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Extreme Sports, Colorado Style

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Snowshoeing Colorado’s pristine backcountry. Photo by Michael Clark.
Snowshoeing Colorado’s pristine backcountry. Photo by Michael Clark.

Adrenaline makes any adventure better, and Colorado’s dramatic terrain presents the opportunity to push your limits. The easiest way to conquer untouched powder in Colorado’s pristine backcountry is by helicopter. Helitrax offers backcountry heli-ski adventures out of Telluride’s Peaks Resort and Spa in Mountain Village. Single- and multi-day trips include gear — and the food and après ski amenities to toast your turns at the end of the day.

Scaling the frozen cliffs of Ouray Ice Park, a popular spot for winter climbers. Photo by Keenan Harvey.
Scaling the frozen cliffs of Ouray Ice Park, a popular spot for winter climbers. Photo by Keenan Harvey.

For a one-of-a-kind adventure, try scaling one of Colorado’s iced-over waterfalls. Ascending these towering frozen buttresses provides an unusual perspective for experienced climbers who usually hang from a rock face. Rifle Mountain State Park boasts some of the best ice climbing in the country, and Josh Allison of Glenwood Climbing Guides recommends Final Curtain and Soul On Ice as some of the locals’ favorite routes. Another popular destination: Ouray Ice Park, which offers 3 vertical miles of frozen vertical terrain.

Fat tire biking is even better with a view of Durango. Photo by Keenan Harvey.
Fat tire biking is even better with a view of Durango. Photo by Keenan Harvey.

Think mountain biking is just for summer? A blanket of new-fallen snow transforms Durango’s trails into the ultimate destination for a growing legion of fat-tire lovers.

And just north of Silverton, Ophir Pass Road disappears into a hidden ravine for roughly 3 miles before ascending toward OPUS Hut. Snowshoeing this moderately inclined trail, with the jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains towering above, is a scenic, heart-throbbing adventure.

— By Jordan Martindell

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