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Alpine / January 2, 2013

Get out and play

Written by: Guest Writer

We hate your couch. No, it’s not because of the floral print or the funky smell – it’s because every hour you spend sitting on those fluffy cushions is an hour you don’t spend outside. Whatever your interest or fitness level, check out one of our favorite ways to play outside in the coming months.

Learn to snowshoe free

Trying something new is always a gamble, especially in the world of outdoor sports. Gear needs to be rented, trails chosen, and skills learned – all without any guarantee that your experiment in recreation will produce anything but a cold, blistery mess.

But you can hedge your bets next Saturday at Winter Trails Day in Estes Park. Not only will vendors offer free snowshoe demos all day, but expert winter athletes will teach clinics on skills like winter hydration, layering, conditioning and more.

Winter Trails Day will be held all day from the Park and Ride lot along Bear Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. All activities are free, but entrance to the park costs $20 per vehicle. This fee will be waived Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Watch movies… with us!

We love movies. But when we sit down in front of the silver screen, we prefer on-screen fare that goes better with trail mix than popcorn. As far as we’re concerned, an adventure film festival is the most fun one can have sitting down.

A week from today, you can expect to find us at the Jonathan Copp Adventure Film Festival in Beaver Creek. With a line-up of films like Blue Obsession, The Freedom Chair, Tempting Fear, and a half-dozen others, and a talk from climber Jon Kedrowski, PhD, the night promises to deliver a healthy dose of inspiration to even the most jaded mountain athletes.

The event kicks off at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek at 6 p.m., and is followed by an on-stage after party where attendees can mingle with some of the Vail Valley’s best athletes and adventurers. Tickets to the festival are $25 for adults and $15 for kids, and tickets to the festival and after-party (where the drinks and the grub are free) are $40. All proceeds go to support avalanche education in Eagle County.

Buy your tickets

Race a Colorado classic

So you already know how to snowshoe. And just the idea of spending in an evening looking at a bright screen in a dark room makes your back sweat. You signed up for a newsletter about adventure, dangit – so where is it?

On Feb. 2, the adventure will be in Crested Butte. At once the town’s biggest Nordic ski race and craziest costume party, the Alley Loop takes ski racers of all abilities through the streets and alleys of Colorado’s “last great ski town.”

The Alley Loop includes 42k, 21k, 10k, and 5k Nordic races for adults, and 3k and 1.5k races for kids. For alpine lushes, the race is preceded by a Friday night ski pub crawl. Advanced registry in the Loop and pub crawl is just $10.

See a video from last year

Kevin Krill photo

 

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