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Where to go for Mud Season

It’s officially mud season, which means it’s time to get out of the mountains and head somewhere warm till the snow melts and the bike trails open up. We’ve got deserts, beaches, and rivers on our mind.

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Moab, Utah, and its surrounding climbing, biking, and paddling, is the classic desert mud season trip from Colorado and Utah. If you don’t want to…

Moab, Utah, and its surrounding climbing, biking, and paddling, is the classic desert mud season trip from Colorado and Utah. If you don’t want to run into all of your Breckenridge bros on the Slickrock trail, head to nearby Fruita, Colorado, which is usually slightly less Hollywood.

Want to take time off like a U.S. ski teamer? Hawaii’s the spot. Julia Mancuso lives on Maui in the off-season, and Bode Miller attempted an…

Want to take time off like a U.S. ski teamer? Hawaii’s the spot. Julia Mancuso lives on Maui in the off-season, and Bode Miller attempted an ill-fated professional tennis career there. Plus, if you’re not over skiing yet, you can tackle Jaws on skis like Chuck Patterson.

Mammoth’s down-the-road neighbor is home to the Buttermilks, ground zero for highball bouldering. If you want to get some turns in, the spring skiing…

Mammoth’s down-the-road neighbor is home to the Buttermilks, ground zero for highball bouldering. If you want to get some turns in, the spring skiing playground of the Sierra is right behind you. Other good Cali climbing options? Joshua Tree or the perpetual big wall proving ground of Yosemite.

According to Cody Townsend, if you want to surf this time of year, Baja is the place to be. “As soon as mid-May rolls around, look for half of the…

According to Cody Townsend, if you want to surf this time of year, Baja is the place to be. “As soon as mid-May rolls around, look for half of the ski and snowboard industry to migrate down to Baja to thaw their toes and catch some rays. Flights are quick, hotels are cheap and the grub is magnífico. Watch for South swells and scuttle off along the desert coastline to find empty point breaks. Just look out for rattlesnakes,” he says.


A big snow year like this one means big water, and, most likely, a rager of a runoff. Outside Magazine already put out the alert that it might be a…

A big snow year like this one means big water, and, most likely, a rager of a runoff. Outside Magazine already put out the alert that it might be a rough spring for kayakers. But it could also mean full reservoirs and a long, sustained rafting season. If you didn’t score a high roller Grand Canyon or Middle Fork permit you can most likely still get a multi-day permit on rivers like the Green or the Dolores. And it’s often easier to pick up permits in the spring when fickle weather scares off lightweights. If you’re not comfortable rowing your own boat jump on a commercial trip.

 

The backcountry is looking fat in a lot of places. If you’re not motivated to hike, these are the resorts that are still turning chairs.

The backcountry is looking fat in a lot of places. If you’re not motivated to hike, these are the resorts that are still turning chairs.