It is that time that all hearts turn to love. No, that is not right. It is that time of year that all hearts turn to winter skiing. Let the youngsters ski down the slopes. I will snuggle up to the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the weather. Senior skiing is great. I appreciate the hot sun in the summer a bit more when I get to experience the cold snow on my face as I am in front of a warm fire. The hot chocolate is just an added benefit.
As seniors, we may go down the slope once or twice and figure we have had enough skiing for the day. I do enjoy the hot chocolate-chip cookies at Beaver Creek that the chefs bring at the end of a great day of sitting in front of the fire. Oh, I really mean a great day of skiing. Depends who is doing the skiing and who is drinking the hot chocolate.
The best skiing in the world is in Colorado. The choices are almost endless. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain. Loveland Valley, Vail, Ski Cooper, Aspen, Arapahoe Basin, Crested Butte, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Telluride, and the list goes on. On Fridays and Sundays the traffic is almost intolerable going to and from the ski resorts. It appears that everyone from Denver and their mother’s brother is going to ski every weekend in the mountains. However, there is room for everyone.
Breckenridge is a great family resort. The skiing trails are from green (easy and my speed) to double diamonds (for the experts or crazy). The names of the trails are telling. 4 O’Clock trail is the longest and very easy. You guessed it. At 4 O’Clock it is brimming with skiers going home for the evening. But I would stay away from High Anxiety and Goodbye Girl. Inferno and Purgatory also need to be avoided at all costs. There are several stations along the paths for a good cup of chocolate and a place to warm up a bit. Even the most stoic skier enjoys a hot fire.
Vail is where you will find more millennials skiing. It is a pleasure to watch them ski down to the lodge. They appear to be effortless as they take the last few moguls. We were all like that at one time. Don’t worry, time will take care of that feeling of invulnerability. Tickets are $149 including a savings of $30 if purchased online. For us seniors over the age of 65 we save $10 a day during the season.
Aspen is more upscale. It takes longer to get to Aspen as it is further away from Denver than the other ski areas. However, it does have its own airport that both United Express and Skywest service. Many private airplanes fly into Aspen so that is always an option. Celebrity watching is a good exercise in Aspen. The daily tickets till April are $145 or $92 if you are over the age of 65. The first week of April is even less expensive and the weather is warmer. Sounds good to me!
Crested Butte in Gunnison County is known as one of the most challenging ski areas in Colorado. The tickets online are cheaper if you make your plans in advance. Just be forewarned that there are no refunds. If you decide not to ski a day, you are out of luck. An adult ticket, depending on the dates during the season, runs $111 at the ticket counter. If you are over the age of 65 you can get your ticket for $89 per day.
Ski Cooper is very laid back and lacks the shopping that the other ski areas are known for. However, you do have to pay for those amenities. If you are only interested in skiing, this might be for you. It is close to Vail but you will have to drive to get there. There are quite a few easier slopes and the hot chocolate tastes as good there as anywhere. The daily ticket price for an adult is $52 and for us seniors over the age of 60 it is $42. The slopes are wide and there is a variety of levels for all. They boast 11 beginner runs as well as 14 intermediate and 14 advanced runs.
The Colorado ski choices are numerous. Be sure to check online for current deals before deciding where to go. You will not be disappointed, regardless of which resort you choose. Skiing is not for the faint of heart. Dust off your old boots or just rent when you arrive. Either choice is a good one.