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Go Ahead: Rain On My Parade

What To Do on Your Rocky Mountain Vacation When the Weather Won’t Cooperate


Bad weather – or bad conditions – can provide an opportunity for indoor activities you rarely have time for.



“Bluebird Skies.”
“300 Days of Sunshine!”

These are some of the things Coloradoans like to say about our weather. And while it’s true, we are very fortunate when it comes to sunshine, we’re not perfect. You probably booked your airline tickets and requested vacation time off months in advance – counting on snow in January or golden leaf-peeping in September or warm June bike rides.

But, bragging aside, we DO have bad weather from time to time. Beyond that, even when it’s sunny, there are times when conditions may not be right for the vacation activities you have planned. Perhaps the trails are too muddy to mountain bike or it’s too drizzly to see much on your scenic drive. Or the fabulous warm spring skiing you came to town for is actually too…well warm, and now the snowy ski slopes are more like cake batter.

What to do? Cancel the trip? Resign yourself to vacation failure? Never fear! In a place as fun-focused as Summit County, you have lots of options to turn bad weather or bad conditions into opportunities to try something you “don’t have time for in real life!”

Silverthorne Rec Center
This ain’t no closet-sized hotel fitness room! In fact, there’s a lot more to this 62,000 square foot facility than fitness. Try out rock climbing on the climbing wall. Splash down water slides, soak in the hot tub or steam out toxins in the steam room. If you get your thrills from healthy competition, drop in for adult sports like basketball, volleyball or pickleball. Or bring your whole group to open gym and start a game of your own. Of course, if fitness is your thing, there’s plenty of that too! More info on the Silverthorne Rec Center here.

Ice Skating at Stephen C. West Ice Arena
Just out of curiosity, when was the last time you went ice skating? Open skating at Stephen C. West Ice Arena will make you feel like a kid again… In Breckenridge, save $2 on admission at the ice arena or the Breckenridge Recreation Center: Both fabulous bad weather activities for your Breckenridge vacation!

Escape Rooms
Mystery, excitement, mental challenge, camaraderie. Try out the newest addition to Summit County’s menu of activities: An Escape Room. Escape Room Breckenridge and Frisco Escape Room both offer stimulating scenarios (appropriate for all ages) that let you test your problem-solving, crime-sleuthing skills like your favorite movie and novel characters. Go out for dinner or drinks afterwards and you’ll be talking about it for hours! Get $2 off at Escape Room Breckenridge with the WhatToDo coupon.

Ready Paint Fire
“I’m not artistic.” “I failed art class.” “That’s not my THING.” You’re probably already coming up with excuses not to indulge your inner artist, but really: who doesn’t like playing with paints – especially when you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess (and maybe throw some wine or cocktails in just for kicks)? At Ready Paint Fire, you have everything you need: supplies, instruction, inspiration. And if your mug really does turn out as bad as you predict, you’ll have fun laughing about it for years to come! Plus, you can save half price on the studio fee with the WhatToDo coupon, up to $20 off for a family of four!

And, on the subject of coupons, check out dozens of money-saving coupons for food, activities and rentals all over Summit County!

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