Colorado Skiing

Woodward at Copper: This Mom’s Ascent (or Descent?) Into Extreme Sports

I live a pretty adventurous life. Last week I went to Costco and tried the spicy jalapeno dip. On another day, I blazed pass those annoying lingering parents in the carpool lane despite the threat of death. Let’s just say the introductory class at the newly renovated 19,400-square foot indoor playground Woodward at Copper Barn at Copper Mountain, Colo. took me to the next level. If you’ve never been to “The Barn,” it is a sight to behold. Offering year-round Snowboard, Ski, Skateboard, Bike and Digital Media programs, it recently underwent a half-million renovation project that opened up their adventure alley beyond snowboards and skis to include skateboards, BMX and style-style mountain bike. There’s a new beginner foam pit with 2-foot and 4-foot jumps and a pump track designed for the de...

How Young is Too Young to Learn to Ski and Snowboard?

Growing up in the town of Salida, in the Heart of the Rockies, had it’s disadvantages…and if you’ve ever read the list of “you’re from a small town if” then you know what I’m referring to, ha. On the brighter side, living just a short drive from Monarch Mountain Ski Area – and having not a whole lot else to do – meant abundant time on the slopes.   My mom began teaching my brother and I at a young age how to *ski*…because I’m older than snowboards, wild concept to my children! It was her “fun job” on the weekends: ski instructor and it scored the whole family free season passes. I completely took most every moment of it for granted but I did learn to ski.   So, in my adulthood I figured I’d try this boarding stuff. I think still recovering from my full-day, private lesson...

Every time I ski, things go downhill.

I have a confession to make: I hate skiing.  There. I said it. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 11 years, and I am not a skier. *gasp* Do people like me actually exist? Yes. Yes, we do. Don’t get me wrong.  Sledding is fun!  Snowmobiling rocks!  I love the resorts!  There is so much to do at our wonderful ski resorts that doesn’t involve skiing. I’m just not a big fan of pain, and I never have been. In fact, I have yet to hurt myself at a lodge. (No, the person in that photo is not me. This is a stock photo by Wia-Tirol.) Even though I hate skiing, I love skiers! A lot of my friends ski. My husband is a skier. I hope my daughter to one day be a skier. I, on the other hand, am not a skier. In all fairness, what I do cannot be called skiing. There is not that much screaming in skiing. How can...