Duration: 4 days (2 days of ski and 2 days of visit)
Skiing in the us is an expensive trip that you have to plan and anticipate. For our trip we went skiing in Arapahoe Basin next to Keystone. Nice and very good ski resort. Arapahoe is well known for is high altitude (the resort is above 3,200 m and the highest point is 3,900 m). The snow there is light and really good.
There is several things that you need to prepare ahead your trip:
- Health insurance : make sure you’re covered while your back country skiing
- Credit/debit card: tell your bank that you’re travelling and you will need to pay large amount. Believe me you do not want to have your card blocked the day of martin Luther king and when everything is closed…
- Flight : you will need an extra luggage or check in luggage ; pay this in advance
Good deal to know while you’re going skiing in the US:
- Lift ticket are much cheaper on the online website! Between 20 to 40% off.
- Rental ski are cheaper if you book them online!
The luggage of the skier:
- Skiing trouser and vest
- Skiing/hiking bag
- Hand warmer
- Warm clothe
- Head lamp (in case)
- Cereal bar
- Avalanche system
Day 1 – Denver
The first day was more walking and visiting downtown. The tour is around 4 hours.
We began at Millenium Bridge. This modernist footbridge is a bold symbol of contemporary Denver. Look ahead to the river: the city was born when gold was discovered in the currents below.
We pass the rolling hills of the commons Park, nice view of the city and a bit of fresh air.
We descend to the far bank and took the paved path upstream. Then we walked through the Confluence Park, with its swimmable rapids where Platter River meets cherry creek.
We stopped at REI to shop some nice things for hiking, climbing and skiing.
Then we stopped at Tattered Cover Bookstore, nice book store where you can find nice and old book.
After that we went to the Denver performing Arts complex where we can give a hug at I see what you mean. We went eating at a Peruvian restaurant nice and cheap.
Los Cabos II : 1525 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205
After that we headed to our skiing resort.
Day 2 & Day 3 – Arapahoe Basin (Ski)
The day two was for skiing. We skied at Arapahoe Basin which is an old school ski resort. The top lift gets you to the summit (13,059ft), where you can drop into Montezuma Bowl on the back side.
There are really great ride to do powder.
The lift ticket is around 80$ a day but if you go on the website of the ski resort you can find good deals.
We slept in Keystone because there is no lodging in Arapahoe.
Keystone Resort By Rocky Mountain, lakeside view. Nice and comfortable apartment with everything you need inside (oven, microwaves…) link: http://www.rmrm.net/resorts/keystone-colorado/
We rented the skis and shoes in one of the many stores in Keystone. They can be rent online and its cheaper. https://www.rentskis.com/#!/resort/keystone-resort
Day 4 – Denver
Our last day was the museum day in Denver. We only had half day to visit; so we choose the museum of Colorado to learn more about this state. http://www.historycolorado.org/museums/history-colorado-center