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How to Beat the Crowds

Post by:  Jake

Veronica and I hit the slopes for the first time today.  As we approached Arapahoe Basin ski area, we crested a hill and saw parking lot after parking lot completely jammed full!  Our spirits sank and we almost turned around to drive home; thinking surely we can find something better to do today then just standing in lift lines all day.  We’ve heard that Colorado ski hills are notoriously packed with people (especially the closer to Denver ya get) but this seemed a little insane. I mean, there were only 6 runs and 3 lifts open! That meant, full parking lots + 6 runs & 3 lifts = LONG lift lines.   We went ahead and parked, telling ourselves we just wanted to do a couple runs, and since we had season passes it’s not like we’re wasting money on lift tags…besides, we were already there.

Strapping on our skis, we skated over to the massive lift line and the wait began.  Luckily it was a turbo speed quad lift, so the line didn’t take all that long really, but it was a line none the less as opposed to most of the Montana ski hills we were used to.  Our first run down was great.   A little shaky at first, our muscle memory came right back and by the time we reached the bottom we were skiing like we remembered.  And as we rounded the last corner there it was, the massive lift line again.  Being as we were just two people, I looked around for another couple to jump in line with to fill the quad lift; and that’s when it hit me.  The old trick of splitting up and waiting in the “singles” line used to fill the gaps to keep the lifts full.

We gave eachother a smile and hopped in the singles line.  Within a couple minutes we were sitting on the lift rocketting towards the summit. Run after run after run.  The snow was nice despite being predominately man made; but the best part of the day was realizing we could beat the crowds.  My greatest fear of skiing in Colorado was put at ease.  Even on the busiest days we’ll be able to put down a lot of runs.   It’s going to be a great season!








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A Change in Venue

Post by:  Jake & Veronica

When thinking about what to write about next, Veronica suggested, “Write about making a huge life changing decision that takes you to a new state where you don’t know anyone.”  As most everyone knows, we’ve relocated to the High Rockies of Colorado.  Leadville to be exact.  Home to roughly 2,800 people, Leadville sits at 10,200 foot elevation, higher than any other incorporated city in the US.  Adjusting to the elevation just takes a matter of time.  Adjusting to “small town life” where we know almost no one, certainly takes more than just time.

Jake’s Perspective:

Adjusting to “small town life” has been fairly easy for me.  I work with several people around my age.  For the most part, I get to work in the office as much as I want, or go out and work in the field as much as I want.  My new job is a ton of fun, and I really like the people I’m working with.  The weekends are exciting and are filled with exploring our new surroundings.  I’m hosting a poker night with a few guys from work; and for the most part, I’ve found the adjustment to “small town life” to be fairly easy.  The hardest part about the move for me has been losing “residency” and not being able to afford to hunt or fish as an “out of state” person.  Apart from hunting and fishing, I’ve really been enjoying our new surroundings; collecting firewood, biking and running the extensive trail network, and taking the occasional road trip into “the city” (Denver).  Mud season has been a little boring at times, but the snow keeps flying and it’s only a matter of time till the backcountry is skiable.

Veronica’s Perspective:

Moving has certainly been an out-of-my-comfort-zone experience.  Not to say that I’ve lived a sheltered life, it’s just worked out that up until now, all of my worldly exploration has come from short vacations, not long-term moves.  A part of me has always wanted to move to a place where I don’t know anyone – not sure why I cast that spell upon myself but I certainly got my wish!

In the month we’ve been in Leadville, the few people I’ve interacted with are very nice.  The only problem is that I have to force myself out of the house to meet anyone.  My job is a work-from-home deal.  I’ve been working remotely for a boutique PR firm for two and a half years.  The flexibility of my work was a huge blessing in regards to pursuing this new opportunity for Jake.  I wouldn’t have to try to find a job in such a limited market.  Unfortunately, it also means that I don’t have a built-in network to meet new friends.

Luckily for me, Jake’s built-in network has also welcomed me in many ways.  One of his co-workers and I have gone for a few runs, which has been great since it gives me some girl-time but also helps show me the extensive trail system around town.  I was also invited to play on the college’s community-league volleyball team.

But one of the things I learned quickly is that I can’t sit at home and wait for my new community to open their arms and welcome me into their lives.  If I want to be embraced by the community, I have to reach out and embrace the community myself.  So the first week we officially settled back into our routine, I took a leap of faith, made a phone call and signed up to get involved.  Now, Wednesday nights I volunteer at the middle school after-school program, helping with homework and a free community meal.

A few weeks ago, we treated ourselves to lunch at the Chinese restaurant. And although I am normally underwhelmed by the words of wisdom on my fortune cookie – this time I was pleasantly surprised.  “Sometimes travel to new places leads to great transformations.”

How poignant.  How true.  Here we are in a new place – meeting new people, exploring new places.  And although it will still take a while for Leadville to feel like “home” and for us to make a handful of great friends, this is an adventure that will no doubt grow us, change us, and transform us.  By the way… That’s our Halloween costumes.  Can you guess what we are?


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Gear Review: Bolle’ Sunglasses

Post by:  Jake

A couple months ago we were approached by a representative from Bolle’ sunglasses.  He asked us if we wanted to test out a couple pairs of their new shades.  Although, I’ve worked at sporting goods stores off and on for years, I’ve never had the opportunity to try out a pair of Bolle’ sunglasses.  Having taken them on countless bike rides and backpacking trips this summer, Veronica and I have both been blown away at how well they’ve performed.  The fit is incredible, and the clarity is outstanding.  I chose the Dash sunglasses and Veronica went with the Aero model.  Although the Aero glasses are meant to fit a smaller face/head, either pair seems to fit my medium face/head or Veronica’s smaller face/head very well.  I’ve found no issues with the glasses fitting awkwardly under my bike helmet as with several other glasses I’ve owned.  Veronica occasionally has issues with her eye lashes brushing up against the inside of the lenses, but she’s found that’s been a common issue with all glasses she’s owned.  The dramatic “high-def” like clarity over the super wide field of vision was probably the biggest feature both Veronica and I appreciated.  That featured, combined with the light weight feel, make you forget your even wearing these sunglasses.  If you’re in the market for a high end, high performance pair of sunglasses certainly take a close look at the Bolle’ shades; you won’t be disappointed.  Just make sure you spend a couple extra bucks on a pair of Chums eyeglass retainers to protect your investment.


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