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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.
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Thankfully we canít recall a time where we left something behind at the airport, but if youíre someone who has gone through your fair share of cell phone chargers the airport in Denver has you covered. The airport just brought their lost and found system online in hopes of reuniting travelers with their lost goodies.
At Denver International Airport all the lost items are collected and organized over in the Jeppesen Terminal on Level 5 near the International Arrivals. However, now the forgotten goods are available over at their website as well, so thereís no need to double-back to the airport to start your searching.
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Then, as the snow melted in April, we explained why ski towns are also awesome during the summer months. Practicing what we preach, we paid a visit to Steamboat at the end of July for some mountain biking, and the result was an cool contrast that demonstrates why the mountains rock all year round. Skiing dominates the winter, but there's actually more to do in the summer, including biking, camping, hiking, climbing, and whitewater rafting.
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Action shot of our rafting trip down the Poudre River in Fort Collins
Colorado is often talked about during the winter months, when the snow falls and people travel from around the world to ski its slopes. Perhaps this is one reason why Fort Collins, despite being a mecca of beer brewing and the location of the most joked-about river in the state, has continued to fly under the radar. Because it doesn't have a ski hill and isn't a major city, it gets lost in the shuffle of Denver and the iconic mountain towns of Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge.
This is good news as far as we're concerned. Fort Collins is located only an hour's drive from Denver, but it seems more remote than that thanks to this aforementioned low profile. The locals are incredibly down-to-earth and genuine, and tourists that find their way to Fort Collins aren't there by accident or because they've heard about the town their entire lives. They've sought it out because of one reason or another, so there's an aspect of realness and authenticity to everyone you meet. We experienced two of those reasons this past weekend: Beer and underrated whitewater rafting.
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So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuanaóin all kinds of formsófor recreational use. However, you probably didnít know that thereís a new place to acquire the stateís latest cash crop. Itís your rental car!
Okayónot really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes itís even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.