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The Best Alternatives to Skiing for Your 2021 Spring Break

Colorado Via Ferrata

Ski season is getting into full swing here in Colorado and though we’re still waiting on more snow, it’s the highlight of many’s spring break travels to the Rocky Mountains every year.  The best thing you can do with the current restrictions at your resort destination is get your lift tickets well in advance and also take some tiem diving into the many other outdoor activities that the state has to offer.  Opt for a few days on the slopes and a few days enjoying the following alternatives to skiing this spring break.


One thing to note here is that you don’t want to venture out on muddy trails, which are common in the spring time.  The reason being is not only will you completely cover yourself, but you’re doing more harm than good to the paths and maintenance on them will skyrocket come summertime.  Summit County and areas higher in elevation will still have a good snowpack on their trails, just don’t forget your snowshoes or yaktraks!  The Chicago Trail system surrounding Echo Mountain near Idaho Springs and Mount Evans ends up yielding some great hiking closer to the Denver area.

Mountain Biking and Cycling

Cycling in Colorado

If you’re up in the Colorado Rockies this will not be an option quite yet, but the front range stays fairly dry and warmer leaving you with some options during the springtime.  With just a short drive to Golden or Boulder, Colorado, the sun-exposed mesas don’t hold snow for long.  Venturing out here will present the same situation hiking would in regard to muddy trails, so make sure you’re staying responsible in keeping this trails at tip top shape and not heading out when it’s not suggested to.

Cycling can be a fantastic form of exercise yearround in Colorado.  Lookout Mountain and Golden Gate Canyon Road are hotspots for road cyclists after a few warm, sunny days in the spring.

p.s. Fat tire bikes ARE a thing and make for a great time on two wheels in the snowy Rockies!


Soar under the warm Colorado sun on an aerial adventure for one of your spring break activities!  AVA Rafting & Zipline’s Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs is only an hour from Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper Mountian, Keystone, and more.  This zipline course provides 6 separate lines that zig-zag down the mountain ride foryou to end up right behind our check-in and guest services store. This course not only introduces people to have an overview of Idaho Springs, but brings in the experience everyone can enjoy. If you’re unsure about the course; our well-trained staff takes you on a quick practice line for you to get a feel of the height and sense of the course.



Fly Fishing

Spend a relaxing day on the river and either learn to fly fish or break out your angling skills if you’re more experienced casting a line.  Spring fishing in Colorado has it’s highlights.  Check out Clear Creek near Golden, Colorado or the Upper Colorado River in Kremmling and find some fun for the whole family!

Spring Fishing in Colorado

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata is the fastest growing and most interesting activity that AVA provides with a combination of multiple mountaineering elements into just a few hours.  The Via Ferrata was invented in Italy for people to travel from mountain to mountain with more ease than other resources.  In Italian, “Via Ferrata” means “iron path”.  Since then, Via Ferratas have grown to one of the fastest upcoming high adventure activities that involves climbing, traversing and ziplining.  Lucky for you, AVA’s Mount Evans Via Ferrata in Idaho Springs fires up on March 1st, 2021 and can make make for a great afternoon exploring the mountaintops near Idaho Springs, Colorado this spring break.



Rock Climbing Colorado Near Denver

From mountaineering to ziplining, AVA Rafting & Zipline will be starting to be in full swing in March.  Include an aerial adventure in your plans this spring and make the most of your time in the Colorado Rockies with AVA!