Skiing is so much more than a sport. Skiing is an experience. Imagine yourself breathing in the fresh, and clean, mountain air while riding in a chairlift with a bird’s eye view of the Rocky Mountains. This view is what made me fall in love with skiing. The snow-covered mountains at Vail truly fit their slogan, “like nothing on earth.” Whether you are a beginner looking for an easy green bunny hill or you want to try something advanced, Vail has everything, including several back bowls. Glide above the base to get a great view of Vail village, or ride above tree line in the winter wonderland on the backside of the mountain.
Forget the winter slump and immerse yourself in the joyful mountain culture. Every morning skiers wake up to sparkling snow and, more often than not, a sunny sky. Make a warm cup of coffee, grab your hand warmers, and be sure to eat a hearty breakfast. As you get ready to board the chairlift, enjoy the reggae music and crowds of cheerful ski bums. When you start to feel those aches and your legs get wobbly, just remember at the end of the day everyone will join for Après-ski. This French term derived from the Alps, referring to after-skiing, where skiers relax after a long day by drinking, socializing, and listening to good music.
Skiing can burn around 700 calories per hour. The sport works muscles you probably never realized you had. The total body workout will give your abs and legs a feel-good burn. In order to deal with my pre-skiing excitement, I train various muscle groups and run trails at Percy Warner during the colder months.
Ski trips with a group are always better because you share a new adventure with others. No matter how many times you have previously skied, there is always something new to be discovered on the mountain. The beauty of the mountain is that the skiers are subject to the weather conditions. Depending on snowfall, wind, and temperature, you may have a different mountain every day. As a group, you can discover new runs together, explore new fields of fresh, ankle-deep powder, and you have a support group for tackling the tougher double-black diamond runs.
Vail has always treated skiers with the ultimate experience. Vail offers everything from quaint coffee shops to some of the best spas and restaurants in the region. Walk the stone streets with others who are passionate about an active lifestyle and the outdoors, and find countless outdoor retail shops to satisfy the gear nut in you.
Hans Gmoser, the founder of modern mountaineering in Canada, says it best: “There is nothing in the world like going out onto an untouched, open, virgin mountain slope drenched under a thick blanket of new powder snow. It gives a supreme feeling of freedom, mobility. A great sense of flying, moving anywhere in a great white paradise.”
With Team Green Adventures, you could wind up on the heavenly slopes of Vail this spring! We’ll be heading to Vail April 8th-12th, 2015 (note the new dates!) and staying at the Enzian Condos. To learn more about the trip and register, check out the event page here.
– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)