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Could a new ski area open in Southern Colorado this year?

An old ski lift at Southern Colorado’s Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park could start running again by summer, making lift-served mountain biking, downhill skiing and more possible. The original Cuchara ski area, about 30 miles southwest of Walsenburg, first opened in the early 1980s. During the following decades, six different operators tried and failed to make a go of it. Due to unreliable snowfall and other factors, it closed for good in 2001.  Huerfano County bought the defunct base facilities, acreage and one chairlift in 2017 using donated funds. The county and its partners got to work on a master plan with the goal of turning it into a public park.   The park is roughly 50 acres, mostly at the base of the old ski resort.  Volunteers ...

10 Best Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing Trails for Kids in Colorado

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. Explorations in the mountains shouldn’t be limited to summertime and snowshoeing is one of our 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.  Don’t own your own snowshoes? Kids snowshoes are a great ROI; I was able to sell ours after my kids outgrew them for almost the same price I bought them! Yukon Snow-Bash makes great kids snowshoes and these affordable SNO Stompers make...

Spring Break in Denver 2021: Best 100+ Activities

The countdown is on for Spring Break 2021 and even during a pandemic, there are still opportunities to play safely! Whether you want to hunker down indoors, get outside or explore something new, we have you covered with these fabulous Spring Break offerings, categorized by geographic area. COVID restrictions are in place and many attractions require reservations so always check prior to visiting. Don’t miss: Family Vacation: Your Guide to Spring Break in Colorado 2020 15 Affordable Family Spring Break Adventures in Colorado Denver Free Days 2021 20 Best Places to Go Sledding in Colorado Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Skating in Colorado WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN COLORADO FOR SPRING BREAK? CENTRAL DENVER Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.  The 46,902 square foot building is located...

Sun Valley Winter Travel Guide for Families

My family soaked it all in: The twinkling lights on the trees, the thick layer of snow juxtaposed against the pastel lights of the sky and the luxurious heated pool. The clocktower chimed every 15 minutes, our only reminder that time here was quantified. Sure, we were in a pandemic, but after nearly 10 months of social distancing, we felt like we were finally living.   If you could safely take a road trip to one destination in 2021, where would you go? I was asked this question when Chevy reached out to see if I’d like to test-drive their 2021 Chevy Tahoe, the best-selling full-size SUV in the United States for 19 consecutive years. It took me five seconds to respond: Sun Valley, Idaho, America’s oldest ski resort and purveyor of the sun (250 days of it, to be exact). This playgr...

Don’t miss this beautiful portrayal of the toll and rewards of motherhood

You don’t have to be a skier or a single mom to deeply feel all the feelings of Arc’teryx’s 13-minute film: Motherhood.  It is often said that the hardest part of any adventure is getting out the door. Planning and packing are tedious and time-consuming. But the moment you cross over the threshold from the distractions of the real world to the freedom of the hills, everything seems to just fall into place. (Said no mother ever.)   Follow professional skiers and mothers Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway as they carry the load of loss, life changing events, and the love of their children into the mountains where they find the moments of peace, growth and healing that help them carry on.

Learn how to safely explore Colorado’s backcountry with your family

With all the uncertainty of COVID (and if Colorado’s resorts will remain open), why not head into the backcountry with your family? Of course, safety is of the utmost importance and we’re very fortunate to have these awesome companies that are teaching us how to be confident in our ability to use our equipment safely and competently by seeking education and training.  2021 Family Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies, February 12-15, 2021: Include the whole family for special sessions on winter survival and backcountry skiing, and keynote presentations by Chelsea Murphy about what it means to be a Black mother with a passion for adventuring in the outdoors, and Len Necefer, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, who will discuss the hi...

Want to take a family vacation to Sun Valley or Snowbasin?

New for the 2020/21 season, your Vail Resorts Epic Pass takes you even further. Denver families can take a road trip to explore one of Utah’s best-kept secrets with Snowbasin and the birthplace of North American destination skiing in Sun Valley. Snowbasin Snowbasin Resort is a perennial top ten for SKI magazine in categories like dining, service, lifts and grooming. Here’s how that translates: Snowbasin takes care of everything it can control, and Mother Nature does the rest. Snowbasin Resort is under an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, but is also about 30 minutes from the historic and vibrant Ogden metropolitan area. This is a city with farm-to-table dining, great performing arts and museums, as well as a fervent love for outdoor recreation. It’s stunning to re...

Guide to Skiing Colorado in 2020/21: Updates, tips and COVID precautions for a memorable family vacation

As snow blankets Colorado’s high-country, Vail Resorts and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas are excited to welcome guests back to the slopes for the 2020-21 winter season. While many things in our lives are different, what guests have come to love about skiing and snowboarding will be refreshingly the same this season. The fresh, crisp mountain air and stunning scenery as well as the world-class terrain and world-class guest service Colorado is known for will be ready for guests to enjoy on a pair of skis or snowboard this winter. Over the summer and fall, Colorado’s ski areas have been tirelessly working with local and state officials to prepare for the 2020-21 winter season.  Guests should visit ski area websites, social media and other channels to ensure the...

Deals: Mulay’s Sausage, Shiki Dreams Pop-up Art & More

I thought TicTok was a kid’s thing. But I recently discovered how completely wrong I was to think that. It is a complete nonsense fun and great way to connect with your teenagers. Parents trying to do the complicated dance moves – elicits lots of laughter in our house! Have you tried it yet?    Shiki Dreams Pop-up Art. Continuing the world of Natura Obscura, Shiki Dreams is an intimate exploration of the heart, mind and home of our yeti, Shiki. Spanning 1,400 square feet, you will embark on a magical adventure that will enchant and delight your eyes, ears, mind, and heart! Bring your family and get captivated by Shiki Dreams! You can read more about the experience here. They are currently accepting small groups of 6 per time slot in addition to other safety measures. Deal: F...

Deals: Barbie Truck, Chipotle Fun and More

Welp, this Labor Day weekend will be much like our lives since mid-March – different. But some things stay the same. Labor Day weekend means my family means we are turning our heads toward fall – from getting our new school items to thinking about ski season. Consignment Sales. Once again, MileHighMamas is proud to bring you a comprehensive list of consignment sales for great kid’s clothes finds! Check out our list here. The next sale will be Just Between Friends of Douglas County September 17-20.  Barbie Truck. The hot pink Barbie Truck rolls into Park Meadows on Saturday, September 5. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to pick up some retro-inspired merchandise and treats!  Noodles & Company. Enjoying the noodles you love from the comfort of yo...

Vail Resorts is saving the ski season with their new operational plan!

My family has been Vail Resorts season pass holders for the past few years and the 2020-21 season has caused us to press pause on committing with all of the uncertainty with COVID-19. However, Vail Resorts just announced their winter operation plans and opening dates at all of their resorts (including their Colorado resorts Crested Butte, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge). They’re focused on three things: the safety of their guests, employees and communities; having a successful season start to finish; and prioritizing their pass holders. A few highlights: Guests will be required to wear face coverings to get on the mountain and in all parts of resort operations, including in lift lines and riding in lifts and gondolas.  To maintain physical distancin...

Ski season is ON at Vail Resorts for 2020-21!

With so much uncertainty in the world due to COVID, many of us have been bracing ourselves for disappointment after disappointment. The good news, my Snowmamas, is Ski Season 2020-21 has not been canceled! Kudos to Vail Resorts for methodically and carefully rolling out a season that may not look like the rest but my gosh, it’s still a season and we can’t wait to visit Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek. Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz released the details of the Vail Resorts 2021-21 winter operating plan today: Face Coverings  As we have all summer, we will be requiring guests to wear face coverings in every part of our operations, which includes loading and riding in chairlifts and gondolas; when inside all buildings;&nbs...