What up peeps!? I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break. I’ve been checking off my bucket list and my most recent accomplishment consisted of me going to Colorado to ski! While I’ve been skiing in Colorado before, I now have experienced two different locations.
This past Christmas break I went to Beaver Creek. My immediate family met up with my dad’s whole side. We all flew into Denver and drove about two hours to the rental house.
Before you can actually start “shredding,” you have to go to a ski shop and rent the proper equipment. This usually means renting boots, skis, helmets, etc. On top of that, because of the cold weather you’ll want to pack several layers. Most days it was in the low 30s with a wind chill. My routine followed- putting on leggings, socks, snow pants, a tight Under Armour shirt, a fleece sweater, and a coat. Skiing is so much fun… but making sure you have the right clothing to stay warm can be expensive and confusing.
When you are ready to get on the lift, you will need to make sure you have additional accessories like gloves, a ski mask, and goggles. Some people also put a lining under their helmet to make sure it fits tightly.
After you have completed this routine, you are ready to go. At the beginning of the week, we stayed on mostly green slopes, which are considered beginner. However, towards the end we went on more challenging courses, which are called, blue slopes.
When you first start off skiing, it can be a challenge. Most people ski for 3-4 hours and it can become very tiring. Your legs will begin to burn and feel weak… and believe me the next morning you can hardly move. But hey, sometimes fun comes with a consequence.
If you are too tired ski and need a day off, Vail, which is about 15 minutes away from Beaver Creek, has a shopping area. From ice skating to delicious restaurants, it’s a great place to spend time with family! It was a nice day off because I was able to rest my legs while doing a little shopping on the side. Beaver Creek also has a nice village, I just liked the Vail vicinity more.
While this vacation was fun, it was certainly a lot of work. With fourteen family members all together, coordinating and planning the day to day schedule was hard. Luckily, my aunt Ellen is a pro at scheduling.
Unfortunately, the weather was not very good. It only snowed about four inches Christmas Eve night. The rest of the week, Beaver Creek was busy making ice into snow. The resort shuttle driver said, “It’s the worst snow season she’s seen in about 32 years.”
While we may not have had the best ski conditions, skiing was certainly something I’ve wanted to do again for a while. On our last vacation in Colorado, we went to Copper Mountain. That was also a terrific resort but, I enjoyed Beaver Creek’s activities more.
Until next time, keep checking off that bucket list! As Hannah Montana once said, “If your five or eighty two this is something you can do.”