Five Exciting Adventures For the Shoulder Season

©istockphoto/SilvrshootrAh, the shoul­der season…a time when the snow has sub­sided, sum­mer is around the cor­ner and every­thing is just a lit­tle too slushy for sol­id rip­ping or hard­core back­pack­ing. What to do with your­self, you might ask? Plen­ty. This mag­i­cal time of year is per­fect for try­ing out new adven­tures while you’re tran­si­tion­ing from your love of the pow­dered slopes to your pas­sion for the sheer ver­ti­cal or putting foot to earth.

Indoor Rock Climb­ing and Yoga
Whether you’re a hard­core climber or just in it for recre­ation­al pur­pos­es, indoor rock-climb­ing is sweep­ing the nation. Gyms are crop­ping up all over and often offer more than just climb­ing; some fea­ture yoga, cycling, and cross­fit class­es. Con­sid­er join­ing a gym this spring and cou­ple your climb­ing with yoga. In just a few months time, you’ll be more toned and ready to tack­le some out­door pursuits.

A Hot-Springs Road Trip
Nat­ur­al hot springs per­sist through­out the west and can be found in Col­orado, Ari­zona, New Mex­i­co, Ore­gon and Cal­i­for­nia amongst oth­er places. There’s noth­ing quite so peace­ful as sit­ting in a warm spring sur­round­ed by the rem­nants of snow dust­ing the sur­round­ing moun­tains and canyons.

Con­sid­er a road trip to Straw­ber­ry Hot Springs in Steam­boat Springs, Col­orado and make some leisure­ly turns at the resort while you’re at it.

Fat-Tire Bik­ing
For moun­tain bik­ing enthu­si­asts or out­door lovers look­ing for a new adven­ture, Fat-tire bik­ing is the new win­ter fron­tier. Con­sid­er a spring trip to breath­tak­ing Crest­ed Butte, and enjoy bik­ing on their numer­ous alpine trails.

Hard­core ath­letes may guf­faw, but snow­shoe­ing can actu­al­ly pro­vide an excel­lent work­out and stun­ning views.  Plus, snow­shoe­ing typ­i­cal­ly requires less prepa­ra­tion than back­coun­try ski­ing. As the snow­pack melts, con­sid­er using Yak­trax to nav­i­gate icy conditions.

Wan­na up the ante a bit? Con­sid­er adding ankle weights if you’re train­ing your legs for moun­tain bik­ing and back­pack­ing season.

Aggres­sive Rest and Relaxation
No, seri­ous­ly. You’ve played hard all win­ter. Maybe you logged 100 plus days on skis, per­haps you enjoyed con­sid­er­able hours ice climb­ing or win­ter moun­taineer­ing was your jam this year. What­ev­er your pas­sions and pur­suits, a per­fect­ly respectable way to spend the shoul­der sea­son, per­haps even the most rec­om­mend­ed way, is in utter relax­ation mode.

This is the time to be gen­tle with your body. Get more sleep and par­tic­i­pate in some hatha yoga to realign and stretch out those tired ten­dons and muscles.

You’ve earned it. Shoul­der on.