Snippets From A Ski Vacation

View from top of mountain in Beaver Creek. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A Good Week In Beaver Creek

Vistas like this are why I strap on those boots, lug equipment to the lift and smear myself in sunscreen.

Blogger Susan B. skiing in Beaver Creek, CO. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

After the snowfall on Monday and Tuesday, the sun came out on Wednesday, making for ideal conditions.

Skiing for me is a very Zen exercise. I’m not an especially confident skier (especially on steeper runs) so when I’m headed down the hill, I’m not thinking about anything beyond my next couple of turns. It shuts off my chattering mind. Two tips from the instructor that I used throughout the week also seemed to have a Zen component:

  • focusing on my breathing. It helps to keep me relaxed and shift my weight going into turns.
  • patience and trust. Patience going into the turn, allowing the skis to run, not forcing it, and trusting in my skis to complete the turn.

By the end of the week, I felt much more comfortable and able to navigate even the steeper slopes. It helped to have some fresh snow.

Slopeside lunch in Bachelor Gulch. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

One of the fun aspects of the Beaver Creek ski area is that you can ski between villages (Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead). We spent one day exploring new runs and enjoyed lunch at the foot of the Bachelor Gulch main lift.

Making s'mores at the firepit in Beaver Creek, CO. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

At the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, you can get a s’mores kit and make your own by the fire pit. I don’t think I’ve had them since I was a teenager. My SIL is the s’mores expert and showed us the ropes.

We’re on our way home today, and hoping that the latest snowstorm moving in doesn’t make travel too difficult.

As Good As Your Gear…

Smartwool base layer top. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m a big fan of Smartwool socks and base layers. They keep me plenty warm without bulk, dry quickly and don’t get stinky. I especially like the ski socks.

women’s base layer top | women’s base layer bottom | women’s zip jacket

(And for warmer weather travel, I never leave home without my “Secret Sleuth” socks.)

Bon weekend!

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7 Comments

  1. citizen spot
    February 10, 2018 / 7:12 am

    Beautiful view from the ski run. I absolutely love the “no sledding” sign on the fence of what I assume is the outdoor deck where you had lunch. I’m sure that sledding through the lunchtime crowds can be quite treacherous and is frowned upon. ; )

  2. Joanna
    February 10, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I love the quiet beauty of the ski slopes early in the day. Good for taking lessons to improve your skiing skills. It goes to prove we’re never too old to learn a new skill.
    Just a note: Whistler, British Columbia is a beautiful village with world class skiing, restaurants, shops spas, etc. With the higher US dollar it makes a worthwhile trip. Bonus, you can visit your Canadian friends in Vancouver.

  3. February 11, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I never wanted to ski. It felt (and feels) dangerous, it is cold, and it is sport. I think I have summed up enough arguments for myself to never ski. But I do like your view. I will ski vicariously with you. OK?
    Greetje

  4. February 11, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Oh be still my heart. I cannot tell you how much I wish to ski right now Susan. I like what you’re instructor said, I’ll bear that in mind when I next ski.

  5. February 11, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Love the boulevard skiing at Beaver Creek. We, as a family & friends, used to visit Vail often where almost all the slopes are difficult (to me). It’s fun to just get out there! But the apres ski is my favorite. xx’s

  6. Karen
    February 11, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Im glad you had a good time!

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