Monday, February 22, 2010

2-Mile High Skiing

We had a wonderful weekend in Colorado skiing and snowboarding with friends on the beautiful rocky mountains.

It snowed most of the time we were there, which meant lots of great, fresh snow for skiing! But that also meant that I didn't get a lot of pictures for fear of ruining my camera or freezing my hands! (Note: I have new respect for bloggers who live in snowy weather and manage to take lots of great outdoor snapshots!)

Here we are at Vail!


And this was the view from the condo we stayed at. Sweet!


A few observations about skiing in Colorado and Colorado in general:

  • Colorado snow kicks CA snow's butt! Seriously, it's so light, fluffy, and amazing! I still love Tahoe -- but the "Sierra Cement" just can't compare to Colorado powder!
  • Skiing at 2-mile elevation is hard! The altitude took breath away on some runs... literally.
  • I met more ex-Californians in Colorado than I've met in my life. It seems to be the place to move to if you're sick of expensive real estate and high taxes in CA. So many people moved to Colorado to "start a family" -- it started to give me ideas! Ha!
  • If you ski or snowboard, please please buy and wear a helmet. I feel super hard on my head on a black diamond at A-Basin and I am fine besides my neck being a bit sore. Without the helment I would have had concussion or worse.
  • I can see why they call Denver, "Men-ver". The guy to girl ratio at the bars was insane.
  • I don't particularly like Vail. I can see why my My Dad calls it "Travail". You have to pole or scoot along miles and miles of cat-tracks to get to the run you actually want to ski. It is huge, but the most of the runs seemed to be either be cat-tracks or steep moguls. I like Breckenridge SO much better!

From my last post, it seems a lot of you have skiied or snowboarded in Colorado. What "observations" do you have about it?

19 comments:

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Your dad is standing behind me as I post this - glad you had fun in Colorado!

christi said...

looks like ya'll had fun!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Looks like you guys had fun!

Snowflake said...

It's amazing the people from ALL OVER THE WORLD that you meet while sitting on a ski lift or in a bar. I second Colorado being the best place to ski - they just have the "perfect" snow.

Jamie said...

Aw it sounds like you had a great time! I've never been to CO but I've only heard good things!!

Heather said...

I loved when we went to Breck. Those pics look gorgeous!!

Krystie said...

Portland is nothing but California transplants. I love Denver, but only spent summers out there as a kid. Next year we want to do vail, but I guess we'll be looking into breckenridge as well. Glad you guys had fun!

Ams said...

Aw, so fun!!
Those pictures are great... and Men-ver... haha never heard of that before! Too funny :)
Glad you guys had a great time.

Mrs. Classic said...

Loved your post! I've never heard most of it though. Colorado is a great place! Great place to start a family!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Men-ver hmmmm....I'll keep that in mind!
Glad you had a great time!

Mrs. Bear said...

Wow I have never been skiing b/c I am terrified of ski lifts BUT if I ever man up and go I am definitely heading to Colorado! My bff lives in Denver and loves it!

monogramgirl said...

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Becky said...

I love Breckenridge and Keystone the best! If you want great powder, you need to go to Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas. It was some of the best skiing that I have ever done!

Anonymous said...

I loved Vail, it was a sunny powder day and we were in a back bowl. Went to Breck and had freezing temps & high winds.
Try Utah next, you will love it more!!

Carrie in MI

attemptsatadventures said...

Colorado IS the best place to ski, and to live! I grew up in Chicago but came out here for my undergrad and never left :) and I don't think I have plans of leaving any time soon! No matter what time of year, there's so much to do and the laidback mentality of people who live out here is great... I'm glad you had fun in Breck and Vail. Next time, go to Copper and Monarch, they have had amazing snow this year!

Seashells&Sunshine said...

I'm jealouus! glad you guys had a good time!!

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

Intersting. I have never skied there. Only Lake Tahoe, The East Coast, Canada and New Zealand. I always wanted to ski in Colorado though. Maybe not now! :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I love your recap, you guys are so cute! and I love the skiing adventures you go on together! so fun! whenever we decide to go skiing (for the first time for me and second for Hubby:)!) I'm comin' to you for advice ;)!

Jodie said...

I'm so glad you had a nice time and actually had snow...and that you're okay from the fall! I have to agree with your dad. I'm not a huge fan of Vail either. After traversing on cat tracks to get to a run, you hardly have enough oxygen left to actually ski.

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