Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring skiing in Colorado!

Spring Break in our family means one thing...spring skiing! For many years we went to Beaver Creek, which we love, but last year we thought we'd do something different so we joined friends in Whistler. Whistler has a great village and two mountains with lots of long runs, but spring is NOT the time to go there. The weather is just too iffy. We had rain, fog, ice, and just pretty much miserable conditions. So, this year, we decided to try another new place...Aspen/Snowmass.

So far, Snowmass just might be my favorite resort! It could have something to do with the record snowfalls they’ve had here this year. I don’t know the numbers, but it’s been 25 years since they’ve had this kind of snow. Spring skiing is so unbelievable in Colorado. Sun, powder, and long long runs. I’m amazed at the grooming of these slopes. Even the ones that haven’t been groomed are so nice and soft that it’s not a big deal to venture out and do bumps.

There is an incredible run here called “Longshot” and it’s 5.3 miles from top to bottom. You take a couple of lifts to the very top, then take off your skis and hike for about 20 minutes to the top of the run. It doesn’t get groomed, so there are a lot of bumps and it was the most unbelievable ski run I’ve ever done. I bribed H to go on it by telling her she could have a Snicker’s bar when we were finished. J was the biggest complainer, but he loved it, too. Check it out: