6. Test Your Luck SUPing in Colorado
The last thing you want to do is unintentionally go for a swim in a freezing river in the dead of winter. Which is why you will engage every muscle, especially your core, to make sure that you stay on your board while stand-up paddling downriver with Shaboomee. The leading SUP outfitter based out of Carbondale—a small mountain town with big charm and good eats nestled between Aspen and Glenwood Springs—is giving new meaning to “braving the cold” with an exciting program that allows people to paddle along spectacular stretches of waters, including the iconic Colorado River. Leave your swim trunks at home, polar plungers. Instead borrow a thick dry suit and booties that will keep you dry in case you do end up in the drink. Bring a warm hat and sunglasses (Colorado is impossibly sunny days all year round) so that you can take in the amazing views and unexpected wildlife around you. The river is surprisingly tranquil this time of year, so it might be a nice break from the busy nearby slopes, which you’ll undoubtedly hit, too.
(Group lessons start from $150 for two people, including gear)
Essential Gear: Stash your camera, snacks, and extra accessories (i.e., gloves and hat, in case you decide to swim with the fishies) in this super-lightweight waterproof Drycomp Summit Sack from Outdoor Research ($80). This protective day-pack features a durable, reinforced nylon fabric that’s made to withstand wet conditions and even temporary submersion.
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