Choose Colorado Skiing for your Next Home Exchange
If a relaxing vacation on the beach is not your idea of fun, or you are simply looking for something different for your home exchange vacation, consider visiting Colorado for winter activities.
These Colorado destinations offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, with large hills and powdery snow to make your experience perfect. For those traveling with you that do not enjoy the slopes quite as much, there are plenty of alternative things to do, including world-class restaurants, spas and pools. These Colorado ski destinations literally offer something for everyone and are worth checking out and considering for your next home swap.
Colorado offers some of the most notable ski resorts in the world. With an astounding 22 resorts to choose from, nowhere else in the United States offers such variety. Transportation is extremely easy as most of the ski resorts are close to Denver, a major airport that offers many direct flights daily.
What really makes Colorado stand out as the perfect winter-sport destination is the fact that they get fresh, powdery snow daily, but also get as many as 300 days of sunshine. Cloudless skies and warm sun make being outside so much better and more enjoyable. Additionally, each resort offers options for all skiers, regardless of their level. Monster runs exist for the top skiers and smaller, more manageable hills are provided for the beginners.
As a top destination for travel within the United States, it is very possible to run into a famous celebrity or two while enjoying the slopes.
Where Can I Ski?
Here is a list of the most popular ski resorts in Colorado. While the list is not all-inclusive, it highlights the biggest and most well-known options.
- Arapahoe Basin
- Aspen Highlands
- Aspen Mountain
- Copper Mountain
- Crested Butte
- Ski Cooper
- Ski Granby Ranch
- Steamboat Springs
- Winter Park
- Wolf Creek
All of these world-class resorts offer amazing ski runs and spectacular views that just can’t be duplicated anywhere.
What If I Don’t Ski?
Don’t ski? No problem. The resorts in Colorado realize that skiing and snowboarding are not sports that everyone enjoys, so they happily offer much more to do in both the resort itself and the towns surrounding the resort.
A few winter and outdoor highlights of things you can enjoy include:
- Ice Skating
- Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
- Ice Fishing
- Cross-country skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Ice Climbing
Of course these are just a few examples of activities you can enjoy while outside in Colorado to take advantage of the beautiful views and gorgeous sunny days. There are also many things you can experience that don’t revolve around winter activities.
For everyone, skier or non-skier, the world-class restaurants are something that shouldn’t be missed. Offering everything from fine dining with celebrities to hole-in-the-wall favorites, the cuisine here is top notch. A few notable locations that are among the most popular are ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, Café Brazil, El Taco de Mexico, Tom’s Home Cookin’, Biker Jim’s, Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar and the Squeaky Bean. These are known to be most popular by both travelers and locals; so if you get the chance, definitely check them out.
Another popular thing to do in Colorado is visit the spas found around the state. Enjoy a peaceful massage while looking at breathtaking views of the mountains or indulge yourself in a much needed facial or manicure and pedicure before a night out on the town. Available at almost every resort, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer without ever hitting the slopes.
For a completely unique and fun experience, visit one of Colorado’s many natural hot springs. This is the perfect way to relax your muscles after a long day of skiing or just to relax and take in the natural beauty around you. With so many to choose from there is a good chance there is a location nearby your home swap site. Many offer water slides and kids activities; so this is also a great option if you have the kids with you.
Of course, there is always the option of shopping if you are still looking for something to do. Most towns in Colorado offer both extremely high-end designer retail locations as well as bargain shops, making the shopping some of the best you can find. Shop for the perfect outfit, spend the afternoon at the spa and then head over to one of the featured restaurants for the perfect day to take in all that Colorado really has to offer.
With so many different activities to choose from, there is so much to do in Colorado besides skiing or snowboarding that everyone in the family will enjoy this location for your perfect home exchange. Many resort areas are close enough to each other that you can enjoy the options that they all have to offer without overnight travel. It is the perfect destination for your home exchange and you won’t be disappointed with all that Colorado has to offer.
And don’t forget Aspen
Aspen draws travelers from all over the world. It’s a very special place. Adventurous and outdoorsy people, as well as creative and cultured folks all gather in Aspen. The lure of fresh snow may bring them in the winter, but the culture and world-class hospitality captures everyone’s imagination and heart. Aspen is extraordinary in what it has to offer. Famous for it’s skiing, outdoor activities, celebrity sightings and notorious for some of the characters it attracts,
it’s more than just a ski town. It’s an art town. It’s a music town. It’s a family town. It’s dining and spas. It’s an international mecca of the extraordinary people relaxing, wearing boots in the winter and sandals in the summer.
Aspen Art Museum is a dynamic, international contemporary art center. All in this one mountain town you have Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen Historical Society, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies contributing to the sophisticated culture. Small music and theater venues such as the beautifully restored Wheeler Opera House draw top international talent. It’s cosmopolitan life, without the metropolitan big city.
In the summer, the Aspen Music Festival and School brings an array of world class musicians to perform in the beautiful outdoors. The Aspen Hurst Theatre is a broadway quality equity theater with great intimate seating. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet offers internationally renowned contemporary ballet choreographers and stunning performances.
As you can see, there’s more than one reason Aspen calls to people all over the world and why it–as well as the whole Colorado area–is ideal for a winter home exchange.