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My Favorite Memory of Skiing with My Parents

A Most Hysterical Story on the Slopes of Snowmass Ski Resort

by G. Kunkel

(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 12/3/2010)


My parents don’t ski anymore but we have a treasure trove of memories. It was sometime in the mid-1990s. My sister and I took a break from our jobs and went on a Christmas ski vacation with our parents out to Aspen Snowmass. We all piled into my SUV in Boulder and then headed west on Interstate 70.

The snow conditions were perfect during our entire vacation. One morning it was cold and snowing steadily so we bundled up in our warmest ski outfits and face masks and then headed out to the ski slopes. We skied a few warm-up runs and then headed to our favorite section of Snowmass – the wide long groomers of Elk Camp.

Once at the top, we headed down the Sandy Park trail. My mom and dad skied ahead while my sister and I lingered and skied into the deep powder in the trees by the trail. We lost sight of dad in the snow but caught glimpses of our mother in her dark colored ski clothing.

After playing in the powder, my sister and I decided we better catch up to our parents. We took off down the trail and soon spotted our father further down the trail. He was with another skier who suddenly left and took off down the ski trail.

As we approached our father, he was by himself and laughing hysterically. We inquired what was so funny as my mother skied up to the group. He said he was skiing along and saw our mother stopped ahead in her dark ski clothing. He skied up to her and stopped. After admiring the local scenery, he turned to mom and said “It sure is pretty here isn’t it sweetie?” There was a short pause and then a very male voice replied “yeah”. The skier then quickly took off.

We laughed until we nearly fell down. My father complained that it was very hard to pick out our mother because of her dark ski clothing. That evening he spent hours taking her shopping for new ski outfits in Aspen and Snowmass over her protests. He made sure she picked out ski outfits she liked and that he could easily recognize. My father hates shopping for clothes.

Sometime during that vacation we called my older brother and told him about our father trying to pick up strange men on the slopes of Snowmass. We had another chuckle at my father’s expense.

Alas, the ski vacation ended and February rolled in. In was Valentine’s Day and my mother sent our father out to retrieve the daily mail. He came back into their house with the mail – very fragrant mail. My father quickly located the perfume-drenched envelope and opened it. The Valentine’s Day card inside had the simple message “I miss you” and was signed “Sweetie”. A quick check of the postage cancellation on the envelope quickly pointed to my brother as the sender.

We’ve laughed about that story and many others over the years. To the mysterious “Sweetie” on that fateful day on the Sandy Park trail – sorry about the mixup. It wasn’t anything you did. My mother did get some expensive new ski suits out of it.

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The Worst Times to Go Skiing or Snowboarding in Colorado

Avoid Expensive Lift Tickets, Pricey Lodging, Crowds, and Traffic

by G. Kunkel

(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 1/18/2011)

Colorado ski vacations can offer great skiing and snowboarding at many fine ski resorts throughout the state. For the best vacation experience, timing is everything. Those planning a ski vacation in Colorado should be aware that some peak travel periods have large crowds, long lift lines, and higher pricing on lodging, lift tickets, and airfare. By avoiding these peak periods, ski vacationers can experience Colorado skiing at its finest.

During school vacation periods

Colorado ski resorts within a 100-mile radius of Denver are packed when local schools are on vacation breaks. Skiers and snowboarders can also expect long lift lines and peak pricing for lodging and lift tickets. Crowds can be avoided by visiting smaller ski areas such as Loveland Ski Area or traveling to ski resorts farther away from Denver like Wolf Creek, Aspen, Crested Butte, or Telluride.

USA holidays

Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King Junior Day weekend, President’s Day weekend and Spring Break (March), are peak ski vacation periods at Colorado ski resorts. Expect premium pricing on lodging and lift tickets. Well-known ski resorts within a 100-mile radius of Denver will be packed with people during these holidays. Smaller Colorado ski areas will have less traffic yet still provide a quality ski vacation experience. Consider these value ski resorts if you need to tighten the budget.

Weekends

Traffic on Interstate 70 on Saturdays and Sundays is notoriously bad in the mornings and evenings to and from Denver, Colorado. Summit County ski vacationers have missed flights at Denver International Airport because they did not leave the ski resort by 1 pm. Front Range Colorado residents love to ski and most go on the weekends. Martin Luther King Junior weekend and President’s Day weekend are the two busiest weekends at Front Range ski resorts.
Typically, ski resorts within a two-hour drive of Denver become very crowded on weekends but are practically deserted on weekdays. Many ski resorts offer discount lift ticket deals, discount days, or coupons valid only on weekdays. Take advantage of weekday deals and untracked powder.

Spring break

Spring break lasts the entire month of March at Colorado ski resorts. Resorts within a two-hour drive of Denver typically are packed with college students and families with children on school break. While many resorts do offer lodging and lift ticket deals, expect packed ski school lessons, crowded slopes, and more out-of-control skiers. Those desiring a less crowded experience to enjoy the snowiest month of the year should travel to one of the Aspen resorts, Telluride, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek, or Durango Mountain Resort.

Peak ski season

February is the height of ski season. Ski vacationers will find fewer deals on lodging, airfare, and lift tickets especially at large well-known Colorado ski resorts. Expect crowds on President’s Day Weekend. April is the best time for fantastic snow conditions, uncrowded ski slopes and ski package deals.

It is possible to find uncrowded ski resorts in Colorado that offer ideal ski and snowboard conditions. By planning around peak travel times, one can practically have the ski slopes to their selves.

More money-saving ideas:

Free Colorado Gas Station Ski Coupons Available

Discount Ski Lift Ticket Coupons for Winter Park Resort in Colorado

How to Save Money at Winter Park Resort During the Ski Season

Sources:

Personal knowledge and experience

http://www.coloradoski.com/Passes/PassportProgram/

http://daysailer1.com/

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Yahoo! Voices shutting down

The word came down this week.  Yahoo! Voices and Yahoo Contributor Network will be shutting down.

I will be downloading all my original articles there and will be reposting them here in their entirety.  I’ll be adding my Google+ ID to the reposts to protect them and their ranking.

During this housekeeping I will be checking to see if they have been stolen and reposted elsewhere.  Websites, blogs, etc that are found to have taken my articles without permission or payment will be sent a DMCA and/or a bill.

I will also be updating the links on this blog as many of them are about to go dead.

So, for all you thieves out there.  Fair warning.

G. Kunkel

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