Aspen Adventures

Aspen Adventures

Looking for your next Ski Destination? Aspen Adventures is it for an amazing ski trip.

Aspen Highlands the best kept secret ski destination for Aspen Adventures

Are you looking for a challenging ski destination in North America? Check out Aspen Highlands with 36% expert runs and a favorite for locals.
What are you waiting for?

Here are my travel suggestions for an Aspen adventures ski vacation in Colorado.

Where to Go:
Aspen, Colorado

When to Go:
Mid-December through Mid-April

How long should you stay:
5-7 days

Recommended places to stay during your Aspen adventures ski vacation:
Skiing with the guys or gals or by yourself, here is a deal for you:
Stay at the St Moritz Lodge where they have dorm style housing and a shared bath. Each room has a small frig and microwave, plus free continental breakfast. You can’t beat this deal for skiing in Colorado.
Here are some other great options:
Mountain Chalet, Aspen Meadows, Independence Square Lodge or Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Or check VRBO for condo rental directly through the owners

Ski Resorts and Runs to Hit:

Aspen Highlands
Famous for the Highland Bowl where you can only get there by skinning in or snowcat. The B-zones are known for being the most difficult and steepest.
Experts only be sure to check out the P-Chutes and the No Name Bowl.

Aspen Mountain
Known for its black-diamond terrain and skis like a really big mountain even though only over 600 acres.

Snowmass 
Another great option for a day of skiing

Buttermilk

This is the family friendly mountain

 

Aspen Adventures for Apres Ski Activities

Restaurants:

There are so many great restaurants in Aspen to check out, here are just a few —- Pinons, White House Tavern, Chef’s Club and Matsuhisa

 

Looking for more fun on the mountain:

Cross-country skiing
Powder Tours
Snowshoe

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional travel information for an Aspen Adventure. I am here to help plan your next vacation.

 

 

Utah Travel Information

Utah travel information

Utah Travel Information
For Extreme Snow Sports & Ski Vacations

Are you looking for an adventure vacation and winter travel destination?

Utah has it all and you can find all the Utah travel information you need here.

There are 13 Ski areas in Utah and nearly 1200 ski runs within a 30 mile drive from the Salt Lake City airport.

What are you waiting for?

 

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for ski vacations to Utah.

Where to Go:

Park City, Utah or at any of the ski resorts
When to Go:

Ski Season

Recommend: Spring Skiing for the best snow and weather.
Note: Do not try to go during Sundance Film Festival, it will be overrun with celebrities and you will pay way too much for a place to stay if you can even find one.

How long should you stay:

5-7 days 

 

Recommended places to stay during your ski vacations:

VRBO condos, condos and condos in Park City

Park City Reservation for even more options to choose from for every budget

 

Ski Resorts/Runs to Hit:

PCMR = Park city Mountain Resort
Hike & Ski the Peak
Hit the Crescent and Motherlode lifts for terrific tree skiing
Jupiter Bowl for backcountry-like runs
Hidden Splendor is an amazing run
Note: Gets crowded during peak times, avoid the Silverlode chair midday

Snowbird = Average of 500″ of snow
Great Scott run is in a wide open bowl and one of the steepest runs in North America.
Chip’s Run has it all in just one run.
Tiger Tail run is a must but you will have to check with the patrol on when they will open it.
Note: The road through Little Cottonwood Canyone is known to close during big storms.

Alta = #1 ranking for snow but it is snowboarder free. A two planker resort only.
This is the real ski experience.
Alf’s High Rustler is known for a “perfect fall line”
Eddie’s High Nowhere includes some climbing before the 1,000 foot drop run.
Note: Alaska Mountain Guides is right behind the Alta resort and offers backcountry skiing starting at $85 for a half day.

Deer Valley = Another no snowboarders rule, skiiers only resort.
Signature run is Stein’s Way and it is 4,500 feet long and made for giant-slalom-style turns, named after the Olympian Stein Eriksen.
Take the Empire Lift to Supreme run.
Canyons = Vertical drop of 3,190 feet
Head over to Ninety-Nine 90 for blacks and double blacks, hit the Charlie Brown and Red Pines Chutes runs
Ski LonePine, Yard Sale, After Shock double black runs
Hike the Murdock Bowl off the Super Condor

More local & smaller resorts:

Brighton = Local’s favorite with “killer snow”
Check out Sunshine for incredible views.
There is awesome backcountry access here.

Solitude = No liftlines or crowds but deep snow
Cathedral Bowl off the Summit chair
Challenger is the best for a steep, challenging run.

Snowbasin = 3,000 vertical feet and 3,000 acres & no crowds
Check out the runs off Strawberry Express Gondola
The Grizzly Downhill is a run from the top to the bottom of the resort and for adventurers looking to prove their skills.
This was the men’s downhill run for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Heli-Ski Tours through Wasatch Powderbird Guides for the extreme snow sports enthusiast

 

Utah Travel Information for Apres Ski Activities:

Must Hit Restaurants In Park City:

 

Other Extreme Snow Sports Available:

 

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Utah Travel Information. I am here to help plan your adventure vacation.

Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing
South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming

Rock Climbing South Dakota has granite rock, first accent possibilities, easy approaches and world-class rock climbing. There is a little of everything for every type of climber.

Take a road trip to the Black Hills and Devils Tower.

South Dakota travel tips and recommendations for your rock climbing destination:

Where to go:

Hill city or Spearfish, South Dakota
Devils Tower, Wyoming
When to go:

Summer

Note: the month of June is a very sacred month at devils tower, I would recommend not going during June out of respect.

And Sturgis (1st full week in August) is a really busy and FUN time to be in the hills, just book your place to stay in advance.
How long to stay:
Minimum 4 days

Include travel time because this is a road trip destination

 

Where to stay:

Closest to the Mount Rushmore routes and the cheapest (FREE) pull in to the climber’s campground on your way to Mount Rushmore, pull off is Wrinkled Rock. No water, no electricity, no fires and fault toilets but it is FREE and the scenery is beautiful.

Closest to the Custer State Park routes is Sylvan Lake campground, cabins or lodge

In Hill City – try the Best Western Golden Spike Inn or Black Hills Trails End Cabins & Motel

In SpearfishBell’s Motor Lodge Motel or the Best Western Black Hills Lodge

In Devils TowerDevils Tower Lodge – a climbing retreat where you can book a room & a guide

 

Get your Climb On

Find all the rock climbing South Dakota areas/routes on Mountain Project.

Custer State Park with Sylvan Lake and The Needles – traditional climbing on granite rock

Mt Rushmore National Memorial with South Seas and Chopping Block- sport routes, bouldering

Falling Rock & Victoria Canyon near Rapid City

Spearfish Canyon – limestone rock, beautiful area

Devil’s Tower – one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas

Need a climbing guide while you are here – check out Sylvan Rocks

Find the guidebooks you need here for rock climbing South Dakota.

Backcountry.com – Rock Climbing Gear

 

Get your Bike On

Rent a motorcycle and drive some of the most scenic drives in the country. Then check out sturgis!

Note: Sturgis is usually held the first full week in August.

Biking (non-motorized style) – the George S Mikelson Trail is 109 miles long

 

Get your Hike On

Hike to the tallest point in South Dakota – Harney Peak
Hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon

 

Get your Grub On

There is nothing like a meal at the Alpine Inn in Hill City to top off a climbing day.
They have only one thing on the menu – bacon wrapped filet mignon either 6oz or 9oz with baked potato, toast, wedge of lettuce and ranch dressing for $9.95 or $11.95

Stop at the Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish

 

Have fun rock climbing South Dakota!

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Adventure Sports Destination

 

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

If you seek adventure sports on your vacation then you have to check out Red Rock Canyon on your next trip.

There is world-class rock climbing 20 miles from the Vegas strip! Climb by day, gamble by night.

There are 1,700 different routes of all grades and lengths at Red Rock Canyon. Be sure to get the guidebook before you go.

Note: If you forget anything or need any gear, stop by Desert Rock Sports on W Charleston on the way to Red Rock Canyon.

And don’t forget to check out all of the other rock climbing destinations within a day’s drive of Las Vegas. I have listed a few others below to check out on your trip.

Here are my tips for an adventure vacation to Red Rock Canyon:

Where to go:

Las Vegas, Nevada

When to go:

Spring and Fall are the best times to go

How long to stay:

5-7 days

Where to stay:

On the Vegas strip

MGM Grand

The Mirage

Note: These both have easy access to/from the strip and it is easier to stay on the south end of the strip.

Off the Vegas strip

Red Rock Resort Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There are a lot of other options, check out Trip Advisor for more places to stay no matter what your budget is.

 

 

Local Guide Services are available if you are unfamiliar with the area or new to this adventure sport: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides or Sky’s The Limit

Red Rock Canyon

Climbing Areas

I am just listing a few of the areas, for the full list get the Rock Climbing Red Rocks Falcon Guide or check Mountain Project for more information.

Sport Climbing Areas

Calico Basin

This is a no fee area with easy access to bouldering, sport and trad climbing.

Very popular sport climbing area.

First Pullout

Sunny and short approaches make this a great area. Best crags = Dog Wall and The Fixx Cliff.

Second Pullout

Some of the best sport climbing cliffs = Black Corridor, The Gallery and Wall of Confusion are here.

Sandstone Quarry

Mostly sport climbing routes with longer approaches.

Best cliffs = Holiday Wall, The Trophy and Sonic Youth Wall.

Multi-Pitch, Traditional Climbing Areas

Icebox Canyon

Mostly 1-pitch routes

Pine Creek Canyon

Dark Shadows Wall has excellent rock but make sure to bring 2 ropes to get off these routes.

Oak Creek Canyon

Multiday routes. Some of the best routes at Red Rock are here. Long approaches and some require third-class scrambling to reach.

Black Velvet Canyon

The most famous and classic routes at Red Rock are here.

Not too bad of approach hikes. Rough dirt roads, but don’t require 4WD.

 

 

Other Climbing Areas Nearby

Christmas Tree Pass

Within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Rock is quartz monzonite. Majority of routes are bolt-protected slabs.

Saint George

There are quite a few small crags around Saint George which is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas.

Crawdad Canyon is 17 miles north of Saint George and hs lots of sport climbs and a huge swimming pool.

Check out Snow Canyon State Park and the Chuckwalla Wall.

Joshua Tree

Only 4 hours south of Las Vegas.

There are more routes here than in any other climbing area in the country.

Virgin River Gorge

Located just north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 in Arizona.

Limestone area with lots of hard routes.

Guidebook – Rock Climbing Arizona

Zion

Less than 3 hours north of Las Vegas in Zion National Park.

Lots of big-wall routes and canyoneering trips.

Guidebook – Rock Climbing Utah

Have a great adventure vacation and enjoy rock climbing in Nevada!  And be safe in all of your adventure sports!

Travel to Thailand

 Koh Phi Phi Islands

Adventure Travel to Thailand

Travel to Thailand for some great adventure climbing and amazing Thailand beaches!

Southern Thailand was made for climbing with the huge rock formations jutting out of the ocean.  Thailand is the friendliest and most accommodating country I have ever visited, they love farangs (foreigners)!

Here are some travel tips for an amazing adventure travel trip to Thailand:

Where to go:

Krabi Province, Thailand

Includes Tonsai, Railay, Koh Phi Phi Island

When to go:

Dec-April

How long to stay:

Minimum: One week

Where to stay:

Check out Railay site for recommendations and even help with booking a place to stay.

They list all types of accommodations for every budget and traveler.

Where to climb:

Railay – limestone, bolted routes all along the beach and back in the jungle
A few of the climbing areas on Railay = Pra-Nang Beach, Escher Wall, Candlestick, Thailand Wall, Low Tide Wall, 1,2,3 Wall, The Keep, Maui Thai
Climbing areas on Tonsai Beach = Dum’s Kitchen, Cat’s Wall, Tonsai Wall

Climbing areas on Phi Phi Islands = Hua Ling wall, Pile Wall, Hin Taak, Ao Ling, Tonsai Tower, Maya Bay

Other climbing areas nearby =

LoaLiang island

Koh Yao Noi

 

Other Adventure Options:

Deep Water Soloing  – day-trips to Tonsai/Railay, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Lao Liang

Bouldering – on Tonsai Beach and Phra Nang Beach

Kayaking around Krabi

Elephant Trekking tours in Ao Nang

Jungle Treks in Railay

Area Climbing Guides – contact King Climbers Guidebooks Rock Climbing in Thailand and LaosThailand: A Climbing Guide, or King Climbers Edition 51wMgOuokeL._SL110_.jpgThailandSam Lightner Jr.Best Price $13.24
or Buy New $15.72 

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Travel to Thailand Tips:

Grab a bite to eat anywhere along Tonsai beach or Railay Beach.

If you are staying on Tonsai (due to low tide you can’t get there at night) make your way along the beach and enjoy all of the great bars, each one is unique and a guaranteed good time!

Railay West has some great restaurants along the beach and inland too.

Enjoy the Rock & Fire International Competition which is held yearly in the winter.

Just remember this is island time and no one is in a hurry. They don’t know what ASAP means so relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. It is amazing!

Bring bahts with you, not many places available to exchange money here.

Everything is really inexpensive for a beach location.

Use backpacks for luggage since you are getting in and out of boats and there are no docks at most of these locations.

Make sure to lookup the immunizations needed before traveling.

Stock up your first aid kit and bug spray before traveling.

And remember, you are in the jungle, lots of crawlers and bugs and monkeys everywhere.

Lastly, don’t forget your climbing gear!

 

Enjoy your travel to Thailand! I promise you will go back again.

Keystone and A-Basin

Keystone

Ski Colorado: Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) and Keystone

Ski Colorado for stellar skiing and awesome mountain towns!

Arapahoe Basin or A-Basin for short is not a typical Colorado Ski Resort, it is more of a local ski area with not too many frills but lots of killer runs!

Keystone has almost 50% runs rated black or double black diamond for pure diehards.

Are your skis packed yet?

 

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your next adventure ski vacation to Colorado:

Where to Go:

Keystone or Dillon, Colorado

When to Go:

Ski Season

Recommendation: Spring Skiing, take advantage of the A-Basin Beach scene.

How long should you stay:

4-7 days is ideal

 

Where to stay:

VRBO condos in Keystone

Ski Tip Lodge for more upscale lodging

Arapahoe Inn for budget lodging

Recommendation: River Run Village for night life and an easy walk to the Keystone Gondola

Lone Eagle or the Timbers for ski in ski out at Keystone

Ski Runs to Hit:

Keystone – Snowcat service in Independence Bowl (fee) or catch a $5 snowcat to The Outlook

A-Basin – Montezuma Bowl

A51 Terrain Park at Keystone

Night skiing at Keystone

Elk Run at Keystone for great tree skiing

Flying Dutchman is a blue run but it is a fun ungroomed mogul run at Keystone

LaDonte’s Cabin is a perfect rest spot at Keystone

A-Basin – If you hit the right day and there is enough snow – Hike the East-Wall Traverse to the Land of the Giants

And if you are really lucky, you can hike the Upper East Wall and hit some of the extreme runs at A-Basin

The majority of A-Basin is above the tree-line so the whole upper half is one enormous bowl.

A-Basin is not for beginners!

Note: A-Basin is one of the first to open and one of the last to close for the season.

A-Basin typically gets around 350 inches of snow per year.

Apres Ski Activities:

Enjoy cheap whiskey and $2 PBRs at The Goat in Keystone

Drink at The Sixth Alley at The Basin

Note: Order the bacon Bloody Mary!

The Dam Brewery in Dillon

Grab a burger and beer at Moosejaw, a local hang.

Try Snowbiking at Adventure Point at Keystone Mountain

Take a Snowmobile Tour in River Run Village

Snowshoeing at Keystone Nordic Center

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Ski Colorado information. I am here to help plan your next adventure travel destination.

Vail Skiing

 

Vail

 

Vail is one of the top ski resorts in the United States. Have you skied it yet?

If not, you are missing out on seven legendary back bowls for downhill skiing you will dream about for years. There is a reason adventure skiers keeping going back, there is nothing like it anywhere else and over 50% of the resort are expert runs.

Here are my travel tips for your ski trip:

Where to go:

Vail, Colorado

When to go:

January – April

Note: January is the snowiest month

How long to stay:

5-8 days

 

Recommended places to stay:

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa – ski in/ski out

Westwind at Vail – great, budget friendly condos

Simba Run Vail Condominiums – great condos for traveling with friends and huge outdoor hot tub for after skiing

Or check for these and other condos on VRBO.

Ski runs to hit at Vail:

Game Creek Bowl- Dealer’s Choice run

Sun Up Bowl – get some untracked snow in the trees by Yonder and Over Yonder runs

Blue Ox, Highline, Prima, Riva Ridge and Rogers Run – best runs on the front side

Blue Sky Basin – adventure skiing with a lift and the best snow in all the bowls

Golden Peak Terrain Park – one of the top ten in terrain parks

Rose Bowl – Spider run and Stone Creek

China Bowl – Genghis Kahn and some great powder stashes

Trail Map of the frontside and Trail Map of the backside bowls

Get a local guide and hit the backcountry Minturn Mile run that leaves the ski area in the Game Creek area and goes down a bowl ending up at the Saloon.

Note: stay away from chairs 2, 4, 5 and 11 between 10am-2pm  on the weekends- long, long lines

 

Après-Ski:

Los Amigos in Vail Village for a margarita or beer after skiing

Garfinkel’s in Lionhead for a spin of the shot wheel

The Red Lion for some live music

 

Other Mountain Adventures:

Ski Biking at Adventure Ridge

Vail Nordic Center for snowshoeing

Snowcat Skiing on Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge (40 miles south of Vail) and stay the night at Tennessee Pass in a yurt

Snowmobiling – either group tours or self-guided tours are available

Dogsled tours in Vail Valley

Hope you are heading west on I-70 for a killer day of skiing!