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On your vacation to the mountains this year, you'll probably go skiing. If Colorado is your destination, you may take a snowmobile tour, a horseback ride, or hit the tubing hills. But only if you come to Steamboat Springs can you spend your day operating massive construction machinery in the country's only heavy equipment play area.
Dig a pond with a 10-ton Catepillar Hydraulic Excavator! Push boulders the size of an ATV around an obstacle course with a Bulldozer! This is not your everyday experince. This is a whole new breed of adventure, one that is sure to leave you smiling for days.
When you arrive at the cabin, instructors begin with a safety briefing, dedicated to fully preparing each patron. Next they will go over the various controls that you're about to wrap your fist- and your brain around. You are given a bright orange construction site vest to wear, a head-set radio and water to keep you hydrated. You'll have plenty of time to get aquainted with the cab of the giant machine, which you will find to be spacious, climate controlled, and comfortable. Then you head out into a jumbo sandbox that spans 10 acres!
Initially, it seems overwhelming; so much to remember, so much going on! Then, as you play this real-life video game, against a backdrop of white mountains, practicing and discovering, suddenly everything clicks. Most guests get their bearings within about 20 minutes. By the end, you'll feel as though you'd be an asset to any construction crew!
The owner of this innovative adventure has created various exercises involving three different machines; excavators, bulldozers and skid loaders. Each participant gets his or her own work area. One drill has you carefully picking up and strategically stacking small boulders with the enormous arm of the excavator, known as the "boom". Another challenge involves building an 8-foot ramp with a Bulldozer, driving up it and teetering on the edge, absorbed in the anticipation of crashing (safely) down the other side.
If you'e the ambitious type, timed challenges and team competitions have been designed to intensify this already exciting undertaking. Also, this adventure is suited perfectly for corporate team-building excursions. You'll leave with an undeniable sense of accomplishment, and smile they will not readily fade.
This activity is fun, empowering, and ground-breaking...literally.