As a CU student, I always took great pride and joy in the fact that my first ski day of the year came before Thanksgiving. Sure, it was usually a half-day spent getting my ski legs back on a handful of groomers the resort of my choice was actually able to open, but it was one of those small luxuries of living close to such excellent skiing.
When I moved back to the East Coast, I thought those days were gone.
But last year, I started a new tradition: the Thanksgiving-break ski day.
With family members still living in the Boulder-Denver area, we have good reason to head back that way for the holidays. So last year and this year both, I squeezed an early-season ski day into our already-rushed, overbooked holiday travel schedule. This year, that meant meeting up with our friend Lauren, who patrolled with us at Whitetail for the past two years, at her other patrol-home, Loveland. She introduced us to members of her Loveland Ski Patrol “family,” waited patiently as we huffed and puffed up any slight incline (did I mention Loveland’s base elevation is more than 10,000 feet, with a summit elevation of more than 13,000 feet?), and reminded us how great it is to have our own patrol “family,” which now spans multiple states and resorts.
The super-chill, early-season ski day also left me super-motivated to continue my pre-ski-season workouts, which I’ve been doing for months. Though there’s not much a girl can do to prep her lungs for altitude changes or her feet and shins for ski boots, I’m proud to say that my TRX classes and strength/agility workouts left my legs feeling awesome all day.
Do you have an active Thanksgiving tradition—a ski day, turkey trot, family hike or other activity?