Evergreen, Colorado, turns into a winter wonderland from December to March, usually seeing around 90 inches of snow each year. That’s 7.5 feet! Our family always takes advantage of fresh snow and the fun that comes along with it. Below, here are our top 5 favorite winter activities to do in (and near) Evergreen.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and experience Evergreen’s natural beauty during the winter months. One of the best parts of snowshoeing is that you don’t need any special skills, you just need to grab some snowshoes and get outside. It’s a great low-impact exercise for people of all ages and can be a great social activity. Elk Meadow Park is a popular snowshoeing destination with over 10 miles of groomed trails and beautiful views of the Rockies. You can also snowshoe at the panoramic Bergen Peak trail—a more challenging climb—or venture to Three Sisters Park that has a shorter and easier loop through the forest. Always make sure to check the weather and dress appropriately, and bring a buddy when trying out new or more difficult trails!
Sledding is a fantastic way to spend time with your kids—it’s an ageless activity anyone can enjoy! It’s a great way to get some exercise as you hike uphill, and the snow-covered Evergreen landscapes will have you in awe as you speed down the hill laughing alongside your friends and family. Some of the best sledding locations in Evergreen include Three Sisters Park and Buchanan Park. You can also visit ski resorts with their own tubing hills like Echo Mountain Resort—the closest to Evergreen—Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort, Winter Park, and more. All you’ll need for this winter activity is a sled, helmet, warm clothing, and any snacks or water you’ll need to stay energized.
#3 Ice Fishing at Evergreen Lake
Fishing is not just for the warmer months! Evergreen Lake is a popular destination for ice fishing, the cold water an ideal habitat for trout, perch, sunfish, and bass. This is a great activity if you’re looking for quiet and peaceful atmosphere. This winter activity requires a tad more equipment: you’ll want an ice auger, ice fishing rod and reel, bait, bucket or sled for carrying equipment and fish, fish finder (optional), and a portable ice shelter (optional but often recommended for weather protection). Late December to early March is usually the best time for ice fishing due to the thickness of the ice. Always fish with a buddy, and keep friends or family updated on your fishing plans and return time. It’s also important to note that in the state of Colorado you’ll need a fishing license.
#2 Ice skating and hockey on Evergreen Lake
Evergreen Lake is a year-round hub for social and sporting activities. Ice skating, hockey, and now broomball as of 2023, are huge Evergreen winter staples. It’s the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink in North America, offering 8.5 acres of groomed ice with 20 designated hockey rinks and a large main skating area, plus special practice areas. Hours are typically Mon-Fri from 3p.m.-7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9a.m.-7p.m. You can take ice skating classes and hockey skills clinics, rent out private rink rentals, and participate in the Pond Hockey Championship. Buy your own skates and gear, or rent skates for $10/pair. In between games or leisurely skating, head to Muddy Buck’s concessions for hot chocolate.
Skiing during a Colorado winter is an absolute no brainer, especially with Echo Mountain located a mere 30-minute drive from Evergreen in Idaho Springs. It’s one of the few ski areas to offer night skiing. Echo has one of the more affordable season passes with adult passes at $249 and children at $149. The mountain usually receives around 275 inches of snow and is a popular spot for intermediate terrain.
You can also visit other great ski destinations, including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (55-minute drive), Loveland Ski Area (40-minute drive), Winter Park Resort (70-minute drive), Breckenridge Ski Resort (90-minute drive) and more. Evergreen is truly in the midst of all the best Colorado activities.
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