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Book it now

Paul E. Anna

When the nearly full “snow moon” sets in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, there will be just 44 more days left to slide in this most glorious of ski seasons. And if Highlands and Buttermilk are your perfect mountains, you’ll have just 37 days to ride the lifts on those hills. A month and a week. Winter goes by so fast.But for some, the best of times lie just around the corner as they look to set sail for places where sun, fun and warm waters await. Yes, the end of ski season is getaway day for most locals and that final Sunday of ski season is like the last day of school. It’s time to vacate.If you haven’t made plans, now is the time to do so. United Airlines, our magic carpet to the rest of the world, currently has a series of specials on their website. You may have to drive to Denver to get the best prices, but if you book soon there are killer deals. Fly from Denver to Honolulu nonstop of United Flight 43 and you’re sure to see some familiar faces, as it has become the direct link for many Roaring Fork Valley locals from one paradise to another.Mexico is another popular spot to spot local faces. Up and down the Baja Peninsula ZGers who have traded their snowboards for surfboards will soon be bronzing their pasty bods in the springtime sunshine. But the offseason destination of choice for globe-trotting Aspenites has to be Costa Rica. The tales of jaunts to San Jose followed by the drives through rain forests to tropical seaside hideaways, with perfect point breaks and fresh fruit ripening on the trees while everybody spends the days in naked splendor, are becoming the stuff of local legend.We live in a place that offers 365 days of brilliance every year and yet our urge to travel, to try new things, is insatiable. And not only that, we have the tools to take us from the mountains to the deserts to the seas on our own personal whim. All we have to do is make reservations.So we still have a little more than six weeks of skiing. And while they may be the best six weeks of the season, you’ll be forgiven if you’re already thinking ahead to your next stop.Go ahead, book it now.


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