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The Colorado Ski Country Trifecta

Can you believe its summer and were still skiing in Colorado? Its probably because we had so much snow in places this past winter, there is still plenty to go around. Or maybe its because the air here is dry and that keeps the snow around. Or maybe its because the resort that is open is higher in elevation where the snow is preserved longer.

Folks living up the summer season at Arapahoe Basin

Folks living up the summer season at Arapahoe Basin

Whatever the reason, one of our favorite things to do this time of year is the Colorado Skiing Trifecta. Maybe its actually a triathlon and we just made up the word trifecta. The trifecta can only be accomplished when the warm weather rolls around in Colorado, and outdoor enthusiasts face the agonizing decision of what to do with all the sunshine, open space, and snowy mountains. Weekends are torn between skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking or golfing. When one successfully participates in all three favorite outdoor activities in the same day, they have completed a Colorado Skiing Trifecta. So does that make them a trifectathlete?

Warm weather in Colorado ski country brings the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to perfect the trifecta. Late season snow keeps the mountains calling while warmer temperatures entice skiers and riders toward other favorite sports. Now is the perfect time for guests to load up the eco-friendly multi-purpose car rack and head for the hills to embark on their own Colorado Trifecta.

Ski-cli-yak Trifecta
Spend the morning overlooking the continental divide making turns at Arapahoe Basin under bluebird skies. After a few hours laying tracks in the snow, head to Goldens North Table Mountain to rack in a few more vertical feet by rock climbing. When the shakes kick in, its time to grab a kayak and hit-up the playhole at Goldens Clear Creek White Water Park.

Pond-Skimming at Arapahoe Basin

Pond-Skimming at Arapahoe Basin

Golf-ski-fi Trifecta
Make an early morning tee-time for a round at a favorite golf course. At mid morning, skip the back nine and cruise up to Arapahoe Basin to take a run above 9,000 feet. When the last chair rolls around, wind down the day by fishing the Blue River at sunset.

Golf Course in Telluride

Golf Course in Telluride

Ski-raf-ike Trifecta
Plan for an early departure to make first chair and score fresh tracks at Arapahoe Basin. Spend the morning exploring the trees and then head east and stop at a local rafting company to run some white water on Clear Creek. To polish off the day, cruise over to the hiking trails behind Red Rocks to catch the view at sunset.

Bike-be-ski Trifecta
Hop on a road bike at sunrise and spin around the city before grabbing some Frisbee discs and heading to the Frisbee golf course. Trade in the flip-flops for some boots and bindings when pulling into Arapahoe Basin. Ride the summer corn snow and maybe even hike before descending to the Beach for some live music and aprs in A-Basins parking lot.

Winter Park's Trestle Bike Park

Winter Park's Trestle Bike Park

Of course, tailoring these options to meet individual tastes is easy. Its choosing only three that is the challenge; after all, there are only 24 hours in a day.