This email is coming to you in real time (like I just wrote it and hit send) from the Steamboat Spring KOA. I usually write these emails on Thursday and send them out Friday morning, but I decided that it would be ok to ski the pow yesterday at Aspen, then drive the 3 hours back to Steamboat and write this email a little late. I hope you don’t mind :-).
Here’s what I found fun, interesting, or noteworthy this week…
Snow chasing roulette paid off big time (video link below) –
We gambled on Monday by driving away from the snow storm that was supposed to hit Steamboat Springs to set ourselves up for a bigger snow storm that was supposed to hit Aspen. There was much deliberation about this because (as you know) snow storms are not that predictable, and Steamboat could get more snow.
The weather report said that Aspen was supposed to get about 10 inches more than Steamboat over a 3 day period. So, we asked ourselves… What would Chuck do… and we packed up the van for Aspen :-).
Well, the gamble paid off…
- Day 1: We got a great 6 inch powder day at Aspen Highlands that had free refills all day long (meaning it snowed all day and felt like fresh powder each run), and we had the mountain all to ourselves! #blissful This is our best day of the year so far!
- Day 2: There was a 19 inch dump at Aspen Highlands that made us wish we had bigger powder boards (I’m currently trying to figure out how they will fit in the van). The snow was so deep that if the tip of your board dipped below the top of the powder you were apt to cartwheel. On one run I was ridding so fast when my board dipped that I did a double cartwheel before coming to a stop. That’s a lot of cartwheels in knee deep powder!
- Day 3: We were super tired from hard riding the two prior days… but decided to head over to the main Aspen mountain (where the lift starts in downtown Aspen, it’s very cool if you can handle all the fur coats!). We’d never snowboarded there, and they got another 4 inches of fresh. Well, the sun came out and we had a bluebird powder day with off groomer freshies all over the place!
I’m told that Steamboat Resort got a total of 8.5 inches, which I’m sure was good, but…
Here’s an Instagram video during the 19 inch powder day. Which includes a first person crash (unfortunately not the cartwheel).
Video of the week –
Tips for Working Out in Cold Weather (on YouTube)
I’m always getting comments on our cold weather workout videos, with people telling us how committed we are, and that they’d never do that… Well, the truth is, we’d never workout if we only worked out when it was perfect temperature. And even working out in -8 degrees at Jackson Hole wasn’t bad with the right approach.
So, I created this video with a few easy tips that make cold weather workouts quite enjoyable. The hardest part is deciding to actually do the workout.
Purchase I’m loving –
Darn Tough Hiker Merino Wool Micro Crew Socks Cushion (Amazon)
They sure to make it a mouthful to tell someone exactly what socks they love! Hahaha!!
So, the key to me loving these socks is the “cushion” that you see at the end there. They don’t all have this “cushion”, and the ones with the “cushion” (in my opinion) are much more comfortable than without the “cushion”.
These have become my go-to, wear for everything (including workouts), favorite cold weather socks! And that is saying a lot because I love cushy socks!
Never fear! They have these awesome socks for Women as well. Here’s the link to the Women’s version.
That’s what I have for you this week. If you need anything at all (including strategy for the CrossFit Open workout that was just released…) let me know!