Bidding Adieu to the 2016-2017 Ski Season 1

Ten years ago, if you told me that I would only get ten days on the hill, I would have thought that was a slow two weeks. After logging exactly “zero” days on my pass last year, my stoke level to get ten this year was pretty high.

My season kicked off in an unexpected, yet awesome fashion, in Telluride. Although it was only a one day trip in early December, we savored every second. There is nothing like Telluride…especially when you get a direct flight from Mountain Aviation out of Broomfield.

My next ski experience took place at our “home base” of Eldora. My kids were delivered new skis and boards by Santa this year, so we immediately started taking day trips up the canyon. With the recent purchase of Eldora by the Powdr Corporation, this also brought the Woodward ski/ride kids program that has been so popular at Copper Mountain. Eldora has long been known for their great children’s lesson programs, but adding Woodward to the mix made a good thing great.

January marked another milestone for our family, as my wife Kate took her first ski lesson at Eldora. Her instructor was none other than Harvey Hine, from HMH Architecture + Interiors here in Boulder. When Harvey isn’t designing award-winning homes, he can indeed be found up at Eldora, where he and his wife Gail love visiting their quaint cabin.

In February, myself and four other guys headed to Vail for a dudes weekend. Say what you will about dealing with I-70, but to steal their own tagline, Vail is “like no place on earth” when it comes to the vast amount of skiable terrain. I guess I’m also biased as I called Vail home for a few seasons in the mid-2000’s. As usual, Vail did not disappoint on this trip.

March opened up with a family trip to Crested Butte. Coined as “Colorado’s last great ski town,” it’s hard to argue their point. One could certainly make a case that if you are going to drive four hours to ski, you minds well be looping through scenic byways, rather than sitting in traffic. The kids loved the ski class so much that they literally cried as we left town. If you go, make sure to hit up The Eldo, for great apres ski and live music.

To close out the season, my wife and I escaped to Aspen for exactly twenty-two hours to celebrate our anniversary. We were lucky enough to stay at The Gant, which is a condominium hotel located near the base of Aspen ski area. Our room walked directly out to the hot tub and heated pool. That evening, we took in The String Cheese Incident’s show at the famed Belly Up. With a capacity of just 450 people, we felt like SCI was playing a private show just for us. Pure magic!

While Colorado may not have had the record snowfall as our neighbors over in California did, we certainly feel blessed to live in an area with multiple ski world-class ski options, all within a day’s drive.

Wishing you a great start to your spring!
Andy Manz

On the Cover

A snapshot from our The Spring Awakening photo shoot. Nothing says spring like florals, a good pair of sunglasses and Pantone’s spring color palette.

Photography by Kylie Fitts