The 2016/2017 ski season has officiallyclosed in Vail and Beaver Creek. Vail closed on Sunday, April 23rd. It’s time to gear up for the summer activities that Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer. One of my favorite activities in the spring and early summer is whitewater rafting. The snowpack is a little lower than normal and river enthusiasts are already enjoying the water early this year. Class I to Class V river trips are available on the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. Take a day to enjoy the thrills of a half day, full day or multi-day river trip designed for beginner to advanced paddlers.
If you are planning a multi-day trip, Down River Equipment, a rafting retailer in Wheatridge, has some tips for making your trip successful. First, identify the river which best fits your group. If you were lucky enough to draw a permit, then you need to build your team, based on experience, group dynamics and willingness to pitch in. Make a plan to include where to meet and how vehicles will be shuttled. Make a gear list taking in account weather, activities and class of rapids. Delegate tasks so that one person isn’t stuck doing everything for the trip. Make a budget so everyone shares in the cost of food and the river permit. Plan a menu keeping in mind people’s diet restrictions and limited prep time on the river. Execute the plan and go with the flow if unexpected obstacles occur. After the trip is over, clean your gear, return any borrowed gear and refund any left over money. Share photos and look forward to your next trip.
For more information on activities in the Vail Valley, please visit our website: www.gatewaytovail.com.