We had such a great time in Aspen this past week. It was amazing. We all left so relaxed and invigorated! I love skiing because it combines the maximum workout with the maximum un-plug. Jason and I love skiing together because he challenges me: "Let's go down this run!" to which I give a "Hell, no!" and then end up following him down anyway, pretty sure this will be my last breath. You know- it's fun.
We stayed at the Westin Snowmass at Snowmass Village. It was a ski on/ski off location which meant we walked downstairs, exchanged our uggs for our ski boots, picked up our poles and skis, and headed down the mountain! Schlepping gear is a huge buzz kill and this avoided all of that entirely. Here's a picture of the 3-level lobby. The snow outside whited my picture out too much, but there's basically skiers flying by:
Our kids went to ski school for 3 of the 6 days- the most amazing instructors! Amazing. Patient. Skilled. In love with skiing. And they love passing their love along to others. I went for one day to brush up, then wore myself out the other 4. (Jason and I skipped one day and headed to Aspen the town for lunch and to give our bodies a much-needed rest.)
Here I am waiting for the bus, and then snapping a pic of the ski holder on the side of it. (Such a tourist I am!) See the brown mountains in the background? Like that for 3 days, until...
Jason and I had a great lunch at Poppycock's in Aspen Town (Aspen Village? Downtown Aspen?) and walked around. Then it started snowing and snowed the rest of the time we were in Colorado. Look how it started, then one hour later... (yippee!!!)
For the next 3 days it snowed and snowed. What snow was a little scratchy and icy in spots became like powdered sugar! We went with our 9 year old daredevil Daisy down the mountain from the tippy-top, and on one lift, they served you hot apple cider and Clif Bars. You're burning so many calories, you get positively ravenous! So that was a welcome site!
Skiing with loved ones is so unifying. The fresh air, the challenge of the powder, the workout. It's just fun to do it with my husband. He's an amazing skier, and it's cool to see my kids skiing so well. I only learned how to ski last year. I will do hard blues but have yet to do any blacks. I know I could, but I psyched myself out a bit this trip and will put that on my list for next time. And there will be a next time!
This half-zip by Nike will be perfect over your thermal undershirt. You need a lot of layers that are light and still insulating!
These hidden wedge + shearling boots by Steven Alan are amazing! You need the shearling, but with the wedge you could still get height. I love any heel to help with my short legs.