The internationally acclaimed Big Air event makes its inaugural American appearance in Denver with two evenings of competition that pair a roster of global champs with a tremendous 300-foot-long jump. Tuesday, January 25 opens with the Nature Valley Big Air Challenge, pitting famed male freestyle skiers against one another to perform their best air-defying tricks while simultaneously slicing potatoes into miniature busts of Shaun White. Afterward, ski fans can cheer on the winners at the awards ceremony (8:15 p.m.), before being treated to a concert by Grammy-nominated rockers Switchfoot.
The Denver Brews Cruise takes beer nuts and newcomers through a circuit of local breweries to discover the process and passion behind beer making. The brew wagon picks up its drink disciples in front of the Pints Pub and immediately heads to the Breckenridge Brewery for an introductory course in how beer comes to be. There, curious quaffers will track the life cycle of a single beer from hops and malts to bottle of brown bliss while savoring samples of traditional microbrews. The expedition then follows a winding path highlighting Denver beer destinations before arriving at the Great Divide Brewing Company. As you and your fellow barley buffs learn about different types of beers, your taste buds and taste frenemies will be busy examining an eclectic selection of malted mixtures such as the Samurai Rice Ale or Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. The path of pint glasses ends as it began at the Pints Pub, where you can quench your thirst for knowledge with cask-conditioned English ales served from hand-pumped draughts.
On a trip to Britain, Chelly Vitry was determined to stop at an authentic apple press. She was eager to sample Scrumpy—a British version of hard cider—and see how it was made. Despite days of searching, however, she couldn’t find a press that would allow her visit. With Denver Gourmet Tours, Chelly guides small groups on the same kind of hands-on culinary experience she sought in Britain. During her excursions—which change seasonally—Chelly and her guests spend three hours strolling Denver’s streets, meeting food specialists, and trying the food at four to six culinary hot spots such as food trucks, sweet shops, and craft breweries.
Along with her main tours, Chelly customizes culinary trips, designs gastronomic team-building activities, and hosts events such as progressive dinners and tasting parties. She also fills her guests with newfound culinary skills during hands-on cooking classes, where they learn to craft cupcakes, bake bread, or grow pizzas in their garden.
Though Wheel Fun Rentals bicycle stables are scattered from sea to shining sea across the North American continent, the seeds of the enterprise were sown in Italy. On vacation in the late '80s, founder Brian McInerney discovered the four-wheeled Surrey cycle, a pedal-powered vehicle capable of carrying as many as six passengers. Before returning to the States, he made sure to pick up a full set of Surreys from the manufacturer, and a new chapter in his life began. Today, the business rents not only bikes and Surreys, but also multiple cycle-style mutants such as the three-wheeled Deuce Coupe and its cousin the Chopper. They even carry more advanced land vehicles such as electric cars and scooters. Kayaks, one-person pontoons, and stand-up paddle boards also unlock access to some of the country's wettest byways.
Inspired by The Amazing Race, CityScape Adventures—held across the United States—entangle race participants in webs of 12 puzzles and challenges in citywide races to the finish line. Participants compete in teams of two, using their wits, teamwork, and underground network of mutant-turtle spies to complete the tasks given at the start of the race. The 12 challenges take the form of puzzles, riddles, and clues that guide treasure hunters to a specific location within the city, where each team must complete a special task using only their cleverness and muscles. Players can also use the Internet, and the winning team is usually the one that best leverages its resources. The first team to successfully complete all tasks and vault over the finish line will receive a prize and assembly line of high-fives.
A creative and entertaining way to see the city, Denver Inside and Out is a walking tour/scavenger hunt/street theater based on the 1922 robbery of the Denver Mint. Participants of the tour unwittingly become accomplices in Denver’s most famous crime mystery. This downtown adventure takes in the city’s most noted landmarks.