Friday, July 31, 2015

When most people hear the name "Vail," they picture snow-capped mountains,
skiing, and snowboarding.
And while Vail is without a doubt one of the premiere ski destinations in the
U.
S.
, that’s not all it has to offer.
In the summer, Vail experiences awesome temperatures, making it the perfect
time to get outdoors and in touch with nature.
I recently attended the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, and was introduced to
some of the non-snow activities that are possible in the area.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Kayaking Mount a GoPro to your kayak and catch all of the action.
(Photo: Brittany Jones-Cooper)The first thing you see when you drive into
Vail are the mountains, but the rivers also deserve your attention.
The Eagle, Roaring Fork, and Colorado rivers are all easily accessible and
offer just the challenge you’re looking for in the water.
The crew at Alpine Quest Sports paddle these rivers everyday, and were able
to guide me down the river, warn me about obstacles, and help me navigate the
rapids.
It was a blast, and totally something I’ll do again.
 Plus, if kayaking isn’t your thing, Alpine Quest Sports also
offers stand up paddleboard lessons.
 Whitewater Rafting (Photo: Sage Outdoor Adventures)Rivers are
unpredictable, which is one of the reasons why whitewater rafting is so much
fun.
The rivers in Vail have calm stretches where you can gaze at the gorgeous
nature around you, followed by fast-moving whitewater rapids that require all
of your focus and attention.
The expert rafters at Sage Outdoor Adventures know the rivers like the
back of their hands, and will guide you safely down the watercourse.
Sage provides a wetsuit, river booties, a splashtop, and helmet —
all you have to bring is your courage.
 ATV Riding If the hulk was a motor-vehicle, he would most certainly be
an ATV.
These all- terrain dynamos zoom down dirt roads, over small boulders, and
through water.
Vail and the surrounding areas are filled with acres of backcountry, and Nova
Guides will take you through the White River National Forest on several
exciting ATV trails.
While riding through alpine meadows, you’ll also get a chance to see
the the two biggest peaks in Colorado — Mt.
Elbert and Mt.
Massive.
No experience necessary, just a helmet and a thirst for adventure.
 Ziplining Photo: Adventure RidgeIf you’re looking to get out of
your comfort zone, then look not further than Adventure Ridge.
 Take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village, and face your
fears with a variety of thrilling obstacles.
The 1,200-foot long zipline is a crowd favorite, providing adventurers with
stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
With a kids’ ropes course, climbing wall, and kid-sized zipline, the
best part about Adventure Ridge is that it’s fun for the entire family.
 

Mountain Biking Cruise through the forests of Vail on a mountain
bike.
(Photo: Erik Proano/ Vail)You know what snow-free mountains are perfect for?
Mountain Biking! Downhill skiing is fun, but downhill biking can also get your
adrenaline flowing.
Vail is home to many trails and ski slopes that are perfect for a two-wheeled
adventure.
Sign up for a bike haul where you ride a gondola up the mountain, and ride
down on your bike.
Or if you’re looking for a bit more cardio, sign up for a guided tour.
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When most people hear the name "Vail," they picture snow-capped mountains,
skiing, and snowboarding.
In the summer, Vail experiences awesome temperatures, making it the perfect
time to get outdoors and in touch with nature.
I recently attended the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, and was introduced to
some of the non-snow activities that are possible in the area.
.
Ziplining Photo: Adventure RidgeIf you’re looking to get out of your
comfort zone, then look not further than Adventure Ridge.
 Take the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village, and face your
fears with a variety of thrilling obstacles.
The 1,200-foot long zipline is a crowd favorite, providing adventurers with
stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
With a kids’ ropes course, climbing wall, and kid-sized zipline, the
best part about Adventure Ridge is that it’s fun for the entire family.
 

Mountain Biking Cruise through the forests of Vail on a mountain
bike.
(Photo: Erik Proano/ Vail)You know what snow-free mountains are perfect for?
Mountain Biking! Downhill skiing is fun, but downhill biking can also get your
adrenaline flowing.
Vail is home to many trails and ski slopes that are perfect for a two-wheeled
adventure.
Sign up for a bike haul where you ride a gondola up the mountain, and ride
down on your bike.
Or if you’re looking for a bit more cardio, sign up for a guided tour.
 WATCH: Wipeout! Surfing With Famed Chef Eric Ripert in Puerto Rico.
Not as Easy as It Looks Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every
day.
Hang out with us onFacebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.

When most people hear the name "Vail," they picture snow-capped
mountains, skiing, and snowboarding.
In the summer, Vail experiences awesome temperatures, making it the perfect
time to get outdoors and in touch with nature.
I recently attended the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, and was introduced to
some of the non-snow activities that are possible in the area.

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