Colorado and here are a few tips to help plan for your long weekend escape for snowboarding or skiing adventures.
Honestly, I’d imagine all the ski towns in Colorado are fairly similar. They have a main ski resort that has a charming downtown with restaurants and shops and lifts that are conveniently located nearby. We stayed in a condo/house unit about 10 minutes walk from Breckenridge’s Main Street with all of its restaurants and shops. By staying at a house, we could stock up on supplies at the grocery store and ended up eating some of our breakfasts and dinners at the house. It also had a hot tub on the back porch, which was a great way to relax your muscles after snowboarding or skiing all day.
I’d recommend renting and picking up your rentals (if you rent your equipment) the evening before you plan to hit the slopes to save time in the morning (which is when queues tend to be long). Similarly, you can purchase your lift tickets in advance so can go in the shorter queue for pick-up instead of the longer queue to buy them the day-of. I’m not a pro on the snowboard so two-days was enough for me, but a few of my friends did three day rentals. They also had a generous refund policy if you wanted to buy a weekend pass – as long as we returned our rentals the night before or before 9am the day of we would still get our money back.
Make sure you also pack some Advil as you’re likely take at least 24 hours (though some people say it takes up to 3 days) to adjust to the altitude change. I had a terrible headache the first day I landed, but I drank lots of water, took some Tylenol and went to bed early, and it was gone by the next day. It’s also much colder than East Coast snowboarding/skiing (so if you’re new to the West Coast definitely invest in some good winter layers for the slopes, including helmet and goggles).
We also did a dog sledding tour with Good Times Adventures, which I would highly recommend. The tour itself is about an hour long and costs $90 per person. They take up to groups of six on a tour at a time. One person gets to drive the dog team while another rides in the sleigh. The other four people in the tour ride on a sleigh attached to a snowmobile that goes out in front of the dog team. Everyone gets at least two times to do both driving and riding with the dog sled. The dogs are all Siberian Huskies and are gorgeous. It’s a team of 8 that pulls you and they have all distinctive personalities that you really do get to see on display as they run to keep up with the snowmobile.
I would recommend budgeting about 3 hours for dog sledding as the company will pick you up and drive you into the Pike National Forest where the dog’s run a 6-mile course through the Swan River Valley.
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