AAA Colorado’s picks for summer fun

Denver, May 23, 2013 – The editors of AAA Colorado’s travel magazine, EnCompass, have made their picks of summer fun at 11 Colorado ski resorts. The three activities for each of 11 resorts across the state have a varying degree of difficulty, much like winter ski runs. Activities range from family friendly “easiest” green circle, to more challenging “intermediate” blue square, to adrenaline-infused “advanced” black diamond.


Ride a horse to lunch
T-Lazy-7 Ranch, 970-925-4614,
Bike the Rio Grand Trail
Paraglide off a mountain
Aspen Paragliding, 970-925-6975,

Beaver Creek

Take a nature hike
Beaver Creek Hiking Center, 970-754-5373,
Zip across a canyon
Zip Adventures, 970-926-9470,
Scale a fourteener
Beaver Creek Hiking Center, 970-754-5373,


Scream down an Alpine Coaster
Gold Run Alpine Coaster, 800-789-7669,
Mush sled-dog scooters
Snow Caps Sled Dogs, 970-453-7855,
Hike a mountain ridge
Breckenridge Mountain Outfitters, 970-453-2201,

Copper Mountain

Zip across a pond
Copper Mountain’s Alpine Rush, 866-841-2481,
Rediscover Lost Lake
Train for terrain parks
Woodward at Copper, 888-350-1544,

Crested Butte

Chaise rainbows (plus brown, brooks and cutthroats)
Dragonfly Anglers, 800-491-3079,
Float the Taylor River
Three Rivers, Resort, 888-761-3474,
Climb Guide’s Ridge
Crested Butte Mountain Guides, 970-349-5430,


Pedal a paddleboat
Adventure Center at Lakeside Village, 800-354-4386,
Paddle a kayak
Frisco Marina, 970-668-4334,
Pedal the park
Keystone Bike Park, 800-354-4386,

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Drift down in duckies (inflatable kayaks)
Mild to Wild Rafting, 800-567-6745,
Scoot down in Digglers (skateboard mated with a mountain bike)
Durango Mountain Resort, 970-385-2183,
Backpack to Chicago Basin
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 888-872-4607,


Indulge an uplifting experience
Wild West Balloon Adventures, 970-879-7219,
Gallop into the wild
Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch, 970-879-3495,
Bike the Gore Pass Gruel
Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, 970-879-9144,


Fly without a motor
Glider Bob, 970-708-0862,
Learn to rock climb
San Juan Outdoor School, 866-386-8743,
Traverse the Via Ferrata
Telluride Mountain Guides, 970-728-6481


Forage for fungus
Four Seasons Resort, 970-477-8610,
Inhabit a hut
Manor Vail Lodge, 800-950-8245,
Kayak the Colorado
Alpine Quest Sports, 970-926-3867,

Winter Park

Slide Colorado’s longest slide

Winter Park Resort, 970-726-1564,
Play disc golf
Winter Park Resort, 303-316-7564,
Pedal the Trestle

Trestle Bike Park, 970-726-1564,

“We can’t think of a better place to hike, bike, ride a horse, kayak, rock climb, paraglide, fish or golf than in the midst of the most awesome mountain scenery on Planet Earth,” says EnCompass editor Tom Hess. “There’s so much to do here, and for all ages and every ability. Just the drive alone would be rewarding if not for all the great activities that await you.”

For more information on each of the 33 activities above visit Encompass magazine at

EnCompass is published bimonthly for members of AAA Colorado. AAA Colorado has more than 560,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings.