The Adventure Forecast: What to Do This Weekend

Turns out, we do have something in common with Bernie Madoff: All we can think of right about now is escape. Thankfully, the weather throughout much of the country is cooperating nicely. 

A storm moving across southern Colorado and northern New Mexico will powder the course for Telluride Ski Resort’s Psycho 10K on Saturday. Registration starts at 10:30 at Priest Lake, and the race kicks off at noon. Up north in Montana, the skies will be much clearer, providing perfect viewing conditions for the Red Lodge Mountain Resort's National Finals Ski-Joring Races. Skijoring is the sport of skiing while being towed by a dog or horse. What else would you expect in rodeo country? 

Meanwhile, further west, Lake Tahoe’s slopes could hardly hold any more fluffy stuff. They’ve accumulated 400 inches this winter, much of it in March. Matriculate in Alpine Meadows’ Steep Camps this Friday to learn to ski OB and take advantage of the resort’s open-boundary policy. Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which is offering ski and stay packages from $109, is also prepping for next weekend’s North American Free Skiing Championships. Book now. 

Sunny Southern California is serving up blue skies and perfect road cycling weather. Take advantage by traveling to the kitschy, Danish-themed town of Solvang for the Solvang Century ride. The two-laners in the Santa Ynez Mountains, which link the wineries that seduced the oenophiles in Sideways, make for some of the best cycling in the U.S. Back East, a cold front should freeze the slopes, while providing perfect XC conditions out of Lapland Lake lodge in the southern Adirondacks, where owner and former U.S. Olympic cross-country skier Olavi Hirvonen has carved out his own slice of Finland: a 50K trail network, Finnish-style cabins, and two pet reindeer. Enjoy the weekend! —Michael Benoist


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