day on the mountain just isn’t enough. Night skiing offers our weekday workers and late risers an exciting option to get on the hill. Better yet, night skiing has an added advantage with cheaper lift tickets, less crowded slopes, and nonexistent lift lines. Several Colorado resorts offer after dark runs. Click here to see where you can count some turns instead of counting sheep.
Find out where to Night Ski Near Denver here!
2. NIGHT SKI BIKE TOUR
Skiing + Biking. This really is the ultimate snow toy! Add in a winter night and you have a bucket list worthy adventure.
Winter Park Resorts offers nighttime ski bike tours. Following a professional tour guide, guests can go down several runs around the Gondola. Tours are offered January – March on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. Tours are available for pre-book or walk-up, but space is limited so it’s best to book your tour early.
3. MOONLIGHT SNOESHOW TOUR
Explore a one-mile nature trail on Mt.Werner with a Steamboat Ambassador and learn about the Yampa Valley history, the forest, the ski area, and the community. The tour lasts about one hour which you will then return for an enjoyable dinner at Hazie’s. Tours are offered Friday and Saturday, January– April. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old.
Winter Park offers under the stars snowshoe tours December – March on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Tours are available for pre-book or walk-up, but space is limited so be sure to book your tour early.
That’s right, I said FREE! Under a full moon, join a Copper Mountain Resort Ambassador and a volunteer ranger from Friends of the Dillon Ranger District to watch the full moon rise. Learn about environmental and nature information on this three-hour tour. Rental snowshoes are available or bring your own. Space is limited, and reservations are required.
4. WINTER NIGHT DINNER
Make it a dinner date on these winter night dinner activities.
Steamboat offers many different styles of sleigh ride dinners including a fully enclosed climate-controlled snowcat, snowcat-driven sleighs, and a draft horse pulled 20-person sleigh. Visit their website to learn more about these different style sleigh ride dinners.
Travel through the Soda Creek Valley to a charming homestead where you are served a hearty meal and enjoy stories about the area’s history and settlers. Sleigh Ride Dinners are available Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday.
Work for your dinner by snowshoeing or skinning uphill from the base of Peak 9 at Breckenridge. Reward yourself with a buffet dinner and dessert at the scenic TenMile Station then ride down a moonlit trail back down the mountain.
Starting at the Frisco Nordic Center, under a heavy blanket, guests take a 20-minute ride to a back-country camp. In a cozy lantern-lit heated tent you will enjoy a three-course home cooked meal and enjoy live entertainment by David Peel.
Upon arrival enjoy a warm drink or bowl of chili then snuggle under a cozy blanket. After your sleigh ride under the stars, you will return to an authentic ranch dinner. Step outside to finish your meal with a campfire s’more. Sleigh rides are available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting late December.