Casper Offers Sports for All Seasons

Casper calls itself the Adventure Capital, and they aren't kidding.

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Brian McCord

Casper calls itself the Adventure Capital, and they aren’t kidding. The mountain town sports indoor and outdoor adventures ranging from serene to good-for-you scary. Skiers don’t have to go far for slope-style adventure. Hogadon Ski Area is just 15 minutes away and city-ownership means season passes are affordable. Mid-week skiers and snowboarders enjoy the perks of residency, swishing down quiet slopes. During warm months, low-budget adventure awaits at Casper Mountain, where cyclists and hikers can explore to their hearts’ content. Rock climbing also is popular in Casper and the surrounding areas, with climbing spots for every skill level. Area fishing holes provide some of the state’s best fly-fishing, particularly along North Platte River, which runs through the city. For kayakers, on the other hand, the river’s rapids give a whole new meaning to screaming through town. Water skiers and jet skiers ride the waves at Alcova Lake, whose clear waters beckon scuba divers as well. Landlubbers might head for one of Casper’s four golf courses. Three Crowns Golf Course, was designed by award-winning course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and built on the site of a former refinery. It’s hard to hate a sand trap when it has such a stunning mountain view. Indoors, the Casper Ice Arena has a figure-skating club sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association as well as a U.S. Hockey-affiliated amateur hockey club. The arena also provides old-fashioned fun on the ice. Casper Family Aquatic Center offers an indoor swimming hole when chilly temps keep swimmers out of the natural waters and city’s five outdoor pools. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of lap swim and water exercises classes, and everyone who passes the swim test can zip down the slide. For some, recreation means watching the pros get a good workout. Fans fill the stands to cheer on the Casper Calvary indoor football team and the minor-league baseball team named – what else? – the Casper Ghosts.



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