For a brief moment, I’m going to drag you all out of summer mode. I know. You were just starting to enjoy it since it has finally stopped pouring everyday and the insane heat waves seemed to have given up. But… I want to talk about snow. Yep, that fantastic cold white stuff that would have been amazing to play in when it was 98F.
See, as of today my husband and I have been married for two months (w00t!) and we agreed on taking a snowboarding honeymoon this winter (somewhere between January and March). Snow, vacations, adventures, and romance have always seemed like a natural fit for us. For example, we got engaged at the summit of Heavenly Mountain… and then did some basin and tree runs. What else do newly engaged snowboarders do to celebrate? =D
But, we are faced with a conundrum: We can’t figure out where. We’ve literally discussed just about every state that has a ski area. We’ve narrowed it down and we need your input. We want to know where should we go? What should we do while there? Have you been?
Here’s our top picks:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole has always been that dream destination for us, so there’s this internal debate between do we go now or do we wait? If do we head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, we’re planning on hitting up every basin we can get our boards in and checking out every glade they have. I estimate that will keep us busy for about… forever. Heck yeah!
While there, we’d also love to visit Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. I’m sad to admit that I’ve actually never been to a National Park as New England is mostly made up of beautiful National Forests and state parks!
Big Sky, Montana
So you’re constantly hearing about snowboarding in the usual states out this way (Colorado, Utah) – but I rarely hear mention of Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin in Montana which makes me either think it’s just alright or it’s just so epic no one wants to share. Either way, I’m quite sure we’ll be impressed with a combined 230 trails on 5,532 acres.
A few summers ago I took Rob to Oregon and Washington during the summer. He was pleasantly surprised to find out that he could in fact throw me into a snowbank at Mt. Hood… in August. Going back out to Oregon and Washington for the winter adventure seems like a natural fit, but we had to admit we’re sorely divided on which direction to go. Oregon will take us to amazing places such as Mt. Hood Meadows and Mt. Bachelor. Washington promises epicness in the form of Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, and Crystal Mountain. North or South? Help.
Neither of us have been to Colorado for winter adventures, but we’ve heard enough about it to feel like we have. If we head out to Colorado, we’re very much thinking of trying to head to some of the less touristy ski areas that boast long histories of adventure. Along those lines, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Crested Butte, and Copper Mountain.
While there, I’m feeling awfully compelled to do something climbing related. Ice climbing anyone?
From what I’m hearing this is a powdery mecca for snowboarders and skiers, so on the list it goes. So far we’ve heard that Powder Mountain, Solitude, and Snowbasin are all worth the visit. If the names of these ski areas are a hint of what we’re in for, sounds like a good trip to me.
And now the travel blogger side of me…
I love sharing about the places I travel to. Sometimes it’s through reviews, other times it’s videos meant to make it feel like you’re right there getting pummeled on by whitewater, or whipped around by wind and snow. Either way, I’m excited to broaden my geographical scope.
However, here’s the begger blogger side: I’m looking for opportunities and sponsorships while on this trip. Instead of just heading to a ski resort and staying there for a week, we’d really like to partake in many things. We (my husband is usually the one helping me with videos and pictures) are open to just about anything. We’ll review gear, try new restaurants, interview just about anyone, and partake in almost every outdoor adventure we can. In return for an epic experiences, I can provide media (photography and video), promotion (social media, articles, testimonials, etc.), or whatever else deemed helpful. We’re really open minded, positive, and approachable – promise!
So with that being said, if anyone has any cool contacts (PR, communications, ski patrol, guides, etc.) – I’d love to talk no matter where we end up. While I can’t promise we’ll bring good weather, I can promise down to earth reviews, fantastic media, and a serious sense of humor. Shoot me an e-mail at JBejtlich (at) gmail.com.
You may now resume your warm weather activities. 😉