Just returned from yet another amazing trip to the winter wonderland of Beaver Creek, CO. From skiing all day to sipping wine by the fireplace and the occasional jaunt in the fresh powder, it was an incredible experience to add to my 2017 travel log.
So our trip to Beaver Creek has become an annual thing with my Dad and brother, Ryan. It’s our 4th year in a row and each time it keeps getting better. With the crazy amount of snow that the mountain ranges have been getting we were hoping that some fresh snowfall would happen while we were there. Thankfully, our wishes came true and I FINALLY got to ski in fresh powder!
Let me just say this, I loved the morning session of skiing in powder, but come the afternoon the runs were basically moguls. My legs were like rubber and it completely wore me out. I literally was dead asleep by 7:05 that night.
The next morning I dragged my brother out to the snow and had some fun snapping some photos!
If I wasn’t in my ski boots I was wearing my Sorel snow boots. Literally, I didn’t wear the other pair of shoes I brought once. These boots are perfect for a SoCal girl who meets the occasional rain shower and heads to the mountains once a year and embraces the winter of Wisconsin for a few weeks each season. They aren’t overly bulky & easily work into almost any type of outfit. I’m never going to be the girl winning the fashion award when out on a ski trip (or anytime for that matter). There are snow-bunny bloggers who find a way to look insanely adorable when visiting the mountains, but I choose practicality each and every time.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Beaver Creek, you have plenty of options depending on your price range. Staying in the hotels at the base of the mountain are the most affordable and you’ll have to take a shuttle each morning & afternoon. We did this the first year & it worked out fine but we really wanted the convenience of ski in / ski out lodging. We have been staying at the Townsend Place which is a set of condos that allow us to ski right out of our place and onto the Elkhorn lift.
In all actuality, even though the cost per night is more, we end up not having to spend a ridiculous amount of money on breakfasts & lunches out on the mountain because we have a full kitchen in which we stock with groceries the day we arrive. No joke, you can get 3 bowls of soup, bottles of water and a bag of chips on the mountain and it’ll cost you $78 bucks. We opt to ski into our lodge, make some hot ham & cheese sandwiches with a glass of wine (or whisky), plus we get to warm up. My opinion, it’s worth every penny.
Speaking of warming up, anyone have some tips on how to keep my feet from freezing within the first hour of skiing? I’ve tried the toe warmers (feet lose circulation) and extra socks (again, lose circulation), but I end up with the one pair of the best ski socks I can buy and my feet go numb with 65 minutes each & every time. I mean, I’m always game for a hot toddy but I’d like to last a little longer.
On another note, I thought it was a great idea to have my brother capture me falling back into the fresh powder. I envisioned this big pouf of snow and me buried in it for an epic photo. Umm… fail. The snow wasn’t actually that deep and I ended landing on the frozen ground with a thud that literally took my breath away. I was in considerable pain the day after but I must say we did nail the shot (well at least the one of the left).
… and we pushed our flight back a day so that we wouldn’t be flying during the Packers game as we hoped to cheer them on to the Super Bowl. Well… if you watched the game you knew that wasn’t going to happen quite early on. It was a bummer but we had a great season! My loyalty to the green & gold never waivers.
I’d love to know what some of your favorite ski resorts are! We are considering the option of going to a new spot next year to change things up. Right now at the top of the list is Heavenly in Lake Tahoe and Whistler in Canada.
Here are few fun snapshots I took from my phone while on the trip as well! Enjoy.
Keep Living a Stylized Life.