Shredding the Mountain

Next up, lets discuss how the actual skiing went on the mountain and what  we encountered while out there. We were settled in, had some traction now and were ready for the slopes. So we boarded the shuttle that left from our hotel condo place and went down to the Gondula for a ride up the lift to the mountain. The Gondula is an awesome ride that basically is suspended in the air on a cable cord that pulls you up the mountain. Basically, an air shuttle that takes you from the parking lot of the public access area up to the mountain to various slopes in Breckenridge. Really cool, and excellent scenery on the way up as well.

I haven’t been skiing since 2009 so I was looking around for a few green slopes to cut my teeth on again. We found a couple there at the first stop and I was able to hop on the ski lift to go up. In Colorado, the mountains are huge and a lot taller than where we are from in Georgia, and so skiing in the southeast is much different than skiing out West. The greens are basically the blues and blacks in North Carolina where we go from time to time! Anyway, I got up on the first mountain and we skied down with no real problems. It was fun, exhilarating and a blast to fly down the mountain for the first time in years. We got lucky because just a few days before there were several inches if not feet of snow that came down there in Breckenridge. So that just makes the conditions that much better and more fun when the snow is soft, packed in good and fresh! Well, I was at least happy that I didn’t wipe out the first time down, which was a win on that front, nor did my parents who were there with us either.

After going to the lodge for a coffee and lunch to get some energy back, I was determined to up my game on the blue slopes for a little more fun. These are slightly faster than the greens and put up a little more of a challenge since they are steeper and have some moguls along the way. Well, apparently I took a wrong turn somewhere, because I ended up on a very steep mountain side after exiting the lift and there were hundreds of moguls everywhere! I was wiping out right and left, getting up, falling down, getting up, falling down, you get the picture. It didn’t really hurt but all of that falling and getting back up takes a toll on a persons body, and arms to continue to lift yourself back up! That was definitely the work out of the day experiencing that mountain by accident and I was never happier to see the moguls end after a certain point and see straight slopes ahead.

All in all the first day on the mountain was a success. I mean, not skiing for several years, and then getting out there and doing pretty well was surprising to me. Although it kind of is like riding a bike, and you never really forget how to ski, no matter how long it has been. We will explore more rocky stories and ski tales coming up!

Colorado Trip 2016

Welcome to our new blog about snow skiing and trips that we take to the mountains. This year, 2016, we went for the first time in several years. The trip was one to remember because we flew into Denver and skied Breckenridge for a week, or as they call it “Breck”. The conditions couldn’t have been any better, fresh powder two of the days we were there, and dry snow that was soft and very manageable on the slopes the entire week.  The good news is, is that no one broke any arms or legs but we had a few close encounters. To be discussed. The weather was supreme for most of the week with only one day where it was below the teens for temperature. Talk about COOOOLLLDD….But we survived and had the trip of easily the past 5 years to remember!

Flying out to Denver is always laced with anticipation because you know that you still have a nice ride to the mountains after landing at the airport. This year my brother’s good friend moved out to Denver, and so we had someone to meet up with for lunch downtown the minute we got there. So that was nice, and the lunch was a top notch joint as well since he knows his way around the city now. Next up, we had our rental cars and I got a candy apple red jeep wrangler this time, talk about nice for the snowy conditions! It proved to be valuable also, since it snowed a few days that we were there too. And when it snows out west, it always seems to come down in feet, not inches and having a jeep was handy for sure. We got to the mountain after a two hour drive, and it was a great thing to be at the condo and knowing we could finally unpack. We took our belongings, ski gear, luggage, etc. out of the car and went up the elevator to the room and dropped it off trip by trip. Once finished we were finally able to get the things out of the bags and put them in easy to access locations.

Once we were comfortable in the room and had rested for thirty minutes to an hour, we got up and started looking around the condo hotel for the hot tub, lounge area and the closest ski rental shop. Luckily there was one on the bottom floor of our hotel, which was super convenient! We got the ski’s, boots, and poles from down there and I brought my own helmet so that saved a little coin. The trip was almost ready for skiing finally, after the trek of flying, and driving and unloading at the hotel. After getting all the ski gear, it is then official, it is time to ski! So we put our gear in the room, and figured out where to go catch the lifts for the next morning. There were shuttles running all up and down the main road of Breckenridge, so it is ultra easy to catch one at any moment! Once we figured a time, we went to the room, got some rest and were charged and ready for the first day of skiing! Check out this video below of some powder shredding in CO similar to what we were doing.