Monday, October 06, 2014

Ski Socks that lend a helping hand!

Looking for an amazing pair of ski socks? Check out this indiegogo campaign below. Cool socks with an awesome fit and helps those less fortunate keep warm this winter too.

These socks are the best fitting ski socks in my drawer and I am a super sock snob.  It is the first sock I look for before heading up to Bridger.  warm, comfy and feel good all day long.  Some of my old socks leave funny
You know you want them!
constriction marks on my legs but I can keep the Lift 23's on all day with no problems.  I'm not saying it will make you a better skier/rider, but you will stay toasty warm and be comfortable all day!

Only a few more days left in the campaign.

Check it out here.

-Alyssa Davis

Thanks Alyssa, these really look great, and what a great cause!

Autumn REALLY is upon us!

I had a completely different idea for this week's little missive, but then I walked into Home Depot the other morning and saw that they were fully, and I mean fully, decked out for Christmas, it gave me pause. What a stark reminder that these days it seems like we are always rush, rush, rush to the next thing. Always with one, or both, eyes on what's happening down the road; oftentimes to the point of forgetting to live a bit in the here and now.  

As autumn arrives, I encourage all of you to carve out a few moments for yourselves over the coming weeks. Enjoy that extra cup of early morning coffee on the porch, take that hike on a sunny Sunday that's right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, cheer on that young family member at their soccer or football game, or curl up with your pet and a good book for an hour or two.

Yes, that crazy season is here, so we'll all be going 100 miles an hour with no brakes for long stretches of time, but remember to slow down some when the opportunity presents itself. You'll feel better, and trust me, that calm you generate will come through when dealing with friends, relatives and business associates.  I wish you all a wonderful Autumn! And, of course, we know what comes next, as this little reminder from our friend Lindsay in Aspen sent me so vividly illustrates!

I think this should be next to the definition of "spectacular" in the next edition of Webster's

Go TWICE as far on your airfare, do the Colorado Ski Safari!

Do you feel like skiing a few different resorts during the year? Does it seem like a lot of work to stay in one ski area and then leave it for the day, ski another resort, and then come back to your lodge? I always enjoy 3 to 4 days in each resort as it is important to get the feel for the resort and to get to know the mountain. It just isn’t the same if you are staying in Breckenridge and you “run over to Vail” for the day. That is why I like to think about the perfect ski safari.

For Colorado, I think that ski safari is a cross between Telluride and Crested Butte. The two towns are both old mining towns but are very different in their characters. The skiing in either one is unique as Telluride has the Mountain Village area with the milder ski-in ski-out while the historic downtown is pretty much a double black diamond no matter which run you come down at the end of the day. At least, that is how it feels to me after a long day at Telluride.
Telluride's version of the daily commute!

Crested Butte has the mild to wild with the Paradise area and the hiking off the peak or picking your way down the back side. The village is smaller at Crested Butte with a very fun and completely casual downtown area. Don’t get me wrong, I think there is just as much nightlife in Crested Butte as in Telluride! Both resorts have some of the most beautiful views of the surrounding peaks from the town as well as from the mountain. Either resort has the luxury lodging to moderate or economy lodging so you can make the trip economical or splurge on some luxury. Either way, the ski-in ski-out is possible at a moderate cost.

How to make it a ski safari? Flying into Montrose is the best option as it is just a 1.5 hour drive to either resort. You don’t even have to drive as there are shuttles to either resort from the Montrose airport. If you decide to rent a car, that is OK too, but you just need to have some confidence in mountain driving as these are rural roads and there is a mountain pass on the way to either resort. In both of these towns, there are fewer pillows than chairs on the lifts. So, you do the math…no lines!
Just another ho-hum day at the Butte!
Most people are doing two trips a year for 4 nights and 3 days each of skiing which is great but they tend to try to fly in and out of Denver or Salt Lake City as it is so much less expensive and there are so many options. So, instead of doing two trips that year, do one trip for 7 or 8 nights and include the ski safari. You save on airfare but you get the two resorts without all of the people. It is one thing to do quick trips to the resorts close to Denver. It is another thing to get to the western slope where it is hard to get to and fairly expensive air. Get more for your money and ski the two resorts on one flight, and twice the memories!

-Julie Stepniewski

Thanks Julie! As one of our Colorado locals, Julie has her finger on the pulse of what's happening on the Western Slope. Some sage advice here, from a skier who really knows the lay of the land!

Friday, October 03, 2014

How to choose the right ski resort

Do you know why people love their recent ski vacation? It's the fact that they are satisfied with the resort they chose. And, do you know the reasons why others regret theirs? It's the lack of preparation and knowledge of choosing the right ski resort.

As a result of their unpreparedness and lack of knowledge, they waste big bucks and regret for the loss of what could have been a dream vacation.

If you don't want this to happen to you, know these things:

Ski resorts differ

Ski resorts vary from one another. Although most ski resorts provide skiing facilities, it's the terrain that matters.

For instance, resorts like La Grave and Chamonix in France, and St. Anton in Austria attract more extreme skiers than families because they have more extreme mountains. While beginners and skiers who enjoy small and easy slopes, can try Boyne Highlands in Michigan.

Other resorts, however, are more popular for their “off-snow activities”, than their skiing facilities. Each resort is basically has different amenities to offer. Some even offer everything from spa treatments to sledding to shopping.

Features of a good ski resort
  1. Accessibility to mountains. This means having a variety of terrain and ski school for adults and kids that nurtures a love of the sport and the mountains.
  2. Has good backup facilities. Like rental shops that supply the needs of the guests to fully enjoy their day on the slopes.

Things to remember

Before dealing with any ski vacation package, keep in mind the following:
  • How are they going to travel? Will they fly you to your ski resort or will they drive you near the place?
  • What level of skiers are going with you? Experts or all beginners?
  • Are there any kids? Does the resort have a ski school? Do they have childcare facilities?
  • What other activities would the group enjoy? Night life? Shopping?
  • Where do you want to stay? On the mountain or farther away?

Avoid selecting a resort because of its name recognition. Just because it is well known, doesn't mean it's right for you.

A money-saving secret for ski vacations

The secret is... knowing the right time to have the best deals.

How? Take advantage of early or late ski seasons because these times, many ski resorts offer discount rates for everything: from tickets to lodging.

Check also the website of your ski specialists for more information. You might even get discounts during peak seasons or at times you feel like hitting the slope.

One final note

Have a ski school lesson. You may save money if you won't, but you'll regret it if you regret get stuck in the mountains and don't know what to do. Don't rush yourself when you are in the mountain. Get yourself a day or more to acclimate and drink plenty of water.

Enjoy the mountain and everything that the resort has to offer. Remember that a ski vacation is a vacation; it should be relaxing!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top 10 reasons why should you go on a ski trip

Unlike any other trip, ski trips give you limitless option to have fun. Many people around the globe love their ski escapades for different reasons.
Here are 10:
  1. Hone your skiing skills while having fun
Sports like skiing help you discover your capabilities while having fun in the process. In fact, many people enjoy skiing not only because they've made runs and turns, but also because they have fun while doing it.

  1. You’ll love the adrenaline rush
The speed sensation and the bumpy rides on the challenging terrains can give you the incredible adrenaline rushes you wouldn't experience in any other sport.

  1. It lets you see the wonders of the world
Ski resorts' chairlifts let you enjoy beautiful mountains and nearby places all from a bird's eye view.

  1. It's a multi-generational good time
Winter sports like skiing are suitable for all ages. That way, ski trips let you share the good times with your whole family and friends. How many other sports do you know like that? Playing basketball or soccer is also a fun way to spend time with your family, but you can’t expect your mother or grandmother to play with you.

  1. It can make you feel good
Skiing is a great physical activity to help you remain in good shape. A single downhill run can actually burn up to 700 calories in your body. Aside from that, the excitement that skiing gives can boost your body's' endorphins. Thus, it improves your mood and makes you feel good.

  1. There are endless possibilities
With skiing, there's always something new to try. If you're bored with the same downhill run every day, you can try cross-country, snowboarding, heli-skiing, and many more options. You can also hit different terrains starting from small volunteer runs to the higher Alps.

  1. Millions of enthusiasts
Skiing has many enthusiasts who share the same passion to the sport. It means that you'll probably meet new people who can help you learn new tricks and turns.

  1. No rigid training required
Unlike other sports, skiing doesn't require tedious training for you to hit the slopes. It can be taught for a week in a ski school and it's very easy to learn.

  1. Party all night long
Ski resorts offer you the best party experience in the local apr├Ęs ski bars. After the tiring ski, you can party all night long and make new friends while taking a break from the slopes.

  1. A return to childhood
On the slope, you can be a child again and forget your job responsibilities for a while by making downhill runs on a sledge with your friends or snowball fight with your kids. It's really a perfect break from a hectic everyday schedule.

Ski escapade simply boils down to one objective-- to have fun. As they say, if it’s not fun at all, then it’s not a ski trip.