Early birds in Colorado might get the fresh powder. But plenty of adventure awaits night owls, too.
Plus, nighttime recreation comes with added wow factors like moonlit mountains and epic stargazing, says Chris Linsmayer, public relations manager for Colorado Ski Country.
While sleigh rides have been around for years, more resorts and outfitters have been adding adventures like full-moon snowshoeing trips or skinning-to-dinner treks to their events calendars.
“It goes to show the fun doesn’t end after the lift stops running for the day,” Linsmayer says.
These five adventures around the state are worth staying out late — and braving some colder temps — to experience.
Full-moon dinners at Aspen’s Cliffhouse
Break out the snowshoes or hook those grippy skins to your skis. It’s an uphill trek to the Cliffhouse at Aspen Snowmass, so you’ll work up an appetite for their full-moon dinner. It takes a little over an hour to skin or hike up the Tiehack side of Buttermilk, but only about 30 to 40 minutes to make the ascent from West Buttermilk. At the top of Buttermilk, you’ll be treated to live music, dinner and a view, with the panorama of Maroon Creek Valley before you.
The next full-moon dinners are March 2 and 31. aspensnowmass.com
Yurt dinners in Crested Butte
The only way to get to the backcountry Magic Meadows Yurt in Crested Butte is by skiing or snowshoeing in along a 1-mile groomed trail from the Peanut Lake Trailhead, which is illuminated by the stars (and tiki torches just in case). The trail is mostly level and takes beginner skiers about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, or 15 to 20 minutes for more experienced skiers. The cozy yurt fits about 40 and is heated with a wood stove, lit by solar-powered lights and boasts a menu with items like beef tenderloin, seared salmon and seasonal veggies.
Led by the Crested Butte Nordic Center, the events include include trail passes, equipment rentals, guides, a five-course dinner, live music and alcoholic beverages. It costs $135 for adults and $85 for children. Check dates and make reservations online. cbnordic.org
Starlit and moonlit treks in Snowmass
Snowshoe or cross-country ski under the stars and alongside an astronomer from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, who will point out star patterns, constellations and relay facts about the Milky Way. The 1.2-mile starlit treks take place on the Saturday closest to the darkest night of each …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – News