Ever have one of those vacations that by the time your headed to the airport, you’re relieved it’s over? Well, that was our Colorado honeymoon. It’s taken me a full week to actually get around to writing about it because it was: 1- Awesome. 2- Exhausting. (And 3-Work has been intense)
So let’s talk about the awesome. As I was hitting publish on the first part of the honeymoon recap, the snow from an incoming storm was just starting to fall. We woke up the next morning to about a foot of fresh snow… and it was still coming down. By early Friday morning, our lovely little part of Colorado had received 34 inches of snow. Yes, 34 inches. As in just 2 inches short of 3 FEET!
Needless to say, we had nothing short of an epic time at Loveland on Thursday. After being entirely shocked that we could actually make it there, we found ourselves absolutely drowning in waist deep powder. We ran mogul runs, deep bowls, powdery glades, and bombed steep chutes. This New Englander honestly had no idea what to do and ate the pow… many times. I can handle ice, but powder is a pretty foreign concept. That’s where the exhausting came in. Oh, and the altitude sickness. For some reason by Thursday morning, Rob and I were both showing some bad signs of altitude sickness – headaches, exhaustion, nausea, pain, and all that fun stuff. But it was well worth it. I’ve never snowboarded in a complete white out with high winds while hearing ski patrol set off avalanches in the next bowl over. For as much as I say my life isn’t epic, those runs felt nothing short of epic.
On Friday, Rob and I made the journey into Denver for the 2014 SIA Show. Being the gear nerd I am, I’ve been looking forward to this show from the moment I applied as press (and got accepted). We spent a long long day running between booths meeting with representatives from all sorts of companies including Darn Tough, POC, Bolle, Nite Ize, Niche Snowboards, and plenty others. I have a lot to write about from just that show alone (and the Monday portion – more in a moment), so this won’t be the last you hear about it. But important side note: If Darn Tough offers you maple soft serve ice cream with bacon, TAKE IT.
Friday night was truly something awesome which is hard to imagine since Friday had already rocked. After a long time of talking to my friend David of Low Gravity Ascents over just about every virtual application possible, we finally met in person. And he rocks. I’m glad I can finally count him among my IRL (“in real life” for you social acronym challenged folks) friends now. Conveniently, we also got a chance to meet his friend Shay (an extraordinary photographer) and mutual Twitter friends Heidi, Aleya, and Lynne. It was a strange but wonderful dinner. And the burgers at Cherry Cricket are quite amazing.
Saturday was a much needed down day as by then we were fighting off a few old injuries and the altitude sickness was getting out of control. But, never fear – we were right back in the snow on Sunday. This time we headed back to Loveland with David. From the sounds of it, it appears this day was nothing short of incredible for Rob and David. The two of them did repeated summit runs off the highest lift and decided to start dropping in off a sweet (but very stable) cornice. Since my head cam is incredibly lame, I’m going to treat you to David’s video instead. Enjoy. Rob is in gray and David is in red.
Sunday night involved the best steak I’ve ever had in my entire life while becoming deaf listening to Bronco fans scream their lungs out at a game going poorly. Regardless, if you’re ever in Dillon, Colorado please check out Pug Ryan’s. The food is nothing short of incredible (especially the bacon wrapped filet mignon).
Despite the elevation kicking my but, I was a little sad when we got to Monday and realized it was our last day in Colorado. Fortunately, it was a great one. We were lucky to have bluebird skies, fantastic snow, and the on-snow SIA demo at Copper to head to. We spent a long day testing gear, enjoying good food (they knew how to feed snowboarders and skiers well), and enjoying great company with cool people. Then it was back to the condo to pack up for the long flight home the next day.
All in all – awesome vacation. I think I’m still catching up on sleep. 😉