Upon waking on our first morning in Colorado, Blake and I wasted no time getting up to Vail Mountain to get in as much snowboarding as possible. We love riding here for both the vastness of the mountain as well as the resort-like amenities that are simply unmatched by anywhere else we go and are more than enough to make a person feel spoiled.
Not only is there an endless variety of trails, lifts, terrain parks, and bowls for avid riders, there are plenty of fun activities for those who don’t ski or snowboard, like snow tubing, ski biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even ice skating in the village. There are also two fully enclosed gondolas that will keep you warm and dry if you just want to ride to the top of the mountain to eat at one of the lodges or enjoy the spectacular scenery.
After a full day of boarding, we changed into regular clothes and spent some more time at the top of the mountain playing in the snow and taking in the views from the marriage deck. I put on this gray Loft sweater (worn here and here on the blog) and my white jeans, and got to wear my new Hunter wellies for the first time, which were perfect for keeping my toes dry in the snow. One thing we’ve learned unequivocally after years of snowboarding is that the only way to enjoy a snow-filled vacation without being miserably cold is to have the right gear, which starts with your base layers. Blake and I both have multiple pairs of hot chillys tops and leggings and it’s undoubtedly a vital part of the equation to stay warm; we also invest in quality wool socks (this is my favorite brand), which was the only reason my toes stayed warm in these boots.
Just as important as the base layers, though, is your outerwear. I’d just purchased this Holden Shelter Parka before the trip and it was absolutely a game-changer. My last snowboarding jacket was short-waisted (as seen here) and didn’t keep the snow from going down my pants any time I found myself on my butt, and I’d usually end the day with a good covering of ice on the inside of my waistband. The fact that the Holden jacket extended well below my butt, combined with the interior powder skirt and cinch tie at the bottom, left me completely dry after 7 hours of boarding and was well worth the investment, especially considering I wore my last snowboarding jacket for 7 years before retiring it. I also love that it’s nice enough to be worn with regular clothes on any cold day; it’s definitely not a piece of clothing that will be stored away with the rest of our snowboarding gear but will be kept in my closet year round!
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