Not everyone comes for the ski resorts. There are a myriad of other outdoor activities to get in touch with the snow. Snow shoeing is a great way to experience the forest. Sunlight Mountain Resort has a snowshoeing path just for taking your dogs on.
Cross country skiing is another option.
Snowmobiling clubs or tours are a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and experience the magic of the forest.
Ice fishing is a great activity that doesn’t involve flying down a scary mountain.
Finally, there’s one of my favorite activities, sitting by the fire with a good book.
Farther west there are even more opportunities. Fall seems to extend itself endlessly when its dry, so there are great mountain biking conditions in the late fall in the Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita areas.