Colorado Ski Trip #5
Colby and I got back last night from a week in Colorado. Heading to Beaver Creek has become on annual tradition for us and this trip was our 5th annual trip in a row to go. We usually go during President’s day in February, but this past weekend happened to be the only weekend in February and March we could go. We debated back and forth if we should try to squeeze in a trip and I am so glad we did.
Day 1 – Fly to Denver
We flew into Denver last Wednesday. We took a super early flight which gave us the opportunity to make it to Beaver Creek by noon. It was nice to get there early and take it easy. After getting to our condo we headed to Christy Sports to pick up our ski rentals. We were able to make a reservation ahead of time which make it super easy when we went to pick up the rentals. They had everything we needed there including the boots, skis, helmets and poles. They spent time fitting the equipment to meet our needs and then we were on our way. The great thing about Christy’s is the location is perfect as it’s right in Beaver Creek. Not only that but they have locations all across the world which you can see here so if you are headed to a different mountain, I would check out their website online as we found it to have the best prices across the board.
Day 2 – 3 – Ski Days
Colby and I hit the slopes first thing in the morning both Thursday and Friday and skied all day. Considering Colby’s first time was 5 years ago and I was his ski instructor, he did amazing and picked it up again really quick. Both of the first two days we skied were quite snowy and windy. The snow was coming down so hard that most of the mountain cleared out so despite the fact that it was so hard to see the nice thing was there weren’t many people around.
I was so cold but wanted to maximize the day and so I skied until 4 pm, which is when the lifts close. I definitely took advantage of the gondola several times to try and warm up. Oh, and of course we got hot chocolate as soon as we were off the mountain. It was delicious.
Day 4 – Snowshoeing
We decided to take a day off of skiing and we went snowshoeing for the first time ever. We basically just went straight up the mountain right outside of our condo and back down. We weren’t even gone that long, maybe an hour total, but our legs were burning! It definitely wasn’t the relaxing day we had envisioned because I was so sore the next day. I would love to snowshoe again and if you haven’t done it and you ever get a chance to, I highly recommend it.
That afternoon we took it easy before heading out for dinner with a friend that evening. It was a great day!
Day 5 + 6 – Ski Days
We had much better weather Sunday and Monday, with way more sun, although both days the weather changed quickly and we received quite a bit of snow too. So many people on the lifts said they prefer to ski in the snow, but I much prefer the sunny skies where I can see!
Growing up we didn’t have this, but now you can use apps to track your vertical feet that you cover on your skis. Prior to this trip, I believe the most I had covered was 33K vertical feet in one day, and this year I was determined to beat that. Well on the 3rd day of skiing I covered 39K veritcal feet and it bothered me that I didn’t hit 40K so on the last day, we started right when the lifts opened at 8:30 am and basically skied as fast as we could throughout the day until the lifts closed at 4:00 pm. I pushed myself so hard and was so exhausted, but I managed to cover 48K feet. I have no idea why I am so hard on myself but once I make a goal, I am determined to meet and beat it and that I did! I could barely stand up once I got off the mountain and am still feeling pretty sore today, but it was definitely worth it.
Day 7 – Fly back to Dallas
Yesterday we packed up in the morning and headed to Denver as there was snow coming and we didn’t want to get stuck on the roads. Once we arrived back in Denver we walked around the downtown area and grabbed lunch before heading to the airport and flying back to Dallas.
Oh and I forgot to mention, we also completed two 1,000 piece puzzles while we were in Colorado. They were so much fun. I actually got several questions about the Texas shaped one over on instagram so if you like puzzles and it looks fun then you can get the Texas one here.
Have you ever been to Colorado? If so, what time of year did you go and what was your favorite thing you did when you were there?
I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below. You can also see our best tips for traveling on a budget here!
Western Caribbean Cruise
South America: Argentina
South America: Torres Del Paine
South America: Lake Region
South America: Santiago + Coast
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Santa Teresa
Costa Rica: La Fortuna
Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
Caribbean Cruise – Aruba + Curacao
Colorado Ski Date #2
Europe: The Netherlands
Europe: Montenegro + Greece
Colorado Ski Trip #4
Northern California + Lake Tahoe
Yosemite + Napa
Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Grand Turk + San Juan
Eastern Caribbean Cruise: St. Kitts + St. Maarten
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