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Thousands of people will follow the snow into the Rockies this winter to shred some powder, and big names like Breck, Vail, and Aspen are sure to attract their fair share of tourists in Colorado. But those who are stepping into skis for the first time should consider hitting Keystone, another Vail Resort in Summit County located between Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.
Those who have been through the learning process of skiing or snowboarding understand how frustrating it can be at first, not only because of the learning curve attached to the sports but because, as a beginner, you are almost always confined to the base of the mountain. While it is understandable to some degree, it unfortunately means that you miss out on the grandeur and scenic views that are found at the summit and so much a part of the skiing experience.
Skiing and snowboarding tend to dominate the mountainsides during the winter months out west, but those looking to do something different won’t be disappointed in Colorado. You’ll find an array of affordable adventures offered in mountain towns across the state, many of which are activities directly derived from an already established summer sport. The only catch here is that you have to be willing to embrace the elements, but the beautiful scenery is sure to take the chill out of the air. Be brave with one of these off-beat winter sports this season:
Snow biking simply moves the concept of mountain biking onto the snow-covered trails of winter, putting riders on “fat bikes” that have wide, oversized tires that allow for stability on the slick surface. The Telluride outfitter BootDoctors offers daily rentals to explore the area on your own ($39/day with helmet), guided family tours, and our personal favorite, the Big Tire Bike and Brew Tour, which includes a stop at the Telluride Brewing Company for a cold one (half day tour: $99, full day tour: $149).
Even if you and your pops have crossed Rockies Stadium in Denver off the list of baseball venues to catch a game, you might want to consider making another visit in light of the recent news. Coors Field is redeveloping its right field concourse for the 2014 season to create a 38,000 square-foot area called "The Rooftop" that will be the largest outdoor deck in any sports stadium in America.
And what ever would a city like Denver decide to put in such a space? Beer, of course.
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We hope you’re enjoying the time change in your area, as we can’t help but smile—we’re kidding—as we see the sunset a whole hour earlier. It definitely feels like winter is just around the corner now more than ever, but at least there’s one thing to which we can look forward and that’s ski season. The cool weather is already just enough to get things open, as resorts, mountains, and the bunny slopes across the country are just starting to do their thing.
Out in Colorado it’s not just the manmade stuff, as a couple resorts have had already had snowfall and are open for business. If you want to brag to your friends that you’ve already hit the slopes this season check out spots like Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort—in Frisco and Keystone, respectively. Other spots out in the Centennial State include Loveland, Wolf Creek, and Arapahoe Basin, so if you’ve been waiting since the spring to get back on the mountain now’s the time to do so.
At first, we had a good time watching the videos of crazy kayakers braving the surging currents of Boulder Creek as the rains poured down and the water rose in Colorado back in September. Then things turned serious as we watched the water gush down the mountainside and spill over the banks, bringing down the trees, houses, and utility lines in its path, killing nine people and racking up $2 billion in property damage.
As it tends to go with these stories in the media, we were overloaded with images the first few days, only to see the story drift away to the back burner. But did you know the town is still closed off to non-residents, and that some people won't be able to return to their homes for two to six months because the sewage, power, and water lines were all destroyed? And don't forget about local businesses -- they've all been shut down for over a month now.
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Along with 49,000 other beer fanatics (49,000!), we strolled the convention center floor with our 1-ounce glass, throwing back tastings in a fashion that reminded us of a collegiate game of power hour. When glasses were dropped, the crowd roared. As the hours rolled by, the silent disco (shown below) and karaoke stage filled up. The scene was by far more of a party than a professional conference, and with tickets going for $75, it was obvious that people wanted to get their money’s worth. We don’t blame them, of course!
Despite the high price, tickets sold out for the three-day event in 20 minutes when they went on sale. As a Denver resident, this Jaunted contributor could feel the frustration, not only about the high entry fee but about how difficult it was to get tickets even if you could afford them. But after spending the weekend exploring the city and attending the festival, we have good news: There is so much happening outside of the convention center over the course of the weekend, a failure to secure tickets should not prevent you from visiting Denver during next year’s GABF.
The fall foliage is starting to get ridiculous across the country (okay, minus Florida and Southern California), each impressing in its own way. The trees and colors of Colorado, for example, are much different than the display you’ll see in Upstate New York.
These two photos illustrate those differences well, from the colors themselves to the vividness with which they come through. The first is from the mountains of Colorado near Glenwood Springs, and the latter from a recent trip to Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. Beautiful!
We showed you ours, now we want to see yours! Got a photo you think rivals these two? Tweet it to us @Jaunted or post it to our Facebook wall. Who knows -- it might just make an appearance on our site as we collect the best of the best in the coming weeks.
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There are a number of indoor facilities throughout the world that let you train your ski skills during the warmer months on manufactured snow, but it’s not too often you come across a place where you can practice indoors without snow of any sort.
While it's not the first or only one in the world, Progresh in Denver (Thornton) features a synthetic snow surface made of vinyl that allows skiers and snowboarders to practice park tricks and land on massive airbags.
Many parks at Colorado ski resorts are open well into the summer even when the rest of the mountain is closed, but they can be icy, choppy, and crowded, not to mention an hour or two drive from the city.
We all know about the infamous scenic drives that rest along coastlines – such as Highway 1 in California or the Great Ocean Road in Australia – but what about Trail Ridge Road, the highest-elevated continuously paved road in North America?
Located just outside of Denver, it stretches on for 48-miles from Estes Park to Grand Lake, winding its way through scenic Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The two-lane road was built in 1932 to replace the single-file Fall River Road that was constructed just twelve years prior in 1920 but proved to be almost impassable.
Regardless of whether you start in Estes Park or Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road gains 4,000 feet of elevation very quickly, and boasts a stretch of 11 miles above treeline (11,500 feet) with a maximum elevation of 12,183, according to the National Park Service. Visitors will find incredible vistas, pullouts, wildlife, and over 200 species of plants that bloom vividly during the summer wildflower months (think reds, purples, yellows, and blues). The name "Trail Ridge Road" comes from its proximity to the old-school passages used by natives to cross the Rockies.
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Summer is fully underway and, if you’re anything like us, the warm weather has you yearning for a frosty adult beverage. Thankfully, breweries large and small have already read our minds and they're pumping out pints of the finest summer ales and lagers. While there are plenty of places to indulge in a few summery sips, here’s three summer beer festivals worth the price of admission:
Beertopia's Sunfest – Omaha, Nebraska
Out in the midwest they sure have their share of warm summer weather so it’s only natural to head outdoors with a refreshing beverage in one hand. The fun will start flowing at this year’s Sunfest in Omaha, Nebraska on July 13. Only $27 will get you a ticket for access to five hours of unlimited sampling of well over 200 beers, and they’ll even throw in a souvenir tasting glass, program, and some live music. Around 40 breweries will be in attendance — like Empyrean Brewing Company and Lucky Bucket Brewing Company — and they’re promising some rare and limited releases. Everything takes place just behind Beer Corner USA at 36th and Farnam in Midtown Omaha.
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We’re pretty sure that when it comes to cities and their residents Southwest Airlines doesn’t want to play favorites, but that might not be the case when it comes to Denver. After all the city is the proud of home of the airline’s skating rink—Southwest Rink at Skyline Park—and now it looks like the airline is getting ready to shower the city with even more
First and foremost you’ve only got a couple more weeks if you’re looking to take a spin out on the rink. Winter isn’t coming to an end anytime soon—but the skating rink is—as the ice is no longer an option starting around Valentine’s Day. However, there’s still much to celebrate as the rink prepares for its final days in the Mile High City.
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Of course the majority of the holidays have come and gone, but that just means we need something new to entertain us until the spring and summer warmth returns. There's still plenty of special winter beers and brews to sample, so here’s our picks for three festivals from which to take a sip or two this January.
Columbus Winter Beerfest – Columbus, Ohio
It’s January 11-12 for this year’s edition of the Columbus Winter Beerfest over at the Columbus Convention Center. Two nights mean even more beers, as organizers are promising over 60 breweries, more than 300 craft beers, and 10,000 hop heads enjoying each and every sip and sample.
Regular admission sets you back $35 per person, and that’ll get you a sampling cup and a generous allotment of tasting tickets—25 to be specific. The list of beers is still a work in process, but we’d expect some local options like Barley’s, Columbus Brewing Company, and Four Strings Brewing to make an appearance.