Ah. It’s the season of coziness. Saturday afternoons by the fire. Digging into a big bowl of chili. Blissfully nodding off, lulled by the soundtrack of your latest Netflix binge-watch.
We can do better than this, Coloradans.
Especially if you live in one of our Shea Homes Colorado Communities – BackCountry, Stepping Stone, or Reunion – winter need not be a four-walled purgatory until spring. Warm days are coming soon, so now’s the time to take steps (literally) to avoid a panic attack when shopping for your swimsuit.
At BackCountry, there are easy, daily ways to get moving. Strap on your snowshoes and explore the seven miles of trails and 467 acres of open space within BackCountry. Or venture onto the trails and 8,200 acres of open space in the adjacent wilderness area. No snowshoes? No problem. Residents can borrow a pair from the Sundial House whenever there is 12” or more of snow on the ground. That same terrain can be a blast for expert cross country skiers to explore too.
There really is more to winter than hot cocoa and movies. Yes, non-winter-sporty types, we’re talking to you. When it comes to enjoying winter instead of just enduring it, knowledge is power.
To tempt you out of your bunny slippers and into the chill, let’s start easy, with snowshoeing right here in the BackCountry neighborhood. Did you know that residents can borrow snowshoes whenever there’s 12” or more of snow on the ground? Pick them up at the Sundial House, no charge. All you need is good hiking or waterproof boots. Strap the snowshoes on and walk around the wilderness trails in the snow—and check out all the different animal tracks. Don’t live here yet? No problem… Shea Homes offers three new home collections starting from the $500s.
How about sledding? You can barrel down fun hills in the BackCountry neighborhood and at nearby ThunderRidge High School, but be sure to explore this exhaustive list of Douglas County sledding hills and ice rinks.
Outdoor skating is (temperatures permitting) just up the road on C-470 at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield at the Streets of SouthGlenn, and, a bit farther afield, in downtown Denver or at Evergreen Lake, with its beautiful mountain views and free hot chocolate at the lake house.
When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, start with a visit to Colorado Ski and Get Out Skiing for an overview of your options. Many feel that Breckenridge and Copper Mountain
offer the best beginner terrain, while others prefer the small size and unintimidating vibe of Granby Ranch and Loveland.
First-time skiers will be wise to take a lesson. Sure, you can save money by letting a knowledgeable friend or family member teach you, but your experience may go a lot more smoothly with an expert. Be sure to dress warmly—which may seem obvious, but there really is strategy involved in staying warm (not overheated) and dry. A cold, wet day can send any newbie running from the sport, so learn more about smart alpine dressing here and pick up lots of other good tips for novice skiers and snowboarders here.