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).