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If you’ve been wanting to explore beyond the boundaries of the crowded resorts and skip the crazy lift lines, check out Bluebird Backcountry, which just opened at Peak Ranch only two hours from Denver.
Founded by a passionate crew of dedicated skiers and snowboarders, this ski spot hopes to knock down the barriers to entry for Coloradans who crave the fresh mountain air and exploration of backcountry skiing.
Funded largely by Kickstarter and run primarily by volunteers, Bluebird is bridging the gap between resorts with all the amenities and the wild and wide-open backcountry. Here, there are no lifts—thus no lines—but you have access to 300 acres of great terrain with preset skin tracks (ICYDK: “skinning” is how backcountry skiers climb the slopes), plus gear rentals, lessons, bathrooms, and even a warming hut with snacks and drinks. There are also educators and guides to give you the scoop on everything from avalanche safety to efficient travel, as well as a beacon park where you can practice your rescue skills.
Smartly, Bluebird is keeping it real by limiting ticket sales to control crowds. And few spots remain for the rest of the season… likely because they’ve promised free bacon and hot chocolate for all season long. So, go grab your ticket while you can. We’ll see you out there.
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