Colorado

Top Five Things To Do in Breckenridge in the Winter

Every February we head to Colorado for a ski trip with our friends. They have a house in Breckenridge so we always find ourselves there for at least a long weekend. Here are a few of my favorite things to do each winter:

1. Ski- OBVIOUSLY. This is a beautiful, yet expensive, mountain for skiing. For first time skiers they have a great ski and ride school and for experienced skiers there is a ton of mountain to explore.

2. Try a non-skiing activity- It's always a good idea, unless you are a expert skier, to have one day where you enjoy a non-skiing activity. I love tubing at Keystone, dog sledding and ice skating. There are even more to pick from, so find one your crew will like.

3. Hit up the spa- You will be sore, trust me. Enjoy a quick massage, pedicure or facial to rejuvenate yourself. Blue Sage is one of my favorite spas in Breck.

4. Walk around the town- There are so many cute stores and shops in the town of Breck. Save yourself at least an hour or two to walk around. It does get a little cold and slippery so dress warm and wear your best boots when walking around.

5. Eat out- There are a lot of great places to eat out in Breck. We've eaten almost everywhere in town and I've rarely been disappointed.

I hope you enjoy your time in Breck as much as I do!

What to Pack: First Time Skiing

If you are anything like me, you may be a little late to the skiing game. I only learned how to ski about four years ago and the hardest thing for me was figuring out was what to pack!! I also get very cold, very easily. These are my quick tips for packing for your first ski trip. 1. Borrow what you can- Do you have a friend who skis all the time? Borrow her clothes for your first trip! It saves you money in case you don't like skiing and you can test out different clothing items. This was KEY for me the first time I went skiing. I was able to borrow an entire outfit and then I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.

2. Buy good socks- This is so, so important. If your feet are cold, you will be miserable. Go to a ski store and buy a legitimate pair of socks. This is the brand of socks that I currently wear.

3. Chap Stick and Sunscreen- Even if you don't think it looks sunny out.

4. Layers, layers, layers- Both on the bottom and the top. It will keep you warm and you can remove layers as needed.

5. Warm boots for after skiing- Every time you go out for a meal after skiing or want to walk around the ski town, you'll want a very warm pair of boots to wear. Make sure they are water-proof and insulated.

What are your ski packing tips? When did you start skiing for the first time?