HeidiTown on KRFC 88.9 FM – A Colorado Christmas Weekend

Here is the transcript from my radio segment for KRFC 88.9 FM for this upcoming Christmas weekend 2011. Unfortunately, I’m still fixing issues with the blog and can’t upload photos or audio or anything else for that matter. Very, very frustrating, but I’m hoping to have it fixed by next week’s posts.  Merry Christmas!

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and road trips around Colorado. Christmas is this Sunday, and I hope that you have plans to spend time with family and friends this weekend.

Obviously, this isn’t a big festival weekend, so I’m going to focus on some things you might do with the family this weekend.

First, most of the ice rinks will be open around the state and if you are looking for a way to get the kids outside, this is a good bet.

Many of us head to the mountains for the holidays. Colorado offers a lot of ski slopes, but if you aren’t a skier or just want to get away from the crowds, there are lots of other enjoyable snow activities out there.

Six years ago, I got my first pair of snowshoes and from the moment I strapped them on my feet, I was hooked. Whether it’s in back country, or just snowshoeing through my neighborhood, it’s not only a healthy workout, it’s a way to get outside and enjoy nature during the snowy months.

There are so many wonderful places to go snowshoeing. Lots of people head to Rocky Mountain National Park, and I’ve done a few snowy hikes in the park, but we usually have our dog with us, and dogs aren’t allowed in national parks.

So we’ve found some good trails around Nederland, but our favorites are up around Fairplay, Colorado, because you can find some really remote tails in that area.  For those here in Northern Colorado, if there’s enough snow on the ground head up the Poudre River canyon to find a trail.

For the past couple years I’ve been cross country skiing instead of snowshoeing. If you’re a beginner, it’s a nice to get started with this sport at a Nordic center. We have friends in Steamboat Springs, and that town has an excellent Nordic Center for cross country skiing.  During parts of the winter, there are also groomed trails at Steamboat Lake.

I haven’t tried them out yet, but Breckenridge and Frisco have Nordic Centers with both snow shoe trails and cross country only trails.

Many of Colorado’s  ski towns have Nordic Centers, so if half the family wants to downhill, but others do not, these centers provide options for everyone.

If you’d rather stay indoors with the family this weekend, there are numerous holiday themed plays going on throughout the state, and while some of the larger productions are sold out, there are still tickets available to many shows.

For those of you who are still doing some last minute Christmas shopping I recently posted my Top 5 Christmas Presents list. Because events, festivals and road trips are my thing, many of these suggestions aren’t things, but rather experiences.

To read it, just click on “Top 5“ under Categories on HeidiTown.com.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week.

I’m currently researching amazing New Years eve events, so be sure to tune in next week.

Until our next chat, have a very merry Christmas or happy Hanukkah or just have a great weekend!  As always, you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown and join the town’s block party on Facebook at HeidiTown.comOnFB. Thanks for listening and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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