Denver, Colorado offers the best of both worlds: big city cultural attractions and close proximity to beautiful outdoor playgrounds where millions flock to every winter for world-class skiing. Winter in the Mile High City is pretty frigid with daytime highs averaging in the low 40s and evenings in the teens. Despite the sometimes below-freezing temps, Denver still receives an abundant amount of sunshine even during the winter. The key to staying comfortable in the city and in the mountains is a smart layering system.
Pack the Right Stuff for your Trip to Denver
Grab a pair of waterproof boots, and boots with the fur (with the fur!)
Whether you’re in the city or up in the mountains, you’ll be trudging around in snow. Keep your feet warm and dry with a pair of warm, waterproof boots with good grip to avoid a nasty fall. Also, don’t forget a pair of wool socks for extra warmth!
Build a solid foundation for warmth - start with the base
The secret to staying warm without looking like a snowman is to start with second skin thin, ultra warm base layer pieces worn under your more stylish outer layers. Look for moisture-wicking, quick-dry items preferably made from wool or silk.
Pack a pair of wool socks for cold weather climates. Wool reacts to your body temperature, keeping you warm when you’re cold. Wool socks are more breathable and moisture-wicking so your feet won't get hot and sweaty.
Hot flashes are a thing
After walking around in the cold for a while, transitioning to the warmth of the indoors will feel pretty intense. Wear several light, but warm layers so you can strategically remove layers to regulate your body temperature. Seal in the warmth with a down or insulated jacket.
Wore them in Denver where it was 22°... I was able to travel all day through airports and on the plane freezing in them and never got cold nor did my feet hurt.
- Zappos User
Accessories for that warm fuzzy feeling
A wool scarf, beanie, and warm gloves will go a long way to keep you warm. And even though it’s freezing out, there’s still a good amount of sunshine so you’ll want a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the light reflecting off the snow.
Denver is a short drive away from world class ski resorts such as Vail, Aspen, and Breckenridge. Stay warm and dry to maximize your time on the slopes; start with a good base layer under proper wind and waterproof ski attire. To minimize glare from the snow, pick polarized dark lens ski goggles.