Loveland and A-Basin have been open for almost a week. Yes, there’s limited terrain, but this week’s cold weather means more snow is on the way. Here are 10 reasons to get your gear together and head up for a day (or even a half-day) of skiing or riding:
10â€”Because if you wait until December, youâ€™ll wish youâ€™d gone earlier. (Trust us on this one.)
9â€”If you start now, you can ski or ride yourself into shape. (Of course, making regular trips to the gym, going trail running a few times a week and laying off the donuts also helps.)
8â€”You donâ€™t really need to rake those leaves and the really important football games donâ€™t begin until December anyway.
7â€”The conditions are actually pretty good for October. Seriously. Plenty of coverage, no rocks, and lots of sunshine. (You donâ€™t even need â€œrock skisâ€ any more.)
6â€”Fall skiing is like spring skiing â€” only on the other side of winter and no lift lines!
5â€”Taking a vacation day to go skiing in the fall is much cheaper and much more practical than wasting one on a one-day trip to Hawaii.
4â€”Because you donâ€™t have to wait in line to get your first chili-in-a-bread-bowl.
3â€”Youâ€™ve seen all the political commercials you can handle for one election season, but you can never get enough snow.
2â€”Because resorts have been open for six days (as of today) and that means there are a gaggle of die-hards from Summit County who have already logged four or five days. Time to catch up!
1â€”Seriously, do you need 9 other reasons? Thereâ€™s snow on the slopes! Itâ€™s Colorado! Winter is coming, baby!
Brian Metzler is a freelance writer from Boulder. His work has appeared in Best Life, Menâ€™s Journal, Outside, Ski, Skiing, Freeze (RIP!), Runnerâ€™s World, Freeze and the Rocky Mountain News.