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Beathard: The best days in life are those paid in advance

Like a lot — or not very many at all, here — of people, I had a three-day weekend thanks to the way New Year’s Day fell this year, and boy did I take advantage.

With copious amounts of Champagne and wine the first 24 hours, which I paid dearly for the second, meaning that by day three, lo and behold I actually had a free day I could really do something with.

I texted a friend I knew would also be up early and we drove to Snowmass, ready to take advantage of a sunny, comparatively warm morning for a full day on the slopes. We met up with a group of her friends, some of whom I had met before and all of whom turned out to have what I consider the qualities of great ski buddies: all a similar ability level and all patient and kind enough for the moments when those abilities might diverge.



Being sort of the “new girl,” I took the back seat and let others decide where we should go. That turned out to be a great decision, as we went down different routes than I would normally take on a non-powder day but surprised me with how nice they skied. We explored, and I took my first run ever down KT Gully and my first in a while on Long Shot.

“When you can fill a day with nothing but pure fun and only pull out your wallet once, it makes you grateful to live in a place where life can be so good for only the price of — well, a ski pass and a grocery trip the day before.”

A quesadilla and a couple of beers at Zane’s put me directly into a coma, and I went home to watch the second half of the Broncos game from the comfort of my couch, which I pretty much did not leave all night.



It was that pure form of exhaustion that only comes at the end of a really great day, and so I indulged in the laziness, getting up only to warm up some leftovers from the fridge. When you can fill a day with nothing but pure fun and only pull out your wallet once, it makes you grateful to live in a place where life can be so good for only the price of — well, a ski pass and a grocery trip the day before.

But still, grateful.

Jill Beathard needs to ski more full days on Snowmass. Email her at jill@snowmasssun.com.


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