Greetings, snow-fans! We here at Colorado Ski Country USA have got about 4,000 pretty compelling reasons you should head to the mountains in Colorado right now. Why 4,000 you ask? Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so you do the math:
C’mon, you didn’t really think I was going to sit here and write 4,000 reasons, did you? Please. We’re too busy skiing and snowboarding here in Colorado.
It’s easy to summarize this season in a word because there’s one word that sums up skiing and snowboarding in Colorado: Snow. Until mid December it’s all we could think about – we waited, pining for snow, hoping, wishing, and praying for it.
Then it came. And it’s still coming. Multiple back-to-back storms have pummeled the state, with just about every ski bum and powder hound in worth their Goretex getting in on the action. What’s more is that it looks like there’s a lot more snow in the forecast too – my weather report’s showing 5 of the next 7 days with a high likelihood of snow. Down here in the southwest corner of the state I couldn’t decide where to go first. Usually you just head to whoever has the most powder, but this time well, everyone had great snow. I couldn’t decide. I know, total princess problem.
Every single Colorado Ski Country resort reported a powder day yesterday and the day before and the day before. Yea, it has been snowing a lot. I am pretty sure there were a lot of individuals taking “sick days” a couple of days ago, and my boyfriend and I were two of those individuals.
We headed up to Winter Park on Tuesday night because we were nervous (and secretly hoping) that the pass would close and keep anxious skiers from getting to the mountain. It did not close, but being up there already guaranteed we were in line when the lifts started turning at 9:00am the next day.
From the lift, all you could see was snow, lots of it, everywhere. On every tree, on every peak, and on every run.
This post comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis of www.braveskimom.com.
”The snow gods must really like you, ” my husband laughed early one morning last week. We’d awakened to snow, so almost before he was out of bed, he was checking the CSCUSA snow report on his phone. “Fifteen inches at Aspen/Snowmass he announced. I pumped my sleepy arms in the air.
Truth be told, I wasn’t skiing that day, but I was driving to Aspen to start a three day Clendenin Ski Method ski camp. As I pulled into Aspen on Sunday afternoon, snow was piled everywhere. I put on my boots and went for a stomp in whatever untracked snow I could find. It was bitterly cold, but who cares? After a rather long, extended Indian summer, it had snowed and really snowed. Winter came just in time.
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.
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.