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Three travelers experience snow for first time in Colorado

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoLeft to right; Ruchu Adhikary, Deena Bright and Trevor Allison
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – “Can life get any better @ Colorado?” Australian native Ruchu Adhikary tweeted from Breckenridge on the SnowAt1stSight Twitter page on Tuesday.

For Adhikary, 25, and her two traveling companions, Deena Bright, 30, from Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, and Trevor Allison, 21, from Atlanta, Ga., that is a tough question to answer at 7:30 in the morning at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool after three weeks of traveling around Colorado.

“I don’t even know what day it is,” Allison said.

“We’ve lost track of time,” Adhikary said. “In a good way though.”

The three unlikely travel companions are the winners of a winter promotion campaign through the Colorado Tourism Office called Snow At First Sight. The Colorado Tourism Office launched the campaign last October searching for three people from all over the world who have never before “experienced” snow. People from around the world submitted a short video telling why they should be selected for the three-month winter excursion through Colorado.

Five people were selected online through popular vote, and five others were selected from a panel of industry professionals, and were brought to Denver for auditions.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” Allison said.

But, he did. And now, after only the first three weeks, all three of them wouldn’t mind calling Colorado home.

“We’ve done so many more things than any normal person would do in three months,” Bright said. “And this is just the beginning.”

So far, the trio has experienced things they never before had the opportunity to try. Winter related activities such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, skiing and snowboarding, which Western Slope residents know all too well.

These three can even say that they’ve driven a Jeep at high speed on a frozen lake in Georgetown. A favorite, by far, for Bright and Adhikary.

“I was paranoid at first,” Adhikary said. “But, once we got there and they drove us around for a while, we just wanted to jump in and take off.”

Adhikary and Bright even placed third and fifth, respectively, in two separate women’s race categories.

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed myself in ice racing,” Bright wrote on the Snow At First Sight blog. “I most definitely suggest this as a ‘must do’ before dying.”

While racing a Jeep across a frozen lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains was a top-of-the-list adventure, Allison preferred another sport.

“Snowboarding is definitely the highlight for me,” said the first-time knuckle dragger. “It’s cool too, because we get to go to all these different places, and not just one hill.”

In the first three weeks of their trip, the trio has skied and snowboarded at Keystone, Breckenridge, and Winter Park. Friday they got to enjoy Glenwood Springs’ secret stash at Sunlight Mountain Resort before taking a soak at the Hot Springs Pool.

And running down their to-do list, they still have many things they are looking forward to. However, the most of which is ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Park near Ouray.

“I can’t wait to do that,” Bright said.

But that is just one of the many adventures lined up for them over the next couple months. By March 25, the three will be able to check Denver, Breckenridge, Georgetown, Blackhawk, Central City, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Snowmass, Steamboat, Ouray, Grand Junction, Crested Butte, Durango, Colorado Springs, Canon City, Salida, Buena Vista, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Glenwood Springs off their list of cities in Colorado that they’ve visited.

The list of activities is much longer. And they may never want to leave.

“I don’t want it to end,” Bright said.

jgardner@postindependent.com

The Snow At 1st Sight crew is blogging about their trip on several social media outlets. Follow their adventure at the following locations:

http://www.coloradosnowatfirstsight.com

• on Twitter at SnowAt1stSight

• on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/snowatfirstsight

• on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/visitcolorado

• on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/visitcolorado


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