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It can snow any day now…


If you had asked me three years ago to choose between winters or summers in Colorado I would have chosen summers hands down. For me, Colorado summers let me do everything that I loved: trail running, hiking, camping and white water rafting. Winters were just that annoying time of year when I couldn’t go trail running.

I think my biggest mistake was that I was trying to be a snowboarder. I mean really, who doesn’t want to be a snowboarder? I had serious dreams of becoming a thugged out snowboarder girl killing it on the half pipe. However I’ll be completely honest and tell you I sucked at snowboarding. I took a lesson at Copper and then went boarding two other times and I was just flat out terrible. I don’t even think you could call what I was doing snowboarding. It was more like scooting down a mountain on a board. Luckily, a year later I discovered something magical: skiing!


Skis. They’re awesome.

I was definitely not Picabo Street the first time I skied down a mountain, but the most important thing was that I loved skiing. And since I loved skiing pretty much immediately I was willing to put in the time to learn. Thank goodness I had some really patient friends along the way!

Currently I’m getting ready to enter my third season on the slopes. I now ski blues, blacks and am starting to hit double blacks on the back side. I have mostly gotten over the emotional scarring of growing up in Colorado and not learning to ski as a kid (love you Mom!).


Magical tree skiing.

Where does this leave summer? These days, summer is just that annoying time when I can’t go skiing. Plus in the summer, I’m all over the place. There is so much to do in the summer that it’s kind of overwhelming at times. It’s a little exhausting to be me during summer months. My life is much simpler and more relaxing in the winter. Skiing is basically my only priority which greatly simplifies my life.

Snowmass this past January.

I really just can’t wait for the first snow to fall so that I can hit the slopes again. Since the peak of the golden aspens is over, there’s really no reason to prolong this whole not skiing business. I’ll take an A Basin Bloody Mary and fresh powder any day now!

Perfect life right here.


Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

5 thoughts on “It can snow any day now…

  1. i am learning to ski this year – and we’re getting the abasin/keystone/sometimes breck pass so maybe we can meet in abasin for that bloody mary this winter!!

  2. It is snowing! Just not enough. And it really can snow any day now in Denver…last year it snowed on October 8th!

    I’m going on about 12 years on a snowboard…and I still can’t rock a half pipe but I can hold my own in the back bowls and love a good powder day, who doesn’t! 🙂

  3. I grew up back East and somehow learned to ski around age 3. I haven’t stopped. It’s one of the reasons I moved West. I was just talking with my friend in Seattle last night and we are planning our big girls ski weekend. I’m so excited for snow! Sorta. Sometimes its inhibiting here in Wyoming.

  4. I was just up mtn biking in Evergreen today and came across 2″ of snow on the trail! I’m still loving my summer activities but am so ready for some skiing! I agree, give me some powder and an ABasin bloody m and I’m set 🙂
    When you’re ready, give Pali a try at ABasin…one of my favorite trails anywhere.

  5. I love you too Paula….sorry about the skiing (and the ice skating lessons). Your pictures make even me want to ski so I can enjoy the scenery (but I think I would probably spend my time face down licking up the snow).

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