It’s staying lighter later, the tulips and daffodils are poking through the earth, there’s a warmth on the breeze…it’s officially spring in Colorado. And, while we are pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of the snow, we are diving into some of the best things spring has to offer our great state. Take a look at our Top 5 things to love about spring in Colorado.
1. Spring Skiing
Just because the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming doesn’t mean we have to pack our skis away. In fact, for those of us who are cold-adverse, spring skiing is the perfect weekend activity. Shredding soft,
spring snow wearing nothing heavier than a long-sleeve T is the only way to go for many people. And, with all the snow Colorado’s ski resorts have received this year, you will have even longer to enjoy skiing this spring. For snow conditions and closing dates for all the state’s ski resorts check out http://www.coloradoskicountry.com/.
2. Whitewater Adventures
The same reason Colorado’s ski resorts will be open longer this season is the same reason whitewater activities are supposed to be epic during spring and early summer. In May, many of Colorado’s rivers will provide rafting enthusiasts some pretty awesome opportunities to take on what experts think will be some wild, wild rapids. The whitewater rapids aren’t just for rafters. There’s kayak, tubing and even Stand-up Paddleboard whitewater adventures. If you are looking to take on a challenge this whitewater season, join us for our whitewater rafting adventure in late May. Learn more at http://www.velaadventures.com/may-calendar.html.
3. Road Trips
As our weather gets more predictable spring offers the perfect opportunity to go explore some of Colorado’s destination gems. With 11 national parks and monuments, and 42 state parks, there’s plenty to choose from for outdoor spring adventures. Or, take a short drive to Fort Collins to sample some of the area’s craft breweries or to Colorado Springs to explore the Garden of the Gods. For a longer adventure, try Durango or Telluride to check out our state’s quaint, western towns. Choose your next road trip at http://www.colorado.com.
4. Dining Al Fresco
Before the hot summer sun starts to beat down, spring can offer some of the best al fresco dining weather. Grab a light cardigan on a cooler day and take in the freshness and newness of the season. Personally, we love nothing more than sitting outside to enjoy a delicious brunch on a sunny, warm and lazy Sunday in May. Start planning your next al fresco dining adventure by checking out Denver’s top 10 patio restaurants http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2012/05/denvers_ten_best_restaurant_pa.php.
5. Bicycle Time
Spring means it is time to dust off those bikes that have been hanging in the garage or stashed in the basement all winter. We so love taking that first reunited ride around the block…the warm breeze whipping through your hair and the freedom of not being confined to a car…what an awesome feeling! Want to
explore some new bike paths this summer? Take a look at http://coloradobikemaps.com/.
Vela is all about fun and adventure!