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Contest: Win tickets to Luminova Holidays at Elitch Gardens

Something new is at Elitch Gardens – an outrageously fun and immersive family experience that is guaranteed to be the brightest and most spectacular spot this holiday season. Starting Friday, November 26 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, the Park will transform into Luminova Holidays and deliver the most fascinating and dazzling winter-wonderland experience Denver has ever seen with larger-than-life holiday displays and more. 

Luminova Holidays at Elitch Gardens Features:

  • Over 3 million dazzling lights
  • 65 ft. Christmas tree
  • 25 ft. snowman that never melts
  • 200 ft. candy cane tunnel
  • Ornaments and presents scaling over 16 ft. tall
  • 300 ft. x 70 ft wall of lights
  • Rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions
  • Interactive activities including light-up hopscotch and LED swings
  • Strolling holiday entertainers
  • Old Saint Nick and his elves
  • Photo ops galore with immersive light displays
  • And more

The event will run evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and tickets are required. Kids 2 and under are FREE!  Limited tickets are available for each event day and tickets are selling fast! Head to to reserve your tickets today.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 50+ Unique Colorado Gift Ideas

With all the talk of shipping delays, there is no better time than to shop local. We’ve teamed up with for ideas for our annual Colorado holiday gift guide (plus, we have thrown in some of our favorites).

Also, don’t miss our annual Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza with $1,000+ in prizes coming this week! Need more inspiration? See last year’s 75 Best Gifts for the Holidays with many Colorado favorites. 

Colorado Holiday Gift Ideas

Wellness Getaways
For experiential gifts, there’s nothing better than Colorado’s unique wellness getaways, retreats, programs and clubs. A few of our favorites from that article: Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks offers Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests. The Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Ridgway – Chipeta Resort Spa offers a serene space with treatments inspired by the southwest and experienced therapists intuitive in the healing arts. Sacred Spaces, Cañon City, an apothecary in Cañon City, provides nourishment and healing through yoga/herbal medicine/gardening classes.Colorado wellness spa

Cowboy Christmas
If it’s an “order-in” year, gift your western-loving friends and family leather goods from Zapata Ranch’s Ranchlands Store: leather bags, knife cases, cast-iron handle holders and dog collars. For the horse fanatic, consider a custom-ordered saddle from Sherer Custom Saddles. Make Colorado your holiday destination and fulfill your winter wonderland fantasies at dude ranches across the state; enjoy skiing and sleigh rides at The Home Ranch north of Steamboat Springs or spend days Nordic skiing at the Latigo Dude Ranch. If your Colorado-cation is planned for another time of year, gift your travel mate a certificate for cowboy school at the Colorado Cowboy Company or leather-making classes at The Makerie in Denver.
Cooking class kids DenverFoodie Finds
Uncorked Kitchen’s fabulous cooking classes for adults and kids are a local favorite.  A unique idea comes from the eastern plains, where Lebanese-owned Scaff Brothers handcrafts a mild salsa with cantaloupe grown from the region. For the passionate carnivore, Sweetwood Smokehouse Jerky produces a slow-smoked, double-wide fatty jerky stick that’s a far cry from those sold in most stores today. Nuance Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolatier with a wide range of cocoa-based products made by admittedly certified chocoholics. Those with a sweet tooth will also get a kick out of Enstom’s toffee, which has been hand-made with only the finest, freshest ingredients since 1960. Your Colorado foodie will love this Totally Bamboo Colorado-shaped Serving and Cutting Board (includes a hang tie for wall display if you’d rather not use it for chopping). 
Take Them Outside
Colorado is, perhaps, best known for its epic mountains, an abundance of state parks, expansive vistas and adventures. Bridgestone Winter Driving School is the most fun you’ll have on ice. Give the gift of exploration, with park passes to a Colorado State Park or a subscription to Colorado Outdoors Magazine. Give the gift of backcountry knowledge with a free avalanche awareness course offered online by the Colorado Mountain School. 
Denver retro posterArt Lover
This Colorado Retro Travel Poster from ImageKind is a fantastic gift for the Colorado lover in your life. Artisans of Mancos is an artist-owned and managed cooperative featuring 20 artists, who have an array of hand-crafted items such as jewelry, leather items, calligraphy and stained glass. For the makers themselves, give the gift of an innovations studios art workshop from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass.  If your loved one likes a challenge, Liberty Puzzles creates handmade wooden puzzles of Colorado’s most iconic mountain ranges – the Flatirons in Boulder and Aspen’s Maroon Bells (or get one custom-made).
Heritage Holiday
Holidays summon history and tradition at places like Mesa Verde National Park, where the Luminaria Holiday Open House is a beautiful and unique oppo to experience ancient history in the southwest. At Bent’s Old Fort, step into the season with old-fashioned wagon rides, taffy pulls and toy-making during their Holiday Celebration. Celebrate the mining town of Leadville with old-fashioned Christmas ornaments that can be collected for years to come. For a modern twist on a historic tradition, climb aboard a snowcat-drawn sleigh that carries you to a Scandinavian five-course dinner in a secluded mountain retreat at Ragnar’s in Steamboat Springs. In Golden, join Victorian carolers on a candlelight walk and witness the Olde Golden Christmas Parade as it meanders through historic downtown. Enjoy small-town holiday fun at the Georgetown Christmas Market; roast chestnuts, ride horse-drawn carriages through historic Georgetown, and shop for hand-made gifts at their outdoor European-style market.  
Colorado Gift Box
Transport friends and family to a “Higher State of Mind” with a gastronomical box from Blanco Cellars and Little Cheese Shop, which includes a variety of Colorado-made spirits, cheeses and more. Woman-owned and family-run, Mulay’s Sausage Specialty Gift Boxes offers a package that includes a wide variety of premium Colorado sausages and meatballs for meat lovers. Cured, Boulder’s specialty grocer and cheese shop, offers a Colorado gift box with craft products from all four corners of the state. Colorado Crafted is a modern alternative to traditional gift baskets and offers collections of high-quality Colorado-made souvenirs, gourmet foods and artisan gifts packaged in a stylish box or tote.Colorado Christmas Box
Seasonal Brews
Colorado is known for its award-winning craft brews, and those festive creations are reason alone to celebrate this holiday season. Whether from the bar of a local brewery or the comfort of home, enjoy any number of Colorado’s top winter brews. For a beer-inspired holiday, consider gifting loved ones a “Colorado Beer Map”– The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado. The handy map contains over 500 listings of breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries, with coupons from all across the state. It’s the perfect traveling companion to taste your way across the state. 
Winter Wine
Follow the Colorado wine trails on a holiday tasting excursion. For a winter wine tour, head to Palisade, where craft Colorado wines are bountiful. In Stratton, the Claremont Inn Bed, Breakfast and Winery boasts winter wines and holiday murder mysteries. Bring a taste of Colorado to the table with this mulled wine recipe from Cottonwood Cellars in Olathe:  1 bottle Lemberger wine, 10 oz water, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 oz mulling spices w/out sugar tied in cheesecloth to a cork, 1 small orange covered with whole cloves, ½ cup brown sugar, 2 prunes. Place everything but the wine in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, pour into a crock put and put on low (don’t let it boil), add Lemberger and serve.
Hunter’s Wish List 
Plentiful small game, large-game, the world’s biggest elk-heard and lengthy hunting seasons ensure Colorado is at the top of any hunter’s list. Support their pursuit with Colorado-made hunting gear from Karifu, offering everything from tipi’s to parkas and packs; or, consider keeping your hunter well-sheltered with handmade tents from Denver Tents. Excite the adventurer with gift certificates for hunting classes from Colorado Parks and Wildlife or from outfitters like Newman Adventures. For bird hunters, give a pheasant hunt and trip to Longmeadow Event Center or an executive hunting weekend at Platte River Fort.
Colorado fishingAngler’s Catch
From Gold Medal Waters to remote mountain streams, anglers keep Colorado at the top of their bucket list. The fishermen on your list are sure to appreciate a Colorado-custom-made Bamboo fishing rod from South Creek Limited, or hand-tied flies from Jakes Fly Ties. Consider an adventurous ice-fishing excursion at lakes across Colorado or make Majestic 7Dude Ranch your destination for holiday fishing.
For the Body, For the Soul
Pamper your loved ones with a delightful new scent from DRAM Apothecary, handcrafted soaps (or soap-making classes) from Caramel Apple Farm, a beautifully packaged gift set from Dirty Water Soaps Works, Lavender Hydrosol from Dayspring Farm, or soy wax Magic Fairy Candles. Or, as part of a Colorado-cation, give the gift of luxurious spa treatments, a soak in natural hot springs or a solo retreat to Crestone’s Mountain Zen Center.
For the Love of Fiber
Whether it’s a class from Table Rock Llamas, yarn from the Yarn Outlet, Dom wool hats from Icebox Knitting or mittens from Edelweiss Alpacas, Colorado fiber is a warming holiday gift. For milling services or freshly spun yarn, try Yampa Valley FiberworksPleasant Journey Alpacas offers everything from yarn to loom rugs to felted scarves, while wearable art from Wild Hair Alpacas is a sure favorite with fiber lovers.
Winter Harvest
If Colorado holds a special place in the hearts of you and your loved ones, keep the memory alive or entice future travels with a Colorado-made gift basket. For easily shippable gifts guaranteed fresh and made with love, opt for juices, jams and cider from Delicious Orchards, honey from Honeyville, cheese from Jumpin’ Goat Dairy, bean-to-bar chocolate from Nuance Chocolate,  cantaloupe salsa from Scaff Brother’s in La Junta, and Pine Syrup from DRAM Apothocary
Llama Pack Trip
Make It Festive
Let the deep green, pine-scented needles of ponderosa, fir and juniper grace your doorway in a wreathe from Llama Pack Farms in Masonville. For a fresh take on tradition, order the White Elegance Holiday Wreath, packed full of lavender from Sage Creations Organic Farm. At the Covered Bridge Farm in Montrose you can create and decorate your own wreath. If you’re in Colorado, consider harvesting your tree on a historic train ride into the wilderness on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, where you can cut the pine of your choosing and bring it home via the train.
Hand Crafted Pleasures           
For those with a deep appreciation for unique and thoughtful goods crafted by hand, a sled from Mountain Boy Sledworks will provide winter adventures with a craftsman’s touch. Gifts from the M12 Collective reflect the distinctive artistic talent of the Centennial State, while quilts from Mennonite communities celebrate a well-honed craft. Lotions from Lily Farm Fresh and Colorado Aromatics, and Vital Living Lip Shitz Balm are all hand-made pleasures. Craft your own herbal ornaments at gifts at Three Leaf Farm’s Natural Yuletide workshop.
From interactive adventures to quality-crafted souvenirs, Colorado’s wide array of unique offerings ensures every present given and received is meaningful. Make gift-giving an enjoyable experience this season with Colorado-inspired gifts and create a holiday tradition and memories for years to come.

Holidays in Denver

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Denver Black Friday Deals + Gift Card Bonus Offers

There are a few of my favorite things about Black Friday that excite me the most – Starting early in the morning by meeting my mom and sister at Starbucks (I will be trying one of their new drinks this year!) We are also certain to get lunch before we part ways – it feels like a full day by the time we hit lunch – this year, like Oprah, I love TRUFF! Oprah’s list of favorites is out. Truff is back on the list and I’m excited that I can eat it on Noodles & Co’s TRUFF Mac. The dish is creamy Wisconsin Mac & Cheese drizzled with TRUFF’s Signature Hot Sauce – a blend of chili peppers, agave nectar, real black truffles and savory spices. And it is…my new favorite. Yeah, me and Oprah we both get it (with a little help from our friends at Noodles & Co).

Christmas in Color. The days of driving around the neighborhood hoping that you would wander into a neighborhood that has a lot of lights are gone. Now you can do the best drive-through in town! Christmas in Color has TWO locations in the Denver area – Bandimere as well as WaterWorld where you can be guaranteed to see lots of great lights from the warmth of your own car! Plus, we have a special readers discount. Use discount code MileHighMamas15 when you check out for your timed ticket.  

 GetOut Pass. Black Friday Sale on GetOutPass! NOW is the time to secure your GetOutPass so you can enjoy Denver’s best attractions like Elitch Gardens, Fat Cats, and Bandimere Speedway all year long for $85 off. The GetOutPass is a 12-month membership to Denver’s best attractions that can be paid for in a few ways, making it affordable for everyone. Use code MILEHIGHMAMAS at checkout.  Deal only good through November 26, 2021. 

Best Black Friday Deals. Black Friday deals are absolutely subjective. What is a good deal to you is what you need or for whom you are buying items! But the best deal is to stay well within your budget. Budget overall spend for the holidays. Divide that amount among all those you need to buy for – then, and only then, buy away, score a deal.

·         WalMart. Walmart has been offering Black Friday style deals for weeks already – but there are still great Black Friday Deals! If you are in the market for an iPhone you get a bonus Walmart Gift Card if you get your phone at Walmart. Magic Bullet is just $15. Kids Huffy bikes are just $48 shipped. 9’ Inflatables are just $25. Mini Trampoline $29. Hoverboard is on sale for $79 (normally $118). Tons of Video Games from $14 each. Mini Fridge for just $25. PowerXL 12qt Air Fryer $69 (normally $149). 70” (Walmart Brand) Smart TV just $398 (normally up to $700). Armor Car Care Kit $19.88. iRobot Roomba is just $349 (normally $600).

·         Target. Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine Bundle just $149 (regularly $329). Beauty Holiday Gift sets are 30% off. KitchenAid 5-qt Sand mixer half off at just $219.99. Shark Steam mop just $59.99 (normally $110). Jetson Sync Sount Hoverboard just $99.99 (normally $160). Up to 60% off Video Games. Buy one get one half off toys. Get Headphones from Beats, Bose & more for up to 50% off and wearable tech for up to 30% off (Theragun, Fitbit and more).

·         Best Buy. There are a ton of TV deals depending on the size you want. Savings range from $900 for the Samsung 75 inch to $200 off the Sony 55 inch. Apple MacBook Pro 13” is just $1299 (saving you $500) and Microsoft Surface Laptop GO for $699.99 (saving $200). Apple AirPods with charging case are just $149.99 (saving $50) and Beats for $169.99. Snap up an Air Fryer Bella Pro Series 4.2 for just $29.99.

·         Ulta. Get a free plush robe or throw with any $60 perfume purchase. Through Nov 27th, get $3.50 off $15 or more when you use coupon in the ad. Top brand mascaras are just $10 each. Morphe palettes just $13. Clinique concealer is 50% off when you purchase Clinique Foundation. It’s a 10 Hair Treatments (my daughter loves these) are 50% off. Select Hot Tools for hair are only $49.99 (normally $79.99 -$99.99).

·         Kohl’s. Some of the best deals we could find are Cuddl Duds Sheets just $14.86. Ninja Foodi Air Fryer just $140 – plus, you get a $30 Kohl’s Cash. Women’s Sweaters just $8.49. Carter’s Baby Bodysuits 5-pack just $7 each. Sonoma Goods Bath Towels just $4.66. Tek Gear Fleece separates are just $8.49. Shark WiFi Robotic Vacuum just $152.99 + $45 Koh’s Cash. Plus, you can get your matching family pajamas for as little as $9 each.

·         Lowe’s. Best deals include Christmas Inflatables for just $24.98. Werner Step Ladder for just $24.98 (regularly $54). BOGO tools – Dewalt, Kobalt & more. Poinsettas 1qt potted 2 for just $3.

·         Dick’s Sporting Goods. Ping-pong table $299.98 (normally $599.99); 14’ Trampoline $249.99 saving approximately $100. Field & Stream Cozy Cabin Socks, gloves and blankest are BOGO. NCAA Hoodies (my son loves these) just $21.98 (normally $30-40). Theragun as low as $99, a savings of $50.

·         Petco. Available NOW. When you purchase $50 ore more online (and choose in-store or curbside pickup) get 20% off and certain select items are $20 off purchase of $100 or more. Marry Makings toys are BOGO, Holiday clothes, bed and more are 50% off and treats (for both cats and dogs) are 50% off.

 Gift Card Bonus Offers. Maybe you already have a gift card in mind for someone you are shopping for. There are often some great bonus offers you can take advantage of. Most of these cards are on restaurants. And read the redemption rules when you purchase each.

·         Taco Bell. Buy a $25 gift card in store and get a free combo meal at time of purchase.

·         Applebee’s. Buy $50 gift cards receive a $10 bonus card.

·         Auntie Anne’s. Buy $25 in gift cards get a free $5 eReward (in app)

·         BJ’s Restaurant. Get a $25 bonus card and 20% off VIP card when you purchase $100 eGift Cards. Or get $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

·         Bonefish Grill. Get an eBonus card via email when you buy $50 or more in gift cards in one transaction.

·         Brio Italian Grille. Get $10 eReward card with the purchase of $50 gift cards.

·         Carrabba’s. Buy $50 in gift cards get $10 reward.

·         The Children’s Place and Gymboree. By on online gift card of $50, $75, or $100 get gift coupon for $10, $15 or $20 respectively.

·         Chili’s. Buy $50 in gift cards get an eBonus card worth $10.

·         Cinemark (movies). Buy $25 get a bonus $5 coupon for concessions.

·         Duluth Trading. Buy $50 in eGift Cards get $10 bonus card.

·         DSW. Buy a $50 or $100 gift card get a bonus $10 or $25 respectively.

·         Firehouse Subs. Purchase $25 or more get a promo code for a free sub through the app.

·         Flower Child. Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 eGift card.

·         Landry’s. Buy $50 gift cards get $10 reward; buy $100 gift cards get $20 reward; buy $250 gift cards get a $50 reward card.

·         Old Chicago. Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 bonus ecard.

·         Outback Steakhouse. Get a $10 off coupon.

·         Pappadeaux. Buy a $50 gift card get a $10 eBonus card.

·         Red Lobster. Buy $50 gift card get a $10 off purchase of two adult dinner entrees.

·         Red Robin. Buy a $25 gift card get a $5 bonus or $50 in gift cards equals $10 bonus.

·         Schlotzsky’s. Buy $25 in gift cards get a $5 eReward code.

·         Torchy’s Tacos. Buy $25 in gift cards get $5.

·         True Food Kitchen. Purchase $10 gift cards get a $20 bonus card.

 FREE Impart Digital Books. I created an Impart book for my nephew before he shipped out to the Navy. It was great fun (and really easy) for everyone to put in their words of wisdom or a cute photo into a keepsake he could take with. But now delays and global supply chain issues or distances from loved ones doesn’t have to ruin your (or their) Christmas! Impart recognizes being around family and loved ones at the holidays is important – so now you can anyone can use Impart’s site ( to create unlimited digital gift books for free! No cost, no USPS delays, and no supply chain issues, what’s not to love?

 The Nutcracker discount. The Colorado Conservatory of Dance will be performing The Nutcracker December 10-12, 17 (sensory-friendly performance), and 18-19 at the Performing Arts Complex. Ticket prices begin at $20. Save 10% on all tickets when you use the Promo Code: Mamas2021 at checkout. 

YMCA Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch Cyber Monday Special. Situated on 860 acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is a beautiful fall getaway for families looking to unplug and enjoy nature together.  Book online and receive 25% off a minimum 3 nights in a lodge room or pet-friendly private cabin at both YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch! More info:

Colorado’s Best Family Ski Vacation Guide 2021/22

Colorado family skiing is back! COVID restrictions have complicated many things (including last year’s ski season) but we’re happy for some sense of normalcy for planning your Colorado winter vacation! Scroll down for insider tips on Colorado’s best outdoor ice skating and sledding hills. 

Mile High Mamas is a top resource for planning your Colorado family ski trip. A few years ago, we launched the Colorado Family Ski Guide that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals. But we’ve taken it one step further! Click the hyperlink for each resort name below for more in-depth details including additional deals, at what ages kids ski free, lessons, family-friendly activities, area attractions for playtime off the slopes and more.

Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves include these Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top and Bottoms, Hestra Classic 3-Finger Snow Glove (also available in junior sizes), Minus33 Merino Wool Balaclava, and Obermeyer’s I-Grow Ski Jackets and Pants which provide a simple way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs of your child’s jackets and pants (our quickly-growing kids could wear them 2-3 seasons!) Columbia has a similar line of expandable winter jackets for kids. Nothing kills a good ski day like having a whining, cold child so be sure to have a bulk supply of hand warmers available (and you can even find rechargeable hand warmers that are like a portable pocket heater). 

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Colorado’s Best Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing for Families

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are our famiy’s favorite ways to explore! Many of Colorado’s backcountry and State and National Parks offer groomed trails and exciting terrain for snow sports, so pack your gear and use our guide to the best snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails for families in Colorado

Colorado Family Ski Vacation Guide

This is just the basic information you’ll need to get started for your Colorado family ski vacation. To give you a true taste of Colorado’s winter, follow our adventures as we visit area resorts this season in our ski section and look for the momreview button below for our fun insider tips and informative narratives. Book Colorado’s ski resorts early and online for the best rates! Note: Many of the resort childcare center openings are undetermined during COVID. Check with the resort website for the latest information. 

Colorado Family Ski Directory 2021/22

Resort Adult Kids Childcare Ski/Ride School Deals
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area $109 $79 (ages 15-18) $59 (ages 6-14); Kids 5 and under ski free every day. No. Kids class lessons start at $160 for half-day, $180 for full-day. Available for kids of all ability levels, age 3 and up. Check out their Snowsports and hot deals pages.
Aspen Highlands $174 $120; kids 6 and under ski free No on-site childcare  Ski and ride school for children ages 5-6 and 7-12. Rates start at $230.; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details:  (800) 290-1326


Aspen Mountain $174 $120; kids 6 and under ski free No on-site childcare Private children’s ski and snowboard lessons offered on Aspen Mountain. Rates start at $615 for a half-day.;

Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details:  (800) 290-1326

Beaver Creek Resort


$187*  $129*  Half-day $197; full-day $291) Starts at $235+
Breckenridge Ski Area


$175*  $144* On-site childcare starts at $140. Call for COVID updates.  Starting at $180.*


$174* $120; kids 6 and under ski free No on-site childcare  Starting at $230; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details:  (800) 290-1326
Crested Butte Mountain Resort


$123* Kids 4 and under ski free, Child (5-12): $71* There is a nursery for 2 months to 3 years old. See website for rates. Half-day lessons start at $154; full-day $199. deals. 
Cooper | Chicago Ridge


 $90  $70; kids 5 and under ski free See website for rates. Ages 7 and up $149   Deals offered at local rental shops, lodges, and grocery stores. Best deals are at
Copper Mountain Resort $159* Starting at $109. Children 5 and under ski/ride for free. See website for updated rates. Starting at $254. Pre-purchase most lessons online and save 20%! Purchase your tickets at and save up to 53% on window prices. You’ll also find lodging steals and vacation packages. 
Eldora Mountain Resort


TBD TBD No on-site childcare Group lesson starts at TBD 
Keystone Resort


 $146* $85*  Starts at $160 for half-day; $250 for full-day  Pricing starts at $189
Loveland Ski Area


$89 $35 – peak child (6-14) rate. Children 5 & under are free Childcare is TBD for 2021/22. Full-day lesson with lunch and lift ticket is $149. for discount lift tickets.
m for Ski & Stay.

4 lift tickets for just $199.

Monarch Mountain


$89 Teen (13-15) $59, Junior (7-12) $37, Children under 6, Free The Children’s Center Rates: $50 half-day; $90 all-day Starting at $140. Monarch ski packages with lodging participants.


Powderhorn Mountain Resort $84 Youth (13-17) $74; Junior (7-12) $34; Child ( & Under) $19 No on-site childcare Half-day starts at $99; full day at $149.
Purgatory Resort $83 Teen (11-17) $75;  Children 12 & under FREE The Den offers childcare for children 8 weeks to 5 years old. Rates from $70.  A variety of programs are available for kids ages 4+; rates from $99 for half-day. Full-day $199.   Purgatory Resort’s website features deals on lodging packages that include discounts on lift tickets.
Ski Granby Ranch $119 $70. Kids 5 and under ski free No on-site childcare. Starting at $189.


$174 $120 The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center. Rates start at $174. Offered for kids ages 2-4, 5-6 and 7-12. Rates start at $230 for full day.; Kids Ski Free program for kids ages 7-12. Details:  (800) 290-1326
Steamboat Ski Area


$225* Child (ages 5-12): $155*.  Kids’ Vacation Center for ages 1-6: full-day $149. Kids’ Vacation Center lessons start at age 3. Prices start at $239 with advanced online purchase. or call 800-922-2722
Sunlight Mountain Resort



$67* $40; 5 and under ski free No. Half-day group lesson $125; full-day with lunch $180. Includes equipment, lift ticket and lesson.  Kids 12 and under ski free. Affordable Ski, Swim Stay Packages with Glenwood Hot Springs.

Telluride Ski Resort $195* $106* (ages 6-12); Kids 5 and under ski free  For infants and toddlers, half-day is $110 and a full-day is $150. Ski/Ride school starts at $105; Cubs Ski Lessons (ages 2 1/2 to 4) starts at $225.
Vail  $187* $129. Kids ages 4 and under ski free.  Small World Nursery offers daycare for children 2 months-6 years. The nursery will not open 2021-22. The Vail Ski & Snowboard School lessons start at $197 for half-day; full-day is $291.  Visit and purchase tickets 7 days in advance for best prices.
Winter Park Resort


$163* $108. Kids 4 and under ski free. Childcare for kids 2 months to 6 years.  See website for COVID restrictions.  Half-day starts at $139. Call Winter Park Central Reservations for latest deals and special promos.  800-729-7907.
Wolf Creek Ski Area  $82 $41. Kids 5 and under $6 No Starting at $110. Visit

Colorado’s Best Outdoor Skating

Sharpen those blades of glory: Colorado’s outdoor ice-skating rinks are open. Some rinks are cozy and family-oriented, like Lakewood’s Rink at Belmar where a couple of long glides can take a skater halfway around the ice. Go to larger rinks, like Keystone’s frozen lake, to find enough room to play hockey or twirl like a Disney on Ice star. Pro tip: Skate rentals can be pricy; you can usually find reasonably-priced skates at your local thrift store. Colorado’s Best Outdoor Skatingbest skating Colorado

Best Places to Sled in Colorado

 Nothing says quality social distancing like tubing down a steep hill. This year when the snow flies, consider seeking out a sled at one of these locations for some old-fashioned fun. There are a myriad of sledding hills–some public, some secret. Here are a handful of favorite sports. Some offer sled rentals: others are BYOS. Don’t miss the best sledding hills all over Colorado. If you’re looking for Denver’s best sledding, check-out the 11 best places to go sledding in Denver, Boulder and Beyond.

*Note: Mountain resort information and prices are subject to change and most resorts offer discounted rates if you purchase online seven days in advance. Many resorts do not publish a set lift ticket price. When compiling our list, we used the date Saturday, January 8, 2022 as our base to compare prices. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy. 

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Rowan is an ear-piercing and hypoallergenic jewelry brand that believes in “Piercing for All” and they just touched down in Denver. 

Denver Ear Piercing Studio

As you know, every mom wants only the best for her kids. So did Rowan founder—Louisa Serene Schneider. But when it came to ear piercings, it was either an impersonal experience at the mall or a scary experience at the doctor’s. 

In the business world too, Louisa saw how products and services that were considered “girly” weren’t being invested in. And the ear-piercing industry hadn’t evolved in years. So, in the search of a fun, celebratory, and safe ear-piercing experience for everyone, Louisa founded Rowan.  And now you can experience the best ear piercing in Denver.Ear Piercing Denver

Rowan has reimagined the ear piercing experience and revolutionized the traditional mall-based model. All Rowan piercings are performed exclusively by licensed Nurses and all of their products are hypoallergenic.

Book an ear piercing appointment at the new Denver studio in Cherry Creek North.  Bring your kids, your friends, your family. When they say piercing for all, they mean it.  Everybody is invited to this ear party. 

Reasons to choose Rowan:

Piercing by nurses:

Hey Rowan Denver

All piercings are performed by licensed nurses for a warm experience in a safe environment. 

Hypoallergenic earrings: 

Rowan products don’t cause any irritation or allergic reactions. They are made with 14K solid gold (ethically sourced), Gold Vermeil (Thick coat of 14K gold over silver), and sterling silver. We only use the highest quality diamonds, cz’s, gemstones and pearls. 

From self-expression to self-celebration:

Rowan believes in celebrations! Every piercing is a milestone and every milestone in life can be celebrated with a piercing.

Book your ear piercing appointment at their Cherry Creek North studio here:


How to Have More Family Time, Less Screen Time Over the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and most families have some sort of technology on their wishlist this year. But the excitement and the stress of the holidays can result in the perfect storm of technology overload with new smartphones, tablets, and games.Manage holiday screen time

According to a study by Common Sense Media, the majority of parents (68%) feel their teens use their mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) too much.

So, how much screen time is too much? That is for you to decide but we’ve teamed up with Comcast for a two-part series to share tips for preventing digital holiday headaches (because we’ve all had them, right along with the Christmas Eve toy assembly late-nighters).

Schedule less screen time to maximize family time. 

Sit down with your kids and come to an agreement of how much daily screen time works with your schedule. Comcast’s Xfinity xFi lets you control your connected home with features like the xFi ’WiFi Pause feature allowing parents to not only set limits but also enforce rules. 

And here’s something amazing: you can set up to 30 screen time schedules per profile. 

So, when Grandma comes to visit or you need your kids’ help for a quick cleanup, all the devices your children use can be paused at the same time! And the great thing is that since you’ve previously set these time limits, you can have the peace of mind that they will be enforced even when you’re not at home. 

Protect the devices on your home network

Let’s face it: moms are busy during the holidays and sometimes when we’re doing that last-minute online shopping or gift wrapping, we need a distraction for Jimmy. This often means distracting him with a tablet or a smartphone and that’s why filters and limits are incredibly important during unsupervised times.

Xfinity SafetyIt’s also important to protect the home devices on your home network. When you get that beloved new tech toy for Christmas, protect your home WiFi network and the devices connected to it with Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, which monitors and blocks threats to your connected devices.

Not an online security expert? Most of us aren’t! Thankfully, xFi Advanced Security has a simple user interface and informs consumers of blocked threats and provides instructions on how to further secure impacted devices. 

Other Cool Things You Can Do With xFi 

 xFi is a personalized home Wi-Fi experience that gives you the fastest speeds, best coverage, and ultimate control of your devices and services in your

homes. Here are some cool things you can do:

  • Say “show me devices” into the X1 voice remote and see results on your TV.
  • See who’s most active on your home network and when.
  • Identify devices that are not working properly and receive tips to fix them.
  • The xFi experience can be controlled via a website, mobile app and the X1 voice remote.
  • See and control your home Wi-Fi network from anywhere using this cloud-based platform.

Want to learn more? Go to Xfinity Internet xFi for more information. 

Stay tuned for part 2 of our preventing digital headaches series where we talk about the cool technology that keeps your packages safe and how to easily share your WiFi password with holiday guests. 

In partnership with Mile High Mamas

Gretchen’s November Grabs: Cozy Chocolate Therapy, Blanket and Book Finds

November is the month of coziness. Being inside with a soft blanket, the perfect hot chocolate, a good movie (or all the Hallmark Christmas movies starting) or a good book. Call is hygge or whatever – November just calls for all the cozy.

The Most Amazing Hot Chocolate. There is nothing that says cool weather outside like an awesome mug of hot chocolate. One of my favorite little stores for the most amazing hot chocolate is in downtown Littleton, the Chocolate Therapist. Their original recipe hot chocolate is among the best I’ve had. You can order it online and have it at home for just $10.95. They also have a Mexican Spice Hot Chocolate which is quite tasty as well.
Ugg Blanket
Ugg Bliss Sherpa Blanket. To my daughter, Ugg boots may not be as big a deal as they once were. But we do fight over the Ugg blanket. It is super soft and plush. It feels like fuzzy fur – but is easily washable too. You can snag one that matches your décor at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Amazon
November TV. OK, OK. I totally admit that a good Saturday night is one that is spent watching a Hallmark Holiday movie. But there is more to November TV than those (although I’d still highly recommend almost anything that Hallmark puts on their screens this time of year). There is a new holiday movie that is Discovery+ and Food Network’s first in the scripted Holiday shows. Beyond that, I’m really excited about Yellowstone’s return.
What I’m reading. Can I admit that I honestly squealed out loud when I heard that Diana Gabaldon’s newest book, the continuance of the Outlander Series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel will be released on November 23? Can anyone guess what I will be doing on Thanksgiving weekend? Also, I am a sucker for most self-help books. I am loving Mel Robbins’ The High 5 Habit. Ladies, we need to remember to high five ourselves rather than just the people around us…and I’d high-five you if you grab a copy of this book!
What are your new finds? What shows, music, things are you loving right now?

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Awesome deals in Denver for Thanksgiving and Christmas

By scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram pages, I’m behind. Several of them have put up their Christmas Trees this last weekend. I usually wait until Thanksgiving weekend. This year will be no different – but I am already thinking Christmas Spirit. I am excited to be getting to experience some of the great holiday festivities in town this week! I will get to go check out DCPA’s Camp Christmas

McDonalds Egg McMuffin. The McDonalds Classic Egg McMuffin celebrates 50 years! On Thursday, November 18 during breakfast hours, when you download the offer on the app – you can celebrate too because the awesome breakfast is just $0.63!!

 Ibotta Thanksgiving. TBH, I’ve still not tried Ibotta – apparently as a deals gal, I’m totally missing out. Thanksgiving may be the occasion for me to try it. Thanks to Ibotta I can get a Thanksgiving meal for…FREE! You go onto their site and download the app, click free Thanksgiving (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, cornbread, cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, grayv mix, and 2 liter of soda), shop for the items on the list (at Walmart), scan your receipt then receive cash back. Sounds pretty simple.

Free Turkey at Safeway. Safeway is offering a free turkey this Thanksgiving. Spend $100 or more in one transaction you can get a free turkey up to 16 pounds or spend $150 or more in one transaction get a larger turkey (over 16 lbs). You will need to download the offer to your digital card. This offer is good through November 16. While you are there, grab the Extreme Value Deal (Nachos Snack Deal): Tortilla chips, Jennie-O Ground Turkey, Rosarita Refried or whole beans, Lucerne shredded Cheese and Made Fresh Salsa all for just $5 (saving $10.75). The Extreme Value Deals are usually good for 2 weeks.  

GetOut Pass. Black Friday Sale on GetOutPass! NOW is the time to secure your GetOutPass so you can enjoy Denver’s best attractions like Elitch Gardens, Fat Cats, and Bandimere Speedway all year long for $85 off. The GetOutPass is a 12-month membership to Denver’s best attractions that can be paid for in a few ways, making it affordable for everyone. Use code MILEHIGHMAMAS at checkout.  Deal last from October 15-November 26, 2021. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town. We have compiled a giant list of all the places you can go to visit Santa and have some festive fun. Visit here.

 FREE Impart Digital Books. I created an Impart book for my nephew before he shipped out to the Navy. It was great fun (and really easy) for everyone to put in their words of wisdom or a cute photo into a keepsake he could take with. But now delays and global supply chain issues or distances from loved ones doesn’t have to ruin your (or their) Christmas! Impart recognizes being around family and loved ones at the holidays is important – so now you can anyone can use Impart’s site to create unlimited digital gift books for free! No cost, no USPS delays, and no supply chain issues, what’s not to love?

 FREE Chick Fil A Shake. Visit with a cute little animated short by Chick Fil A. When the show is done mix up a virtual shake for yourself…and you are sent a coupon for a real one for yourself and one to send to a friend. Two Peppermint Chip Milkshakes for FREE! And I’ll be honest here, I had one and they are DELICIOUS!

Hello Fresh. I recently started trying Hello Fresh. I like that at least a couple days of the week I don’t have to think too hard about putting a well-balanced meal on the table and I don’t have to tax my brain or go to the store one more time for that forgotten ingredient. I was offered a coupon for $110 off my first several orders (the $110 is spread among them). But to save a little money and lots of time I have enjoyed not having to think too much about it. 

The Nutcracker Discount. The Colorado Conservatory of Dance will be performing The Nutcracker December 10-12, 17 (sensory-friendly performance), and 18-19 at the Performing Arts Complex. Ticket prices begin at $20. Save 10% on all tickets when you use the Promo Code: Mamas2021 at checkout. 

Family Series Opera: L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel. Boulder Opera brings the enchanting L’enfant et les sortilèges. The story is about a lazy child who has been grounded. Ordered to stay in his room until dinner time, he takes out his anger on the animals and objects around him. He knocks over a tea service, torments a squirrel and a cat, tears up the tapestry and then his books. Suddenly, as if by magic, these innocent victims come to life and decide to get their revenge. Two great discounts to use: discount code for families when they buy 4 tickets – use code FAMILY for $100 off a 4 pack (expires November 30) or 10% off individual tickets (expires Dec 4) when you use code: Opera4kids. Ticket link:

YMCA Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch Cyber Monday Special. Situated on 860 acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is a beautiful fall getaway for families looking to unplug and enjoy nature together.  Book online and receive 25% off a minimum 3 nights in a lodge room or pet-friendly private cabin at both YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch! More info:

Black Friday Deals. Many stores including Walmart, Target, Amazon and more are already offering Black Friday deals – but the REAL deal will be next week. Be on the lookout for our roundup of some of the best deals.

 Ski Season Ski areas are opening up for the season. Several are open already – but if you don’t have a pass yet – hustle up! Final sell day for most season ski passes is right around Thanksgiving. Now is also the time to get the Vail Resorts the Epic School Kids Pass. This allows kids K-5th grade four days at EACH of their Colorado Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte). Plus, a beginner ski lesson and rental equipment on that day! Details can be found here or the Colorado Ski Country’s Passport which allows 4th, 5th and 6th graders to get 4 days of skiing at each of the 21 member ski areas for just $59. Details can be found here

7 Best Christmas tree farms in Denver

Sure, you can run down to your local hardware or grocery store to buy an artificial or real Christmas tree…but why not make your experience more memorable? The Denver area has a great selection of Christmas tree farms, a few with darling gift shops, holiday goodies, photo opps and Santa himself!Colorado Flag Ornament

And if you’re looking for something memorable to decorate that tree, check out these darling Colorado ornaments which make perfect gifts for yourself and someone else. We especially love darling Prezzy Colorado State Travel Souvenir Ornament or if you like to keep it simple, this Colorado Flag Snowflake Metal Christmas Ornament.

MORE HOLIDAY FUN IN DENVER! Don’t miss your Ultimate Guide to the Holidays in Denver. If you’re lucky, we’ll have a white Christmas so don’t miss our Ultimate guide to outdoor skating in Colorado and 30 places to go sledding in Colorado. And if you need some inspiration with your shopping, check-out Denver’s best holiday markets and craft fairs.

Christmas Tree Farms in Denver

Evergreen Red Barn Christmas

27826 Alabraska Ln, Evergreen, Colo.

Denver Christmas tree farm

(Evergreen Red Barn)

Looking for a throwback to Christmases of yesteryear? Visit the Evergreen Red Barn for a unique Christmas experience with Christmas trees, live music, local vendors, and kids activities, will help make memories your family will never forget! The Deck the Halls Gift Shoppe is the perfect place to buy unique Christmas gifts handmade by local Colorado vendors (open on select weekends). Visit the Saint Nicholas Workshop where kids can make an ornament or handmade craft, gather Round the Tree Storytime,  capture Olde Time Photos, enjoy a sweet at the Wonderland Snack Shoppe or roast a s’more.

Neighborhood Christmas Tree Company

3755 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

These premium Christmas Tree lots have all the classic elements of an old-time tree lot complete with a vintage trailer, good lighting, photo ops, friendly staff, free hot cocoa, music, and the freshest Christmas Trees in Denver. Fresh trees arrive weekly, ensuring that yours will be as fresh as possible with a wie variety of hard-to-find large trees including Noble fir, Fraser fir, Nordman fir, Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Grand fir, Fraser/Balsam Cross Fir, Black Hills Spruce, Scotch pine, and White pine.

Jolly Christmas Trees

The Shops at Northfield, 8340 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

 It all started in 2015 with two brothers, two locations and one daughter. Since then, they have grown to three locations, two kids, and 40 acres that is being developed for their future “Experience Lot.” Experience the joys and memories of buying a real Christmas tree with your friends and family at the Towncenter at Aurora and at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton. /

Tree farm Denver

Tree Town Wonderland

Daniel L. Schaefer Athletic Complex, 3604 S Kipling St, Denver, CO 80235

The 2-acre Tree Town Wonderland offers compliemntary hot cocoa, warm cide and cookies, Sant Claus, Mrs. Claus STorytime, live reidndeer, letters to Santa mailbox and more. In addition to the selection of Douglas Fir, Frazier Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine and more, Tree Town is located at Putter’s Pride Mini Golf  so also enjoy 54 holes of dragons, windmills and pond adventures.

Santas Best Christmas Trees 

East 29th Avenue Town Center and Cherry Creek Locations
Santa’s Best Trees not only brings joy but also supports Calvary Temple Church And Sense of Security. Located on the east side of University Boulevard, you’ll find premium Christmas trees including Frzser Fir and Scotch Pine between 3-18 feet tall. www.santasbesttrees.comReindeer Ranch Christmas Trees

Reindeer Ranch Christmas Trees

510 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246

At Reindeer Ranch, you’ll find a whole lot of Christmas trees and also a whole of lot darling handmade products made of recyled trees. Log reindeer, snowmen, fresh wreaths and so much more.

A Tree Land Christmas Tree

Three locations in Denver, Sheridan and Parker

One of Denver’s largest lots with over 10,000 trees to choose from. Make picking out a Christmas Tree a cherished famiy tradition!

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Win a birthday party at the incredible new Airhouse Adventure Park (a $300 value!)

If you’ve visited the Aurora Town Center mall recently, I’m sure you’ve seen Fieldhouse, the enormous indoor sports complex on the Northside of the mall. Inside FieldhouseUSA, the sprawling indoor hard court sports complex is Airhouse Adventure Park, an indoor play space featuring a high ropes course, 4-person gyro sphere, zipline roller coaster, interactive trampoline attractions, arcade and extreme dodge ball court.

And Mile High Mamas is giving YOU the chance to win a birthday party for 10 people!!


About Airhouse Adventure Park in Aurora

You will be utterly blown away by how clean, well-lit, and spacious Airhouse Adventure Park is – along with the myriad of activities and things to do. This would be a dream location for any active child or teen’s birthday party! Airhouse offers birthday packages for groups from 10 -20. Included in the price of the birthday package is a private party corral, pizza, drinks, $5 arcade passes for all your guests and special gifts for your guests. In addition to the 10-20 wristbands for party attendees, you also receive parent wristbands for observers who wish to stay and watch the fun. It’s truly a hassle-free amazing party for both kids and parents!Aurora Birthday Party

You will immediately want to tackle the ropes course as you see it towering overhead when you enter the park. The course ends at the zip zag coaster which flies you around the entire park suspended from the track. You literally feel like you are flying! Both the ropes course and zipline require you to wear closed-toed shoes to participate and be at least 48” tall. After you conquer those, you can slide on your Airhouse jump socks to enjoy the 11 other attractions throughout the park.

If you need to take a quick break from the action you can enjoy an ICEE or chicken tenders at Grubhouse the in-house café. They also have pizza by the slice, sandwiches, hot dogs, and other snacks to recharge with.

Denver Fun for Younger Kids

For the younger kiddos, Airhouse has a giant Soft Play area that is three levels of safe fun for kids 48” and under. Denver birthday partyThey can jump, slide, and explore in this gated area and the best part is the soft play pass is only $8.  The arcade will also be mesmerizing to your younger kiddos with a variety of games geared to all age groups. Cash those tickets in for some of the best arcade prizes we have seen in a long time.

Exclusive Denver Birthday Party Deal

The cost for an Airhouse party is $300 for 10 kiddos – a great deal considering the Airhouse team handles all set-up and clean-up and you never have to worry about cleaning your house or the weather canceling your fun.  They are currently running a promotion of $75 off a birthday or event.  Code is MHMBDAY75.  The promotion ends Dec. 31st and spots on the weekends fill up fast so book now!

With cold weather around the corner, Airhouse is a fantastic indoor play park where kids can run, climb and play is essential to get them out of the house and burn off some energy. We are so glad there are places like Airhouse where kids can do their thing, learn new skills, and conquer physical challenges.Denver birthday fun


If you haven’t been to Airhouse yet, you can check it out with a $20 general admission pass for an hour, or $30 for two hours. What a great way to spend a cold or rainy day indoors being active and having fun!


Win a 10-person birthday party/event.  Bring 10 of your friends and enjoy the park in your own private corral with pizza, drinks and arcade passes provided. Retail = $300 value, even with the discount promo it’s $225 in value. ENTER HERE! Deadline: December 25, 2021.