Apres-ski, actual sking, snowstorms, winter hiking, breweries, mountain top restaurants and hip city coffee shops… what the heck do you pack for a winter trip to Colorado anyways?
I got you covered. This is exactly what to wear in Colorado in winter including my real life Vail & Breckenridge winter outfits along with shopping links and a packing list so you can come prepared (and stylish!)
How Cold Is Colorado In Winter?
As a Wisconsin-born gal, I’m always a little skeptical about winter weather in other states. (Wisconsin is always ranked as one of the coldest states in the country after all).
I find Colorado winters in major cities like Denver and Boulder to be pretty mild. Most nights are in the 20’s but it will usually be in the 40’s in the day time, which is really nice. But, you’ll find much winter and cold weather up in the Rocky Mountains.
I just got back from trip to Vail at the tail end of ski seasons and that last day up there… whew! The wind was so cold it cut right through our jackets and chilled us to the bone. So, your winter packing list really depends on if you are staying in the mountains or not. This list is more tailored to the mountains.
Links To the Exact Outfits I Wore In Vail Colorado This Winter
- Blue puffer jacket
- Ruffle sweater dress
- Cardigan from Akashi Kama
- Floral ski suit
- Puff beanies
- Red Swimsuit at the hot springs
- Snow boots
- Vintage Sweater (thrifted)
- Snow Day Sweater
- SmartWool socks
- Pink quilt jacket
- Black leggings
- Baggu Fanny Pack
Frequently Asked Colorado Fashion Questions
What To Wear In The Mountains In Winter?
You’ll want thermal layers, snow boots, plenty of spare socks and gloves. Hand warmers also help and make sure you have something to cover your ears, like a hat or ear muffs!
What to pack for colorado in winter does depend on which ski village you are in and the activities you plan on doing. If you don’t plan on being outside at all on the slopes or winter trails, you can opt solely for street style snow bunny outfits. But if you are going any sort of winter outdoor activity like snowshoeing or snowboarding, you’ll need the proper gear.
What To Pack For Colorado In Summer?
Your Colorado style will change for the summer months. This state has four seasons and in the major cities it can get up to the 90’s in July. Your Denver wear will be your typical summer outfits. Up in the mountains in Vail, Aspen, Estes Park, etc you can expect cooler weather at around 70 degrees in the day.
If you are in the Rocky Mountains in the summer, plan on doing a LOT of hiking so you’ll need a qualtiy pair of hiking boots or Teva hiking sandals.
What To Wear In Colorado In October
Colorado weather is a lot like Midwest weather in the sense you never really know what you’ll get the next day. It can be 60 degrees today and 20 tomorrow. October is a swing season. I spent 3 days in Denver in October a few years ago and our visit was in the 70’s and felt like summer. But, right before our visit, there was a huge snowstorm.
So, if you are coming in October pack for typical fall weather but also bring a warmer puffer jacket in case it turns cold, and also a few warm weather outfits.
Best Clothes To Wear In Colorado In December
Snow usually starts to fall starting in December so use the above packing guide to help you plan your winter Colorado packing list! Same thing goes for what to wear in Colorado in January or February! It’ll be cold and windy these months.
I hope this helps you with your winter colorado packing list and outfit inspirations! When in doubt I always opt for color to pop out against the white snow. It’s just more fun that way!