whitewater rafting

5 Rafting Terms You’ll Want to Know

Rafting Dumptruck

Like other adventure sports, whitewater rafting has its own set of terms to describe the good, the bad, and the ugly. These words are good to know when you go Vail rafting with Timberline Tours because our expert guides will likely use them when something either really cool—or slightly scary—is about to happen. Plus, you’ll… Read more »

Common Paddling Commands

If you’re coming Vail rafting with Timberline Tours, our expert guides will give you important paddling tips and essential rafting safety advice before you go out on the river. But it’s always good to have a bit more advance know-how. While each raft guide has his or her own style for guiding paddlers, you can… Read more »

Vail Rafting Paddling Tips

Even if you’ve been Vail rafting before, it’s always good to have a refresher on rafting paddling technique before you jump out on the river. At Timberline Tours, our expert guides will give you a briefing before every trip that includes rafting safety tips, and paddling instructions will also be a part of your pre-trip… Read more »

River Rafting Class Ratings Explained

Timberline Tours offers Whitewater Rafting trips down Dowd Chute on the Upper Eagle River in Vail Colorado - photography by Doug Mayhew | WhiteWater-Pix.com

When choosing a Vail rafting trip, it’s helpful to know how Timberline Tours rates the difficulty of each section of river according to a river rafting class ratings system. Simply put, we follow the American Whitewater Association’s International Scale of River Difficulty, which rates river difficulty on a I to VI scale, ranging from Class… Read more »

Vail Rafting Safety

Shoshone Rapid Colorado River

Before going on any Timberline Tours Vail rafting trip, your guide will give an important safety talk and also provide safety instructions throughout the trip, but it’s also helpful to review a few key concepts in advance. Rafting safety is an essential component of any fun and memorable trip, and Timberline’s experienced whitewater rafting guides… Read more »