How about some golf?
We, high country residing fans of flora and fauna, are very confused about how the pansy - heartiest of high altitude flowers - has become a shorthand insult for weakness. We, pansy fans, will continue to cheer for this little guy, often the first kiss of color pushing through the snow. Be a pansy! Get outside and enjoy the variable conditions of spring in the high country.
How about some golf? Since A-Basin will be open through at least June, some skiing in the morning and golf in the afternoon is a Summit County double header. Add a bike ride for a triple, and if you find a 2 for 1 dining deal for dinner you've hit the Summit County homerun. Only for the experts- add a paddle, raft, hole in one, or large wildlife sighting for the elusive Grand Slam.
Here is a handy guide to local golf courses with links for full information and booking options.
Breckenridge's famed public Nicklaus Golf Course is anticipating a mid to late May opening.
Keystone features two course options, the River Course, opening May 12, and Keystone Ranch with a May 26 opening date. Early season specials are available on both courses and start at $60 per golfer for 4pm to close 18 holes and include green fees, cart rental, practice facility access and practice balls.
The Raven at Three Peaks is on every serious mountain golfers list, and with these spring specials its a perfect time to try out this challenging course. Early season rates are as low as $40 per person which includes cart, GPS, practice balls, and all you can play. Carts are restricted to cart path only in the spring. Accepting tee times as early as May 3rd.
If you'd like to play the highest tee box in North America, Copper Golf Course is your place. Reasonable pricing is a point of pride for the Copper team, where they claim locals pricing for all, every day, even if you are from Denver. Season passes are on sale now.
And for something a little off the beaten path and worth the trip, Mt Massive 9 hole course in Leadville, with a locals deal that's about 30% off the already super low rates, every 5th 9-hole round is free. $20 for 9-hole walking rate all summer long. Check it out. And then go out for Mexican food in Leadville, but know this- locals are deeply divided on the issue of best Mexican restaurant in town. We think they are all good!