There's nothing more American than an RV. Think about it: Here's a car that's literally as big as a house, equipped to the nines with every sort of modern amenity you can think of, a brazen gas-guzzler ready to tear giant swaths of land apart, highway by scenic highway. Indeed, the modern recreational vehicle is an apt metaphor for the United States. In one bloated behemoth, we've managed to capture the classic spirit of adventure that made our country so great while showcasing the posh excess and luxury that have inspired half the world to loathe us.
Well, loathe on, suckers, because there's plenty more where that came from, and it's all on display at the 15th Anniversary Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show, today through January 15 at the Colorado Convention Center. From 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily, enthusiasts can gorge on a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of metal monsters. In addition to some 300 new RVs, ranging from Class A motor homes to lightweight pop-up trailers, the show will feature tow vehicles, street trucks, a $1.5 million motor coach fit for a rock star (a country rock star, that is), motor-home cooking tips by master chef J. Warren, and films by RV documentarian John Holod of his travels through Baja and Alaska.
The convention center is at 700 14th Street; admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for children under twelve. For more information, call 303-892-6800 or go to www.bigasalloutdoors.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
Ski-Doo It Faster
Sno-mos tear it up at the Crested Butte SnoCross.
Suffering from NASCAR withdrawal?
Get your fix of aggro drivers roaring around a track in tricked-out machines at the Sixth Annual Crested Butte SnoCross, snowmobiling's icy version of the Indy 500. Up to fourteen racers at a time blast their souped-up snowmobiles through a course of tight turns, banked corners, bumps and jumps.
"There are lots of crashes, so it's a great spectator sport," says Phil Vallem, director of Mountain States Snowmobile Racing, the event's sponsor. "There are a lot of rollovers, but not many injuries, like in motocross," he says. Evidently, being flung from the seat of a speeding machine is more pleasant when the ground is covered with snow.
More than a hundred racers from across the country are expected to compete in fifty races spread out over today and tomorrow at the Crested Butte Town Ranch. Qualifying rounds begin at 9 a.m. daily. Admission is free, as is access to hundreds of miles of trails outside the town for sled-heads in search of a slower course. For information, call 1-970-381-3895 or go to www.off-road.com/snowmobile. -- Shara Rutberg