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Recipe: Peppered top sirloin roast with sautéed broccolini

There are few things that make my mouth water more than a top sirloin roast and this recipe is bursting with flavor that includes a Top Sirloin Petite Roast, blue cheese and onion.

As we head into the holidays, overeating is almost a give-in but it doesn’t have to be.  Try eating higher-protein diet (about 30% of daily calories from protein) and you’ll feel more satisfied, which may help prevent gorging on too many sweets.

Did you know?

• Don’t be left unsatisfied. A 3-oz serving of lean beef provides 25 g (about half) of the Daily Value for protein, which is one of the most satisfying nutrients.

• Get your workout in! Exercise is more effective when paired with a higher-protein diet.

• Interested in heart health? Research shows that including lean beef, even daily as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, improved cholesterol levels.

[yumprint-recipe id=’50’]The Beef–It’s What’s For Dinner website is treasure trove of tips and recipes such as:

Mile High Mamas has partnered with the Colorado Beef Council on this recipe.

Denver mom’s day out: Snowshoe and Fondue adventure!

Last summer, we fell in love with Vela Adventures, Colorado’s premier provider of all-inclusive adventure outings just for women (read about our SUP and yoga adventure here). Founded by two busy moms who wanted to add a little a little adventure to their lives, they are passionate about helping you enjoy enjoy the adrenaline rush of trying an exciting new adventure while getting pampered and making friends along the way.

As it turns out, they do winter adventures as well!

Join Vela Adventures and me for their Snowshoe and Fondue adventure on Saturday, December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nederland.

 One of the best ways to enjoy winter in the Rockies is by crunching through the snow with snowshoes strapped to your feet. On this popular adventure, our private guide greets us with the snowshoes and poles ready for our adventure. We then enjoy a physical workout through the serene and beautiful mountain scenery – with a break to warm up with hot apple cider. When we get to our lunch spot, our guide sets up camp and prepares a gourmet cheese fondue for us to enjoy as we celebrate the fun and beauty of this adventure. All instruction, equipment, guide gratuity, custom morning coffee order, snacks, water, beverages, lunch, a dedicated photo link and more are all included. Cost is $150 and go here to register.

Deal

Mile High Mamas readers will get $15 off. Simply enter in the discount code Bucket15 or email the owners.

What Mama Really Wants for Christmas

Forget yet another unimaginative spa treatment or bath product. “Give the Gift of Adventure” with Vela Adventures’ gifts cards at any denomination.

Your family’s guide to Colorado’s ski resorts for 2014-15

Ski/snowboard season is officially upon us but where do you begin with so many great Colorado resorts? Don’t miss our guide to lift ticket prices, where to get discounts and many other important facts when planning your family’s ski vacation. Note: some opening dates may change.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Season: Open now through early June

Information: 888-272-7246; arapahoebasin.com

Terrain: 960 acres. 23 percent expert; 37 percent advanced; 30 percent intermediate; 10 percent beginner. 109 trails, 2 terrain parks. Summit: 13,050 feet. Base: 10,780 feet. Vertical: 2,270 feet. Longest run: 1.5 miles.

Lifts: 1 high-speed quad; 1 quad; 1 triple; 3 doubles; 2 conveyors.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $67-$87 (last year’s pricing). Discounts and multiday tickets prices vary and are available on the website. Also offering Kids Ski Free 2014 program for ages 14 and under with unlimited skiing and snowboarding Nov. 30-Dec. 19.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. (Black Mountain Express and Pallavicini lifts open 8:30 a.m. weekends and holidays.)

Located: 68 miles from Denver, either via Interstate 70 west to Silverthorne (Exit 205), then 12 miles east on U.S. 6, or I-70 west to Loveland Pass (Exit 216), then 8 miles west on U.S. 6.

Aspen Highlands

Season: Dec. 13-April 12

Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com/aspen-highlands

Terrain: 1,040 acres. 36 percent expert; 16 percent advanced; 30 percent intermediate; 18 beginner. 122 trails, no terrain park. Summit: 11,675 feet. Base: 8,040 feet. Vertical: 3,635 feet. Longest run: 3.5 miles.

Lifts: 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $119-$124 (last year’s price); visit aspensnowmass.com/deals or aspensnowmass.com/classicpass

Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily.

Located: 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Aspen Mountain

Season: Nov. 27-April 19

Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com/aspen-mountain

Terrain: 675 acres. 26 percent expert; 26 percent advanced; 48 percent intermediate; no beginner. 76 trails, no terrain park. Summit: 11,212 feet. Base: 7,945 feet. Vertical: 3,267 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.

Lifts: 1 gondola; 1 high-speed quad; 1 high-speed double; 2 quads; 3 doubles.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $119-$124 (last year’s price); visit aspensnowmass.com/deals or aspensnowmass.com/classicpass

Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily.

Located: 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Beaver Creek

Season: Nov. 26-April 12

Information:877-204-7883; beavercreek.com

Terrain: 1,832 acres. 39 percent expert; 42 percent intermediate; 19 percent beginner. 150 trails, 3 terrain parks. Summit: 11,440 feet. Base: 8,100 feet. Vertical: 3,340 feet. Longest run: 2.75 miles.

Lifts: 1 combination lift, 2 gondolas, 10 high-speed quads; 1 triple; 2 doubles; 9 surface/conveyors.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $129 (last year’s price). Multiday tickets prices vary and are available on the website. Best deal: Epic Pass ( epicpass.com)

Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. (Hours extend over the season.)

Located: 120 miles west of Denver via I-70, to Avon (Exit 167). Enter roundabout, continue left going back under I-70. Go through four more roundabouts to the entrance to Beaver Creek.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Season: Nov. 7-April 19

Information: 970-453-5000, 800-789-7669, breckenridge.com

Terrain: 2,908 acres. 34 percent expert; 24 percent advanced; 31 percent intermediate; 11 percent beginner. 187 trails, 4 terrain parks (25 acres), 1 superpipe. Summit: 12,998 feet. Base: 9,600 feet. Vertical: 3,398 feet. Longest run: 3.5 miles.

Lifts: 4 high-speed six-persons, 6 high-speed quads, 1 fixed quad, 1 triple, 6 doubles, 1 eight-person gondola; 4 surface, 11 carpets.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $112 (last year’s price). Discounts and multiday tickets prices vary and are available on the website. Lowest price guarantee with 7-day advance purchase.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily early season, 8 a.m-4 p.m. regular season.

Located: 90 miles from Denver via I-70 west to Exit 203. Continue south on Colorado 9 to Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort. Photo: Andy Cross

Breckenridge Ski Resort. Photo: Andy Cross

Buttermilk Mountain

Season: Dec. 13-April 5

Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com/buttermilk

Terrain: 470 acres. 26 percent advanced; 39 percent intermediate; 35 percent beginner. 44 trails, 2 terrain parks. Summit: 9,900 feet. Base: 7,870 feet. Vertical: 2,030 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.

Lifts: 3 high-speed quads, 1 double, 2 handle tows, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $119-$124 (last year’s price); visit aspensnowmass.com/deals or aspensnowmass.com/classicpass

Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily.

Located: 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Copper Mountain

Season: Nov. 1-April 19

Information: 866-841-2481; coppercolorado.com

Terrain: 2,465 acres. 18 percent expert; 36 percent advanced; 25 percent intermediate; 21 percent beginner. 140+ trails. Summit: 12,313 feet. Base: 9,703 feet. Vertical: 2,601 feet. Longest run: 2.8 miles.

Lifts: 1 high-speed six-person; 5 high-speed quads; 5 triples; 4 doubles; 8 surface and conveyor lifts.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $109 season dependent (last year’s price). Visit the website for discounts and multiday prices.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Located: 75 miles from Denver via I-70 west at Exit 195.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Season: Nov. 26-April 5

Information: 855-509-5436; skicb.com

Terrain: 1,547 acres. 16 percent advanced; 58 percent intermediate; 26 percent beginner. 121 trails, 3 terrain parks plus a snowboard/skier cross course. Summit: 12,162 feet. Base: 9,375 feet. Vertical: overall 3,062 feet (includes hike to The Peak); lift served 2,775 feet. Longest run: 2.6 miles.

Lifts: 4 high-speed quads; 2 fixed-grip quads; 2 triples; 3 doubles; 2 surface; 2 carpets.

Lift tickets: Nov. 26-Dec. 11: Adult $69; teen $62; child, $38; 65+, $55. Dec. 12-19, Jan. 5-March 6 and March 13-April 5: Adult $103; teen $93; child $57; 65+, $82; Dec. 20-Jan. 4 and March 7-12: adult $106, teen $95, child $58, 65+, $85. Children 6 and under ski free all season. Discounted lift ticket packages available by calling or visiting the website.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. (High Lift and East River Lift close at 3:30 p.m.; North Face Lift closes at 3 p.m.)

Located:230 miles from Denver via U.S. 285, U.S. 50 and Colorado 135.

Eldora Mountain Resort

Season: Nov. 21-mid-April

Information: 303-440-8700; eldora.com

Terrain: 680 acres. 30 percent advanced; 50 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 53 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 10,800 feet. Base: 9,200 feet. Vertical: 1,600 feet. Longest run: 3 miles.

Lifts: 2 quads; 2 triples; 4 doubles; 1 Poma; 2 conveyors.

Lift tickets: (last year’s pricing) Adult full-day $79; junior 6-15 and senior 65+ $46; Children 5 and under $12; adult half-day (starts at 12:30 p.m.) $64.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 45 miles from Denver via I-25 north to U.S. 36 west. Head into Boulder, then take Canyon Boulevard (Colorado 119) west. Follow 119 to Nederland. Turn left at the roundabout. Continue south on 119 for 1 mile. Turn right on County Road 130 and follow signs to Eldora.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Season: Nov. 29-March 15 (conditions permitting)

Information: 970-879-8499; steamboatsprings.net/ski

Terrain: 50 acres. 10 percent expert; 40 percent advanced; 30 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 15 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 7,136 feet. Base: 6,969 feet. Vertical: 440 feet. Longest run: 3,678 feet.

Lifts: 1 double; 1 Poma; 2 carpets.

Lift tickets: Adult full-day $25; youth 6-18 and senior 65+, $15; child 5 and under, $8. First Tracks Ticket (1-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday) $10; night ticket (5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday) $10. Terrain park (no lift access) $10. One-way ticket $5. Nordic ticket (no lift) $14. All Access season pass: Adult $305, youth 6-18, $140; child 5 and under $50; 65+ $140. Alpine Only season pass: Adult $180, youth 6-18, $100; child 5 and under $35, 65+ $100. Nordic Only season pass: adult $160, youth 6-18, $80, child 5 and under $35, 65+ $80. Prices increase $30 each Nov. 22.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1-6 p.m. Tuesday; 1-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1-6 p.m. Friday. Closed Monday.

Located: 157 miles from Denver via I-70 west to Silverthorne (Exit 205). Then take Colorado 9 north 37 miles to Kremmling, then go west on U.S. 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).

Keystone Resort

Season: Oct. 31-April 12 (weather permitting)

Information: 970-496-4000; keystoneresort.com

Terrain: 3,148 acres. 49 percent expert/advanced; 32 percent intermediate; 19 percent beginner. 139 trails, 5 terrain parks. Summit: 12,408 feet. Base: 9,280 feet. Vertical: 3,128 feet. Longest run: 3.5 miles.

Lifts: 2 gondolas; 5 high-speed quads; 1 high-speed six-person; 1 quad; 1 triple; 3 doubles; 1 surface; 6 carpets.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $67-$114. Multiday advanced purchase lift ticket rates available on website.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. early season) to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. on night-skiing evenings, more details on the website.

Located: 70 miles from Denver via I-70 west to Silverthorne (Exit 205). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (east) at the stoplight onto U.S. 6. Go 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort.

Loveland Ski Area

Season: Opening soon, through early May

Information: 303-571-5580, 800-736-3754, skiloveland.com

Terrain: 1,800 acres. 46 percent expert/advanced; 41 percent intermediate; 13 percent beginner. 93 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 13,010 feet. Base: 10,800 feet. Vertical: 2,210 feet. Longest run: 2 miles.

Lifts: 3 quads; 3 triples; 2 doubles; 1 Poma surface lift; 2 magic carpet surface lifts.

Lift tickets: Early-season pricing, through Dec. 12: adults $51, child 6-14, $25. Regular-season pricing, Dec. 13-April 12: adults $63, child 6-14, $28; child 5 and under free; 70+ season pass $89.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays.

Located: 53 miles from Denver via I-70 west at Exit 216.

Monarch Mountain

Season: Weather permitting-April 13

Information: 888-996-7669; skimonarch.com

Terrain: 800 acres. 130 acres (16 percent) is hike-to terrain. The remaining 670 acres is 27 percent beginner, 30 percent more difficult, 43 percent most difficult. Hike-to terrain is 88 percent expert. 53 trails, 2 terrain parks. Summit: 11,952 feet. Base: 10,790 feet. Vertical: 1,162 feet. Longest run: 1 mile.

Lifts: 1 quad; 4 doubles; 1 surface lift; two conveyors for ski school.

Lift tickets: Adult $69; teens 13-15 and senior 62-68, $40; junior 7-12, $25; ages 6 and under and seniors 69+, free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 157 miles from Denver via U.S. 285 and U.S. 50.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Season: Dec. 11-March 29 (could open earlier or stay open later, weather permitting)

Information: 970-268-5700; powderhorn.com

Terrain: 1,600 acres, 600 skiable. 30 percent advanced/ expert; 50 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 63 trails, 2 terrain parks, 1 tubing hill. Summit: 9,850 feet. Base: 8,200 feet. Vertical: 1,650 feet. Longest run: 2.2 miles.

Lifts: 1 quad; 2 doubles; 2 surface.

Lift tickets: Adult full day $61, call or visit the website for discounts and season-pass prices.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located:250 miles from Denver via I-70 west to Exit 49 south on Colorado 65. Go 20 miles on 65 and look for Powderhorn on your right.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Season: Nov. 28-April 5

Information: 970-247-9000; 800-525-0892; skipurg.com

Terrain: 1,360 acres. 35 percent expert/advanced; 45 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 88 trails, 5 terrain parks. Summit: 10,822 feet. Base: 8,793 feet. Vertical: 2,029 feet.

Lifts: 1 high-speed six-person; 1 high-speed quad; 4 triples; 3 doubles; 1 magic carpet.

Lift tickets: Adult full-day $79; youth 13-17, $62; seniors 65-79, $68, super senior 80+, $35; child 6-12, $48.

Hours:9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 337 miles from Denver via U.S. 285 South to U.S. 160 West, to U.S. 550 North.

Silverton Mountain

Season:Dec. 20-April 12

Information: 970-387-5706; silvertonmountain.com

Terrain: 1,819 acres. 100 percent expert/advanced. 69 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 12,300 feet. Base: 10,400 feet. Vertical: 1,900 feet. Longest run: 1 mile. Plus heli skiing on more than 22,000 acres.

Lifts: 1 double.

Lift tickets: (Regular season): adult full-day $99-$139 guided; $49 unguided; all day guide (per person) includes lift ticket; $179 heli drops.

Hours:Vary; seasons go back and forth between guided and unguided. Call or visit website for schedule.

Located: 359 miles from Denver via I-70 to U.S. 50, to U.S. 550. Drive through the town of Silverton and turn left onto Colorado 110A for 7 miles.

Ski Granby Ranch

Season: Dec. 11-April 5

Information: 888-850-4615; granbyranch.com

Terrain: 406 acres. 32 percent expert/advanced; 34 percent intermediate; 34 percent beginner. 38 trails, 6 terrain parks. Summit: 9,202 feet. Base: 8,202 feet. Vertical: 1,000 feet. Longest run: 1.5 miles. Night skiing 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 26-April 4.

Lifts: 2 quads; 1 triple; 1 double; 1 surface.

Lift tickets: Regular season: Adult full-day $61; junior 6-12 $39; senior 61-69, $44; kids 5 and under free, seniors 70+ $10. Peak season: Adult full-day $66; junior 6-12 $44; senior 61-69 $49; kids 5 and under free, seniors 70+ $15.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 78 miles from Denver via I-70 to U.S. 40, Exit 232. Continue on U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass, 15 miles north of Winter Park.

Ski Cooper

Season: Dec. 13-April 5

Information: 719-486-3684, 800-707-6114; skicooper.com

Terrain: 400 acres. 30 percent expert/advanced; 40 percent intermediate; 30 percent beginner. 39 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 11,700 feet. Base: 10,500 feet. Vertical: 1,200 feet. Longest run: 1.4 miles. 2,400 acres snow cat tour skiing on Chicago Ridge.

Lifts: 1 triple; 1 double; 3 surface (including magic carpet).

Lift tickets: Adult full-day $48; child 6-14 $30; senior 60-69 $40; 70+ $25.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 110 miles from Denver via I-70 and U.S. 24.

Snowmass

Season:Nov. 27-April 12

Information: 800-525-6200; aspensnowmass.com/snowmass

Terrain: 3,332 acres. 30 percent expert; 17 percent advanced; 47 percent intermediate; 6 percent beginner. 94 trails, 3 terrain parks. Summit: 12,510 feet. Base: 8,104 feet. Vertical: 4,406 feet. Longest run: 5.3 miles.

Lifts: 1 eight-person gondola; 1 high-speed six-person; 1 six-person gondola; 7 high-speed quads; 2 quads; 3 doubles; 4 ski/snowboard school lifts (including carpets); 2 platter pulls.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $119-$124 (last year’s price); visit aspensnowmass.com/deals or aspensnowmass.com/classicpass

Hours: The Sky Cab opens at 8 a.m.; Cirque lift opens at 10 a.m.; Village Express and Sam’s Knob Lift open at 8:30 a.m.; all other lifts open at 9 a.m. Most lifts close at 3:30 p.m. daily.

Located: 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82.

Steamboat

Season: Nov. 26-April 12

Information: 800-922-2722, 970-879-6111; steamboat.com

Terrain: 2,965 acres. 44 percent expert/advanced; 42 percentintermediate; 14 percent beginner. 165 trails, 5 terrain parks. Summit: 10,568 feet. Base: 6,900 feet. Vertical: 3,668 feet. Longest run: 3.1 miles.

Lifts: 1 gondola; 1 six-person express; 5 high-speed quads; 1 quad; 6 triples; 2 doubles; 2 surface.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $89-$119 (last year’s pricing). Single and multiday ticket prices vary and are available on steamboat.com/tickets.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily; night skiing begins Dec. 18.

Located: 157 miles from Denver via I-70 west to Silverthorne (Exit 205). Then Colorado 9 north 37 miles to Kremmling, then go west 53 miles on U.S. 40 to Steamboat Springs.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Season:Dec. 5-April 5

Information: 800-445-7930, 970-945-7491; sunlightmtn.com

Terrain:680 acres. 5 percent expert; 20 percent advanced; 55 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 67 trails, 1 terrain park. Summit: 9,895 feet. Base: 7,885 feet. Vertical: 2,010 feet. Longest run: 2.5 miles.

Lifts: 1 triple; 2 doubles.

Lift tickets: Adult full-day $60; child 6-12 and senior 65-79, $50; child 5 and under and senior 80+, free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs, 160 miles from Denver via I-70 to Colorado 82 south and County Road 117 to Glenwood Springs.

Telluride Ski Resort

Season: Nov. 27-April 5

Information: 800-778-8581; tellurideskiresort.com

Terrain: 2,000+ acres. 41 percent expert/advanced; 36 percent intermediate; 23 percent beginner. 127 trails, 2 terrain parks. Summit: 13,320 feet. Base: 8,725 feet. Vertical: 4,425 feet. Longest run: 4.6 miles (Galloping Goose).

Lifts: 2 high-speed gondolas; 7 high-speed quads; 1 fixed quad; 2 triples; 2 doubles; 2 surface; 2 carpets.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $79-$116 adult; visit tellurideskiresort.com/pricing-products/

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 330 miles from Denver via I-70 to Grand Junction and go south on U.S. 50 to Montrose. Continue south on U.S. 550 to Ridgway, then turn right onto Colorado 62. Follow this to Colorado 145 and turn left. Follow the signs into Telluride.

Vail

Season: Nov. 21-April 19

Information: 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245); vail.com

Terrain: 5,289 acres. 53 percent expert/advanced; 29 percent intermediate; 18 percent beginner. 193 trails, 3 terrain parks. Summit: 11,570 feet. Base: 8,120 feet. Vertical: 3,450 feet. Longest run: 4 miles.

Lifts: 2 gondolas; 1 high-speed six-passenger; 15 high-speed quads; 1 fixed-grip quad; 3 fixed-grip triples; 3 surface, 6 conveyors.

Lift tickets: Single-day window $92-$139 adults, $63-$96 children (last year’s pricing). Discounts on multi-day and advance tickets available on the website.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (early season), hours extend over the course of the season to 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours March 28-April 11: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin lifts will close on regular schedule and most Front Side lifts will remain open until 5 p.m. April 12-19: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Located: 100 miles west of Denver via I-70.

Winter Park Resort

Season: Nov. 12-April 26

Information: 970-726-1564; winterparkresort.com

Terrain: 3,081 acres. 55 percent expert; 19 percent advanced; 18 percent intermediate; 8 percent beginner. 143 trails, 6 terrain parks. Summit: 12,060 feet. Base: 9,000 feet. Vertical: 3,060 feet. Longest run: 4.9 miles (Village Way).

Lifts: 2 high-speed six-persons; 7 high-speed express quads; 4 triples; 6 doubles; 5 surface; 1 rope tow and 1 Village Cabriolet.

Lift tickets: Single-day window price $69-$129. Discounts and multiday tickets available on website.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays. Eagle Wind closes at 2:15 p.m. Panoramic Express and Pioneer Express close at 3 p.m.

Located: 67 miles from Denver via I-70 to Exit 232, then U.S. 40.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Season:Nov. 7-April 5 (could open earlier, weather permitting)

Information: 970-264-5639; ski report: 800-754-9653; wolfcreekski.com

Terrain: 1,600 acres. 20 percent expert; 25 percent advanced; 35 percent intermediate; 20 percent beginner. 77 trails, no terrain park. Summit: 11,904 feet. Base: 10,300 feet. Vertical: 1,604 feet. Longest run: 2 miles.

Lifts: 2 high-speed quads; 1 quad; 2 triples (new lift — Elma Lift); 1 double; 1 high-speed Poma; 1 rolling conveyor.

Lift tickets: Adult full-day $63; child ages 6-12 and senior 65+, $34; adult half-day $48; child and senior half-day $27; child 5 and under, $6; 80+ free.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Located: 246 miles from Denver via U.S. 285 and U.S. 160.

Compiled by Vickie Heath; Featured photo: Mahala Gaylord.

 

What I’ve Learned about Yoga: One Mother’s Attempt to Find Her Toes

I am a late recruit to the practice of yoga.  It began as I was trying to get a handle on the whole “mind, body, spirit” thing a few months ago which, as many of you know, is no small task.

And if you don’t know it, don’t start thinking about it right now because it will completely occupy your mind and you won’t finish my blog.

The interesting thing about yoga is that it makes me feel old, young, out of shape, and invigorated all at the same time.  And while I don’t know if I’m completely balanced yet, I am excited that I’m finally wearing yoga pants for their intended use.

But I do kind of feel like I was duped the first time I visited my local studio.  It wasn’t their fault – I just happened to get there at the wrong time.

“Here’s the bathroom,” the owner pointed.  “Here are some lockers.  We have a massage therapist who comes in daily and this is her room.  And let’s just peek into the studio so you can take a look.”

She lifted the heavy curtains and I watched ten people, stretched flat on their backs, arms making their bodies into a T-shape, with white cloths covering their eyes while ethereal music played in the background.

Now, this I can get on board with.  Why have I been wasting my time with Zumba?

I later found out that what they were doing was Shavasana, which is basically lying on your back and scanning your body after your yoga practice and that what I had missed was the entire hour before where these people had bent themselves into poses that I didn’t even know were possible.

I don’t know if yoga would have been a different experience for me if I had started in my twenties as opposed to where I am now (closing in on forty), but I’m assuming that it would have been: my legs would have been more pliable, my three-baby-bulge wouldn’t be there, and I don’t think I would make as many popping noises as I do now (and always from unexpected places).

During one of the first classes I attended, everything started out well.  We sat with our legs crossed, just “finding the breath” (they say that a lot in yoga which is more challenging than it sounds for a woman who very regularly can’t find her keys), and then slowly (and kind of sneakily) they started moving us into different poses until I suddenly realized that we were working out and not just lying on our backs like I thought I was promised.

Crumpled up, still trying to find my breath which was somewhere in my lower abdomen which was someplace I couldn’t quite locate, I heard the instructor say enthusiastically, “Now.  Wasn’t that a great warm up?”

Warm up?

The instructor then told us to get into Plow pose which is basically where you flip your legs over your head until your toes touch the ground.

I’ve got this, I thought, getting myself ready.  I used to do this all of the time when I was ten-years-old!

It was as I hefted, grunted, and tried to get myself into the beginning stages of a backwards summersault that I realized I wasn’t ten-years-old anymore.  (Incidentally, it also made me wonder about my status as a single woman and how marketable I actually was if I couldn’t get my legs over my head.  But I digress.)

“Now we’re going to do a fun series that I’m going to demonstrate before we begin,” she said and I watched as she easily and gracefully bent and twisted her body, somehow ending in a lunge and then back up again.  “It’s your turn!  Don’t forget to kick that foot forward in one motion and be grateful for your body and the world that surrounds you!”

I watched her go through the motions again and tried to follow the other students around me, hoping that no one was following me (and had a flashback to my Zumba days when I prayed for the exact same thing) and when it was time to effortlessly move that knee forward into what looked like a simple lunge while balancing on my hands and remaining leg, I pulled and grumbled…until I gracefully got that leg up there and gave myself a swift knee to the boob.

And I will admit…that made me a little less grateful.

Eventually I made it through the class and to the promised Corpse pose (which, it turns out, I proved to be a complete natural) and lavender-scented towel.  As I lay motionless on the mat, palms facing the ceiling, I decided that yoga was something I would keep trying. 

Any workout that ends up with you flat on your back and very close to falling asleep is something that shouldn’t be easily dismissed.

And months later, even though I still can’t reach my toes, I’m experienced enough now to know that I shouldn’t drink milk before I go (some poses are just not conducive to digesting dairy) and that it’s okay if my “monkey mind” starts thinking about lunch halfway through meditation.

I can even almost get my legs over my head.

Almost.

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Catherine Tidd is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A MEDIOCRE WIDOW.  She is a mother who always tries to find humor in distressing situations and continues to write so that she can keep telling her kids that she’s busy and they need to get their own snacks.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Moms Fight Back: The story of sexual abuse that started this movement

In a world full of abuse, neglect and bullying, there are countless scars. The memories that these scars hold either break us down or inspire us to fight back. I for one, believe in challenging the predators that haunt us and the systems that fail us. Today, I share with you the story of what my daughter went through and the realizations that pushed me to start Moms Fight Back.

There have been many challenging events in my life that have influenced me to become the person I am today. The loss of my first husband, a five-year custody battle over my daughter with my drug and alcohol abusing second husband, and the debilitating government regulations for small businesses are just a few of them.

But the real reason I started this organization dates back to my daughter’s senior year of high school. My daughter, a sweet, beautiful girl who was a model student, was sexually assaulted by a boy she had known since 8th grade. With the physical bruises and scars to prove her story, the District Attorney (D.A.) told us they would not take on our case because they weren’t sure they could win due to the involvement of alcohol. Never mind the fact that 70% of sexual assaults involving teenagers involve alcohol. The popular, well-liked football player was never brought to trial – even though he admitted what he had done in a text message.

To see my daughter endure the sexual assault and then to be treated so poorly by the local Sheriff and D.A. left me enraged. How could I encourage my daughter when the very people we turned to for help left us questioning how safe she or anyone else really is? I couldn’t stop wondering who is looking out for our kids. I came to the conclusion that it sure as heck isn’t the government, the politicians, the schools or the local law enforcement. I realized that it is just us, mamas.

I started Moms Fight Back because of my love for my daughter and my exasperation with the ineffective systems that are supposed to protect us. Rallying for the support of moms around the world, my goal is to encourage, educate and empower moms to stand up for their children. We may not be soldiers on the front lines, but we are soldiers nonetheless, fighting for our children’s lives; fighting to keep our kids healthy, sane, happy and safe.

My goal with Moms Fight Back is to build a community of moms who want to challenge the status quo. I firmly believe by sharing our personal stories we will touch and strengthen the hearts of others. I want people to talk about what is going on in our schools, in our communities and in our families. We must recognize the importance of protecting, educating and empowering our children through strong examples and high ideals. Mamas, I believe with all my heart we are the agents of change needed today.

Moms Fight Back is an online community of moms coming together to tackle the issues only a mom is brave enough to take on! Moms all over the country are invited to participate in productive, effective discussions around understanding and solving the social problems our children face. Moms Fight Back offers moms the tools, resources, and support they need to create change in our communities, schools, homes, and country. The site offers a blog, podcast, a place for moms to share their stories, discussion forums, a directory of resources, and more!

The death of a dream: my personal hell after discovering my husband’s affair

I have been reluctant to talk about my own personal hell for the last six months because it was and is so intensely personal. And devastating. And painful.

There are a lot of words to describe hell. I hope that you, dear reader, never get to experience any of them. No one, no NO ONE, deserves the hell my family and I have been through.

In the end I have decided to write about it- for my own healing and for anyone else who may be going through something similar.

In June, I found out that my husband had been cheating on me for seven months. He had left me and our two young children multiple times for trysts with his girlfriend. When I found out, I wanted to make it work. I love the man. Just because people screw up doesn’t mean you can stop loving them. We had been together almost 13 years. We have 2 small children. We had a lot to lose.

On top of Whistler in 2009. We fell in love with the place together.

On top of Whistler in 2009.

I spent all summer and most of the fall trying to make it work. I failed. And when I say, I failed, I don’t want you to think that I blame myself for the affair or for events that caused the affair or for the hundreds of lies I was fed over the months. I don’t. I say I failed because, well, I did. WE did. WE failed.

You know what else? I was failed by someone else. I loved (and still love) him like no one else on the planet. He made me laugh, he comforted me, he understood me like no one else. He was my partner in life. And he chose to turn his back on all of that.

I have spent innumerable hours reading about affairs and recovery from affairs and how to recover a broken relationship. I have spent days crying uncontrollably and at the most inconvenient times. For five months, I have woken up every morning and thought to myself, “S#&@. Another day to get through” instead of what I have thought every morning for over 30 years, which is, “Hot d@&#! Another day to do awesome s#&@!”

I thought I was immune to depression and anxiety and panic attacks. I thought I could be cured with bike rides and runs and time outside and with my kids.

I was wrong. Very, very wrong.

I have been unable to do what I do best: ride my bike hard. There have been weeks with little to no activity on my part. I have not slept. I don’t eat. I don’t drink enough water. I expend all of my energy making life normal for my kids and pretending my life is normal to anyone else. And by 7 p.m. every night, I am exhausted but yet I cannot sleep.

This year has rocked me to the core. To be betrayed over and over again by the person you thought you could trust the most in the world is something I hope never, ever happens to you. No one deserves that depth of hell. I have wanted to give up on us so many times, but I couldn’t. How can you when your love is still fierce?

Eventually though, even I can be worn down and divorce papers were filed. Once again, I hoped that life would get easier. It did not. Instead, it sent me in to another round of panic attacks and anxiety. I never like to give up. It is not in my stubborn nature to admit defeat.

I feel that I have been defeated. It is impossible for me to reconcile our 12 very happy years together, the joyous births of our children, the many adventures we went on, even our wedding day with…THIS. THIS cannot be real. THIS was not in the plans. THIS is not what I have spent years training for.

I now find myself alone and more depressed than I have ever been. To be fair, I am not alone. I am far, far from alone. I have an amazing community of friends and family and they never let me down. But being surrounded in love and support doesn’t lessen the pain, which is a sad realization. It just makes it slightly easier to handle.

I am rational enough to know that this, too, will pass. It just won’t pass quickly enough or with the ending I so desperately wanted and worked for.

gunnyUntil then, my first goal is to wake up every morning and think, “It will be OK. You can do this” instead of “S#*$. Another day to get through”.

If you are in a similar situation, message me. I won’t have any answers for you (I don’t even have answers for myself) but we can drink a virtual glass of wine in solidarity.

If you are a cheater, get help- serious, intensive help. Be honest with yourself and others. Right. Now. Face yourself in the mirror and make a promise to be a better person.

And if you are the other woman (or man), stop. Just stop. I know that you can probably justify your actions to yourself a million different ways, but in reality, you are really, deeply hurting someone else and possibly an entire family. Cut it off and do it with a clear conscience. No one deserves the pain you are causing, even if you have convinced yourself that it will all work out in the end. Less than 1% of cheaters end up with their affairs. The odds are not good for you either way- you are tearing apart someone else’s life AND you will probably lose your lover. Cut your losses and get out.

Goodbye, man that I loved. I will never stop missing you.

Eryn is an outdoor-loving Colorado mom of two beautiful children Be sure to read her follow-up article One Year Later: The Aftermath of My Husband’s Affair. You can find her @BonedaleBetty

Denver Deal: Soybu Activewear, Zoo Free Day, Chocolates and More

Last year I didn’t really buy a bunch of presents for family (or friends) and I instead called it the “time spent with Christmas.” I made a point to do something with my loved ones individually. That is why I love FoxMind.com‘s new game Time In A Box. When you give Time in a Box, (MSRP $17.95 for 2 players ages 6 and up) you are offering a child you care about the gift no one else in the world can give them: your time. Inside the box you’ll find 96 activity cards that allow a child to momentarily shift your priorities and focus on doing a special activity together, such as playing a board game; solving a puzzle; starting a family tree; making a blanket fort; or carrying out an act of kindness that will bring a smile to a stranger’s face.

Time in a Box includes a simple written agreement between you and the child that sets the ground rules by which you’ll both abide. Adults (and teens) should switch off their smart phones and get ready for some quality time!

FREE DAYS. The Denver Zoo is free for Colorado residents Nov. 20.

Soybu Discount. Last spring, Mile High Mamas was thrilled to partner with Soybu women’s activewear to collaborate the grand opening of their flagship store in Greenwood Village next to Trader Joe’s. Their “Life is a Workout” messaging particularly resonates with moms; their feminine, stylish and comfortable clothes are perfect, whether you’re chasing a toddler around the house or fitting in a hardcore workout. On Black Friday: Everything will be 25% off for one day only – 11/28/14. Enter code “Merry25” at check out. Cyber Monday: Free Dianna Scarf for all purchases of $100 or more on Dec. 1, 2014 ($35 value).

Seattle’s Best Coffee. Among coffee-drinking holiday shoppers, 88 percent will need extra coffee to power through their shopping checklists.* To ensure coffee lovers fill their mugs with a taste of the best before hunting for deals, Seattle’s Best Coffee just launched Seattle’s Best Doorbusters, a month-long Doorbuster giveaway extravaganza – no sleeping bags, lawn chairs or early mornings required. On select days between now and Cyber Monday, deal hunters can visit SeattlesBestDoorbusters.com to enter to win one of hundreds of awesome prizes (like tablets, wireless music speakers and single-cup brewers), all stocked with everything needed to deal hunt, shop and sip the best coffee.

Mile High Cleaning. I am normally a girl who loves deals and I even do the cleaning myself (to save a buck – it always seemed like something only the rich could do). But then I found a deal from Mile High Cleaning Company. It is family-owned and operated in Denver. They offer many different cleaning services for both the residential and commercial customer. No job is too big or too small. Get 2 hours of cleaning for $44.95 or 3 hours of cleaning for $59.95 from Mile High Cleaning Company.

Cavanaugh’s Chocolate.   I love to have a few extra gifts around the house – something I can give a neighbor, friend or even a teacher. I love chocolates (so do most of my friends – so it makes for a convenient gift to have around). Mrs. Cavanaugh’s candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence….Ask chocolate aficionados. MileHighMamas readers get a special deal – Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014

School of Shred: Vail Resort’s FREE program for 5th AND 6th graders offers four free days at each of their resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin) will end in just two weeks. Visit any Colorado Ski & Sport (Colorado Ski & Golf/Boulder Ski Deals) location to get your kiddos signed up now.   

Crested Butte: Crested Butte Mountain offers FREE skiing on their opening day on Wed., Nov. 26! 

We will be doing our Black Friday round up next week. If you know of some special deals please email us. 

-Gretchen

Here are some other great deals:

Gobble, gobble: Rocky’s Autos (6350 Federal Blvd.) sponsors “Operation Free Bird”, a free family-friendly event to increase awareness about public-safety issues and help those in need. On Nov. 22, from noon to 4 p.m., the auto dealership will offer food, music, public safety demonstrations, community resource tables, kids’ activities, dental screenings, flu shots and free turkey certificates for those who need a little extra help this Thanksgiving. operationfreebird.com

Ageless love. To help its more mature adoptable pets find homes, the Dumb Friends League is celebrating “Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month” by waiving the adoption fee for all pets age 8 years and older in November. The standard adoption screening process applies during all waived fee promotions and spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip identification and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian is included. The Quebec Street shelter is at 2080 S. Quebec St.; the Buddy Center is at 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock. 303-751-5772, ddfl.org

A World of Goods: Next weekend’s World Gift Markets, held at two locations, offer hand-crafted items from local nonprofits including The Women’s Bean Project and Mission Wear along with international artisans. An opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Ave. The market continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Universalist Church and First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd. in Englewood. Proceeds benefit local charities and fair trade groups working in developing countries. firstuniversalist.org.

Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

 

How I’m cutting out the clutter and living my Great Adventure with my family this winter

I spent my final semester of college on a study abroad in the Middle East. Our campus was on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and we traveled frequently around the region. We floated in the Dead Sea and slept in cabanas by the Sea of Galilee. We roamed through Petra’s ancient wonders in Jordan and we climbed Mount Sinai to witness the sunrise. We marveled at the Great Pyramids and sailed the Nile at sunset.

Upon the completion of my studies, I stopped over in Europe with a few of my friends. We backpacked five countries in two weeks and had the time of our lives. One of our final destinations was Switzerland. We stayed at a hostel in Interlaken, the country’s outdoor Mecca. After a day of rafting the mighty Lütschine, we talked late into the night with some fellow travelers.

One of them was named Ralph. He was charming, athletic and drop-dead gorgeous. He was a mail carrier from Australia who had saved up his money for a year-long adventure abroad. He was going home the next morning. Feeling remorseful about the end of my own travels, I asked him how he thought he would adjust back to his humdrum life after being given a glimpse of the world.

His answer still resonates today:

leaves6“Before this trip, I was always planning my next great adventure. It has taken this trip to help me realize there is so much close to home I have yet to experience. My next great adventures will be in my own backyard for many years to come.”

This has become my mantra in life. Sure, I still love to travel. I always will. But there is so much to explore here and now. With a glorious October behind us and a winter wonderland within our gasp, opportunities abound.

Fall and spring are busy times at our house but we have chosen to live deliberately the next several months and scale way back on extracurricular commitments. We’ll instead spend dark evenings snuggled up by the fire reading books together. Playing games. Cooking fancy dinners and eating together without being rushed. Going to movies, museums, skiing and the rec center. My son will not die if he doesn’t sign up for indoor soccer  with his friends; my daughter is overdue for some time  off from volleyball.

As parents, when our kids’ activities wind down, we have become addicted to asking “What’s next?” and clamoring to sign them up to the next big thing instead of just letting them be kids. I’m tired of “scheduling” playdates to work around crazed schedules; what happened to just ringing your friends’ doorbell and asking them to play?

And, most importantly, being a family means spending quality, meaningful time together.

Since we have started focusing on living more deliberately with less clutter, my family has had some amazing adventures. We discovered a 40-foot pile of leaves at our town’s left recycling drive and spent hours playing in that golden pyramid as we launched into a sherbet sky.leaves13sm

A week ago Saturday, we signed up for Lookout Nature Center’s free naturalist-led Full Moon Hike. As we snugged together on top of Mount Falcon, we breathlessly watched the harvest moon slowly, deliberately climb the horizon as a titanic swarm of a million stars pierced the sky. Like that luminous moon, we were bound together by gravity and time.fullmoonhike

I am amazed what I find when I leave my daily routine. Whether I am leaping off a giant pile of leaves or watching the full moon rise, I feel fortunate to find it all here in my backyard.

Just as my Australian friend wisely proclaimed so many years ago: Wherever you live is your Great Adventure.

And remember just how extraordinary life can be when we slow down to enjoy it.

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Create your family’s own motto. Don’t miss our awesome giveaway with Swirly Twirly Designs.

Swirly Twirly Designs Giveaway: Create Your Family’s Own Motto!

Every time I walk into a craft store like Hobby Lobby, I spend time browsing through the signs and pictures, looking for a motto that fits my family. Share. Forgive.  Laugh. Be Grateful. Love. Though these generic signs have wonderful messages for any family, I have never found one that perfectly fits mine.
 
It would appear not everyone is equally passionate about growing giant pumpkins.
 
That’s why I was ecstatic to connect with Heather, a married mom of 3 (with one on the way) who lives in Breckenridge. She started Swirly Twirly Designs a few years ago when she searched for items for her daughter’s nursery but couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for. 
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 So, she decided to learn how create her own signs and artwork and what started off as just gifting to friends and family soon became a business. Since 2012, she has made thousands of items for customers, almost all of them personalized–from drinkware to family signs. Each item is handmade and all of them are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
 
I selected my sign’s design and had a lively discussion with my family about our creed and what passions represented who we are. I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out.
 
Related: A couple of years ago for my 10-year anniversary, I took profile pictures of each family member, and framed the four silhouettes. I gave the artwork to my husband in a grand gesture but we never got around to hanging them. Imagine how thrilled I was to realize that they fit perfectly with our new family motto from Swirly Twirly Designs.
 
But Heather creates so much more than just family signs. Be sure to go to her website,  Facebook page or Pinterest to find everything from growth charts to rustic scrabble art with family names to time-out stools to family stockings holders–all of them personalized.swirlycollage
Mile High Mamas is giving away a $50 gift certificate to use toward any item in her shop. Contest deadline is Nov. 30, 2014. You may enter as many as five times.
 

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Soybu Women’s Activewear: Darling fashions and Black Friday deal!

Last spring, Mile High Mamas was thrilled to partner with Soybu activewear to collaborate the grand opening of their flagship store in Greenwood Village next to Trader Joe’s.

 I fully expected to help them with the launch but didn’t anticipate falling in love with their entire clothing line and now, six months later, I’m fully obsessed! As a self-professed NON-Yogini, I not only adore their yoga line (I practically live in their leggings) but all of their clothes–from dresses to skirts to jackets–are so comfortable and fashionable for busy, active moms.

Over these next months, we’ll be on the lookout for our favorite Soybu fashions in this fashion line that is targeted to the Everywoman that exude beauty, strength and balance. Here are some of my top picks from their new Murano collection. Confession: During last week’s cold snap, I practically lived in this outfit and in particular, I got numerous compliments on the Darling Dragonfly Coat.

Just not from my husband who begged me to change out of them.

The best thing about their products? They’re fashionable and versatile. I may be lounging around the house in my favorite pair of leggings and then put on a dress over top for a  meeting.

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Their “Life is a Workout” messaging particularly resonates with moms; their feminine, stylish and comfortable clothes are perfect, whether you’re chasing a toddler around the house or fitting in a hardcore workout.

DEALS

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Dianna Scarf

Soybu loves Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Black Friday: Everything will be 25% off for one day only – 11/28/14. Enter code “Merry25” at check out.

Cyber Monday: Free Dianna Scarf for all purchases of $100 or more on Dec. 1, 2014 ($35 value).