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Honoring Veterans This Memorial Day

Really quick side note, we have a ski buddy who’s family is in the piano moving business and are also veterans hook us up with http://www.buckspianomovers.com and we had an amazing experience. CYCABC was moving out of one building into a brand new space located in the heart of Beaver Creek and wow who would have thought moving could be so easy? We even have a lot of antique furniture and antique grand piano that we thought would be really tough to move but fortunately by using the professionals it went smoothly.

The ski industry has a lot to be thankful for on Memorial Day.

First and foremost Memorial Day is to honor all whom have served our county in many different capacities and in many different ways but veterans should also be recognized for making skiing as popular as it is today in America.

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Flying Fishing in Fall at the Beaver Creek, Colorado

The headwaters at Beaver Creek start at the top of Pikes Peak. Thereafter, the creek cuts its way down into the Arkansas River and finally into the Brush Hollow Reservoir into which most of the water is pumped. The Beaver Creek State Wildlife area is a rugged canyon through which most of the streams travel. The lower canyon is carefully carved through red rock and the only access is by wading the stream. If you love hiking or fishing in private, this area is perfect because there are very few people if any.

Important Beaver Creek Information

Knowing some of the key facts about Beaver Creek can help you enjoy your fly fishing experience which after all may be one of the reasons you are here.

Accessibility

Although the roads leading to the trail head are a bit dirt and rugged, you do not need a four wheel drive. You just need to be prepared for a bit of hiking and wading of the stream. If you want to do fly fishing, it is best if you can be a bit patient until after the diversion dam. The trails are well maintained but in some places hiking can be a challenge so it is important you watch your step.

Season

Since the area is at a lower elevation, 52.5 miles from Colorado Springs, it can form an exceptional spot for your maiden spring outing because it tends to be warmer compared to the other areas. For fly fishing, the best seasons are summer and fall.

Fish Species and Fly Patterns

The common fish species that you can get in Beaver Creek are brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. There are various fly patterns you can do here including Yellow Humpies, Hopper patterns, Beadhead droppers, Amy’s Ant, and Elk Hair Caddis. The fishing regulations applicable are the standard Colorado rules.

The reason why you need to wait until after the diversion dam if you want to do fishing is because the stream offers some middle and open areas as well as tighter forested sections and deeper pools in the canyon.

Must-Try Fly Fishing Activities

There are three main fly fishing activities that you cannot let off the hook once you are in Beaver Creek this fall. The good thing with these activities is that they have you in mind because irrespective of your fly fishing experience, you will easily fit in.

Walk and Wade

This is for both experienced and novice anglers. Through guided walk and wade fishing trips, you are taken to the best fishing spots in the Vail Valley. You are then given the opportunity to choose the appropriate flies and then coached on your fly fishing technique so that you can catch a trout.

Fly Fishing Float Trips

These fly fishing trips take you to sub alpine water stretches full of trout. The guides will coach you on how to read the water so as to improve your fly fishing technique.

The last activity is the overnight float where you get to see stretches of the scenic Colorado normally accessible only by boat. Through this trip, you will experience Colorado’s high country style. The end of it is a fly fishing exercise punctuated by reeling in beautiful trouts.

Fortunately while we were away we could relax even though our house was being painted because we used interior painters bucks county for the job and it turned out perfect.

Cheers- Beav

Getting the Most from Beaver Creek This Summer

Every summer, Beaver Creek is a beehive of activities with all sorts of events including hiking, horse riding, ice skating, and biking. With mountainous areas ranging from open intermediate trials to gentle manicured slopes and steep bumps, Beaver Creek has the best landscape to accommodate all your summer fun activities. If you are a fan of off-mountain activities, there are restaurants, spas, and shops as well as an outdoor ice rink to top it all. If you are moving to Beaver Creek this summer, these are some of the activities you and your family must look forward to. Oh I almost forgot to give a shout out to the moving company we used over memorial weekend, many thanks to http://www.tdymoving.com.

Hiking

Hiking in Beaver Creek Mountains is one of the activities that engage all your senses from mind, body, to the palate. There are group and private hikes all designed to enable you see and experience the grandeur of the mountains and their surroundings. Your staff-guided outdoor journey through fields of wildflowers and around the pristine Beaver Lake will enable you encounter different species of flora and fauna. You can also opt for the full mountains adventures where upon reaching your destination you will be rewarded with sunset wine pairings or gourmet lunches at some of the most iconic dining locations.

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Top Colorado Rivers For Rafting

River Rafting Colorado

 

Ok brah there dozens of rivers to raft in Colorado but here is a list of top rivers to ride.

  1. Roaring Fork- It runs through the beautiful Aspen Valley and ranges between class II-IV rapids. The river is gorgeous because it’s lined with big boulders, cottonwoods, pines and aspen trees. The rocking time only lasts about four weeks so make sure you time it right when spring runoff is kicking.
  2. The Dolores- An off the beaten path tributary to the Colorado River located in the San Juan mountain range with class I-IV rapids. This river is special because of really short season, petroglyphs, slick rock and numerous canyon hikes throughout.
  3. The Colorado- The name says it all, this is an iconic river with class II-IV rapids. The upper is a nice float with amazing views of eagles and wildlife. The lower has more exciting rapids particularly in Glenwood Canyon. There are also hot springs in some of the pocket water so keep an eye out for that! Continue reading “Top Colorado Rivers For Rafting”

Summer Time And the Living is Easy.

Ok so some of you may be sad about the ski and snowboard season being over but as the saying goes you move here for the skiing and you end up staying because of the summers. Well if you work in the service industry like many locals do summertime and the mud season previous to summer officially starting is awesome.

First with the Mud Season-

You ‘ve worked and skied your but off for months straight and now it mud season. What the heck are you going to do? Uh how about go on a nice long vacation somewhere exotic like Bali or South East Asia? Maybe South America to chase more skiing if you just couldn’t get enough. The options are plentiful when you have at least a month to kill before the summer tourists start rolling through. Hopefully you saved some money from all those double shifts and drinking only PBR’s. If you didn’t save much money Europe is definitely out, but your money goes a long way in SEA, Mexico, or some countries in Central and South America. Costa Rica is a favorite among surfers. You really have to go some where…. any where…. just to get out of the small town mountain feel and gain some worldly perspective outside of the narrow focus of a ski town. Continue reading “Summer Time And the Living is Easy.”

The Coolest Things To Do At The Beav

Yes indeed there has got to be something for everyone to do at Beaver Creek and this is short list of just that…Things to do at the Beav. We are going to have to break this down to winter vs. summer…. So we’ll start here with winter.

  1. Um go skiing- I mean it’s a world class mountain with terrain of all types. Groomers, bumps, steep chutes, cliffs, trees, terrain parks for young and old, and one little bowl…Did I mention Birds Of Prey? Yea thats the location of the World Cup Ski Races that usually takes place every November. Check it out it’s pretty darn steep and when they set up the coarse they literally take fire hoses out and spray water on the coarse to create a nice layer of ice. It’s wicked fast.
  2. Eat- Something for everyone here, if you want some local eats head on down valley to the Gas House for the best fried chicken west of the Mississippi, or to a local brewery, or Mexican hole in the wall with amazing tacos. If your feeling a little fancy there are dozens of fine dining options in Beaver Creek Village and even some on the mountain that you can ride a horse drawn sleigh too….
  3. Relax- Plenty of spas abound where you can get a steam, soak, or rub. Maybe you just want to chill listen to some live music an watch the skiers and snowboarders come down the mountain. Well there are more than a few places to sit by the fire and do just that. Make sure you get your fresh cookie a 3 pm daily handed out by the men and women in the white jacket and chef’s hat’s…you can’t miss it. Continue reading “The Coolest Things To Do At The Beav”