Are you interested to learn about snowboarding? No one can blame you since it is immensely fun and can give you some pretty intense workout. For those who want to really have fun with snowboarding, the mountains of Colorado are definitely the place where you want to be. You should really try to find wonderful terrain park the snowboard on. Colorado has many amazing mountain resorts where you can both ski and snowboard. Finding the right one for you can take quite a bit of research. That is the reason why this article was done to give you an idea which resort would work for you.
Below are the best Colorado ski resorts for those who want to snowboard.
1. Keystone Ski Resort
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This is one of the premier ski resorts of Colorado. The people behind it is the highly experienced people in Vail Resorts. Snowboarders with love this restaurant simply because it and compasses three wonderful mountains and five bowls.
What perhaps make Keystone Resort one of the best snowboarding destinations is their terrain park. For people who snowboard, the A51 terrain park is simply amazing thanks to its abundance of features. This terrain park has 60 acres of progressing fun. This means that you can start slow and steady first and then you can just go crazy at the very last leg. This area is very well made and any snowboarder will appreciate this simply because it has an area for everyone, beginners and experts alike. The aptly named Easy Street is the start of the snowboarding area where people can start getting comfortable. The difficulty progresses with each area. Once you reach the last area, Main Street, there is a large triple jump line available and you can definitely go as wild as you possibly can, in a safe manner and environment of course.
2. Winter Park Resort
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For those who love variety, you will love the Winter Park Resort. This is very aptly named since the whole area does look like a park. This means that both skiers and snowboarders would have a wonderful time here. The great thing about Colorado is that resorts allow people to ski and snowboard and the same time unlike most resource found in other parts of the country. This has more than 3000 acres that you can ski and snowboard on. This resort also gets around 370 inches of snow. That gives it a high-quality snowboarding floor.
The great thing about this winter resort for people who want to do some snowboarding is that this mountain haven has quite a lot of terrain parks. They have the beginner friendly starter and bouncer park for those who are just starting out or those who want to improve their snowboarding. There is also the Gangway and the Ash cat parks which is great for the snowboarders who are transitioning from beginners to the intermediate level. You then have the Rerailer Park, which is great to practice your tricks and then the Dark Territory park, with the many eye-catching features. They culminate to the Rail Yard, where the superpipe stands majestic, bringing both awe and anticipation for visitors.
The Keystone Ski Resort is best for those who want to do a lot of relaxing while the Winter Park Resort is better suited for those who want to take their snowboarding skills to the next level. Whichever of the two you choose, you can be assured that you will have a quality time.
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Michigan’s largest inland lake has shared many memories among the residents and tourists who paid it a visit. It is a popular destination for people who want to go fishing, swimming, enjoy watersports, among others. But before it became a popular tourist destination, Houghton Lake served a different purpose to those who lived in the area.
Houghton Lake is found in the Roscommon County in the north-central area of Michigan. But aside from Roscommon on the southwest, it reaches to three other townships: Markey Township on the northeast, Lake Township on the northwest, and Denton Township on the southeast.
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Size of Houghton Lake
It has a surface area of 20,044 acres. This makes it the largest inland lake in Michigan and one of the largest natural inland lakes in the United States. However, it is also particularly shallow. Its average depth is only 7.5 feet, which makes it only a bit deeper than an Olympic swimming pool. At its deepest point, it’s 22 feet deep.
A.K.A. Roscommon Lake
Before it got its name, Houghton Lake was known as Roscommon Lake. It was named after the Roscommon County where the lake is located. It was in 1879 that the lake got its new name in honor of the state’s first geologist and famous explorer and physician, Douglas Houghton. Douglas Houghton died at the young age of 36, putting an end to his many promises to science. In his honor, the lake was named after him. Along with the lake, the city of Houghton, the Houghton County, and Douglas Houghton Falls were named in his honor.
In 1873, the Emery family settled in the area around Houghton Lake. They were the first white settlers of the land. Augustus Emery and his family made their way to the lake after leaving Chesaning, Michigan. Here, Augustus and his three sons built their family home on 160 acres of land.
Commerce and Life at Lake Houghton
In the mid-1800s, the area around Houghton Lake became a means of transporting lumber. Lumber was transported from Houghton Lake to Muskegon River. From there, they will be brought to sawmills and shipping facilities in Muskegon. Lumbering became a big part of the development of the area around Houghton Lake. This became the primary industry of the area by late 1800s. As more lumber camps operated in the area, more people started to settle in around the lake. By 1883, a community was established at Houghton Lake.
By the early 1900s, however, the lumbering industry was declining. Due to this, the railways that were used to transport lumber became passenger lines. These passenger lines catered to fishermen, hunters, and tourists who want to explore the “north country.” This was the beginning of Houghton Lake’s popularity for great fishing in Michigan.
Recreation and Luxury
Years later, Houghton Lake became primarily as a resort area. Businesses and vacation homes were built around the lake’s area. Houghton Lake’s abundance in aquatic life and gorgeous views of nature attracted tourists from all across the globe. Today, Houghton Lake is one of the top vacation destinations in Michigan.
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It’s nearly guaranteed that if you put a lot of people in one place for a while, it’s certain that they will leave behind trash. It’s not necessarily intentional but it’s not inevitable, either. Lake Michigan is a water source for the people living near its shores, so what are the pollution problems in Lake Michigan and what is the major pollutant we should be aware of?
Raw sewage has to go somewhere. In some cases, it goes into Lake Michigan. It has been like so for years now and billions of gallons of raw sewage have been dumped, causing changes in the lake’s ecosystem. The billions of gallons may look small compared to the quadrillion gallons of water the lake has, but even comparatively small problems can become a problem when left unattended. One of the main effects it has on the lake is the high amounts of nitrogen and organic materials that cause a big bloom of algae and other small plant and animal life.
Factories have dumped their own waste products in the lake, sometimes intentional and illegal, sometimes accidentally like spills from transport ships or breaches from nearby chemical waste silos. Chemicals like Chromium and Mercury are present in the water, poisoning the aquatic life. The water treatment plants are capable of removing these chemicals before they are sent back to the people who need them, but the lake suffers a blow.
It’s likely that you’ve seen pictures of seafaring animals caught in six-pack rings or dead birds whose guts are filled with metal from ring-pull cans and a bunch of plastic bits. There are more examples and those apply to the lake as well. It’s not uncommon to see tin cans on the shallow lake floor, or pits of plastic floating along the center of the lake. One of the more concerning issues they have with plastic pollutants is the newly discovered presence of nearly microscopic, fine plastic fibers in the lake. Like asbestos fibers, it can get stuck into a marine animal’s lungs and gills, causing slow but sure death.
Among these three examples, which one is the major problem in Lake Michigan? One could easily say all of them are, since stopping them could lead to significant improvements the lake and the creatures in it, including the people around it, too.
The answer, however, is the plastic pollutants. Raw sewage can adjust the ecology, causing blooms of life that tip the balance, but once stopped, can naturally recover. Chemical spills are downright nasty but can be isolated and eventually treated, even naturally in some cases.
However, plastic stays behind. Lake cleaning is hard enough and the sea and its inhabitants cannot quickly deal with these non-biodegradable wastes. It’s also harder to control compared to chemical transports and dumping as it happens in very small scales, everywhere.
This is why helping to protect and preserve the environment doesn’t have to be big. It could be as simple as throwing your trash in proper places and picking up after yourself. Like the plastic problem in Lake Michigan, the solution can be very small scale, everywhere.
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When we think of a lake, some people think it’s something bigger than a pond, but smaller than, say, the sea. That’s about right, but when we talk about the Great Lakes, they do deserve the name “Great”. Lake Michigan alone is 307 miles long, 118 miles wide with the minimum with at 91 miles. It has a total surface area of 22,404 square miles and an estimated water volume 1180 cubic miles. It is so wide that it might as well be a sea of freshwater.
Among the vastness of this lake are islands. Some of them are small, not even enough to put a car on, but others are large enough that they’re inhabited by people and even big enough that they are their own incorporated towns.
Among the many islands that dot Lake Michigan, the largest is Beaver Island. Located along the north of the lake, 32 miles from the city of Charlevoix in Michigan. This island is secluded enough that it can only be reached by air or by boat. The island is about 55.8 square miles and has two townships. It even has its own airport for small aircraft. Despite it being far from Charlevoix, it’s still considered part of Charlevoix County.
This is not to be confused with another Beaver Island, which can be found in Lake Superior.
The “King” of Beaver Island
This island is a popular tourist attraction, not just because of its dense population and great fish market, but because back in 1856, it was once home to a unique religious colony led by “King James Strang.” This religious colony was known as the “Strangite Mormon Church”. Presently, their church and culture have become a tourist attraction and the island itself is now a vacation destination.
This island’s history is based very much on this church created by James Strang. He established a “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”. However, Strang’s church is actually wholly separate from the current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is much, much larger. This led to Strang’s church to end up being named “Strangite Mormon Church.” He led his 300 followers into the island where they cleared the land and built small settlements. Eventually, they became a town under Strang’s rule and, with his political power, appointed himself king. After a small ceremony, he was crowned King James Strang by his followers.
The island eventually had its share of outsiders visit Beaver Island. King Strang exerted his authority over the non-Strangites. This was even to the point of confiscating their property and hurting them. This eventually led to hostility between the Strangites and their neighbors, who considered the island community intolerable.
King Strang’s fall eventually came when he started to dictate that women should wear bloomers. When two women didn’t follow, Strang had their husbands flogged. These two men plotted to assassinate him, and one night on June 16, 1856, they shot him and fled into a departing US gunboat. King Stang died on July 9, 1856, due to the wounds. Soon enough, the neighboring islands’ people drove the Strangites out, and in 1895, control of the island was legally placed under Charlevoix County.
Beaver Island Mini-Documentary
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Some of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world are the Great Lakes. These four great lakes are a source of life and livelihood of many that cities grew around it, flourishing on what flora, fauna, and entertainment the waters can provide.
Among these lakes is Lake Michigan (In which Michigan actually means “Large Lake” in the language of the region’s indigenous people) and among the shores of Lake Michigan stands great cities. Which one of them is the largest?
The Windy, but Populated, City
There are plenty of cities around the lake, but hands down the largest and most populated city is Chicago. Known as the Windy City, its land stretches out at 227.34 square miles, (588.81 square kilometers) with the actual city area nearly covering it at 234.14 square miles (606.42 square kilometers) Why is the city area bigger than the calculated land area? That’s because Chicago stretches over the waters, with 6.80 square miles of it, (17.62 square kilometers) being water.
To compare how large it is, the second largest city around Lake Michigan is Milwaukee which has a land area of 96.17 square miles (249.09 square kilometers) and a total city area of 96.84 square miles (249.09 square kilometers.) This makes Chicago more than twice the size of Milwaukee.
With great land comes great building space, and with good building space, comes a lot of people. Chicago is home to 2.7 million people and given the land area of 227.34 sq mi, that means there are approximately 12,000 people per square mile in Chicago.
If you compare that to the second largest city, Milwaukee, it has a population of around 600,000 people. With a city area of about 97 square miles, that means Milwaukee has about 6,000 people per square mile.
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Largest City Around Any Great Lake
Chicago is not just the most populated and largest city within the shores of Lake Michigan, it’s actually the largest city among the cities surrounding all the great lakes. In fact, it’s the third most populated city in the entire North American expanse, with New York leading at 8.5 million people and Los Angeles at nearly 4 million people.
With 2.7 Million people and an attraction as big as Lake Michigan, Chicago hosts over 5000 restaurants, over 580 parks with a total land area of 8,100 acres, around 370 historical landmarks, over 250 music venues, 225 miles of bike trails and tracks, 125 art galleries of all sizes and styles, and, of course, 26 beaches with a total of 26 lakefront miles.
There are over 119 hotels all over Chicago, with most of them clustered around the beaches, perfect for those who come from afar or those who live there but want to be far from it all.
Chicago is not something you appreciate within a day, or perhaps even a week. Lake Michigan alone hosts a great variety of things to see and places to explore, so with the Windy City just by the shore, it makes for an excellent time whether you’re a local or a tourist. And if you’re visiting from Michigan, make sure to profess your Michigan-ness with a LIVNFRESH Michigan Native cork ballcap!
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There’s so much to discover in Lake Erie that it can be daunting trying to learn everything you can about this majestic body of water. In a previous post, we discussed the numbers of Lake Erie like water volume, size, temperatures, and more. Today we will be focusing more on the fish that call Erie their home as well as a variety of other fun Lake Erie trivia. Enjoy!
What Kind of Fish Are In Lake Erie?
The first common question that people usually ask about Lake Erie is the type of fish live there. One of the types of fish in Lake Erie is large walleye. You can catch this fish in around 15-inch minimum. You can also get an average walleye off the lake in the 3 to 5-pound range. You can also find a lot of smaller fish in the Lake, but they may not be ideal for fishing as a hobby. Other kinds of fish you can find in Lake Erie include Smallmouth Bass, Perch, Steelhead, and Salmon. These are the kinds of fish people flock to the Lake. They go for this fish for entertainment reasons, which include angling, and stream fishing.
Chinook salmon is also one of the right types of fish you can find in the Lake. This fish is found in Pennsylvania waters that reach its end at the Lake Erie. The trout stamp you can find in Lake Erie is also a source of excitement for any fishing hobbyist.
Are Lake Erie Fish Safe To Eat?
To answer this, you should remember that eating Lake Erie fish is safe to do in moderation. In fact, when you plan to eat a Channel Catfish, you shouldn’t eat anything longer than 16 inches. It’s also safe to eat a walleye fish that’s under 23 inches. Eating a yellow perch once a week would also be healthy. Most of the fish in Lake Erie are great to eat if you just don’t eat them all the time. You should remember to eat them in due caution, though. Don’t overeat. If you’re unfamiliar with the fish, try to avoid them and get a local to eat the fish with you.
You should avoid eating Lake Erie fish all the time because of mercury pollution. The fish you get might have them. Other areas of the Lake Erie could be polluted. The fish may be contaminated. Try to be careful with that.
How To Catch Fish In Lake Erie?
There are many ways to fish in Lake Erie. You can go angling. You can go boat fishing or spring fishing. One of the common methods to use when fishing in Lake Erie is shore fishing. This is the trick fishermen can do when they want to catch a walleye at night. This can’t be done in all seasons, though. You may want to wait until spring to be successful with shore fishing. You also can’t fish when the water is too turbid. You have to wait for it to be mostly calm. You can start shore fishing at dusk. To do this, you should use a long spinning road or a medium size spinning reel. You can also use a floating Rapala as your lure when you do fishing in Lake Erie.
What Animals Live In Lake Erie?
There’s a rich biodiversity in Lake Erie. You can even find most of the greatest and biggest fish in the world at Lake Erie. Some of the common fish you can find in Lake Erie include steelhead, walleye, pickerel, whitefish, and smelt.
What Is The Biggest Fish Caught In Lake Erie?
The simple answer to this question may be the 5-foot-11 and 205-pound lake sturgeon. It was reported that a 27-year-old man caught this fish. This is a rare species of fish that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources considered to be endangered. This fish is so rare that the last time this was spotted was only about last 2011. This may have something to do with the fact that the fish went in decline since the 1920s and 1930s. Overfishing and loss of habitat are the culprits of this decline.
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Other Interesting Facts About Lake Erie
One basic fact you should know about Lake Erie is that it’s the fourth-largest lake in the world in surface area. Lake Erie is part of the five Great Lakes in North America. Regarding volume, the lake is ranked eleventh-largest in the world. You should also know it is the shallowest lake among the Great Five lakes, but there is still a ton of things to do at Lake Erie.
Did you also know that Lake Erie has a depth of about 210 feet? That’s about 64 meters of deep sea you can explore. Imagine the exciting things you can do. There is a lot of fish diversity in the area waiting for you to interact with them. You can also catch a lot of fish in Lake Erie because of such depth. You may also find a lot of deep-sea animals swimming under the depth of such wonderful lake.
You could also find a lot of use in the fact that Lake Erie is right now situated near an International Boundary between the United States and Canada. You should also not forget the fact that at the northern shore of Lake Erie is the Canadian province of Ontario. This only means that people who live in Ontario can just go to the lake and explore the lake through fishing and unusual action activities.
Lake Erie Facts and Features
The elevation of Lake Erie is 571 feet (174m) above sea level. It has a surface area of 9,900 square miles.
You might find it interesting that Lake Erie is considered to be the thunderstorm capital of Canada. The formation of the lake came from the force of the Detroit River, which is itself from Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron. The water that runs through Niagara Falls towards Lake Ontario also helps form the body of Lake Erie.
At Lake Erie’s southernmost point you will find Point Pelee National Park. There are also several islands that surround the lake, which can be found in the western area around the lake. There are eight neighboring islands that are part of Ohio in the lake. All of these are wonderful places to explore and visit if you want to have a good time outdoors. Total, there are 31 islands on Lake Erie, 13 of them in Canada and 18 in the U.S. You can also find the Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island in the Lake Erie.
Beyond geographic features, you may also find a lot of wild flora and fauna. In fact, two endangered snake species can also be found in Lake Erie.
Regarding water levels, you should know that Lake Erie has a lake retention time of a little more than two and a half years. The water in Lake Erie fluctuates according to the seasons. The lowest levels of the water happen in January and February, while the highest of the waters are in June or July. People planning for an outdoor vacation should look into these dates to know when they can have the right time for whatever activity they’re preparing.
It could also help you when you’re planning an outdoor activity to know that Lake Erie’s water is drinkable. But you should take that factoid with a grain of salt. Always take caution when drinking or eating from Lake Erie, whether it’s sturgeon fish or its freshwater source, or any other natural body of water for that matter.
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Aspen is one of the leading ski resorts destination. This is true not only in Colorado but in the whole United States. It boasts four world-class mountain ski resorts located just miles from each other. It is immensely blessed with wonderful breathtaking views as well as abundant snowfall each year. The facilities are also very modern. This is because the local industry and government support the tourism sector. The lifts are very reliable. The runs are also immensely well-planned. If you choose Aspen as your ski and snowboarding destination, you definitely will not have any regrets.
You may have a hard time deciding on what to do in Aspen. This is due to the large number of things and activities available for every tourist. There is no reason to worry because this list was made just for you. Here are a few activities and locations that you should visit when you are in Aspen.
The Resort that Meets Your Needs
The ski resorts are a buy-1-get-4-deal. These 4 Colorado ski resorts have their own specialization. You can spend around 50% of your vacation in the resort that is most fit for your vacation goals. You can then spend the remainder of the vacation visiting the other resorts.
Aspen Buttermilk Ski Resort
Aspen Buttermilk Ski Resort will do you a lot of good if you are leaning more on purely skiing and snowboarding. This is because buttermilk is the host of the winter X-games. They have a great tradition of competitive and casual skiing and snowboarding. They have runs and training facilities for every skill level. They cater to everyone from beginners to experts.
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Aspen Mountain Ski Resort
Aspen Mountain will work best for the tourists who are in the intermediate to advanced level when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. They specialize in black-diamond trails. Their accommodation is also great for those who just wants to rest after an exhausting but fulfilling skiing run.
Aspen Highlands would be the top choice for the tourists that are looking for high elevation and views. The king mountain resort has the best backcountry bowl. On the other hand, this resort does not have any terrain parks. This will be perfect for the tourists that loves to ski for long runs.
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Aspen Snowmass Ski
Aspen Snowmass is perfect for the family in a vacation. This resort works really well for anyone or any group with varying skiing and snowboarding skill levels. This is the largest skiing resort. That means that the place is very convenient since it will have anything that you need. It has three terrain parks that are wonderful to frolic round. It also boasts of its snowboarding schools that are considered the top snowboarding facilities in the whole country.
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By knowing what the resort specializes in, you ensure a more enjoyable trip.
Wonderful Aspen Dining
Campo di’Fiori offers amazing Italian cuisine. Their pasta is something that you should experience and their selection of wines pair really well with the food. They transformed into a very lively bar at night.
Ajax Tavern would be a great choice for those who want the more conventional dining. This is located on the foot of the Aspen mountain. They serve European and American cuisine. The menu has burgers, fried truffles, and even oysters. The view is absolutely wonderful so you should try eating here at least once.
Kenichi is best for those who are looking for sushi and other exotic Japanese dishes. The ambience is very hip and modern. The dishes taste like heaven.
You can also go to the more upscale Matsuhisa. The prices can be a bit expensive. However, you may have the chance to meet celebrities like Paris Hilton, Antonio Banderas, and Orlando Bloom.
Sun Deck is perfect for those who want to eat on top of a mountain. It offers a 360 degree view the Elk mountains and even a part of the Aspen Highlands. They serve food that are extremely fresh considering that they are on top of a mountain.
Bonnie’s will be perfect for those who want a bit of history. The original architecture is still there. The breakfast is also iconic and the locals will really recommend you to try at least one meal here.
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro really deserves the name. Not only will you be near the clouds. You will also definitely feel at cloud 9 with the amazing food that be served. They are also located in the aspen highlands so you can have a wonderful and breathtaking view.
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There are people who like to test the waters first before they take a dip. A good dip of a toe gives them an idea if it would be better to slowly introduce themselves into the water, or majestically dive (or flop) given the water is deep enough.
There are a lot more reasons why it’s important to understand the temperatures of lakes, especially when you’re going to take part in some kind of water activity. Temperatures influence where flora and fauna form and frolic, it’s a measure of what you should bring with you, if you need to bring your best bikini or your coolest wetsuit, or if you need to know where the ice is thickest.
Lake Michigan is a large body of water, the second largest freshwater lake by volume among the Great Lakes. Large bodies of water can gather large amounts of energy, which can greatly affect the weather above it, as well as the temperatures of both the water and the wind. It could be a nice breezy afternoon in Chicago, but the center of Lake Michigan could very well be an oven.
Lake Michigan Temperatures During Summer
Summer is when the water seems most attractive. The hot air coupled with the cooling water makes for excellent swimming opportunities, great fishing as some of the lake’s sport fish climb up to the warmer waters, and the weather is perfect for simply enjoying the sun and perhaps getting a good tan.
Recent lake temperatures reported that Lake Michigan’s waters have an average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) with the temperatures cooler closer to the center of the lake. Temperatures close to the shore have been measured higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius and higher).
It’s worth noting that the ideal lake temperature for swimming is around 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit (25-27 degrees Celsius), especially for children. For those who want to slim down by swimming, ideal temperatures should be cooler at around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit (23-25 degrees Celsius).
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Lake Michigan Temperatures During Winter
Lake temperatures during winter can influence where the ice forms. Thin ice is one of the greater hazards of the lake, some of which is hard to identify especially for first-timers.
As of recent, the average temperatures in Lake Michigan during the winter season are 36-39 degrees Fahrenheit (3-4 degrees Celsius). The temperature around the shores are lower and it gets slightly warmer as you go to the center of the lake. The shore temperature could go on the lower 30s (or sub-zero temperatures) and the center of the lake would be around 39 to 40, often climbing higher if it’s particularly sunny for a winter day.
Only the bravest would dare swim in the lake during these cold temperatures, but it hasn’t stopped people from doing so. Swimming during the winter is illegal in Lake Michigan, unless it’s from one of the open beaches, with a lifeguard on duty, or scuba diving off a boat. Refer to the local authorities to find out the exact laws in the area before you take that icy dive.
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One great way to spend a winter vacation is frolicking around ski resorts in Colorado. The state of Colorado has many snow-capped mountains. This makes it one of the premier travel and tourism destination for people who want to ski. Because nature has given Colorado this wonderful and beautiful mountain ranges, there are a lot of well-known mountain ski resorts. You can even say that it has too many. A lot of tourists will find it difficult to select the right one for them due to the number.
This list of the top 5 mountain ski resorts will help you choose the right one. This list will talk about the environment, the view, the ambiance, the accommodations and the enjoyment value. One great thing about Colorado is that there is a large amount of snow that falls on the state each year. This makes the snow on the mountain ski resorts of good quality and should be considerably safer than most. Another important thing to know about mountain ski resorts is that families operate the bulk of skiing and snowboarding resorts. This gives a more hospitable feel to the accommodations. The list also takes into account the skill level of the tourists.
The mountain resorts in Colorado are open to both skiers and snowboarders.
This is a big bonus. Not to mention the wonderful landscape and entertainment that your family can get. On one hand, this means double the fun. On the other hand, this may mean a lot more tourists which means a more crowded mountain resort.
Here are five amazing mountain resorts in Colorado that you should visit.
Echo Mountain Resort
Are you looking for a resort that is near to the Denver metro area? Do you want facilities and specialized locations that will be good for skiers and snowboarders? Are you looking less for casual strolling and frolicking and more on fast-paced skiing and snowboarding? Then the eco mountain resort is a great choice for you and your family.
Located in Idaho Springs, Colorado, this mountain resort gives you a feeling of adrenaline and friendly competition. That is to be expected this was a ski training facility before. This beautiful resort has around 60 acres of land by itself. However, the total area is actually 226 acres that you can ski and snowboard in. The view that will greet you when you wake up will be the northside of Chief Mountain, with snow-capped mountains inspiring you to ski and snowboard more often.
This resort also has the Milk Run Special, which is the main lift. Transport time is around a little over four and a half minutes. That gives you ample time to enjoy the snowy scenery. You may also notice that they pay attention to the younger generation, too, which makes the location great for families with children. This is even better for those who want their children to be more active.
The accommodations are also good. This might be because it is not as well-known as other resorts. This means that there are fewer visitors so you could have more space for yourself and your family. You can consider the Echo Mountain Resort to be a newcomer. It is relatively new because this has been renovated by the new owner in 2016 and 2017. The resort only reopened very recently.
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To sum it up, accommodations are good. The ambiance and environment lean more towards moving and skiing rather than cloud watching. The view is great. The price is also very reasonable as well. A great bargain for your money and the travel to this resort is very easy and fast.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
For those with a penchant for enchanting heights, beautiful snow and long lift rides offering a wonderful panoramic view, then the Breckenridge Ski Resort would be a perfect destination for you. The breathtaking mountain view is an absolute treat to the eyes and the famous Tenmile range gives it an ambiance that is both romantic and inspiring.
We are not joking when we said the heights are enchanting; the resort encompasses 5 mountain peaks. What this means for you is that the one of the lifts ends up reaching heights of more than 12,800 feet. This makes it the highest lift in the united states. This is not for the faint-hearted though. This mountain resort has more than 2900 acres that you can ski and snowboard in with 34 lifts total to support the many runs.
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We really have to talk about the lift system. That is one of the biggest reason why you must visit this mountain resort. Can you imagine going through over five and a half kilometers of views? With you riding at heights over 12,000 feet? It is definitely a breathtaking sight, but even those who consider themselves courageous may find their knees shaking. But for those are can handle heights, nothing can beat looking out from over ten thousands feet. You will feel as if you are flying – that is how good the view is.
You can see well that the view also brings with it some problems, and by problem we mean a lot of crowded places. That is the reason why this is the most visited mountain ski resort. The accommodations are impressive.
This would be highly recommended for those who are looking for a honeymoon or romantic vacation. Children might not like the overcrowded places. All in all, this is a great mountain resort and you will not be making a mistake if you do choose this one.
Looking for a great family vacation emphasizing leisure and convenience? Do you want thousands of acres of views? Do you want a more laid back and tranquil family outing? How about 4 and 5-star restaurants? How about a mountain resort that focuses on family activities and even programs for kids? If you are looking for a family friendly mountain ski resort, then the Keystone Resort is perfect for your needs. With more than 3,000 acres that you can ski and has runs for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, this is a great spot for a family vacation.
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There are more than 3,000 condominium units and the resort even has a resurfaced skating lake that spans 5 acres. If comfort and convenience are your priority, then you won’t go wrong vacationing at Keystone.
There are two important places to visit and to watch in this mountain ski resort. The first one would actually be the night skiing trails. This trail covers three mountains. The trail is made up of ski lifts and gondolas. Can you imagine skiing and snowboarding under the beautiful night sky? That is an experience that you should not miss. The night skiing session trail is open at 9 p.m. And should be something to be experienced at least once in your vacation.
The second thing that you should not miss when you visit this mountain skiing resort is the wonderful dining experience. The food is just so amazing. You can basically find any kind of restaurant in the restaurant belt. For instance, Alpenglow Stube offers contemporary dishes with a Bavarian twist. It has a wide offering of dishes and wines. For a more laid-back feeling with local cuisine, The Bighorn Bistro & Bar is a great restaurant to dine in. The view is absolutely amazing and you can eat delicious dishes while taking in the beautiful Continental Divide.
Another wonderful offering of this mountain skiing resort is their Kidtopia program. Your kids will love the activities while the parents can enjoy their time as well. There will be a scavenger hunt, which is operated safely of course. Fireworks and parades are also held here – you will be surprised at how wonderful your stay will be.
In a nutshell, Keystone Resort is best for families. This is because the accommodations and the dining are definitely world class. They have wonderful programs and the panoramic views will take your breath away. Prices can be a bit high, but you will get more than your money’s worth. This mountain resort is highly recommended.
Beaver Creek Resort
Are you looking for a classier mountain skiing resort with fewer visitors? How about a resort that offers not only skiing and snowboarding but also golf? Are you perhaps tired of the older and more known resorts in Colorado? Do you want a resort wear more than 80% of the runs provided are for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders? Then this newly improved mountain skiing resort maybe what you are looking for.
Think of this as a world class resort that not a lot of people know about yet. What is special about this skiing resort is the terrain; this resort has always been the host for the opening of the Men’s World Cup Downhill season. If you prioritize skiing and snowboarding over other activities, then this resort is perfect for you.
Another impressive feature that can be found in the skiing resort is the diversity of accommodations. There are a lot of great places to rest here, whether you come as a family or just as a couple. There are wonderful hotels, some mountain villas and even private homes for you to choose from.
Since this resort is also known for high-level terrain, you can get great ski and snowboarding lessons. Still, around 20% of the runs are accessible to beginners. This is really good for family outings. The resort puts heavy emphasis on security and safety. You can be assured that your children will be well taken care of.
This resort has around 1800 acres you can ski and snowboard on. The elevation is not as high as others and reaches only up to 8100 feet, but the lift system is still very . There are a hundred and fifty runs to choose from with 650 acres classified for snow making. The longest run is around 2 miles. This is perfect for those who are looking for more posh accommodations, so expect to shell out quite a bit of money. In a nutshell, this is the place to be if you are looking for a ritzy vacation with great offerings to improve your skiing. Just be prepared to hand over some serious cash.
Vail Ski Resort
This is one of the most-known mountain skiing resort not only in the United States but also in the world. With more than 5200 acres that you can ski and snowboard on, there is no question that this is one of the biggest. 193 runs are also present, and can serve anyone in differing levels of skill, from the new skiers to the players that compete in skiing events. This resort gets around 370 inches of snow, so you can say that the snow is really great for skiing.
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We also have not talked about the mesmerizing view when you either ski or travel inside their lifts. The longest run which is the Riva Ridge, covers four miles. Again, this is not for the faint of heart. The view is absolutely breathtaking though.
As for the ambiance, you will feel like you are still in an urban setting due to the reputation of the mountain resort. You see the mountain resort is immensely popular, so you must be ready to move alongside quite a big crowd. Of course, the mountain skiing resort is quite big so you can always find a nice area to ski or just relax on.
The price tag is actually not that high, considering the fact that it is well known and actually has quite modern amenities and equipment. The skiing trails are also quite long and the view is definitely top notch. Again, because of its popularity, parking can be an issue. Snowboarding and skiing is really fun here because it is considerably safe and the people are also good. All in all, this does deserve to be considered as one of the best mountain skiing resorts not only in Colorado but in the entire United States.
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When we think of large bodies of fresh water, one of the more famous ones in the United States is the Great Lakes. Among them is Lake Michigan, which is the only Great Lake fully encapsulated within the United States. It got its name from the Ojibwa Indian word “Mishigami or Michi-gami” which means “Large Lake”.
Spanning about 58,000 square kilometers and having an approximate water volume of 4920 cubic kilometers, it the second largest among the Great Lakes, second only to Lake Superior (hence the name).
With large bodies of water come great recreation and business, so what are the great recreations and businesses Lake Michigan is known for?
The City of Chicago and Lake Shore Drive
The best parts of the lake are close to the shores, where people can best enjoy land and water. Chicago is the go-to spot when you traverse Lake Michigan, which hosts numerous places for indoor shopping, outdoor recreation, and family must-sees like the aquariums, indoor ice-skating rinks, holiday festivals, and of course, Lake Shore Drive.
As its name suggests, the Lake Shore Drive is a long stretch of lake shoreline along Lake Michigan. The lengthy shore, stretching approximately 25 kilometers, is filled with all sorts of places to go such as the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Soldier Field, Buckingham Fountain, and of course, the sandy shores of the lake.
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Lake Michigan’s Frozen Pier and Lighthouse
The St. Joseph North Pier features two lighthouses that take on a majestic form when winter arrives. During winter, on times when the tide is high and the waves crash on the lighthouse’s structures, it forms a ghostly ice veil around the entire structure, creating a haunting view of sleek ice spikes as if it was a creature that sprouted from the lonely icy waters. It makes for great photography. You can go there to get up close and personal if you want, just mind your step.
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The Lake Michigan Triangle
An infamous area around Lake Michigan to the liking of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Around the area of Manitowoc, Ludington and Benton Harbor is where the theorized triangle is. The first mystery there was during 1891 when Thomas Hume sailed across the area for Lumber. He and his seven shipmates disappeared one night in that area, never to be seen again.
Another notable mystery is the disappearance of Northwest Flight 2501 in 1950. The airline flight that carried 58 people crashed into Lake Michigan, with their last report stating severe electrical storms and high-velocity winds. The plane vanished from radar and no wreckage was found.
To this day, there are reports of strange weather phenomena and UFO sightings in this area. In 2007, researchers discovered an ancient underwater rock formation similar to Stonehenge, and many people believe it was related to the mystery of the lake.
These are only some the many attractions Lake Michigan is known for and why we love it so much. There are many more, and they change as the seasons go by. Some attractions are great and some are small, but all that matters is you make the best of it. Tell us about your favorite Lake Michigan recreation activities and businesses in the comments below or check out our Lake Michigan inspired clothes and accessories.
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