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Old 11-12-2015   #1
Salida, Colorado
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Any boating in Vail Valley during ski season?

Hi Colorado boaters,

I will be working at Beaver Creek this winter, from about Nov 20-April 15 and I am wondering if there is any point in bringing my paddling gear. I don't have a dry suit and I am not trying to go out in freezing temps anyway. Just wondering if there is anything going now, creeking or play, or if there typically is in early April. I just don't want to haul them 1300 miles and not use them. But I would also be mad at myself if some fun stuff goes and I don't have it. Same goes for the mountain bike. I doubt I will be driving to Moab to ride since most of the driving I do will probably be to another ski hill.
Thanks for any advice!

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Old 11-12-2015   #2
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Go to Moab, bring your bike and your boat. Kill the winter blues for a couple days.

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Old 11-12-2015   #3
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This is my 2nd year in Breckenridge, you will want a drysuit if you plan on battling the ice this winter.
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Old 11-12-2015   #4
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Shoshone is only an hour away and is runnable year round.
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Old 11-12-2015   #5
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Short answer is don't bother. There is a little bit of boating avail but it will be cold and fairly low quality. If you're into mountain biking and not from around here, taking a trip to Fruita and/or Moab is worth the drive.
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Old 11-12-2015   #6
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What about the Vail River? 😀

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Old 11-12-2015   #7
Salida, Colorado
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Since when is it 1300 miles from Salida to Vail? (Only going on your profile info)

And if you want to mountain bike, kayak, and ski all winter, why are you leaving Salida?
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Old 11-15-2015   #8
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Boating is marginal during this time but if you dont bring your bike you are really missing out. Moab biking has gotten amazing in the last 5 years. New trails built each year. Single track build for bike trails. DO not judge Moab by Slickrock trail. It is kinda dumb.
Also....... Fruita is a sweet overnight. Go down and ride. Get a room at the Balanced Rock motel. Clean and 60ish a night. Short walk to Hot Tomato Pizza. Ride some more. Also the Palasade Rim Trail . Hit the Rim trail at rabbit valley.
We live in summit county We go to Fruita/ Moab 3-4 times between New Years and April 15.
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Old 11-15-2015   #9
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I think there is a reasonable chance of boating during ski season, if you are willing to drive a bit. I still have not missed a month this year. Ran browns in january, upper c february,
and had an awesome trip on san juan, mexican to clay hills in march.
Watching weather patterns and taking advantage of the unseasonably warm spells helped.
All way's research the boatability of a stretch first, so you don't get blocked in by ice, or have an ice damn break loose up a side canyon when it is warming up quick.

A dry suite is not a bad idea, as is running a stretch well with in your ability's, since a swim could be very dangerous.

It's better to make the longer drive down stream, warmer weather and less danger of ice, Ice ledges and flow's can KILL you.

Am really digging the longer boating season, even if your not making it out in the middle of winter, there usually are some really nice day's in late spring where you can find boating if it is important enough to you to get on the water, SOME where.

Have fun, and be safe if you get out this winter!

P.S. Have fun at the beav, some awesome skiing there dispite all them rich folks, those fools don't like powder!!

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