Colorado Mountain Town Activities For Non-Skiers

Colorado Mountain Town Activities For Non-Skiers
The most popular reason to visit Colorado mountain towns in the winter is obvious…skiing! But, if you don’t prefer skiing or you are just looking for ways to switch it up, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty of a winter in Colorado. Our team at Corken + Company has a list activities for non-skiers in four of Colorado’s most popular mountain towns.



Something to do year-round: Aspen Meadows Resort offers a free, self-guided art tour. The exhibit includes work by famed artists like Herbert Bayer and Rita Blitt. It offers everything from outdoor sculptures to indoor displays at the resort’s Resnick Art Gallery.

Something for non-skiers: A sleigh ride from Aspen Carriage and Sleigh is sure to make you feel like you’re the main character in a rom-com. The rides start at Stillwater Ranch, about five minutes from downtown Aspen, and take you on a 45-minute journey through a beautiful forest. The sleigh stops at the halfway point for guests to enjoy hot chocolate and snacks. Due to COVID-19, the company is only offering private rides this year. Prices start at $325.



Something to do year-round: Before Breckenridge became a very popular town for tourism, it started as a small mining town. Explore it’s history with tours from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, like the adults-only Bawdy Breckenridge Tour (Wednesdays and Saturdays), which explores the not so cheery side of the Breck’s beginnings, including stories about murders at some of the town’s earliest saloons. Advanced registration is required for most tours, and several of them are weather dependent.

Something for non-skiers: About two miles east of downtown Breckenridge, you’ll find Country Boy Mine, which offers a variety of winter activities, like extreme sledding. “It is fast if you want it to be fast,” says owner Mike Shipley. “It’s Alpine style, which means that you zig-zag down the mountain. It’s not just a straight rundown. You ride on a racing sled so you’re lying headfirst. It has steering, but it is very quick.” Guests average about 16 miles per hour during their downhill ride. The extreme sledding is available Wednesday to Sunday and costs $34 for three runs. There is also a smaller park for young kids.


Crested Butte

Something to do year-round: Founded in 1993, The Crested Butte Museum is home to a collection of artifacts that date back to the 1880s. Each holds a story of Crested Butte’s history, from the area’s ranching and coal mining beginnings to the biking and skiing attraction it has become in more recent years. It is open Monday through Saturday, with guided tours available on Friday mornings.

Something for non-skiers: Looking for a more adrenaline pumping option? Snowmobiling on Kebler Pass is the way to go. Due to icy road conditions, the pass is closed to cars and trucks in the winter. But snowmobiles and electric bikes are allowed to make fresh tracks in the piles of powder while winding through trails filled with aspen and evergreen trees. CB Motorsports offers two-hour rentals starting at $120; they even meet you at the trailhead, before setting you loose.


Steamboat Springs

Something to do year-round: Steamboat Springs is famous for its Strawberry Park Hot Springs which features five cascading stone pools. The space is open to families during the day and adults only at night. The coldest pool is set to a balmy 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Guests must reserve their visit in advance online and pay $20 per-person.

Something for non-skiers: Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works offers adventures on sleds led by a team of Alaskan Huskies. During the ride, guests can take turns being the driver of the sled. After the tour, there is time for guests to snuggle and play with the four-legged fur balls that led their journey.




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