When skiing and snowboarding the mountains of Colorado, you don’t always have to splurge and get the extraordinarily steep price of a lift ticket (yeah, we are looking at you, Vail). The locals here know about the best places to go for cheaper and how to get the best day for your buck. But, if you are feeling really adventurous, you can always do what some crazy locals do, provided you know the basics, and ski Loveland pass. All you need is your gear and a working thumb.
Sitting at 11,990 feet, the pass leads you directly to some of the best resorts in Colorado. We were headed that way ourselves one beautiful, powder filled day, when we saw a couple guys hanging by the road, thumbs out with their gear, waiting for a lift back up to the top. Making a snap decision, we pulled over, and let them clamber into the jeep. The vehicle, now crowded with gear, made its way up to the top of the pass.
Listening to the two strangers rave about the fresh powder and isolation they just experienced on their last venture down the slopes, we wanted to join in.
Throwing caution to the wind, we did. By the time we reached the top, we pulled the car over, grabbed our skis and joined them. They did not warn us about the additional climb to get to the very tops of the peaks, and it is was a true struggle to trek up there while juggling skis and poles. Once at the top, we could not regret our decision. Surrounded by fresh untouched powder and not another person in site, this mountain felt like it was truly ours for the taking.
We took a few selfies, strapped on our skis, turned on the go pro and we were off! We hit some major jumps along the way, some of which we didn’t exactly land, and soon left timberline and out of avalanche danger to head into the trees. Weaving in and out of the trees, gives you a sense of belonging. This is your mountain, and you are present, living for this exact moment; there is nothing you need to do or say. This moment is the closest you can get to perfection.
Have you ever hitchhiked for a free lift up a mountain, are willing to, or think it is just plain crazy? Leave a comment below telling us your opinions!