Monthly Archives: January 2012

Top Colorado Destinations: Copper Mountain

5. Colorado Copper Mountain

It’s so tempting so sum up the entire mountainous region of Colorado in four short words:  summer hiking, then skiing.  And yes, you certainly can ski, snowboard, and snowmobile well into early spring.  But even areas like Copper Mountain, whose very identity is linked to being a ski resort town, have much more to offer.

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Things to Do in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek shares the same region of Colorado as Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen, Copper Mountain, and other big-name ski hotspots.  It’s also near smaller, local towns like Eagle and Gypsum.

Beaver Creek is mainly identified with a plush ski resort, where pampering is the name of the game.  The slopes range from carefully kept beginner trails to runs for the more experienced and adventurous skier.  This area is also very geared towards people vacationing with kids; a day camp is one of the services offered, along with child care, and a children’s museum is also part of the attractions.

Vacation Rentals in Beaver Creek

If you don’t want to stay at a resort or hotel, you have other choices, including renting a vacation home for the duration of your stay.  Can’t find a house or cabin that meets your needs or your budget?  Consider smaller towns that are just down the road from the Beaver Creek resort , like Edwards or Avon.

As you would expect of a wintertime resort, there are cold-weather outdoor activities aplenty.  Indoors, you can relax at one of the area’s spas or attend a performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, where offerings range from classical music to comedy to family shows.

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Fraser: Depending on Who You Ask, It’s America’s Icebox

4. Fraser

Personally, I would think being called by the moniker of “Icebox of the Nation” a dubious distinction at best.  However, Fraser, Colorado and International Falls, Minnesota – while they probably don’t resemble each other in too much else – have both laid claim to the title.  Fraser’s official town website is even decorated with cute little penguins to prove its frigid status.  This just goes to highlight the range of contrasts in Colorado, from the semi-arid semi-desert lands in the south to the windswept mountain peaks in the central and western areas of the state.  Where else can you become famous for both sunshine (300 days) and snowfall?

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Welcome to Colorado’s Front Range

Colorado is the state of the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains, and – in the south – jagged summits giving way to mesas and near-deserts.  The Front Range area encompasses the northern section of this meeting of plain and peak – where the eastern side of the state meets the western, and where the Rocky Mountains really begin to make their presence felt.

3. Colorado Front Range

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Mountain Village

Mountain Village occupies an interesting place in Colorado’s geography – it‘s right by the fabled Telluride.  By car, that’s an 8-mile, 20-minute trip, depending on the weather.  Without a car, you can get there in 13 minutes, rain, snow or shine.  And, no, it doesn’t require some weird suspension of the laws of physics.

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Snowmass Village

The first thing to learn about Snowmass Village is that Snowmass is an entirely different place.  If this has you scratching your head, don’t feel bad:  Snowmass Village’s website contains detailed driving directions that caution visitors not to mistakenly turn off towards Snowmass  – also known as Old Snowmass – when en route to Snowmass Village, some thirteen miles farther down the road.

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Grand Lake? It’s Called that for a Reason

Grand Lake is the name of both a lake and the Colorado town that hugs its shoreline.  This is the largest and deepest lake in the state, and it is separated by a fairly narrow strip of land from another sizeable body of water, Shadow Mountain Lake, which then flows into Granby Lake.  While Colorado, as a whole, is known as the land of the Rockies, in this area, the lakes make a strong second.

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