With its mild winter weather and 300 days of sunshine per year, Boulderites have good reason to get outdoors year-round. Spring is an especially nice time for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, with most resorts open through April or early May. No matter your activity of choice, you’ll find plenty of options in and around Boulder to stay active during the year.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Boulder isn’t technically a ski town, but it is a great access point to some of the world’s best resorts. Just 21 miles away, Eldora Mountain Resort is the nearest ski area to Boulder. It offers 53 trails and 12 lifts for downhill skiers, as well as a Nordic Center with more than 20 miles of cross-country trails. Located just past Nederland at the top of Boulder Canyon, Eldora is a quick 40-minute drive from Boulder. There’s even a “ski-N-ride” bus route that takes skiers and boarders from Boulder to the slopes of Eldora and back every day of the week during ski season.
If you want to make a day (or weekend!) trip, look to one of the seven world-class ski resorts within two hours of Boulder:
- Arapahoe Basin– 1.5 hours
- Breckenridge– 1.5 hours
- Copper Mountain– 1 hour 40 minutes
- Keystone Resort– 1 hour 40 minutes
- Loveland Ski Area– 1 hour 20 minutes
- Vail– 2 hours
- Winter Park– 1 hour 40 minutes
More of a cross-country skier or snowshoer? Many summer hiking trails near Boulder become excellent XC ski trails in the colder months. Brainard Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness is just 23 miles from Boulder and offers scenic cross-country trails. Rocky Mountain National Park—one hour from Boulder—also offers great opportunities.
Spring is generally a great time to hike in Boulder. As the weather in Colorado can be unpredictable, it’s a good idea to dress in layers and bring your Yaktrax, or other ice-traction device, in case you run into icy conditions on the trail.
Many of the city’s most popular hikes start at Chautauqua Park—and for good reason. There is a trail for nearly every ability level and preference—from a gentle stroll to a fun challenge, you’ll enjoy a peaceful environment with stunning views. The First Flatiron Trail (1.1 miles one way), Royal Arch Trail (1.5 miles one way), Mesa Trail (6 miles one way), and Gregory Canyon Trail (1.1 miles one way) are all excellent choices for spring hikes.
Chilly weather never stopped anyone in Boulder from adventuring! Spring is the ideal time to head out and enjoy some of the best views without the summertime crowds. Have fun!