10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Submitted by alison on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:04pmIt’s the middle of March, and that means you’ve probably spent the last 5 months dealing with short days, chilly temps and plenty of stormy weather. Things can seem bleaker with each snowstorm that rolls through. But as the days get longer, sunnier and warmer, now’s the perfect time to cast off the mid-winter blues and gear up for spring – especially if you’re heading to Colorado for spring break or a ski vacation. So how do you get back in the right mindset? Spend the next few weeks outside in Colorado and you’ll cast off the funk in no time. You might even get a tan!
Here are ten ways to beat the blues:
1. Hit the slopes
It goes without saying that Colorado is one of the country's top ski destinations, but there’s no better time to catch some bluebird powder days than March. Not only are the snow showers still deep and frequent, but you’ll find they alternate with stunning, spring-like days so you can get the most out of your time on the hill.
2. Find a bar with a patio
On sunny days, many local bars will clear the snow off their patio or deck and offer outdoor service so you can soak up the rays. A little vitamin D paired with a local microbrew is the perfect way to chase off the winter doldrums.
3. Take to the tubing hill
It’s hard to feel down when you’re laughing and screaming with your friends. Book a session at the local snow tubing hill and you’ll soon be far too busy having fun to remember that you don’t really like winter.
4. Kick it in the hot springs
Still feeling cold? Time to find some nearby mineral hot springs to warm up. Do a little research and you’ll be able to choose from small, intimate pools or splash around in large swimming-pool sized springs. Even if it’s snowing you’ll soon feel nice and toasty.
5. Catch a concert
During late March and early-mid April, outdoor concerts can be found at nearly every ski resort in the state and most are free. With headliners ranging from national acts to local favorites, you’ll have a chance to see some great live performances and enjoy the warmer weather.
6. Ride a snowmobile in the backcountry
There’s nothing like venturing into the unknown, and a snowmobile tour can provide the ultimate adventure. Whether you go with a guide or strike out on your own, you’ll be treated to stunning views and high adrenaline excitement.
7. Snag some new gear
Just can’t bring yourself to venture outside? Take advantage of the top-notch gear offered by shops in ski towns across Colorado. Not only will that new hat get you excited to head back into the snow, but with the end of the ski season looming, you’ll probably score a killer deal.
8. Head for the river for some fly fishing
Most people think of fly fishing as a summer activity, but now is the perfect time to try out some angling. With the runoff from melting snow just starting, many fisherman consider this the perfect time to seek out their favorite fishing hole and local outfitters will have plenty of availability.
9. Find the perfect spot to watch the sun rise
Sunrise might be earlier than it was a few weeks ago, but it’s not too early yet – so get up and head to that scenic overlook or mountain pass to catch the reds, pinks and oranges of a Colorado sunrise.
10. Just go
When the opportunity to head outdoors appears, it's easy to use the cold or snow or a busy schedule as an excuse to stay indoors, but don't fall for it. Once you're outside in Colorado, you'll find an infinite number of activities that will make you appreciate winter and spring.
No matter what you’ve got planned for your Colorado vacation, you’ll soon find you're in an outdoor mecca. And with 300 days of sunshine, you’ll be shaking off the winter blues in no time.