Experience the most fun winter adventures with Aspen's most experienced adventure sports guides & instructors
SNOWSHOE, FAT BIKE & CROSS COUNTRY SKI WITH SUN DOG ATHLETICS
CELEBRATING OUR 23RD ANNIVERSARY! OUR EXPERIENCE WILL DIRECTLY BENEFIT YOURS.
In May 2019, we celebrated 23 years of passion & sharing & we are stoked! It's been such a blessing & a thrill to host locals & visitors from around the country & the world. But, what does 23 years mean for you? From our humble beginning as Aspen, Snowmass and Fruita, Colorado's original mountain biking instructors, we've taken a keen interest and pride in sharing our passion & pioneering one-of-a-kind mountain adventure sports programs, including mountain biking and road biking instruction, an amazing snowshoe/AirboardTM adventure, in-line skating, flat water canoeing and most recently establishing Colorado's first guided FAT BIKING & area's first gravel riding adventures. We offer YOU the opportunity to not only experience these very unique & exhilarating sports, but to GAIN NEW SKILLS in the safest, quickest most enjoyable way. Our tight knit crew of instructors are some of the most experienced, knowledgeable & fun personalities you'll ever encounter making for truly once in a lifetime moments & memories.
Teaching & guiding first timers & beginners is our specialty!
Sun Dog Athletics is a well established permitted and insured professional local guide/outfitter service, teaching & guiding mountain adventure sports since 1996. We are insured & permitted with Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. We have a 100% clean safety record & guest satisfaction. Testimonials available. Come adventure with the the pioneers; the original Sun Dogs, not the copy cats.
WE'RE OPEN 8:00am to 5:30pm Daily 365
WE'LL HELP YOU MAXIMIZE YOUR ATHLETIC ADVENTURES & QUALITY TIME IN ASPEN & OPEN THE DOOR TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Quickly, safely & enjoyably GAIN NEW SKILLS & experience NEW THRILLS!
Mountain Biking Instruction in Aspen
As Western Colorado's original mountain biking instructors, we love to share mountain biking skills; our primary passion and save you years of time & effort as compared to "the school of trial & error" or tips from friends. You will also experience Aspen's most amazing mountain biking trails & Snowmass' sweetest singletracks.
You will not only experience the best of Aspen mountain biking trails for your ability; you'll immediately improve your abilities for bike handling, climbing and descending. As pioneers in western Colorado, we developed mountain biking instruction and have dialed in our teaching process over 23 years of teaching and guiding. None of our "competition," including those who focus on higher risk downhill mountain biking, even come close to our teaching and guiding experience. You benefit by maximizing your time, efforts and investment progressing quickly & safely. New skills mean new thrills...& less spills! Why just take an Aspen mountain biking tour, when you can be guided and significantly improve your riding with a highly passionate & experienced mountain biking instructor?
Road Biking Instruction in Aspen
Gain new skills to become a road warrior!
You may be able to survive the ride, but why not thrive? We'll show you our favorite (& somewhat secret) Aspen & Snowmass road bike rides and techniques to immediately improve your safety, performance & enjoyment. New road biking skills focus on efficiency with body position & pedal stroke, climbing, descending, cornering & drafting. This is Aspen road biking adventure at its best!
Aspen Fitness Hiking
You and your family will experience the most amazing Aspen hiking trails and get a great workout at your own pace.
Why get an experienced instructor for hiking? We'll help you or your private group maximize the experience in terms of the most beautiful and appropriate location, offer you new skills and state of the art gear, including trekking poles, which add significant stability, propulsion & additional calorie burn. You'll see more stunning views, get a better workout and learn much more about hiking, the local flora, fauna and rich history than if you go on your own.
FAT BIKING in Aspen
Experience the best of Aspen fat biking and release your inner child!
Fat biking is not only the fastest growing part of cycling; it's the hottest new sport on snow because it's LOL fun. As Colorado's original FAT BIKING OUTFITTERS, we'll take care of all the details, from the finest and fattest bikes, to the most gorgeous Aspen & Snowmass fat biking locations and key fat biking instruction to maximize the experience. Join us and get fat; the healthy kind!
Snowshoeing in Aspen & Snowmass
Feel the float at your own pace & put a smile on your face
Since snowshoeing has been our primary passion for over 30 years, your fully customized private adventure will be the most amazing outdoor experience of your time in Aspen. We offer you incredibly beautiful locations, state of the art instruction and Colorado made snowshoes, including the world's first EVA foam snowshoes from Crescent Moon Snowshoes. Are you ready to rock with Eva? Gear matters and so does passion and experience. No one has more snowshoeing experience in Colorado than Sun Dog!
Peaceful paddling through the North Star Nature Preserve
This is a truly one of a kind Aspen canoeing adventure. Learn a few basic paddle strokes or simply kick back for the most beautiful, peaceful escape on the magical meandering waters of the upper Roaring Fork River through our wonderful nature preserve. There may not be wild rapids, but there's plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Outrigger floats, like training wheels for a boat, ensure no sudden swimming adventure in the frigid snow-melt. This customized half day excursion is limited to one or two guests in "Winnie," our super stable & safe 17 foot Wenonah special edition Lewis & Clark canoe.
Our love of canoeing goes back over 50 years, to the days of growing up in Wisconsin. That love & experience translates directly to your one of a kind Aspen canoeing adventure.
Athletic Event Announcing
Professional Announcing and MC Services
Sun Dog Athletics Owner Erik Skarvan has become "The Voice" of Roaring Fork Valley events for over 25 years announcing local and national level endurance sports events, including road & mountain bike races, running races, triathlons, ski mountaineering & ultra races including most recently the popular Grand Traverse and Power of Four races. He's been a live sports announcer at X Games, NORBA National Finals & the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge women's pro bike races (seen here). He's acted as an enthusiastic Master of Ceremonies at local fundraisers, live & silent auctions.
Erik brings his 35 year background as a multi-sport endurance racer, high energy, unique humor and local knowledge which informs & entertains the competitors & race fans like no one else. His motto "the next best thing to racing is talking about racing" reveals his love of event announcing. Erik Skarvan offers your event unparalleled racer insight, energy, passion, dependability and professionalism.
Please contact us today @ (970) 925-1069 message us via the form below or e-mail for further details, rates, reservations or just to talk shop. We love to share our passion for adventure sports!