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Calgary in Alberta, Canada
As your plane descends to land at Calgary International Airport, you will notice the city's modest skyline is backdropped by the Rocky Mountains. You can see that the downtown skyscraper area is quite small as compared to other metropolitan areas, and that the city seems to go out - not up - in all directions from the center.
At first glance, our initial thought was how much Calgary reminded us of our hometown of Denver. The Mile High City also sports a small downtown with sprawling suburbs and, of course, that same Rocky Mountain range hovering in the distance. Upon closer inspection, it turns out that these similiarities are not just on the surface. Calgary and Denver share a similar vibe, the feel of a mountain town that's quickly transitioning into a more traditional metropoliatain area.
Travelers looking to discover lesser known outdoor adventures in Colorado should worry not - there's an app for that.
Gociety, a Denver-based startup, is a social network for adventurers. The free site allows members to share and connect with the rest of the Gociety community about outdoor sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
Users can get recommendations from locals or join in on already planned outings with other members. Aka - you can meet up with locals who might be hiking or climbing in an area that you would not have discovered otherwise.
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Old Town Fort Collins
There are lots of reasons to visit Colorado anytime of year, and Denver has been gaining momentum in recent years with tourists thanks to its growing metropolitan offerings, booming craft beer scene, and the curiosity that came with its legalization of marijuana.
Even though it is now a destination in itself, the Mile High City has long served as a launching pad for the ski and mountains towns in the front range of the Rockies, a hub for easy day trips. Today, we take a ride north to check out what there is to do on a first time visit to one of those cities--FORT COLLINS.
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As a resident of Denver, I can tell you very honestly that, during the football season, Sunday is not a bad day to be on the slopes. Many local NFL fans forgo the day on the mountain and retreat inside to watch games all day, leaving lift lines short and runs clear. Even though the Super Bowl doesn't start until the early evening out west, the same will be true on Super Sunday, probably to a much larger extent.
The fact that many ski areas are expecting reduced demand on Super Sunday equals great deals on lift tickets. So why not sneak in a few runs before the big game festivities begin? Bargain sites like Liftopia are showing discounts all across the country, such as 31% off at Arapahoe Basin, 30% off at Copper Mountain, 16% off at Killington, and 28% off at Snowbird, among others.
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Beat the lift lines at Colorado's most popular resort by following these tips
The ideal situation when navigating popular ski resorts is to make your way to the mountain during the work week, when crowds are nonexistent and lines are thin. But in reality, thatís just not possible for many people.
Thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders will head to Vail for the upcoming MLK and Presidentís Day weekends, but that doesnít mean you have to waste your day away in the lift line.
Below are five tips for beating the crowds on busy weekends at Vail:
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Vail is an international ski destination, more than it is a mountain built for locals. Thatís not to say locals donít ride it Ė itís got a killer back bowls, after all Ė but thereís no question Vailís three villages were constructed with luxury, out-of-town visitors in mind.
Still, that doesnít mean you canít find down-to-earth establishments at which to eat, drink, and be merry. Weíve talked about how to avoid the crowds and ski Vail like a local, and now we dish where, amongst a sea of fine dining, youíll find real people just hanging out.
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View of the backside of Vail
When speaking of "Vail," most people think of the mountain town 100 miles west of Denver. But when speaking of skiing Vail, you may actually be talking about Vail Resorts, the ski resort operator, which has four different mountain resorts in Colorado: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek. All four mountains provide trails across a range of difficulty levels and all are family-friendly. Yet once you get past those initial similarities, though, you'll find that each has different specialties to offer skiers and snowboarders. Below, we take a look at the main differences between Vail's mountains:
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Following the stuffing, spending, and sleeping of the long holiday weekend it might be a good idea to get outdoors and move around a bit. Enter our buddies over at Southwest Airlines, as once again the carrier is sponsoring an outdoor skating rink just in time for the holiday season.
Last week was the opening day for the winter season, as the Southwest Rink at Denverís Skyline Park is now doing its thing until February 16. The hours vary a little bit depending on the day of the week and any pesky holidays getting in the way, but for the most part you should be able to lace up your skates and hit the ice.
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As you prep for ski season by tracking snow reports and searching for deals, you're no doubt making a mental list of which hills you'd like to hit. We'd like to put another on your radar, one you may not have known existed: Badger Pass Ski Area inside Yosemite National Park.
That's right. As if Yosemite couldn't get any more glorious, it's best kept secret is that it offers downhill skiing during the winter. To be fair, it is pretty modest when compared against the other major players over in Tahoe. It only has 10 runs, a maximum vertical drop of 800 feet, and 85% of its terrain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate levels. But it's a cool choice for beginners who want to learn to ski in style, especially this season as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
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Jaunted's Assistant Editor, Will McGough, tearing through some powder last year in Steamboat Springs
Now that the calendar has turned to November, it's time to welcome in the 2014-2015 North American ski season.
We were lucky enough to get a jump on it this year, knocking the dust off our gear early by taking a trip to South America this summer, during which we highlighted the differences between a few of the major resorts and visited one of the country's best apres-ski venues. With those memories still near, it is a beautiful thing to see the ski resorts here at home begin to turn on the lifts.
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Last year, we gave you the rundown about how you can drive Trail Ridge Road, America's "highest elevated continuously paved road," located outside of Denver. A few weeks ago, this travel writer decided to bike it, all 48 miles from Estes Park to Grand Lake through Rocky Mountain National Park. Eleven miles of it are above treeline, topping out at 12,183 feet.
Obviously, it was quite the physical challenge, but it also brought about spectacular scenery (and a very large post-ride beer), which we share with you below. Does it entice you to give it a go? There's still a few more months until the snow falls and the road closes if you're feeling motivated.
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Since marijuana was legalized in Denver at the beginning of 2014, this travel writer has fielded all sorts of questions from people around the world. Whenever I tell someone I'm from Denver, their eyes go wide. "Oh, really? What's it like there now? Is it crazy? Did you bring any with you?"
I always laugh. People get so much of their perspective from secondary sources - typically ones that focus on highly sensationalized and dramatic outliers - that they have a hard time thinking rationally about reality. No, I tell them. Denver has not burned down yet. A thick cloud of smoke does not hover over the city. And no, most Coloradans do not smoke weed all day, every day. Just as you might drink a beer at the end of a long day, I tell them, those of us who reside in Colorado can partake in a joint.