In Breckenridge, the chairlifts closed about a week, but here in the high country, we have already moved onto the next outdoor activity. The snowpack levels across the state of Colorado are well above average.  The rafting and kayaking companies are bracing for a great season.  If you like an adrenaline rush and water splashing in your face, then this rafting season will be a great one to enjoy. The spring temperatures are rising slowly, increasing the water levels.  A number of rafting companies in Frisco and Summit County have reported that they are about two weeks ahead of past seasons.  The Upper Blue River, just north of Silverthorne, has water levels that are high enough for boaters to get out and enjoy.  This section has not been raftable for the last couple season because water levels have been too low.  According to the owner of Kodi Rafting, the only bummer with the early spring runoff is that visitors are not in town yet to enjoy it. 

The water levels in 2013 were descent because of the late snowfall, but nothing compared to the last big snow season in 2011.  That year, rivers throughout the state saw record water-levels and some of the most adventurous rafting ever seen.  This year, the snowpack is comparable to 2011 levels.  Most raft companies are hopeful for a great season, just as epic as the number of powder days seen throughout the ski season.  The consistent water levels are expected to last throughout the season and a number of rivers may see high-levels.  Grab your paddle and get out an enjoy the summer water activities of the high country. 

Source: Summit Daily

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