Staged on lakes that have no competing boats, tubers or power turners, Mile High Wakeboarding’s lessons give students smooth waters to practice basic, intermediate, or advanced techniques. Professional instructors teach students of any level by pulling them with cables attached to boats or the cable park’s overhead cable apparatus. Each class has an average ratio of one instructor for every three students, resulting in one-on-one interaction. The cable park has an air cable for practicing tricks and learning how to ride and a slider cable for attempting jumps off aquatic obstacles, such as a 62-foot fun box. Friends and family members can cheer on students from the cable park’s surrounding beaches or any blimps they've rented for the day.
During summer vacation, students ages 10–18 can opt for wakeboarding day camps in Colorado and Texas. Mile High Wakeboarding also offers wakeboarding boat charter rentals, houseboat trips, swimming lessons, and private group events.
Water is a powerful compound. It can carve deep canyons, power hydroelectric plants, or even give people superhuman abilities. The latter feat is accomplished aboard Rocky Mountain Flyboard Colorado's water-propulsion flying machines. Nozzles strapped to hands and feet lift pilots up to 40 feet in the air, let them dive into the water, or allow them to perform advanced tricks such as back flips.
Each batch of Syntax Spirits Distillery’s vodka, whisky, and rum is made by hand using stainless-and-copper fractionating stills, Colorado Weld County wheat or American Molasses, and Cache La Poudre River whitewater. The result of these curated elements are incredibly smooth, complex spirits versatile enough to be sipped or mixed.
At the distillery, visitors are filled in on the process that brings these drinks to life and can taste the fruits of the facility’s labor. Along with its signature spirits, the distillery boasts housemade infusions that range from bourbon vanilla to citrus flavors. Guests can sample the different infusions as chilled shots or in a signature cocktail at the cocktail bar in the industrial-style tasting room where neon signs and antique light fixtures illuminate each sip. When guests aren’t mid-pinball game or sampling drinks at the 40-foot-long concrete bar, the staff leads complimentary tours of the distillery’s manufacturing area, where Laverne & Shirley imitations are prohibited.
When soaring past the Rocky Mountains surrounding Glenwood Springs, trees seem to be the size of pinecones, streets look like pencil lines scrawled across the ground, and houses resemble Monopoly real estate. Yet the certified instructors at Adventure Paragliding assure first-timers that when they’re strapped in and soaring, a fear of heights seldom rears its head. That's because paragliding doesn’t involves the falling sensation of parachuting—pilots instead gently launch by jogging down a slight incline. When their feet leave the ground and the parachute-like sail carries them through the sky, they can turn and soar serenely, eventually landing softly.
The instructors fight myths about the scariness of their sport with regularity. They maintain that manning a paraglider takes more precision than bravery or physical strength, and their introductory lessons aim to impart that precision to all ages so that they might feel free flight and witness the midair views of the Rocky Mountains. For protégés in pursuit of loftier journeys, immersive certification programs cover more advanced techniques, such as ridge soaring and telling a snowcapped mountain apart from a giant sculpture of George Washington’s head.
Every course at Adaptive Tactics Defense Training aims to build students' self-confidence by providing thorough and practical instruction. Introductory-level firearms courses teach attendees to be safe, responsible handgun owners. Additionally, the center offers basic self-defense classes and training for individuals applying for a concealed-carry license.
The highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors strive to create comfortable, relaxed learning environments where safety is still the number-one priority.
Ryan Smith understands the value of defense. The United States Navy veteran has dedicated more than eight years to studying various martial-arts styles, including everything from karate to brazilian jiu jitsu. Ryan also holds certification from the NRA, allowing him to teach the fundamentals of pistol safety.