Thank You Mother Nature

With another storm moving in and the current snowpack still looking good, it’s time to get out there and get after it for one last frozen adventure. Here are some tips to capitalize on the gifts of snow and sunshine that mother nature has graciously provided us this spring:

  1. Be sure to get a good spring tune on your skis or snowboard before you head up the hill. This will greatly improve speed and mobility in the sticky spring conditions. Head over to Charter Sports  to get on the fast track to smooth turns.
  2. Slather up with sunscreen! The sun is shining and that means sunburns! The reflection off the snow intensifies the suns rays so be sure to protect yourself with at least SPF 30
  3. BBQ on mountain! Bring your brats and dogs to the on mountain grills and you are sure to have a sizzling spring experience.
  4. Get decked out in the craziest costume you can find. From banana costumes to vintage onesies closing day dawns a sight to see!
  5. And of course be safe on your last run down. 

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For me, my favorite part of closing day is the last run down. This usually occurs long after the lifts have stopped spinning.The mountain takes on the lawless persona of a ghost town, and those last few turns remind us all good things must come to an end. Fear not, the lifts will turn again and that frozen freedom we long for all summer will return.

Photo credit:
Cassandra MacUmber

Time to Winterize

When the rest of the country thinks about getting ready for winter they think about collecting fire wood, switching to snow tires, putting the snow brush back in the car and getting out boots and sweaters. That dreadful feeling returns because the rest of the country hates winter (from what I see on Facebook). I mean, I do empathize with these people because I grew up in western New York where winter is bone chilling and gray for 6 months of the year. Calm

Up here in the high country we do all of these things too, except hate winter. We treasure winter, and if you don’t, then you should probably move to Florida as my Mother has..

 To valley locals, and winter lovers alike, winter preparedness means something completely different. It means waking up a bit earlier to start conditioning your body, to awaken naturally for those early morning first tracks. It’s squats while you brush your teeth and wall sits while you watch TV. It’s making pow day playlists because there are no friends on a pow day. My roommate is even taking a ski conditioning class at a local yoga facility and completed a 3 day fruit cleanse. Ski movies replace your latest binge watching indulgence on Netflix. Long runs in the cold weather are forced in the name of conditioning and desensitizing the body to the cold. Training goes hand in hand with injury prevention. We Coloradans stay pretty active in the summer. However, skiing and snowboarding utilize a whole different set of muscles. There are all kinds of classes and trainers across the valley offering up the opportunity to achieve elite performance this winter. Wikipedia even has an article on how to work out for snowboarding.

So get out there and get your body winterized!

Photo credit: Cassandra MacUmber

Photo credit: Cassandra MacUmber

Let’s face it when the first snowflakes cover the valley floor, winter lovers feel  relaxed and at peace, our winter wonderland has returned and captured our souls like a silent thief in the night. I try my best not to get too excited until those lifts start turning, but who am I kidding? I have been excited since closing day of Vail.

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Frozen Freedom

Painstaking anticipation

Trees offer their vibrant golden treasure to Ullr

Days grow increasingly shorter….

Shred time playlists are created based on your favorite ski movie

You watch those movies religiously, while visions of pow dance through your dreams

First flakes descendfrom heaven

The sound of the snowplow alarm clock that sends the butterflies coursing through your tummy…

As you gear up, and shop early season sales, you can hardly contain your excitement

Lifts begin to turn,

You make your ascent as the adrenaline nearly seeps from your pores

Earn your turns

Earn your turns

It’s finally here, you strap in, pull your goggles down, as you skim atop the snow

Freedom is found once again

What feelings do you get out there in your own personal heaven?


Vail Snow Daze: Dec 9-15, 2013

Winter has started and we have a major storm coming our way tonight with 1-3 feet of snow!!!

Kick off the ski & snowboard season with an action-packed week at Vail Snow Daze – the biggest early season party in North America December 9th-15th!!! 

  • VAIL SNOW DAZE SPONSOR EXPO VILLAGE: December 13-15, 2013
  • VAIL SNOW DAZE LIVE CONCERTS: December 13-14, 2013

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Vail Snow Daze Dec 9-15, 2013

 

CONCERT LINEUP**

Rebelution with opener MiM0SA presented by Pepsi
Friday, December 13
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Matisyahu presented by Bud Light
Saturday, December 14
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

**Free General Admission to all concerts. Private Reserve tickets on sale now by clicking HERE

Dec. 9-15, 2013

Friday, Dec. 13
Expo Village 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Mountain Plaza

Rebelution with opener MiM0SA presented by Pepsi
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park

Saturday, Dec. 14
Expo Village
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.              
Mountain Plaza
                                        
Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Matisyahu presented by Bud Light
Venue opens at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ford Park  

Sunday, Dec. 15
Expo Village
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.              
Mountain Plaza