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Let the Games Begin

Three adrenaline-pumping sports that are guaranteed to heat up the chilly season.


Snow is falling in the high country, and a predicted El Niño season may bring a bonanza to Colorado’s resorts. But if thoughts of shuffling through lift lines or plodding the same old trails give you the shivers, perhaps it’s time to try out some new outdoor activities this winter.

Kite Skiing
Strap into a parachute-style kite, click into your skis, and let the wind tow you across flat snow or lake ice—and even uphill—at downhill-racing speeds.


Nordic Skating Combine the long blades of speed skates with cross-country ski boots and bindings, and you have an effortless way to travel fast and far on ice.

Skip the tourist dogsled rides, and learn to drive your own team of huskies.

Dougald MacDonald is a contributing editor for 5280. He lives and writes in Louisville. E-mail him at

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