Ski season is in full swing, and now that our Bahamas trip is past us, SVV and I are mentally leaving the tropics—at least, for the time being—setting our sights on our next big jaunt: a ski vacation in Colorado.
We’ve been lucky to take some great ski trips over the past few years: Vail, Keystone, Tahoe and, most recently, Breckenridge. Sure, skiing can be expensive, but I’d be lying if I said we paid for it all out of pocket—for every one of these trips, we cashed in hard-earned credit card points for flights and rental cars and sometimes even hotels.
The slope-side lodging. We stayed at Crystal Peak Lodge right at the base of Peak 8 and simply had to exit the lobby to hop on either the gondola or the Independence Superchair. Now that I’ve gone ski-in, ski-out, I can never go back!
The ease of reaching it from Denver. Just 105 miles from the airport, Breck is a straight shot across I-70. Within two hours of picking up our rental car, we were pulling into downtown Breckenridge.
Donuts. Allllll the donuts. Sprinkles not required, but recommended.
Fun off-piste activities. We only had lift tickets valid for weekdays, but still found plenty to do—like fat biking, my new winter-y obsession— on Saturday and Sunday.
That weather, though. With 300 days of sunshine a year, Colorado—Breckenridge included—has some of the best weather for a serious ski destination.
A local brewery (and distillery). Coconut porter, chili pepper pale ale.. flights of beer—I mean, need I say more?
We’ve been smart with charging purchases to credit cards over the year and often use those points to fun more expensive trips like a ski vacation in Colorado (not to mention accruing double points on any purchases we do make on trips—or anytime really).
Are you planning any ski vacations this winter? If so, can I join you?