Tag: skiing

Colorado, Living

Altercations on the Ski Lift

When my daughter was a little girl, she came home from ski school to tell me that she didn’t like snowboarders, because they were “disrespectful”.  That was a pretty big word for my 7-year-old, but it turns out, a boarder had cut in front of their line of beginners, sprayed snow in their faces, and […]

Colorado, Living

Things I love about Snowmass

We have four fantastic mountains to choose from out here, all with their own distinct personalities and offerings.  The most “famous” is Aspen Mountain, known for it’s steep terrain (there are ZERO green runs), Aspen Highlands, the “local’s” mountain, with the famous hike to Highland Bowl, a treasure trove of inbound backcountry-feeling terrain, and Buttermilk, […]

Colorado, Living

Lessons in Powder

After the incredible dumping of snow we had last week (40″ in three days!), I learned a lot about skiing in powder.  Since we bought our place here two years ago, the snowfall amounts have been below average, so we don’t have a lot of experience with true, soft, “champagne” powder.  But last week we […]

Colorado, Living

30" of fresh powder!!

  I’ve been meaning to post, but mother nature felt kind enough to dump over 30″ of new snow here, so I’m skiing. Wheeeeee! Here’s a bit of my first run this morning at the top of Cascade. As someone new to this much soft powder, I am in heaven. I just need lessons on […]

Colorado, Living

Getting injured in a ski town!

After Sunday’s whiteout and 8″ of beautiful, sparkling champagne powder I woke up yesterday looking forward to a great day of skiing.  I started early, and as the day progressed, the gloomy, overcast skies turned sunny.  I was so happy.  I skied by myself, since J and H were both sore (J’s hip and H’s […]

Colorado, Living

Earning your turns!

On a sunny day in Snowmass last January, there had been no new snow for several days, so Jeff and I strapped on our stabilicers and hiked from our house to the top of Elk Camp, about a 3 mile hike (one way) with about 2500 feet of altitude gained.  It’s a beautiful, somewhat strenuous […]

Colorado, Living

Dust on Crust

Sunday was cooooooold, as it remained below 0 degrees at mid-mountain, so we stayed inside by the fire all day.  Monday started at 5 degrees but warmed up later in the afternoon to around 18, and the sun came out!  But with temps that cold, the nice soft snow we had last week was icy, […]

Colorado, Living

Locals' Clinics

Yesterday I woke up at 6:30 a.m. to a high of 18 degrees, with snow and temps predicted to fall to the single digits.  It was tempting to stay inside and build a fire, but instead I went through my skiing-in-extreme-cold-weather ritual.  I donned multiple layers which made me feel like the Michelin Man, grabbed […]