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3 Things to Expect of Cortez Colorado in the Winter

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

Wondering what to expect this winter season?

Colorado is ranked in the top 3 for best states for Winter activities. And for good reason.

So what is it that makes it so great?

1. Snow!

The average snowfall for the state of Colorado is 60-100 inches each winter! Cortez averages 49, Durango 67 and a whopping 167” nearby in the village of Telluride.

Needless to say, if you want a white Christmas, Colorado is a great bet. Not to mention, an entire winter packed with snow filled fun.

2. Sunshine!

Even with all this snow, Colorado manages to pull off some of the most sunny days in the country. Although our official saying is “Colorful Colorado”, oftentimes we proudly call ourselves “Sunny Colorado”. In fact, Colorado has 136 days of clear and sunny weather per year, while Florida only gets about 101.

So pack your sunscreen and get out there!

3. Activities

No matter the time of the year, southwest Colorado is a mecca for discovery and adventure.

Snow Sports

Of course, skiing takes the prize for most popular winter activity. From Cortez, you can easily hit the slopes with Telluride only 45 min away. Or head to the versatile Purgatory Resort only 35 min north of Durango. You can also level up and head to Silverton for some serious backcountry riding - experts only here!

Other snow sports include cross country & nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and even snowmobiling.

Fat Biking / Mountain Biking.

Depending on the snow fall, you might be able to ride a lap or two at the infamous Phil’s World trail system. Even if there is snow, grab a fat bike and head to Boggy Draw for a wooded winter ride.


With it being the ‘off season’ for typical travelers, it's a great time to head out to Mesa Verde. With the Park only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, you can nearly have it all to yourself.

Aprés Activity

After exploring all that southwestern Colorado has to offer, a handcrafted brew, cider or wine is a well earned treat. Be sure to try one of the local breweries: WildEdge Brewing, Main Street Brewery, Dolores River Brewing, Mancos Brewery. Did you know that Southwest Colorado is home to many apple orchards? Many of which are heritage varieties. Fenceline Cider and EsoTerra Ciderworks have helped to restore these orchards while crafting delicious ciders. Don’t forget about the wine! Head over to McElmo Canyon for a tasting at Sutcliffe Vineyard. Here you can taste world class wines while looking out over Colorado Vineyards.

No matter if you’re a local or just visiting, Cortez is sure to satisfy.

Want to live near the great restaurants & shops in Cortez? Follow this link from Blue Sky Homes and Land Realty Group.

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