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Winter Thrills Across Denver Metro

Plan your next winter expedition through Denver, where you'll find a wide range of exciting, thrilling, majestic, and picturesque outdoor recreation.  

Whether you stay in downtown Denver or area suburbs like Castle Rock, Lakewood, or Brighton, you're never too far away from the action. 

Winter recreation in Denver is largely dominated by skiing. With a number of exceptional mountains and areas within a short drives reach. In nearby Dillion, you can find several like the Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Ski Area, and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. 

At Breckenridge, you'll find 155 runs across more than 600 acres designated for skiing area. Breckenridge features 16 lifts with gondola services, too. 

Copper Mountain Ski Area is a much larger area, measuring in at 2,465 acres, yet it features fewer runs than Breckenridge, with only 125. Many visitors to Copper Mountain not only enjoy skiing, but tubing, too. Tubing Hill at Copper Mountain is a great way to get your fill. One of the most popular annual celebrations at Copper Mountain is the Moonlight Dine & Ski New Years Eve. Ring in the new year then head down the mountain. 

Closer to Glenwood Springs, check out the massive White River National Forest. 2.3 million acres of legendary and iconic landscapes await you – there are 12 unique ski areas within White River National Forest, Breckenridge as an example. 

If shredding the fresh powder on two skis or a snowboard doesn't fit the bill for you, try some ice fishing in and around Denver. Not far southeast from downtown you'll find Aurora, which yields easy access to the Aurora Reservoir. Many anglers land decent hauls of trout from Aurora Reservoir, while walleye also seem to be prevalent.

While skiing and ice fishing yield full days of fun in Denver, snowmobiling is one of the most fun ways to get out and explore this winter. One of the top snowmobiling destinations in the area is the Spring Creek Trail System in the town of Frisco. You'll find miles of well-groomed and manicured trails, each guiding you along the Dillon Reservoir.