Are You a Winter Weekend Warrior?
I have to say, I am still a Winter Weekender, even if my skiing days are over. I love the mountains, I love the snow, I love the winter—put that all together on a weekend and mountains here I come. For some of you, it is also the downhill rush, and that is why you head to the mountains. You love skiing and snowboarding, so hitting the slopes on the weekend is what you do and will continue to do with family and friends. Or, maybe it is an experience you want in the snow and mountains.
These days a ski trip can include some pretty exciting choices anywhere in Colorado, from A to Z. We have Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Durango, Steamboat Springs, Silverton, Telluride, Vail, and Winter Park—and there are many more. Aspen has 320 ski runs and is a magnet for celebrities and ski enthusiasts. Breckenridge’s slopes are legendary but you might want to also tour the Country Boy Mine or go dog sledding with a team of Siberian Huskies.
The three ski areas include Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons. You will find these three ski mountains cover slopes that suit your skiing and boarding style. Snowboarding is still not allowed at Deer Valley—this could make you really happy if you are one of the “I only ski” types of people. The Canyons still have some of the wildest twists and turns. Park City Mountain accommodates skiers and riders alike with choices that range from easy to extreme.
Park City, Utah has its own character that you’ll enjoy as much as you do the snow. On Main Street, you can stroll from bottom to top and back again, finding restaurants and great shopping. And, of course, there are some of the liveliest bars to be found anywhere. In Park City, you can find luxury as well as mid-range accommodations. Any of the three mountains are good for families, couples, or a quick getaway with friends. It is an easy flight into Salt Lake City, then a short transfer from there to your perfect winter vacation in the heart and soul of Utah.
If you are planning to hit the slopes this winter in Colorado or even Utah, and you are looking for a place to stay, you can’t do much better than these wonderful ski towns. Regardless of age, the ski slope is often neutral ground for families and friends to grow together. Sometimes all you need is fresh air, the grandeur of the mountains, and the flow of your skis or board beneath your feet to unwind and let go of stress. Don’t you want to get away in January, February, or even March?
Maybe snowshoeing interests you. If so, Purgatory in Durango has Moonlight Snowshoe Tours available. Steamboat Springs is a resort town that produced 69 Winter Olympians, more than any other town in North America. These ski resorts encompass a wide range of slopes, terrain, and activities for beginners, experts, and even non-skiers. Each resort hopes for the perfect balance of snow and with 55 peaks higher than 14,000 feet, you have many choices. I suggest you spend more than just a weekend—that way, you can take in a snowmobile tour, go ice climbing, tubing, or even ice-skating, and then be sure to plan a day at one of the wonderful spas.
If you are looking beyond Colorado—Park City, Utah has three diverse ski areas. This exciting mountain town is celebrating its golden anniversary and January marks the internationally acclaimed Sundance Film Festival in Park City. During this time you can’t turn around without bumping into someone famous, but it is still a haven for those who love mountain beauty and snow adventures well beyond January.