Colorado stole our hearts right away. We moved here several years ago and never regretted that decision.
I love my job but sometimes you just have to take a break and recharge your batteries. An all-Czech, all-girl, weekend was just what doctor ordered.
The Best Colorado Ski Trip Ever
The day on the slopes was just perfect. Colorado blue sky (yes, it is a special hue you can't see anywhere else), perfect temperature and dreamy powder made this a memorable ski trip. Add a company of great friends, and you have a recipe for a wonderful day.
We decided to skip the major ski resorts and instead spent the day at Arapahoe Basin, or as locals call it, A-Basin. It was my first time at A-Basin and I must say, I am a fan! A-Basin is Colorado skiing at its best. Mellow, laid-back crowd, skilled skiers and snowboarders and of course, breathtaking views. Everything A-Basin promises in this video:
A-Basin is one of the highest ski areas and it took me a while to adjust to the altitude. When you find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. In fact, if this is your first Colorado ski trip, make sure you are prepared.
Although A-Basin is renowned for its expert terrain, an intermediate skier like myself can still have plenty of fun. Because most of the runs are above timberline, they are nice and wide and not crowded. I think my family would really enjoy skiing here. I had a blast!
I made a "shocking" discovery while skiing: Wild Zora bars are the perfect ski snack! I know I am tooting my own horn here but I was truly surprised how great our bars are for skiers. I could easily fit 3 or 4 bars in the pockets of my ski jacket. Because the bars are relatively small and not sticky, they were easy to eat on the lift or even under a tree. I appreciated the energy I got while not feeling too full.
Breakfast of Champions (Or Champion Skiers)
We spent a night in Dillon, Colorado. It's the perfect spot, located near seven ski resorts. We found a great little cafe and had a pleasant brunch. The Sunshine Cafe was a little crowded, but the food was worth the wait. It's so nice to enjoy breakfast made from scratch with fresh ingredients.
Apres Ski Soak
Because our muscles were little stiff from the day on the slopes, we decided to visit Hot Sulphur Springs. It is another hidden gem, just like A-Basin; fun and not overrun by tourists.
The spa is about an hour drive from Dillon. We drove on quiet mountain roads and enjoyed more only-in-Colorado views. The drive was a bit longer than we anticipated but the scenic route was worth it. The sky was cloudy, as a storm was moving in, which added a sense of drama to an already stunning scenery.
Hot Sulphur Springs offers a series of small pools connected to different hot springs. Some are quite hot and you can only stay in for a short time.
Others have a lower temperature, so you can soak as long as you need after your ski trip. The mineral-rich water wasn't too drying; I was surprised how smooth my skin was after the long soak. And the soreness in my muscles, so typical for the day after skiing, was gone. I know I will be coming back to Hot Sulphur Springs.
There is nothing quite as refreshing as a fun weekend spent with good friends. I came home rejuvenated, refreshed, ready to run my business. Discovering the lesser-known places in Colorado definitely contributed to the fun factor.
How do you recharge your batteries? Is a Colorado ski trip the right thing for you? Let me know in comments!