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Surf and ski

Ready to hunker down? Ready to get in the January mode?It’s the time of year when Aspenites begin to get fully involved in the ski season. Tourists are gone with the holidays. Storms are lined up in a row. And, all around, the serious skiers are in a groove. Some say it’s the best month of the season.But then there are those folks who prefer to get away for a bit when those January days hit. They like a little more sun in the sky. A few less clothes. Not needing to wear gloves. Can you say Mexico? Or, how about Hawaii?People who are mountain people are frequently beach people as well. The hedonistic lifestyle coupled with living in the jet-age means that you can ski in the mountains on one day and go surfing along a rocky coast the next. Who says we do not live in blessed times?While Pacific storms have been dropping snow on our mountains all season in periodic bursts, they also have been sending prodigious swells to the California coast. And surfers out there have been as appreciative of the bounty as we here in Aspen have. Not only have the storms brought some great waves, but the calm between them has also brought some bright sunny days as well.So what do you prefer? The mountains, or the sea? Would you rather carve down the side of a slope covered with a few inches of freshly fallen snow? Or would you prefer to paddle into a wave, drop to the bottom and turn into a perfectly forming section?Do you like the smell of pines and the crisp, frosty feeling on your face as you make your way through the day? Or the sun kissing your skin as the aroma of salt air permeates your senses? Getting into a wet suit or pulling on ski boots? Hopping a chairlift or paddling into a lineup? The good news is you don’t have to make a choice. The key is to enjoy the moment. Skiing, boarding, sailing, surfing, they are all good. All are outdoor activities, and that is why we are here. (Or there, as the case may be.)So, as the winter progresses, enjoy your turns and look forward to the feeling of sand in your toes. Variety is the spice of life.


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