Playing in the Snow: How moving to the Rockies made me LOVE winter

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When Adam suggested to me in Alaska that we make our next move to the Rocky Mountains, I was definitely conflicted. I really loved being in the mountains in Alaska, but that was the summer. Did I really want to spend a winter in them? I had really been hoping for Hawaii or something warm with a beach, and lots of sun.

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A snow cat and ski runs at the top of Keystone

Being from New York, I was born and bred to hate snow. Every year my dad tells me about how much snow they’re getting. He hates snow blowing, and he hates shoveling even more.

The opposite happens to be the case in Colorado. Moving to a place where snow is the livelihood of the town is the best way to appreciate the winter. People here complain when they don’t get snow and celebrate when they do. I never fully understood what the phrases “GNAR GNAR POW POW” and “SHRED THAT POW MAN” meant until I moved to here. Rocky Mountain powder is some of the best stuff to ski or ride on. (And with a job that gives you a season pass…) It’s soft and puffy, not wet and heavy like the North East, and sometimes its really deep.

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Snowing in Breckenridge, CO

I am not nearly as extreme as most of the friends I’ve made here. Some are really great skiers, some are pro boarders, some are just learning (like me), all of them have great stories to share. I’ve heard things like shoulder-deep powder, making up crazy stunts in the terrain parks, riding through intense trees, and backcountry moonlight riding, I certainly won’t accomplish any of those things this season (or probably ever because I’m a chicken). But I can say I’ve had a satori or enlightenment of sorts. I can thank The Rocky Mountains for my new appreciation for winter, and a new sport to practice and enjoy in any upcoming winter trips.

Silverthorne, CO and the Continental Divide
Silverthorne, CO and the Continental Divide

What are your favorite winter activities? Do you have any favorite ski resorts? What are some other great winter time destinations? Comment!

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  1. Aurora watching and dog sledding are the winter activities I’m attracted by 🙂 I’ve never had the chance to learn how to ski

    • Skiing is great! I’m still a beginner though. They do dogsledding out here in Colorado, but I’d prefer to do it in Alaska. (Maybe this summer) I really want to see the Aurora more during the winter, I only got to see it at the end of the summer last year in Alaska.

  2. Coming from Australia, I’ve always disliked winter until this year! The snow, the mountains and the beautiful white wonderland is incredible!
    However, in saying that I am definitely ready for the warm weather haha.

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