Looking for a great Colorado date option? If it's winter, you're in luck. Snowshoeing makes for the perfect date experience in the Centennial State. Here are a few reasons why.
1. There's not much of a learning curve.
In most cases, snowshoeing is just about as simple as outdoor recreation can get. It's a slightly more complicated version of hiking. This means that most people will be able to enjoy the activity without having to master it. This quality alone makes it a much better date option than something like skiing, where skill disparity will likely leave one person frustrated and the other bored. Just stay on designated snowshoe trails and be aware of possible avalanche conditions.
2. The gear is affordable.
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While most outdoor recreation activities have a pricy buy-in, you can hit the snowshoe trail for less than $200 if you're looking to purchase all new gear. One great option is the MSR EVO Snowshoe Kit, which will give you a high quality product that's also conveniently packaged for on-the-go use. Gear can also be rented from places like REI for a fraction of the cost if you'd like to try before you buy.
Don't stop at the snowshoes though. If you're headed out in the cold Colorado winter, you'll want to make sure that you've also got the right type of clothing and footwear. I typically rock whatever I'd wear skiing, opting for my Danner Raptor 650s to cover my toes instead of ski boots. They're extremely warm boots that are sure to keep your feet dry. Some people also choose to use waterproof boot gaiters to keep the snow even further from their feet.
3. Snowshoeing is extremely peaceful.
Did you know that snow actually dampens sound? Skip the noisy restaurant for date night and pick snowshoeing instead to find a beautiful atmosphere that's actually quiet enough to enable real conversation.
4. You'll see some beautiful sights.
When snow starts falling around Colorado, it has a tendency to completely transform the landscape. Summer hikes will look completely different and summit views will give you an entirely new perspective. Pick your favorite beginner to moderate level trail and give it a try on snowshoes. You probably won't be disappointed.
5. You'll miss the crowds.
Most trails become quite empty come colder weather. Snowshoeing is one great activity that lets you take advantage of this. Even relatively popular destinations will have you feeling like you're the only on there – especially if you hit the trail in the morning.