Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: DILLON, COLORADO
Well HELLO HELLO!
How is everyone doin'? Are you ready for the weekend? Is anyone else going skiing???
We were back at Keystone Ski Resort yesterday and it got me thinking...Maybe I should've name this trip Tanya's Ski Trip to Keystone & Breckenridge.
Seems that we've skied more at Keystone then we will be skiing at Vail for this trip (although Vail is still one of my favorite resorts - see more favorites HERE) and we have been staying locally here in Dillon (since I adjusted our accommodation plans from Vail to Dillon).
Anyhow speaking of accommodations, we are actually moving to another property (about a block away) this afternoon. *Most condos rent for a minimum of a week and that's how long we've been here (before that we were in Denver). So we've got to haul all of our stuff to the new place for the next 2 nights...and then over to our favorite accommodations and ski in/ski out property in Breckenridge!!
Skiing is by far one of my favorite sports and past times. But I've gotta tell ya, if it weren't for the love of the game - there is no way that I would/could deal with the stress of actually getting on to the slopes!
Between the wardrobing and the gear - I'll be the first to tell you that it's no day in the park. Quite the contrary - it's a lot of work and it's actually a big pain in the butt.
But there is just nothing like the feeling of going down that first run of the day! Ahhhh the joy and the exhilaration! It can't be beat!
And this my dears is one of the reasons that we just love love love our resort in Breckenridge. Ski in/Ski out accommodations makes life on the slopes so much easier, so much more enjoyable, and so much less time consuming - which means more time on the slopes!
Beautiful Blue Sky Backdrop!
LMAO - I tipped over!
So as I mentioned, we were back out at Keystone yesterday, and after another great day on the slopes, I was a bit wiped out.
Yep it sure is a workout out there for hours and hours each day and as I watched it take out and exhaust Dave and the kids...it finally caught up to me. I'll admit it - I was pooped. So my muscles will definitely enjoy taking a time out and not getting back on the slopes until Sunday. Two days off! (insert GASP here)
GIANT life-size game of Checkers!
Today will be a family relaxing day for us. Perhaps another stroll by the lake and then later tonight Dave will be flying in from LAX and joining us once again for a weekend of good times here in Colorado!
LOTS of fun stuff planned for tomorrow - but guess what...You're gonna have to come back and join me right here on tomorrow's Daily SCOOP to find out what it is! *In truth there is another way on the site of finding out what's on my itinerary...
That's all folks. I'm outta here! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop
Ski Resorts for Non-Skiers
Hello hello well it's finally Friday I'm very excited that the weekend is here however we are expecting a big blizzard on Long Island beginning late tonight!
I love snow I love the way it looks when it's falling. I love how it covers the trees and the houses - everything just looks so beautiful glistening in white!
However, with blizzard conditions comes the probability of being cooped up in the house most of the weekend
I'm almost 100% sure that the girls will not be going to the barn to ride this weekend. First of all, it'll probably be a little too cold and their trainer doesn't let them ride if it's under 30°.
Additionally, with the storm starting tonight I doubt very strongly that I'll be able to drive out to Manorville tomorrow.
Need I tell you how disappointed the kids are currently they are both praying that there is no snow and only rain. We shall see what the end result of all the storm hype actually turns out to be.
Travel-wise, Tanya is having a blast in the snow out in Colorado!
It made me think about how as a non-skier I've always enjoyed ski resorts for the warmth and coziness of hanging out inside the lodge. I haven't had a chance to do that much of that in the past two years but I thought I would share with you some of the Best Ski Towns as rated by Mainstreet.com for the non-skier
Just because you don't hit the slopes and the ski trails doesn't mean that you can't accompany loved ones and friends and still have a blast
I have never been a skier and yet I've had some of my nicest vacations at ski resorts and ski towns.
One thing I've always loved is the quietness and alone time that I've shared while everyone was on the mountain. Many resorts have beautiful full service spas which is a lovely way to spend the day pampering yourself.
Or how about a the warmth of a picturesque restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal or steaming cup of hot cocoa while spending self bonding time reading or relaxing?
I know I've had a number of these afternoons and wouldn't trade them for the world. So if you're contemplating whether or not to travel to the ski resort because you don't participate in this outdoor sport think again about the enjoyment you may have taking advantage of many of the indoor activities that these resorts around the world have to offer.
According to MainStreet.com, take a gander at some non-ski activities in their Top 5 picks:
1) Stowe, Vermont Located in north-central Vermont and home to Mount Mansfield, the Green Mountain State's highest peak, Stowe has been dubbed "The Ski Capital of the East."
Non-skiers can enjoy many off-mountain attractions during their stay. Along Mountain Road and throughout other parts of town, you'll find a variety of interesting stores peddling art, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, Vermont specialty foods and clothing.
2) Lake Placid, New York This charming village in the Adirondacks Mountains of upstate New York, which hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, offers snowshoe through more than 2,000 miles of walkable terrain, as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides through the snow. Other activities such as ice skating and dog-sled riding are also available.
3) Aspen, Colorado Guided snowmobile tours through the White River National Forest are a great outdoor option for non-skiers.
For a bit of culture, check out the new Aspen Art Museum located in downtown Aspen, which showcases international contemporary art (admission is free). Concerts and live music venues such as Belly Up or the historic Wheeler Opera House, have hosted the likes of The Eagles, Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Crow.
4) Whistler, British Columbia Two hours north of Vancouver in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, Whistler is considered to be one of the top ski resort destinations in the world.
Whistler Village features pedestrian-only stone walkways that are lined with shops, eateries, galleries and hotels. Stop into the FireRock Lounge in the Westin Hotel, where you can enjoy cocktails, craft beer and a bite to eat in front of a blazing fireplace.
5) Jackson, Wyoming Guided tours through the region and its surrounding areas are available. Wildlife tours will provide views of wild animals in their natural habitat, such as moose, deer, elk and wolves. For something a bit more romantic, consider taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the area.
Well, folks, stay warm, stay safe and enjoy the snow!!!