What a beautiful fall! It lasted about two weeks. Snow is in the forecast for Denver and the high country has already been blanketed by a few inches.
We can’t ignore it — winter is here.
I’m feeling very conflicted about this season change. Summer seemed to disappear before my eyes and I’m still regretting not taking advantage of the weather more. But winter bring new opportunity and with it, new activities to enjoy!
Things like snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and getting cozy by the fire — the best parts of winter. And this year, we have a dog! I anticipate some pleasant AF weekends at the cabin, complete with warm drinks and fuzzy snuggles.
But in an effort to not let another season pass by with nothing particularly fun accomplished, this season I’m setting goals!
1. Use all of my ski days.
On Labor Day weekend, I made a huge investment. I purchased new skis, new boots and a 5-day lift pass to Winter Park. And dammit, I’m going to use it this year! Last year, snow came so late that trying to get all my days in was a struggle. We ended up tolerating some pretty junk snow toward the end of the season, which just isn’t how I like to ski. This year, though, things seem to be starting early, so I don’t think we’ll get stuck in the end-of-the-season rush again — thank goodness. And I can’t wait to try out my new gear! (Don’t worry, I also bought a new helmet, because safety and stuff.)
2. Try cross-country skiing
This was the one activity I didn’t get to try last winter and I’m determined to give it a go. Rocky Mountain National Park is perfect for this winter activity, particularly the western slope when my family resides. There is no reason not to get around to it this season. It will just be about picking a weekend, making a reservation and committing to a trail. Unfortunately, you can’t take dogs into Rocky Mountain National Park, but I don’t think Sierra will mind a cozy afternoon in the cabin.
3. Snow shoe through my favorite trails.
There are some amazing trails up in the mountains that I just adore. In fact, every time we’re up at the cabin, we find ourselves returning to the same few areas to explore. Unfortunately, in the winter, these areas are almost impossible to get to without snow shoes. But if you manage to get back far enough on packed snow, you realize how much more is open and accessible in the winter. Areas once cut off by streams are now frozen over and easy to pass. I can’t wait to explore my favorite areas in a whole new way!
4. Work from the cabin
My (amazing) new job allows me to work remote. As long as I can find wifi, I can work from wherever I want. This winter, I plan to take advantage of this incredible perk and spend a Friday or two working from the cabin. Not only will we be able to beat the ski traffic up, but it will give us a head start into the weekend starting at 5pm. Or, as my coworker suggested, I can always get up early and hit the slopes at 7am, ski for two hours and be online for work at 9am during the week. That may ba little ambitious for me this year, but I love his thinking!
5. Cook more (winter comfort foods!)
Mike does most the cooking at our house, simply because he gets home form work an hour before I do. But also, he just genuinely likes cooking. Trust me, I don’t complain. But what we’ve found is that his cooking style is much more suited for the warmer months (ie. grilling) where as I’m more of a cold-weather cook. I love making curries, stews, soups and all-around comfort foods. This winter, I am looking forward to giving him a break in the kitchen, pulling out the slow cooker and making some of my favorite winter meals. (Follow me on Instagram to see what tasty meals I make! And for adorable dog pictures, of course.)