The Pines Lodge is tucked comfortably into the snow bed that is Colorado ski country. Guests can enjoy nearby access to superior slopes, as well as eclectic dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation options. Each room offers rustic charm and modern conveniences, putting guests squarely into the middle of a Venn diagram of comfort. Skiers can suit up for a full day in the cold outdoors by using the in-room boot warmer and iPod charging dock. Those preferring to stay indoors can snuggle into a fuzzy robe and strap on cyber skis to slalom through a high-speed Internet connection. For a happy medium, guests can enjoy the great outdoors without risking frost-nipped fingers in the resort's heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Stretches of the Arkansas River churn differently as it snakes northwestward through the Rockies. There are Class I rapids throughout, Class III rapids at Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and turbulent Class V rapids at Pine Creek. The experienced guides from Browns Canyon Rafting lead half-day voyages through them all. On overnight trips, they also prepare meals for guests in addition to traversing the waters and reenacting scenes from Mutiny on the Bounty. For solo sailing, the company offers kayak and paddleboard rentals.
For more than 25 years, Lakota Guides has escorted its clientele to Edwards' and Vail's most scenic spots on river rafting, off-road, and group trips. Team Lakota, led by Karl Borski and John Mark Seelig, has hundreds of years of combined experience in outdoor activities ranging from rafting and rescue operations to tree massage and bark exfoliation. The guides demonstrate their mastery when leading visitors on Class V water-rafting trips along the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. They also romp through the mountainous terrain aboard rugged off-road vehicles during daylong treks.
Whitewater rapids can seem as menacing as great white sharks, but Whitewater Rafting owners Erik and Phoebe Larsson are out to dispel these unfounded fears. Since the company's first raft hit the waters of the Colorado River in 1974, it has maintained an impeccable safety record thanks to its experienced tour guides, each fully certified at the state and federal level in CPR, first aid, and on-river maneuvers. Many of the guides have been navigating these same rapids for more than a decade, learning intimate details about the river, from its twists and turns to its crippling phobia of alligators. First-time rafters can earn their whitewater bona fides on half-day treks, conquering the Class III and IV rapids of the Shoshone Rapids. More experienced adventurers can rent out boats, kayaks, paddles, and safety gear to embark on their own trips through the rapids.
On the road, there are few sights and obstacles—only an endless sea of monotonous pavement. XTERRA Trail Runs elevate running to a new level, introducing rugged off-road terrain to its repertoire of challenging courses. Runners jump over streams, trudge through dirt, and achieve a newfound sense of joy for competitive running. Organized by geographic regions, XTERRA trail runs pepper the globe, sprouting up anywhere from urban environments to remote jungles, thus allowing contestants to enjoy natural scenery or catch glimpses of metropolitan jaguars strutting in their stylish fur coats.
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