Winter Adventures for the Non-Skier in Denver, Flickr: Ryan McBride


Let's face it – not everyone's a skier. While I recommend at least giving it a shot, skiing isn't going to be for everyone. However, while others you're traveling with are hitting the slopes, you should still hit the great outdoors in between sitting in front of the fireplace and enjoying hot cocoa and cocktails. While the Denver area is a popular ski destination, there are tons of other snowy activities for the non-skier. Today we highlight a few of the best things to do in Denver for the non-skier the next time you’ve got cheap flights to the destination.

Snowmobiling: It's comparable to a four wheeler on snow. Not to mention you can go faster and maneuver more gracefully on a snowmobile as compared to skis.  Travelers can head just west of Denver to find thousands of miles of trails. I recommend having at least one person who goes with you to help make for a safer snowmobiling expedition. If you're not quite so adventurous, some places offer guided tours with a professional guide.

Tubing: If you want to stay relatively close to friends and family who are skiing, this is probably your best option since many ski resorts also have tubing slopes. This is one of the best family-friendly snow activities you can do in Denver. Not to mention it's typically cheaper and easier on your bones and muscles than skiing.

Snowshoeing: If hiking is your idea of a great afternoon outdoors, then put on a pair of snowshoes and hit the backcountry of the Denver area. While you can't quite move so quickly as you can when hiking, this is a great way to see what feels like untouched parts of America with a blanket of snow. There are trails throughout the Denver area, but one of my favorites for snowshoeing is Rocky Mountain National Park, which is one of the most famous national parks in the U.S.

Ice skating: This is yet another great winter activity to do with the entire family, even if you don't have any prior ice skating experience. One of the best things about ice skating in Denver is that you don't have to do it outdoors in the cold. While Denver and Boulder have outdoor ice skating rinks, they also have indoor ice skating rinks, including Big Bear Ice Arena, for a break from the brisk outdoors. Most of these rinks offer their own skate rentals.

Sleigh ride: That's right; you can take a sleigh ride in Denver. Few holiday activities this time of year will compare to a sleigh ride through the snow. Furthermore, this will be the easiest on your body than any of the other activities on this list. While you won't be carried through the snow by reindeers, you will be carried through the beautiful Colorado Mountains by horses, which aren't a bad alternative. Make sure to bundle up and bring some blankets along for the ride. Some of the sleigh rides even include tea, coffee, dessert, and even dinner options.


Photo: Ryan McBride

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