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Some yoga classes wrap up with a few minutes lying in savasana and a cold towel infused with essential oils. Après Yoga, however, ends with a cold pint. Après has held its yoga series at breweries throughout Denver and is currently holding classes at Ratio Beerworks on the first and third Sunday of each month. This "yoga with benefits" practice is $17 online ($20 at the door), which includes the beer. Grab your mat, grab your friends and enjoy!

There's nothing quite like transitioning from Crescent Lunge to Warrior II while a giant sawfish shark swims right at you. The Downtown Aquarium currently offers this unique yoga experience on select Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., with several upcoming opportunities to unroll your mat in front of a gigantic tank. The class is limited to yogis sixteen and older — remember: sharks right up in your face — and the fee is only $15. For less than the drop-in rate at many yoga studios, Yoga With the Sharks gives you a workout and a show.

Hot-shot golf course architect Tom Doak really outdid himself with his 2009 renovation of Lowry's absolute goat trail of a municipal course, Mira Vista. Now called CommonGround, it's a breathtakingly perfect collection of varied terrain and confounding angles and has nearly enough fairway width to make the quick, subtle and cavernous greens seem downright fair. Almost. Beyond that, CommonGround is walkable, offers an affordable annual pass, and has top-notch practice facilities, including a grass range and a lovely par-three course. Book your tee time well in advance, because this place cooks in the summer.

As far as Aurora golf goes, Aurora Hills does not have the pedigreed, pardon-me-miss demands for accuracy of Meadow Hills. It doesn't have the no-holds-barred, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out intensity of east Aurora's treacherous Murphy Creek. What it does have is one hell of a breakfast burrito. Tin Cup's breakfast offering is fresh, hot, spicy, full of chorizo and perfectly portioned. Pro tip: Order your burrito, tee up before 7:30 a.m., and re-up at the turn to get to the kitchen while it's still serving breakfast.


Take it from us: Few things are more satisfying than spending the day shredding a ski hill and the night slamming mai tais at a tiki bar. It doesn't even have to be a good ski hill or a good tiki bar — but as luck would have it, Denver has easy access to both. Back in town after a day full of powder, head straight to Adrift, where you'll step out of the cold and into a welcoming island paradise. Shed the snow gear and let your mind drift away at Adrift.

Skiing is expensive. Passes will set you back a couple hundred dollars, and even "skinning" up mountains to catch some backcountry turns requires a whole setup of specialized equipment. But what if you could use your skis or snowboard to shred some technical runs at no cost? Hitchhiking rides up Loveland Pass has long been a local strategy. After taking Exit 216 along I-70 westbound (right before the Eisenhower Tunnel), go 1.8 miles up Loveland Pass, until you reach a wide hairpin turnout. This is where runs from the top of the pass bottom out. Park here and join your fellow ski bums hitching rides to the top of the pass. Once you're there, get into your gear on the tunnel side of the road and make your way down.

Last season, Arapahoe Basin opened 468 acres of new terrain. Nearly 340 of those make up an area of intermediate to advanced runs called the Beavers, which is now served by a four-person chairlift. But the remaining 129 acres, known collectively as the Steep Gullies, are intended for experts only and comprise the most challenging skiing at A-Basin. All of the narrow chutes have sharp pitches and are designated double-black-diamond runs. But don't let that intimidate you: The Steep Gullies also has some of the most un-tracked snow on the mountain, mainly because all the runs empty out onto an access road, requiring skiers and snowboarders to make the long hike back to the Pallavicini lift.

Arapahoe Basin is known for its proximity to Denver, for the otherworldly Bloody Marys at 6th Alley Bar and Grill, and for the Beach, a free parking lot at the base of the resort (for those up early enough to snag a space during the ski season, the Beach hosts Denver's best tailgating from November to June). But A-Bay has a new bragging point for the 2018-2019 season: a high-speed quad that serves the Beavers, 339 acres in the often-ogled, seldom-shredded bowl just west of the formerly out-of-bounds terrain. Bring your charcoal grill for the end of the day or fight your way through 6th Alley for a Bloody — after a day exploring new terrain, you'll have earned it.

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Silverton Mountain's Spring Unguided Season Pass includes twelve unguided days at the mountain, $89 standby skiing during its guided season, a $39 heli drop and 42 days at a collection of partner resorts around the U.S., including three days each at Monarch, Sunlight and Powderhorn mountains. At $499 a pop, you're paying market rate for those six days if you don't make it to Silverton. But this pass has been known to go for — drum roll, please — $149 during early-bird pricing. So keep your eyes peeled for the deal, because it's truly a no-brainer.

Readers' Choice: Epic Local Pass

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Just try and throw a snowball without hitting at least three Colorado residents who wouldn't pick a hard, white winter over summer. In fact, we're so well known for our winter activities that we routinely attract trade shows big and small that appeal to our wild hearts. Our favorite is the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, which gathers around 800 outdoor-lifestyle vendors annually in Denver so they can show off next season's goods. The swag is pretty sick, too; free beer flows in the afternoon in brand-name tumblers, trail guides autograph copies of their books, and you'll walk away with enough free lip balm to carry you through the harshest of Colorado winters.

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