Teammates skirt the abandoned RV, dart through the open door of a downed helicopter, and duck for cover behind a concrete bunker. After a pause, a player stands to check for enemies on the landscape of dusty huts and fences?only to have paint splatter across his chest. On Blitz Paintball's five recreational paintball fields, players immerse themselves in the thrill of paint-based combat through a range of scenarios. The staff designs regularly changing games for each field, including the traditional Capture the Flag or UN treaty signing, and also allows players to create their own styles of play.
Players rent standard semi-automatic, Tippmann A5, or high-end markers, pressurized tanks, and masks, and they prep for combat in a 5,000-square-foot shaded staging area. They're then turned loose to compete on the football-field-size Hyperball field, the Spool field, or themed Urban Combat, The Castle and Military Base fields, upon which elevated fortresses allow players to duck for cover from the aggressive native pigeon population. Projectiles whisper through the air in a two-story, 7,000-square-foot castle, where warriors work their way into an interior courtyard and massive throne room. Two regulation PSP tournament fields host more competitive play with astroturf and padded barriers.
Alpine Adventures Dogsledding rescues retired sled dogs from competitive racing kennels and gives them a good home. While living at the facility, 10?12 dogs lead sledding tours. The tours race 6 miles through a snowy landscape with drivers and riders taking turns steering their craft. Narrated kennel tours give guests a deeper look at how the dogs live, exercise, and get along as they lead tours together.
Children and teens engage their imaginations during dynamic adventures set in a fantastical time filled with dashing knights questing in the name of good. Groups of four to seven young heroes must overcome challenging puzzles and duel with foam swords as they work together to complete tasks such as saving their village, solving a mystery, or developing the technique of crop rotation. While swinging a Swasher sword, children learn how to compete and act fairly according to the rules of swordplay. The interactive play teaches kids creative problem solving and conflict-resolution skills that incorporate negotiation and compromises to solve complex disputes.
Ashleigh Hamill of Frontrange Equestrians, LLC, spent her childhood following her father across the country as he established himself as an authority on Arabian horses. Today, she carries on his legacy through affiliations with a broad spectrum of equestrian organizations, serving as Director of the Board for the Colorado Horse Council (COHCO) and Region 9 Director of the Certified Horsemanship Association – which nominated her for the “Instructor of the Year” award in 2011. When she’s not busy with these activities, Hamill is penning articles for Young Rider Magazine, Modern Arabian, and The Instructor.
Of course, Hamill wouldn’t be qualified for these roles if she didn’t lead a respected training program. Centered on the disciplines of Western, English, and rocking-horse riding, lessons are geared toward children and adult riders of all skill levels.
Dizzy Family Fun Center was opened by a family in Longmont who wanted to cater activities to kids in their community. This fun center entertains older kids with a 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena, which takes on the air of dystopian town complete with crumbling brick walls and a water tower. In Kiddie Town, kids up to age 7 burn off steam in a playground structure flanked by bounce houses. Birthday parties include laser tag or Kiddie Town time, as well as soda, pizza, and credit for games in the arcade.