The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
In the 1700s, a hot air balloon was a strange and potentially worrisome sight, especially because pilots often landed in unsuspecting civilians’ backyards. To build goodwill with anyone they scared, balloon pilots carried a bottle of champagne on every flight. This tradition of the convivial champagne toast still lives on at Adventure Balloon Sports, where, after each landing, the company’s FAA-certified pilots pour a celebratory glass of bubbly for each passenger.
But before the toast, the adventure begins as flights soar skyward, showcasing Colorado’s rugged terrain and the majestic sprawl of the Rocky Mountains. No two flights are the same—after departing, pilots can only fully control the balloon’s vertical motion, meaning balloons often safely land in neighboring towns, rather than in the local hot air balloon parking lot.
On weekends, the 10 bowling lanes at The Connection in the UMC at UC Boulder glow under neon club lights so that guests can practice their dance moves as well as their curve balls. The lanes are also open throughout the week, ready to entertain students, townsfolk, and thrill-seeking armadillos who wander into the entertainment hub tucked into the University of Colorado Boulder's University Memorial Center. The center's eight regulation pool tables won the runner-up title for Best Pool on Colorado Daily’s CU & Boulder's Best 2011 list, and it also hosts pinball, foosball, and air hockey tables, a full wall of arcade machines, and games for Wii and other systems.
On the shores of the Boulder Reservoir, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard's staff outfits visitors with all the stuff they need to explore placid and picturesque waters. Promising to get clients out on the water within just five minutes of their arrival, a quick rundown of safety and proper technique prepares paddlers of all ages and experience levels for paddling on easy-to-balance boards. Classes are also available for those seeking a more immersive experience, or those who'd like to take their yoga practice to the next level.
Dance-fitness sessions at Boulder Zumba take place on a 2,700-square-foot dance floor with wall-to-wall mirrors and two instructors, ensuring that all participants have a clear view of the dance steps. Classes include the signature high-energy Zumba dance workout, as well as Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold, a lower-impact class designed for older, active adults. No matter the class, a soundtrack of Latin rhythms propels workouts, as energetic instructors try to prove that exercise can be a party rather than a routine.
Winter Park Winery's vintners handcrafts their wine onsite, creating unfiltered reds and whites that range from merlot and cabernet sauvignon to chardonnay and white zinfandel. The winery's tasting room seats 20 guests, making for an intimate environment in which to sample varietals by the glass, bottle, or case. Visitors seeking more from their experience can sign up for Winter Park's wine club, which ships bottles or cases of the winery's latest offerings directly to subscribers' front doorstep or drawbridge.