Local Winter Sports & Family Fun
Dec 01, 2018 03:09AM
By Sara Baker, MS, CSCS
Colorado is best known for its world famous skiing. However, if you cannot fathom the I-70 traffic or the cost puts this sport out of reach, there is plenty of winter family fun to be had right here in Broomfield and the surrounding areas.
Sledding is a great activity for kids of all ages. There are plenty of great sledding spots in and around Broomfield. Broomfield Commons Park at 13221 Sheridan has a great hill located near the vending area of the athletic fields. The hill is not very long but allows for plenty of sledders and is a great place for beginners or younger sledders. The Commons also has ample parking. The soccer fields next to Legacy High School provide a fairly short and steep hill that is quite wide to allow for many sledders. There are numerous hills and amazing views at the City’s Recreation Park in Westminster located at 104th and Sheridan. In Lafayette, Autumn Ash Park, off North 111th Street at Beacon Hill and Lucerne Drive also has a nice hill for family sledding with young children. Also in Lafayette, Waneka Lake Park at 1600 Caria Drive offers great sledding on the northeast side of the lake.
Another great winter activity the entire family can enjoy is ice skating. With all the Colorado sunshine, outdoor ice skating is especially fun. Broomfield residents are very fortunate to have a close outdoor ice skating rink at the Steinbaugh Pavilion located in Louisville’s historic downtown area. The 6,500 square feet rink has traditional holiday music, concessions, and features free horse drawn carriage rides. Skate rentals are included in the price of admission. The outdoor rink is open from November through February, as well as on holidays, and even has extended hours during winter break. If you want to take a large group, group rates and private parties are also available. If you would still like to skate but the weather is not cooperating, The Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster has a great indoor rink. The Sports Stable, a new sports complex in Louisville also has a large indoor ice rink and offers open skating hours.
The Nordic Center
If you are not ready to commit to the price or time commitment of downhill skiing, check out the Nordic Center at Eldora Mountain for a variety of winter activities. Eldora is roughly 35 miles from Broomfield in Boulder County. Eldora’s Nordic Center has an extensive network of trails. The trails travel through beautiful forests and alpine meadows with breathtaking views. The trails, 40 kilometers in all, are designated for classic cross-country skiing, skate skiing or snowshoeing. The Nordic Center offers rentals, lessons, and clinics.
Snowshoeing does not require special skills and is a great activity for families to enjoy together, not to mention, it is excellent exercise. Snowshoeing is essentially walking in the snow and there is a minimal learning curve. If you want to try it, you can rent snow shoes at Nordic centers, often found at mountain resorts or retailers like REI. Renting is great way to try the variety of brands and types of snowshoes before purchasing. There are plenty of trails in the mountains but if you want to stay closer to home, Mud Lake in Boulder County has a great beginner trail. Lost Lake Trail in Nederland, about 35 miles outside of Broomfield, offers a 4-mile round trip trail with amazing views. The trail also showcases a few old mines and cabins on the mountainside to the south of Lost Lake. Brainard Lake, just about an hour from Broomfield, is another excellent snowshoeing spot with numerous trails.
Colorado has no shortage of sunshine or winter sport activities. Even if you feel like staying close to home, there are plenty of activities that the entire family can enjoy. Get out there and play this winter!