Winter ToDo checklist

10 Things To Do Before Winter

For the past two weeks, earthly forces have conspired and put into motion a series of unstoppable, natural events that will culminate with your Facebook and Twitter feeds being ambushed by photos of foliage, flannel, and poetic ruminations on Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

It’s autumn. Which means in Colorado, it’s shoulder season. The masses are slowly but surely shifting their thinking from rafting and biking to skiing and boarding. Love it or hate it (we really hope you love it) winter will soon be upon us. So we put together a to-do list of sorts to ease the transition, and help you make the most of these fleeting fall days.

1. If you’re new to Colorado; buy a windstopper hooded soft-shell jacket. These are the go to over piece for fall, winter, and spring use for odd-season hiking, ski tours, inbound skiing, backcountry boarding, rock/ice/mixed climbing, peak ascents and more.  If you already live here; wash your older one.

2. Complete the Front Range Trifecta: ski/board in the morning, bike/climb/run in the afternoon, catch a Broncos/Nuggets/Rapids game in the evening.

3. Buy a crockpot and perfect your chili and winter stew recipes; you’ll thank us come Late December.

4. Get your skis or board tuned up – we recommend Crystal Ski Shop in Boulder. They are the best in the area for tunes, seasonal, and daily inbound rentals. They have also added backcountry ski set-ups and avalanche rescue gear.

Tell them we recommended them and see what happens…

5. If you need you ski or backcountry boots fitted or to purchase as backcountry set-up, check out Larry Bootfitters in Boulder. He has been voted bootfitter of the year in the US and really appreciates beer when you show up! Tell Him – we recommended him.

6. Program in the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) into your browser to scout daily avalanche reports and plan your trips.

7. Plan your avalanche education training for the season. We offer America Institute of Avalanche Research And Education (AIARE) courses for the season – level 1 introductory course“Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain” and level 2 for experienced backcountry tour leaders “Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard”. WE have courses scheduled in January and February:

8. Volunteer to help rebuild hiking and biking trails destroyed in the floods:

9. Get car ready for the winter seasonal auto maintenance, tire changes, and make a winter survival kits to be safe incase roads are closed and things happen. We recommend putting a small stove / fuel / pot, toe chain, battery starter kit, old sleeping or 2, shovel, 2 light sources, headlamp with alkaline batteries, extra set of cloths, gloves, hat, boots, food, water bottle in the bag in the trunk of your car.

10. Grab our attention with your most ridiculous summer adventure; we’re constantly sharing stories and photos from CWRAG followers on Facebook and Twitter.

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