kristy holland

T he romantic anticipation to winter has been building. It happens every year as dreamy ski movies premier (check out the upcoming lineup here:, under-the-covers cuddling comes back after a summer of sweaty nights, and cute girls in boots and sweaters practically beg you to hold their chilly hands.

For the first time since early spring: SNOW is in the forecast. For stud-muffin adventurers and guys who look to the great outdoors for their date-night diversions, this is bad news.

What's a gentleman to suggest as a get-to-know-you outing when he's used to hopping on bikes or just hitting trails with a potential partner? With snow on the horizon, suggesting an indoor date can put your love interest at ease, and win you points for being sensitive to her not-yet-transitioned-wardrobe. Lucky thing: Boulder has almost as much going on inside as it does outside and for every mile of open-space trails, there's a cozy spot you and your date can soak each other up -- without actually getting rained on. Here are a handful of options for this weekend:


For a sure-fire way to satisfy your adventure cravings from the great indoors, check out Boulder's Adventure Film Festival this weekend. Everything about it is inside, from tonight's kickoff parties on Pearl Street, to Saturday's all-day (and FREE!) photography workshop in South Boulder, to the 40-film lineup at Boulder Theater Friday and Saturday nights. But the festival's focus is on the outdoors and adventure, so it brings together the best of both worlds. (For schedule and ticket info, go to

Need something a little more hands-on? The best place for watching half-clothed hot bodies (or showing off yours) when it's cold out is the climbing gym. Plus, belaying and offering up words of encouragement are real partnering practices that -- if you can delivered well -- will pique your lady's friend's interest in your potential. Plus, indoor climbing is often less intimidating for beginners, so if you've had a hard time convincing her to join you outside, this rainy-day activity could be the boost she needs. Each of Boulder's climbing gyms has it's own personality, so consider getting a day pass to check out the scenes at all three: The Spot Bouldering Gym (3240 Prairie Ave.;, Movement Climbing + Fitness (2845 Valmont Rd.;, or the Boulder Rock Club, aka the BRC, (2829 Mapleton Ave.;

What about real sports? This week is a bye for the Buffs, so you're off the hook for spending Saturday shivering alongside the spirited socialites that crowd Folsom Field during home games. But if football is part of your weekend social scene, you can still sidle up to co-ed football fans by catching other Pac-12 games from a bar. Both of Boulder's top sports pubs have TVs and cheering co-eds enough to satisfy your sports craving: The Lazy Dog (1346 Pearl St.; and Harpo's Sports Grill (2860 Arapahoe Ave.;

Kristy Holland writes about date-night ideas once a week for the Colorado Daily. Tell her your ideas at