This is my fourth winter in Colorado. Every winter, we buy a set of passes for Eldora and I rent skis. Once we get up to our tiny mountain on my sub par skis, I have a moderately cruddy time and turn in early. I ski because it’s what the Husband wants to do and who am I to disappoint? At least until it’s about lunch time…
Anyway, this year the Husband wanted to try something else. We rented skis from a different vendor and headed up towards Summit County and Copper Mountain. We rented a condo and we were ready to go bright and early. I studied the run map before we went to bed and woke up with knots in my stomach. I didn’t think I was ready for this.
Lessson number 1, I was ready to tackle a bigger mountain! I only fell a few times. Unlike most times before, it wasn’t a frustrating experience to get my skis back on. I got up and got going again! We took a few breaks on the way down to correct my form and to re-discover my confidence but we made it! I stuck to the same lift the entire time we were there and tried to stick to mainly the same runs down so that I would know what to expect. I needed to feel comfortable for us to make it to the bottom without wiping out hard. We skied all day with a brief stop for lunch. Next time, I might get a little more adventurous and try something new but was my first time at Copper, I felt pretty accomplished.
Lesson number 2 of the day is the important one. Know your limits! I messed up my knee while I was in college and the left side definitely gets a little worn out more easily. When I ski, my tired knee generally means less control of my left ski and more wipe outs. When you feel like you are done, be done, or at least take a well deserved break. Pushing yourself is good, but don’t push to injury. Luckily, the Husband could see the concern on my face and knew that I needed to call it a day!
I will definitely be back to try it out again (any suggestions on places we have to go to?). Once we were off the mountain, it was time to vacation my way! We stayed the night at the Ameristar in Blackhawk and gambled the night away. 3 days of Colorado getaway was exactly the way for us to spend Valentine’s day weekend.
By the way, currently writing this on my flight home to Iowa for my little sister’s baby shower! I’ve got an empty seat next to me and a little room to get the computer out! A little R&R and family time is needed and I can’t wait to share all of the (pink) details.
So I finally visited a new brewery! I’m not quite sure where the last couple of weeks have gone but we got up to the mountains this weekend and finally stopped by Backcountry Brewery. We had stopped by over Thanksgiving weekend but they were serving a special meal for the holiday. We weren’t that far away when we decided to pull off I-70 for lunch. So glad we stopped in!
We sat down and I immediately tried the sampler flight. There were choices and I think between the two of us, we managed to try almost everything on the beer menu. I should have taken a picture of one these tasters next to something for size comparison. No pint necessary here! The tasters were about 6 ounces and there was plenty of beer on the table for the both of us!
On the day we were in, they had all of the regular beers and a few seasonals available. You can check out the full beer menu here. What I really loved was the Breakfast stout. It is stout month here in Boulder and the weather was just great. The balance of coffee and hops was great! If I were going to order a pint in February, this would definitely be near the top of the list. Here are the full characteristics from the brewers:
“Breakfast Stout is a milk stout (we put lactose in the boil) in which we put locally roasted Guatemalan and Costa Rican coffees. The coffee is roasted at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters on Main Street.The beer is full bodies and has a milky and caramel sweetness followed by a mild roast from roasted barley and the coffee.
Original Gravity: 13.7° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.4% / Bitterness: 30 IBU’s / SRM: 10”
After talking with the guys behind the bar, we found out about the great mug club and the fun beers that they test out in small batches. If we were up in Frisco more, this would be a regular stop for us. The mug club is a steal! Who wouldn’t want your own mug and happy hour pricing?
And as we left, it was snowing and perfect in the mountains! Can’t wait to share some lessons from my first grown up ski day!