Ski Towns, Colorado

After 10 months of calling Colorado home, I have now left the state. The 2 & 1/2 months of living in Fraser and working at Winter Park Ski Resort flew by. I tried to take advantage of my 3 days off each week to ski as much as possible, but I still want more. My time there made me realize how important it is to live somewhere I can do the things that I love. One of the requirements for my future place of residence is snow covered mountains so I can ski, snowshoe, iceskate, sled, and cross country ski till my heart's content. I really loved the Fraser/Winter Park area and could definitely see myself living there again. I'll miss the mountain and all the friends I made there.

 
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My #1 place I wanted to visit was Steamboat Springs. The same company who owns Winter Park owns Steamboat so I was able to just walk onto the gondola with my Winter Park pass. I stayed for 2 days skiing 54 miles, and I got to visit the famous Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

 

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Working at the tubing hill was hardly ever dull. Folks from all over the country came to visit and it was always fun to see them spin down the lanes and slam into the red pads at the bottom. My coworkers were mostly younger men who liked to have a good time. We were constantly having snowball fights, listening to loud music, dancing, and sending tubes down lanes not open to the public (we made our own lanes). Although I would get frustrated by their lack of work ethic or communication I was always laughing and having a good time with them. Send tubes!

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After work spending time with my roommates and neighbor provided the relaxation and fun I needed. We also started hot tubing the last month I was there and we always had a blast. I'll miss them!

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Although I didn't end up going iceskating on Evergreen Lake like I really wanted to, I did go snowmobiling for the first time. I went with a guide and group up to the Continental Divide overlooking Winter Park. The snowmobile was much more wobbly than the four-wheelers I'm used to, but I was able to let her rip and hit 50mph.

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During my time here I was able to visit several other ski resorts (for free through deals with WP) including: Loveland, Copper Mountain, A-Basin, Granby Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Monarch, and Taos. My favorites being Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, probably because I'm comfortable at Winter Park cause I know the mountain so well and Steamboat cause it's so big.

  My last day on the slopes of Winter Park. Send it!

My last day on the slopes of Winter Park. Send it!

  A-Basin

A-Basin

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  The famous Maroon Bells as seen from Aspen Highlands

The famous Maroon Bells as seen from Aspen Highlands

And finally, on my return trip I stopped in New Mexico to visit my good friend Lupita at her ranch.

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Next: In just a week, after my 31st birthday I'll be heading to the land of eternal snow, the roof of the world...

Sara Leibold