Archive for December, 2012
You have got some great moves. Really, you must. Because with the storms that have been pounding us here in Colorado, it’s clear that there must be some seriously stylin’ snowdancing going on…
Heading out to rip some turns on a snowy day can be really fun, until I remember that I’m skiing with a six and nine-year-old who usually need help putting on their own mittens. Not that I don’t like skiing with my kids, but like everything with parenting, you have to give up a lot, and I’ve had to succumb to the fact that when I’m on the slopes with them, I probably won’t complete a run from top to bottom without stopping any less than a gazillion times. On a good day, I might be able to link three turns in a row on a blue. We’re all good on greens, but the kids need to progress and be challenged, so we stick to blues for now.
This morning three more resorts opened in Colorado Ski Country USA, bringing the total number of open resorts to 20.
We all knew this storm meant business. I knew it, my fellow skiers and snowboarders knew it, and this crazed-looking guy from the weather channel definitely knew it:
Sure, there was a big winter storm headed for Colorado, but where was it going to hit, and when? Living in the southwest corner of the state, it’s often feast-or-famine; when the front range ski resorts are getting pounded, sometimes we’re dry as a bone. But my fears vanished when I saw the next image from our deranged, bald meteorologist.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that flakes have been flying in Colorado over the past week and it finally feels like #winterishere. Yup, I’m that kind of nerd.
Eager to test out the new snow, we got all of our chores done on Saturday so we could hit the slopes bright and early on Sunday. We knew it would be frigid, but fresh snow is worth it. Always. We were up and out of the house early, hit the road, and it was smooth sailing all the way to Loveland.
We didn’t quite make first chair, but we weren’t far behind. The skies were clear and the snow was oh so soft. There wasn’t much more terrain open, but it felt like a whole new place since the last time we had been there because all of the surrounding mountains were covered in a fresh white blanket. A dramatic difference from the brown slopes of October and early November. Ahh, winter.
Amazingly, I skied 4-5 runs before having to go in and warm up. That’s huge for me. I get cold. Really cold. So we popped into the lodge for some hot chocolate and our buddy made an awesome discovery. Season pass holders at Loveland get a small hot chocolate, with whipped cream even, for only 75 cents. Passholder perks. Love ‘em.
We headed back out for a few more runs and spent some time admiring the backdrop of the Continental Divide and snapping a few photos. Thanks to our buddy for risking some serious frostbite to snap a few photos!
At some point in the afternoon, I couldn’t keep my legs from burning or my fingers and toes from freezing so we called it a day and hit the Rathskeller for a little apres ski beverage. I missed my mug, but there is something special about the Rathskeller, mug or not.
The resort needs your help! Crested Butte is in the running for top spot in Powder Magazine’s “Ski Town Throwdown,” and your votes can tip the balance! (continue reading…)