In the water
February 11, 2004
Kayakers are the first ones out in the springtime. These avid paddlers measure the end of winter and the beginning of boating season by snowmelt.
When the water is up, so are their spirits. Slalom courses make playgrounds out of challenging rapids. Spray skirts become a fashion statement at put-ins and take-outs.
Rafting is a highly successful commercial enterprise in the valley because it means pure fun and exhilaration to eager customers. Whole flotillas launch at Stein Park near Aspen to punch through deep holes and skim whitewater rills on their way downriver. Paddle boats and oar boats provide passengers a cool baptism on the hottest summer days.
The Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado Rivers, all provide various water dynamics and skill levels. The biggest water is on the Colorado, the most technical is on the Crystal and the most popular boating is on the Roaring Fork. Here is a sport in which you can really be immersed!