Summer in the Mountains: Get Wet!

What happens to all that snow when the sun starts to melt it? It continues to provide no end of fun in the form of mountain rivers and streams. Rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing – they all find the perfect venue in the Colorado mountains in the summer time.

Alpine Quest Sports operates outside of Vail and Glenwood Springs offering tons of opportunity to take advantage of all that melted snow. Their kayak school offers a dizzying number of classes ranging from Swiftwater Rescue to a two or three day class on the Colorado River so you can master your kayaking techniques. They also offer a roll class every Wednesday to help you get your upside down technique mastered.

Children and teens can get in on the fun, too, with four-day camps geared toward teaching their specific age group to kayak. Why not put your kids in the class for the first part of your vacation while you take your own, and then go out on the river together with a little experience under your belts?

If you want to try something a little different, then you could try Alpine’s Stand Up Paddleboarding classes. Learn to stand-up paddleboard on calm lake waters, and gradually move your way up to class II whitewater. Impressive and fun!

Summer on mountain rivers will leave you leave you just as in love with melted snow as with the powdered stuff. What’s your favorite mountain river activity?


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