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Not all Birds Fly South for the Winter

While most “normal” RVers choose to spend winters in warm states like Florida and Arizona, we prefer winters in the snow. So for the 3rd year in a row we headed out to Breckenridge, Colorado just after New Years and spent over 3 months enjoying snow, cold weather and skiing. By the way, it’s a little strange to be writing about winter in June, but whatever! I’m a little behind. 😉

The reason we always head to Breckenridge is because we like to stay at Tiger Run RV Resort which is near four different ski areas that are included on the Epic Season Pass we get (Breck, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek). It’s nice to have some variety with the 4 ski areas when we’re staying for 3+ months. However, I’ve been looking into other ski areas for next year because Tiger Run significantly raised their monthly rates.

Moose in the site next to us at Tiger Run

Last year we rented a ski-in/ski-out condo to celebrate Chris’s 50th birthday. If you read my post from last year (Back to Breck), you might remember the ski mountains shut down just a few days later due to COVID. That was quite disappointing, but this year more than made up for the early end to last year’s ski season. This past February we rented the same condo and my sister and her husband came out to stay with us.

My brother-in-law Chris trying snowboarding

While they visited we tried out cross-country skiing for the first time. It was fun, but I still prefer downhill skiing.

Cheryl & Chris cross-country skiing
Cute igloo at the cross-country ski area

Whenever we ski at Keystone, we take the very scenic drive over Swan Mountain to get there. I’ve always wanted to stop and take pictures on the drive, but since we’re always heading to Keystone to ski, I would have ski boots on which are not comfortable for walking around and sightseeing. Since Chris is a photographer, I knew he and Cheryl would love to take this scenic drive and stop at the viewpoints. It turns out it’s called Sapphire Point and Cheryl already had it on her bucket list of places to see!

Sapphire Point

Speaking of Keystone, we spent many Friday evenings skiing there. Unfortunately they did not have other weeknights open for skiing this year. I love night skiing, but I did not enjoy it as much on Friday nights because it was so crowded. It seems like Friday nights are when the party crowd shows up for the weekend and they ski a little too recklessly for my comfort level. A snowboarder even crashed right into Jake one night, but thankfully neither one of them were hurt.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having a good time! It’s just that I prefer to keep my limbs intact and not ski with people that may have had a little too much happy hour before hitting the slopes. 😉

Breathtaking view of Keystone Village while night skiing

My favorite thing we did this year was to spend a few days at a ski-in/ski-out hotel at Vail for my birthday in March. It definitely redeemed the disappointing birthday I had last year when the ski resorts chose that day to shut down for the season. One thing that made the time in Vail especially fun was we got the most snow of the season while we were there. Skiing on fresh powder is the best!

Skiing at Vail was awesome!

We stayed at Lion Square Lodge and really enjoyed the pool and hot tub after skiing.

The last time we went to Vail in 2019 we didn’t like it that much. That’s because we made the mistake of going on a Saturday on the last weekend they were open in April. It was hot, the snow was slushy and many trails were already closed for the season. In addition it was super crowded. This time we did Vail right and enjoyed it immensely!

We also enjoyed 2 more ski-in/ski-out hotels this winter. One was at Grand Timber Lodge where we got a good deal to stay for Easter.

Awesome view from our room at Grand Timber Lodge

The other one was Grand Colorado. Last year we had a Dream Vacation Week certificate for a week long stay there, but it was canceled due to COVID. Thankfully we were able to re-schedule it for this year and it was amazing!

The hot tubs at Grand Colorado were incredible, especially this infinity hot tub overlooking the ski lifts.

As you can see, we really enjoy staying right on the mountain. Tiger Run RV Resort is only a 10 minute drive from the Breckenridge ski area, but there is nothing like staying right on the mountain.

It really was a fabulous season, and such a blessing after the way last year turned out. I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures sledding at Carter Park and Frisco sledding park.

Carter Park
Frisco sledding park

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Skiing at Beaver Creek and Vail

Beaver Creek and Vail Mountains were a little further away from where we were staying in Breckenridge so we only went to each of those one time. We loved Beaver Creek and wished we had made time to go there more than once. We didn’t love Vail as much but that was because we went the day before they closed for the season when the snow conditions were not the greatest and it was pretty hot for skiing that day in late April. Anyway, we would like to go back and ski at both of those areas another time.

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It was snowing the day we went to Beaver Creek. The visibility in the morning was pretty bad and there was so much new powder that it was challenging to ski on, although I love skiing on fresh powder.

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By late morning it cleared up and the views were incredible!

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They had some fun Kids’ Adventure Zones that we loved like this one.

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I knew once Jake saw this double-black diamond sign that I was in trouble!

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I should have said, “4 Get About It!”

This trail was so hard, but the kids kept saying how much fun it was. I just don’t get it, are we on the same trail here?? I mean, I don’t think I’d say this was fun. I was just happy to make it down alive.

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The beginning of 4 Get About It

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Me trying not to run into too many trees on 4 Get About It

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Chris going over a jump at the end of 4 Get About It

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And the result of Chris’s attempt at the jump at the end of 4 Get About It 😉

I took so many pictures that day because the views were so beautiful!

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Doesn’t it look like a painting in the background? The mountains almost didn’t look real!

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The views from Vail were also very beautiful, I just wish we had gone earlier in the season because the snow was so slushy the day we went it was very hard to ski.

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Well, I should clarify that last statement and say that it was hard for me to ski, not the kids. Here is Jake going down something so steep I could barely see over the edge.

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I had heard the Legendary Back Bowls were the best but most of them were closed for the season. We did get to experience some of it though, which only made us want to come back again someday when it’s not springtime.

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We had gotten so spoiled with the soft, powdery snow at Breck all season that I found this so tiring. Slushy snow is very different and I was so sore the next day! I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought it was a little more tiring to ski on this type of snow.

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Just taking a little rest.

That wraps up my posts about our winter ski adventures in Colorado. If you missed the first 3 posts you can see them here: An Epic Winter in Breckenridge Part 1An Epic Winter in Breckenridge Part 2 and Skiing at Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

What an amazing winter it was! In our 4+ years of traveling I think I can safely say that this was our favorite thing we’ve ever done.

I’ll end this with some fun statistics. With my Epic Local Pass I was tracked all season and can see my stats on the Epic Mix app. In 3 months we spent a total of 38 days skiing, rode 347 lifts and went 466,736 vertical feet. The # of lifts and vertical feet do not include A-Basin since they are not included in the app, but I did include that resort in the # of days skied. I’d say we got our money’s worth out of our Epic passes. 🙂

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