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Steamboat Springs

February 24, 2014

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After skiing in Crested Butte two years in a row, April and I were ready to try a new spot.  There are so many places I’d love to try, but Steamboat really stood out to everyone in our group.  We’ve had many friends go in the past and love it, so we knew we had to go there next!

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The downtown has a traditional western look and feel to it that is inviting.  Being able to see the slopes from town is pretty cool too.

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We stayed at the Eagle Ridge Lodge in a two bedroom condo, and let me be the first to say that going the condo route is definitely the best way to go when you’re traveling with friends.  I was a little nervous about not being able to walk to the slopes, but they had a bus that came by picking people up every 10-15 minutes, so we never had to wait long.  It dropped us off by the gondola, and off we went!

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The views of the Yampa Valley were amazing while coming down the mountain!  While April thought the slopes were a little too steep in Crested Butte, she loved learning more moves in Steamboat.  The slopes were a little more forgiving for the beginner.

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On the third day, we all went snowmobiling in the Routt National Forrest.  This is one of April’s all time favorite activities, and she was super excited.  By the third day, I needed a little bit of rest from the slopes, so I decided to come along too.

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Loved riding around in the outdoors with views like these!

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Full group shot with Amy and Katie.

We loved going to Steamboat, and will definitely be back!

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Crested Butte Restaurants

March 19, 2013

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Skiing takes a lot out of you during the day, and there is nothing better than a good meal after a long day on the slopes. It may be surprising, but Crested Butte has an amazing restaurant scene considering the size of the town.  After two trips out there, here are my favorite places:

The Secret Stash

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I’m a pizza snob, I admit it.  But The Secret Stash has some of the best Pizza I’ve ever eaten.  In fact, it was the only restaurant that I visited on my first trip that I refused to leave town without going to again.  This time, we shared the Texas Bigg’n (Traditional sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms & black olives) and The Asher Pie (BBQ and chipotle base, cheddar cheese, canadian bacon and grilled chicken).  My mouth is still watering just writing this…  Pro Tip: go early on a weeknight otherwise you’ll be waiting until morning for a table (though we hear the restaurant is moving in June to a bigger location…)  Expert Tip: Order wings as an appetizer.  I don’t even like wings, but you could have convinced me to do something illegal to get more of them.

Maxwell’s Steakhouse

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We didn’t get to go to Maxwell’s on our first visit, so I was really looking forward to checking it out this year.  I’ll just go ahead and say it.  My filet and I shared a moment that night.  It was a beautiful moment that redefined how I’ll measure steak for the rest of my life.  I’ve eaten some fantastic steaks before, but Maxwell’s steak melted in my mouth and left me dumbfounded only to try and enjoy it’s perfection for as long as I could. (picture from Maxwell’s website)

Izzy’s

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We grabbed brunch at Izzy’s on a Sunday morning the day we left.  It’s a pretty small space, it could be tough to get a table, and you’ll probably wait a bit, but the food is worth it.  I ate the Mexicali Latke burrito (think breakfast burrito), and enjoyed every bit of it.  The portions were huge and I didn’t eat again until dinner.  I only wish I’d saved more room to steal more of my fiance’s French Toast!  It would probably be a good idea to call ahead and just pick up your order for take out.

Honorable Mention

While the three above were some of our favorites, we also loved Ryce Asian Bistro, and Django’s (bacon wrapped dates – yum!).  I can’t say I had a bad meal out there.  The skiing is awesome, but it’s not the only thing worth making the trip for!

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Skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado

March 18, 2013

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In February my beautiful fiance and I took some friends skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado.  We went by ourselves last year and loved it, so this time we decided to share the awesomeness that is Crested Butte with others.

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It was only my second time going “real” skiing, and it was exciting that I picked up almost right where I left off – comfortable with the Green slopes, and looking for a challenge.

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On our second day of skiing, I got up the nerves to get on the Paradise chairlift.  Not gonna lie – when we got to the top, I was intimidated.  (Guess which run I took?)

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But I made it down in one piece!  I thought I was going to yard sale a couple of times, but I actually only fell once – when I was standing still in the base area not paying attention.  I tried to turn around quickly, and down I went…  Not my proudest moment.  Given the upcoming wedding though, I’d have been killed had I done something really stupid and ended up in a cast!

By noon on the third day, my right shin was getting really sore and I had to hang it up a half day early.  While I wished I could have stayed out longer, I accomplished everything I wanted, and even made it to the top of the Silver Queen lift!  (Trust me, the slopes off Silver Queen were even more terrifying than the Paradise lift…)

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When I got back home, I decided it was time to invest in some ski boots to make sure my feet and legs were in good shape next time.  Rental gear isn’t exactly the greatest…  I got a nice end of the season deal at Peter Glenn on a pair of Head Next Edge GMX boots, but now I’ve got to wait until next year to use them!  Fail…

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