Bret and Amber Tueller
Those long winter months can play havoc with our heads. Stuck inside, patience on its last nerve, sometimes all we need is an outlet. Here are a few suggestions to beat those winter blues.
Rocky Mountain National Park has various levels of trails that are available for snowshoeing. Also, they offer ranger-led snowshoe walks for beginners on weekends through March 31 on the east side and beginner and intermediate snowshoers through March 11 on the west side. Entrance fees to the park apply, however there is no additional fee for the walks. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/romo and search for snowshoe information.
A great place to enjoy some exciting, fast-paced tubing with the family is Fraser Tubing Hill, which is located two miles west of Winter Park. They charge $27 per hour. For more information, they can be reached at 970-726-5954.
3. Hot Springs
Take a trip over to Glenwood Springs and enjoy a dip in their hot springs pool. For more information, call 970-947-2955.
4. Hot Tub
Beat those winter blues without ever leaving your backyard. Visit our friends at Spas of Parker to get a hot tub! Not only will this get you out of the house, the health benefits are amazing. Get more information by going to www.spasofparker.com
Let’s not forget a great day spent sledding or tubing down the neighborhood hill! Also under this category we have building a snowman, erecting a snow fort, making snow art, etc. This year the kids are able to climb their very own tall mountain of snow in the comfort of their own yard!
For an entire weekend of winter family fun, a great place to visit is the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. You can make reservations to stay in a room, in a lodge, or reserve your own cabin. There are many winter activities to keep you busy during your stay. For more information or to make reservations, call 970-887-2152 or visit www.ymcarockies.org.
7. Ice Skating
What better way to enjoy the winter air than ice skating! The Ice Trail at Discovery Park is a great option. For a fun mountain experience, try Evergreen Lake. Get more information at www.evergreenrecreation.com