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A Complete Winter Day In Colorado: Snowboarding, Fly Fishing, and Downtown


Colorado possesses innumerable adventure opportunities, which can make it difficult for people to select which single adventure to dedicate a free day toward.

Some people decide to drive for two hours into the Rocky Mountains and snowboard, only to leave when the lifts close and sit in traffic, where they’ll return home just in time for dinner.

Others elect to find a Rocky Mountain stream and spend the morning fly fishing for the entire day, only to get stuck in rush hour traffic while they sit in their cars and wait.

The Adventure Tribune has concluded that the benefit of Colorado’s ample adventure opportunities is that you don’t have to choose just one adventure per day; choose as many as you can!

Part One: Snowboarding
Drive up to the mountains early in the morning and have your snowboarding gear on before the first chair lift begins. Spend a few hours skiing aggressively and expend your energy.

When you would usually break for lunch, that’s when it’s time to leave. If you have a season pass, you won’t feel guilty about leaving after a half day; those who pay full price for a lift ticket may elect to get their money’s worth. Lesson to be learned: get a season pass next year if you plan on going to the mountains more than five days.

Part Two: Fly Fishing
The Colorado climate allows snow to fall one day and 65 degrees of sunshine the next, which means that lower mountain streams can be running while people are still skiing higher up in the Rockies.

Use your return trip to stop at your favorite fishing spot. Bring your pole and cast a bit. Since it’s winter, you may not catch your usual 27 fish (or whatever fishing stories you tell), but you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of fishing in the Rockies with no one else around. Since it’s the off-season, this is the time to practice your casting and to enjoy the process.

Part Three: Hole-In-The-Wall Meal
On the way further down the mountain, stop at your favorite dive diner and grab a meal you won’t forget. Idaho Springs offers some of the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi River: Smokin’ Yards BBQ.

If you’re coming from Eldora, stop in Nederland at one of their many food train cars. Perhaps you’re on your way down the mountain from Winter Park; be sure to stop at the Dairy King for a 1950’s-style burger and malt.

Part Four: Downtown Denver
Finish your day with some evening city adventure. Cruise around downtown and pop into the Tattered Cover Bookstore and explore their endless aisles of books.

Stroll around Union Station for some of the best people-watching you’ll find in the city. Check out an Avalanche or Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center.

When you have your Colorado day off, be sure to make the most of it. Get as much adventure packed into one day as you can so that you can get your adventure fix in until your next day off.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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