Morning light hits the Flatirons. A trail runner’s breath floats upward, each step breaking the snowy cushioning below. She moves swiftly over the rocky trail into town — it’s time for fresh-roasted coffee, locally sourced artisan goodies, and fireside whiskey with friends. It’s just another winter day in Boulder.
For this Colorado city, winter isn’t the low season. It means cold-weather festivals, a new slate of outdoor activities, full bellies of farm-to-table fare, and so much hot chocolate. There’s a reason Boulder was just named America’s happiest city, and that title isn’t seasonal. With images like these, it’s not hard to see why.