With skiing conditions that are among the finest in the world and excellent facilities, Colorado is one of the most preferred holiday destinations in the United States for skiers and snowboarders. Other conditions such as reliable snowfall, high altitude, and an average of 300 sunny days every year add to its popularity. However, there is much more on offer than just skiing down the slopes while the sun is still out. Here are some exciting options for people of all ages at night-time activity centers in Colorado:
Alpenglow, the optical phenomenon, is a spectacular occurrence that Colorado is famous for. On your next visit, try experiencing it from the Purgatory, which arranges a guided Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour. You can take the last chairlift for the day up the mountain, followed by hiking through the backcountry on a guided tour. Keep a lookout for the local wildlife and their tracks, including deer, hares, and lynx even as your guide helps you identify the flora, fauna, and geology. This unique experience will be followed by a trip to the Powderhouse, an on-mountain restaurant, where you can unwind with a beer or wine while the children have fun sipping cups of hot chocolate. In addition, you can take your pick from a deli tray, crackers, cheese, and cookies. Once you are refreshed from your break, the tour will snowshoe down the slopes allowing you to take in the beautiful Alpenglow on the Needles Mountain Range.
Reservations are required for this tour, and the fee includes snowshoes, the chair uplift, a guide, and food and beverages.
Ski biking is a new, fun winter sport that combines skiing and biking. Riding a bike is all you need to know to enjoy this sport. Vail, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, offers you this ski-biking experience as part of the activities available at Adventure Ridge. Imagine pitch-black darkness on a mountain top – you are all set on a bike that has skis for wheels, the headlamp attached to your helmet is the only form of light as you start off to explore the starry night —the adrenalin rush that transforms into complete euphoria is something that you need to experience for yourself. This activity is offered to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, and prior reservations are recommended.
Another Colorado resort that offers night ski-biking is Winter Park Resort. Here, you can participate in a guided night adventure on ski bikes that includes three hours of sliding on the slopes. It is usually open from late December to late March.
A number of ski resorts in Colorado have torchlight parades on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. These parades are quite an enticing sight as the well-lit snow vehicles or skiers stream down the mountain slopes in various creative formations. In addition, there is a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the night sky as the perfect end to the evening. Spreading the spirit and joy of the holiday season, these magnificent on-snow parades make for a wonderful, joyous night-time event for the entire family. You can choose to join the participants in the parade, or just sit back and watch from the sidelines as you soak it all in. Some of the resorts that offer this activity include Aspen Snowmass, Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
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