It is incredibly rare that we go on a trip somewhere and voluntarily do something that requires physical exertion. If you are surprised by this, then you must have assumed our blog name was one hell of a misdirect.
However, there are exceptions to every rule, and as such, we’d like to make a case for winter sports. They are, arguably, the perfect lazy girls’ athletic activity of choice. Think about it: the cold temps demand pure coziness before and after, and no other sport has an attached cool-down activity that actively encourages you to booze it up. Have you ever heard of après-jog or après-spin??? We didn’t think so, SoulCycle.
Après-ski, however, is basically the main reason we even go skiing — and we’d like to think that it’s a general term that can be applied to all winter sports. Ice skating, sledding, and, as we’ve come to learn, snowshoeing, are a close enough off-shoot that, why yes, you HAVE earned yourself a hot toddy after all that physical activity.
When we realized we were heading to Breckenridge with InvitedHome for a long weekend of red wine & group fireside snuggling, we were thrilled to team up with Carver’s Breckenridge Ski Shop to add a few days of skiing and snowshoeing into the mix.
Shortly after we reunited over drinks at Blue River Bistro, we popped down the street to Carver’s to pick up our gear. As soon as we walked in, we each had our own, dedicated ski pro helping us get fitted into the ideal equipment for our varying levels of ability. In what felt like no time at all, we walked out the front door with skis, boots, poles, helmets, and showshoes… plus a buggy that’s not great in the snow… during what, apparently, was the middle of Ullr Fest.
(Turns out, we probably should have listened to the Carvers’ team when they told us to pull our car around to their alley for pick-up, so trust us when we say: they know what they’re talking about.)
We had to divvy up our ski days to suit lazy baby’s schedule, but one afternoon was set aside for a private lesson with ski instructor Lee Sky of Breckenridge Ski School. While the boys took on baby duty (read: carried Margot between bars as they tested the local craft beer scene), we met Lee on Peak 7 for a half-day lesson on the slopes. Having never skied the Rockies, we knew both of us could benefit from a good refresher and a little touch up on our form.
Our morning session with Lee flew by, and we quickly got back into the swing of skiing with his encouragement and advice. By the end of our lesson, he had us testing our limits and even doing a small off-trail obstacle course. If our trip to Breckenridge had been longer, we definitely would have reserved additional time with him while we were there. Breckenridge Ski School offers lessons for all types of skiers, meaning there’s something for everybody in your group, no matter their skill level.
When Lee told us that our InvitedHome cabin on Peak 9 was referred to as “moose country” by the locals, we were determined to head back out to the slopes one more morning in hopes of catching a glimpse at some passing moose. Sean stayed back with Ashley et la bébé while Carolyn and Jeff headed out to ski (the ole husband swap as we like to say), but sadly no moose were spotted near the cabin or on the mountain. Le sigh.
After two quick morning runs and one quick beer at the base, we all met back up for our first-ever snowshoe adventure. Keep in mind, none of us had ever been snowshoeing before, but a) it looked marginally less taxing and FAR less dangerous than skiing and b) Lee told us the day before that snowshoeing is almost as popular as skiing in the Breckenridge area. In fact, he pointed us to an entire Nordic Center with 50km worth of cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails.
So, we packed up our Carver’s snowshoes and headed to the Nordic Center to try our hand (and feet!) at snowshoeing. Major revelation: it’s the best lazy sport of all time! Not only is it relatively easy if you keep on a flat surface, you can also go at your own pace and take breaks when needed.
We were more into taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping to take photographs than covering a lot of ground, so we chose a 5km beginners trail and spent a good part of the afternoon slowly making our way through the snow. And, though we couldn’t enjoy it due a wedding that evening, the Nordic Center also has a perfectly cozy lodge with hot beverages, snacks and fireplaces. Snowshoeing for the win.
We left Breckenridge feeling pretty accomplished, and who could blame us after SO MANY ACTIVITIES. And for those of you that are concerned that we’re about to change our name from the lazy travelers to the mildly-active-in-the-wintertime travelers, please note that our time inside with wine far outweighed our time outdoors. Because what can beat a drink by the fireplace in your pjs? Absolutely nothing.
the romantic & the wino
We were partners with InvitedHome, Carver’s Ski Shop, and Visit Breckenridge during our stay in Breckenridge. Thank you to all of our partners for keeping us safe during our time on the mountain, and NO THANKS to the moose population of Peak 9 that refused to walk by our cabin. All opinions are our own.