Silverthorne, Colorado, is a true winter wonderland, full of natural beauty and outdoor activities. It’s a quaint village nestled in the mountains of Colorado, with major ski resorts within a half-hour drive. Nearby are facilities for world-class snowboarding, snowmobiling, skating, snow-hiking, cross-country skiing, and more. If you can do it outdoors in the winter, you can do it in Silverthorne.
Winter in Colorado Is Beautiful but Harsh:
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While you are packing your outdoor gear, you should remember that outdoor conditions in Colorado can be harsh. At 9,000 feet above sea level, the atmosphere is thin, and flash snowstorms and squalls can come out of nowhere. It is entirely possible that you will experience some bad weather that keeps you indoors for longer than you anticipated. While you are waiting for the blizzard to blow over, here are some non-screen-centric tips to keep from going stir crazy if you get stuck inside.
Get Your Game On:
It’s a good idea to never travel without a few games tucked into your carry-on — just in case. While many of the hotels you can book have board games at the ready, you can always bring your own. An emergency fun kit might include a pack of Uno cards, five dice to play Yahtzee with, a couple of decks of cards, and a scratch pad with a few golf pencils (tic-tac-toe, dots, and keeping score of all the other games.) Other games that are easy to travel with include Boggle, the classic French driving game Mille Bornes, and a quirky new game Mr. Toast.
Try a Little Improv:
If you’ve got a large party, and you are looking to do something a little different, try a little theatrical diversion. If you’ve planned ahead, you can pick out a play to read together. The Skin Of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder and Tonight We Improvise by Luigi Pirandello are fun choices. If you missed the planning stage, you can tell stories on the spot (ghost stories are always popular, but so are pirate stories, and stories about talking pets. Get creative with it!) Improvising stories one word at a time (each person in a circle contributes a word, and it keeps going) can be great fun, as can telling classic stories using just a gibberish language. The Three Little Pigs never seemed so complex!
If you are tired of talking and reading, try a little aerobic exercise. Most hotels will have a gym, but you can go old-school without equipment. Have a push-up contest to see who can do the most push-ups, (or sit-ups.) Try handstands against the wall and who can last the longest. Many effective exercise activities can be done with no equipment at all.
Take any of these tips the next time you are snow-bound to entertain yourself, your friends, or your family. Before you know it, the weather will be great, and you’ll be out on the slopes, enjoying all of the beautiful outdoors that Colorado has to offer.