Magazine article Sunset

Slippery Slopes

Magazine article Sunset

Slippery Slopes

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* Skip the skis--and the crowds--the next time you hit the slopes. About a two-hour drive northwest of Denver, you'll find new ways to slide downhill. The best part is that you don't need to hassle with ski congestion.

Sleep in, wait until the traffic has eased, then head out for a little snow biking at Silver Creek Golf & Ski Ranch near Granby. It's a giddy, goofy experience that combines sledding, mountain biking, and skating. Silver Creek is one of the few ski areas that offer this wacky activity.

Like a bike, the frame is sleek and narrow, though runners replace wheels. You perch on a springy, elongated seat and control balance and speed with miniskis on your boots. The resort's East Mountain has a quad lift that serves skiers, snowboarders, and snow bikers.

For a late lunch or early dinner, head to the nearby Inn at Silver Creek, where Paul's Creekside Grill serves salmon tempura, crabcake with sushi rolls, or a luscious Thai noodle bowl that will give you a second wind for a different kind of adventure. …

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