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2018 - 2019 SKI WITH A RANGER

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Ski with a Ranger:

“Learn while you Turn”

FDRD is proud to partner with Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain Resort, and Arapahoe Basin, to provide free, on-hill cultural and natural history tours starting December 28th and running through the 29th of March. Our trained Ski Rangers will lead participants down a beginner/intermediate run, stopping periodically to discuss topics from local flora and fauna to geography and history. These one-hour tours require participants to have a valid lift ticket, intermediate skiing or riding ability and a desire to learn — no pre-registration required. Bring family and friends to learn while you turn on these free, unique mountain tours.

TOURS AT BRECK, KEYSTONE, & COPPER START DECEMBER 28th, 2018

TOURS AT A-BASIN START JANUARY 18TH, 2019

  • Arapahoe Basin: Every Friday from 10 - 11 am; meet at the Mountain Goat Plaza
  • Breckenridge Resort: Every Friday from 11 am - Noon; meet at the top of the Independence Chair on Peak 7
  • Keystone Resort: Every Friday from 11 am - Noon; meet at the Keytop Overlook Deck (across from top of gondola)
  • Copper Mountain Resort: Every Friday and Saturday from 11 am - Noon; meet at the top of the Timberline Express Lift

THRIVE Snowshoe Hiking Series

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Ever heard of the word “Subnivean”?

Subnivean means life under the snow and there’s plenty of it going on here in Summit County! Come join a guest naturalist to explore the wonders of the natural world in the seemingly silent winter, while getting active outdoors and taking in spectacular views of our iconic mountain landscape. Our monthly snowshoe tours are led by local experts and are family-friendly and suitable for all ability levels. Tours are FREE and snowshoes are provided as needed. All you need is warm clothing, water, snacks, and of course your sense of wonder! 

WINTER 18/19 GUIDED SNOWSHOE SCHEDULE:

  • TOUR FULL! Saturday, December 22nd from 5 to 8 pm FULL MOON TOUR with Dan Schroder
  • TOUR FULL! Thursday, January 24th from 9:30 am to noon with Scott Dazey
  • TOUR FULL! Wednesday, February 13th from 9 am to noon with Troy Wineland
  • Wednesday, March 20th from 8:45 am to noon(ish) with Scott Dazey
  • Tuesday, April 9th from 9 am to noon with Dan Schroder

To sign up for our winter snowshoe hikes, click on the event in our calendar. Specific hike locations will be announced approximately two days prior to the hike via email to registered participants. This gives the naturalist the flexibility to choose a hiking location based on weather and snow conditions. All hikes will be located within Summit County on 'beginner friendly' trails. 

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THRIVE Free Educational Guided Hikes

To sign up for our hikes, click on the event in our calendar

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CHECK BACK SOON FOR OUR 2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE!

2019 TOUR TOPICS: Geology, Mining History, Wildflowers, Forestry, Wildlife, Mushrooms, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, and more! 

If you have a suggestion for a new and exciting educational hike topic, please contact devyn@fdrd.org. Thanks!