It seems like winter has finally hit Colorado – recently we have been getting snow measured in feet and temperatures measured in single digits. It finally feels like winter here at Western Mountain Real Estate. To celebrate, we wanted to create a list of activities that make living in this corner of Colorado great this time of year.
When people think of Skiing in Colorado, most people immediately think of the resorts along the I-70 corridor. Colorado has so much more than that! Less than 30 minutes outside of Salida is Monarch Mountain. A single day adult lift ticket cost just $65 – less than half of what many other resorts charge these days. And Monarch has a family-friendly atmosphere and great snow to boot!
If you’re willing to take a longer drive, the world-class resort of Telluride is less than four hours away. Nestled between steep and dramatic mountains, Telluride is renowned everywhere for great powder, luxurious accommodations and excellent dining. There’s a reason celebrities like Oprah and Tom Cruise are visitors!
Have children? Tubing is a great way to get out on the snow and have some family fun. Rent a tube at Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) or bring your own at any of the local hills around town. Either way, you’re sure to get laughs out of the kids.
Really looking for adventure? The Ouray Ice Park, the largest of its kind in North America is a jaw-dropping three-hour drive from Salida and offers one of the most technical ice climbs available. In January, they hold the largest ice climbing festival in the world, attracting thousands of thrill seekers from around the planet.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
The beauty of our hiking trails doesn’t stop when they’re covered in snow! You’ll need some form of traction device (e.g. Yaktrax) or snowshoes, but that’s all. Less than an hour outside Salida is the fabulous Brown’s Creek trail. Normally the location of a waterfall in the summer time, a winter visit provides you solitary beauty complete with an ending at Jones Peak – one of Colorado’s “13ers.”
Perhaps you prefer your winter sports to involve more power than your legs can provide? Salida has several Snowmobile rentals either in town or a stone’s throw away. Either way, you’ll experience some of the best snowmobiling the state has to offer – perfectly groomed trails give way to desolate fields full with champagne powder. The experience cannot be beat and it’s more challenging than you might think.
Everyone’s annual favorite activity comes back to Salida during winter. Salida turns the outdoor tennis courts at the rec center into a giant skating rink. Even better, there are free public hours available for an affordable family outing. Bring your skates and practice your Olympic entry or join a game of pickup ice hockey.
Once you have all the fun you can in the snow, it’s time for a soak or swim. Depending on where your adventures have taken you, there are a couple of options for a relaxing soak. The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center right in town offers something for everyone with public pools and private soaking tubs. Looking to create a weekend getaway? Just thirty minutes outside of Salida is Mount Princeton Hot Springs and Antero Hot Springs. Both offer full accommodations and hot spring pools with temperatures ranging from 85 to 100 degrees – perfect for relaxing sore muscles or watching snow fall.