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Howelsen Hill at night. Courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA

Free Things to Do in Colorado This February

It’s a short month, but there are still plenty of free events to keep your social calendar full. 

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Get fit at Civic Center MOVES’ Yoga Cross | Feb. 9

Now that you’ve finished Whole30, keep your healthy streak going with this part-fitness training and part-yoga session.

Best for… Anyone who’s struggling to meet their Fitbit goals this month.

Go ice skating at Pine Valley Ranch Park | Feb. 14

There are loads of ways to spend cash on Valentine’s Day, which is why we love this family-friendly suggestion from our February issue (you will need to bring your own skates). If you don’t have a pair, just put on boots and take a stroll on the park’s six miles of trails.

Best for… Someone who thinks the perfect date starts with a hike.

Tour the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center | Feb. 17

If you need a quick retreat away from Denver’s traffic, head south and spend the day wandering the galleries at the FAC without spending a dime (the museum waves entrance fees on the third Friday of the month).

Best for… Anyone who appreciates art.

Learn more about Harriet Tubman at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library | Feb. 18

Harriet Tubman—who will soon be the face of the $20 bill—is a historical figure we should all study. Thanks to this portrayal (by Becky Stone, a National Humanities and Chautauqua scholar) you can learn more about her incredible legacy and service, including her work as a nurse during the Civil War and her efforts to help people escape slavery via the Underground Railroad.

Best for… People who want to know more about American history.

Be heard at Make/Shift Monday’s Death to Small Talk | Feb. 20

Billed as a “conversational salon for the bold and curious,” this event at Redline in RiNo is sure to cure (or at least ease) your qualms about answering those awkward “so, what do you do?” questions in those just-met-you conversations.

Best for… Networkers and people hoping to step out of their social bubbles.

Ski Steamboat Springs’ Howelsen Hill | Feb. 26

This tiny, but mighty ski area is chock-full of things to do—ski jumping, alpine runs, and Nordic trails—and for one day this month you can test the powder for free. Even better, there are a limited number of gratis lessons for “never-ever” skiers, meaning that if you’re a newbie to winter sports, you are running out of excuses not to join your fellow Coloradans on the hill.

Best for… Anyone who loves skiing and saving money.

BONUS: If you are going to splurge on something this month, opt for the Full Moon Snowshoe Tour on February 11 ($25; 5–7 p.m.) at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge.

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