Colorado Here I Am: Mini Tour

After a week of work here in the USA, my friend Suzanne, who lives in Denver, took me on a quick tour through the mountains in Colorado, stopping to look at a bunch of the resorts. Sure, the lifts aren’t open yet so there’s been no shredding, but still, this place is beautiful, and just checking it out has been great. Here’s how the day went…

We set out toward Loveland Pass, opting to go over the top rather than through the tunnel. Hills and mountains everywhere. Exciting stuff, especially as there’s already some snow on some of the peaks.

Getting some of that Colorado snow in the hand…

At the summit of Loveland Pass, loving it, with the sun in my eyes. When can I come here to snowboard?

So the first real destination was Breckenridge, but my guide told me that we would pass A-Basin and Keystone on the way. These resorts are so close together; that’s pretty cool.

Here’s Arapahoe Basin from the road. It’s not easy to see in this picture, but there’s a lift there accessing some pretty steep terrain…

And Keystone in the distance.

We stopped quickly at the base of A-Basin, but everything was closed. Keystone on the otherhand had more going on, so I snagged a piste map. Nice.

And next up was Breck; we were ready to eat. Since being here in America I’ve been trying a bunch of different beers. There’s a lot of choice, some of them being real good. Back in Rochester I’d tried a Fat Tire, an amber ale brewed in Colorado. Suzanne recommended we visit the Breckenridge Brewery – so I was set to sample some of the local produce.

The Fat Tire is good, but Breck’s Avalanche Amber Ale is the best I’ve tasted yet (also good has been Buffalo Gold). Add some American-sized portions and we had a good lunch.

I had a good walk around the place. It’s kinda strange, almost toy-like in places, very different to the resorts that I’ve been to, but then again, this is the first time that I’ve been to any American resort. The terrain’s supposed to be good though, and I could definitely see myself coming back here.

Busker plus backdrop:

I think this must be a halfpipe without the snow…

After Breckenridge we were heading to Vail, which is where we’re staying for the night. I’m leaving on Sunday, so I’ll wake up tomorrow in the mountains before heading back to Denver.

On the way I got a glimpse of Copper Mountain from the road.

And before settl’ing in Vail, we pushed through to take a quick look at Beaver Creek. This place looked expensive! There’s like a golf course right there in the resort…

And then we were in Vail. The directive being to check-in, relax, hit the hot-tub and celebrate the work that we’ve done this week, which has gone pretty well.

Get some beers on chill:

Finish in the tub…

I’ve not yet had a chance to walk around Vail – I’ll do that tomorrow morning. Sipping on a beer in the hot-tub rounded the week off nicely. I’d love to come back here in the winter-time with Ciara to snowboard. Lots of resorts. Loads of back-country terrain to explore. You’d need a lot of time… This place is pretty amazing…

Thanks for a great day Suzanne!

2 Comments

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Ciara

    I am free to go anytime! It looks amazing 😉 x

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    VancityAllie

    Wow that looks AWESOME!

    Almost time for snowboarding in CO 🙂

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