There is nothing better than a girls ski weekend, and lucky me I had a great one in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this past weekend. Steamboat Springs is home to 89 Olympians and known for it's "Champagne Powder". Colorado is so dry (meaning little to no humidity), most days our snow is dry and fluffy powder. This time of year, however, the sun will melt the snow a bit and refreeze overnight giving you super fast corduroy on the groomed runs.
The first thing I always make sure to pack is stuff for our hot springs visit. Steamboat Springs lies against the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is surrounded by national forest and wilderness area. Evidently, there are 150 natural mineral springs in the area! There are two popular soaking hot springs one in downtown with a water slide and then there is Strawberry Hot Springs just out of town. I've been to both and a nice soak in the hot springs is always so welcomed at the end of a great ski day. For this trip, I've packed my new Krimson Klover Leia Sweater, shorts, bikini and flip-flops. If going to the Strawberry Hot Springs, you'll also want to bring a headlamp (as there is no electricity after dark) and if it's been warm and melty maybe footwear that you're OK getting muddy...and don't forget your towel! (p.s. the Leia sweater is sold out on krimsonklover.com but you can find it at our Boulder Showroom and local retailers! A great back-up online is our Harbor Hoody)
Strawberry Hot Springs
The steam is so inviting in cold temperatures!
Old Town Hot Springs, perfect if you want to get in a workout too!
A few of my essentials I pack for any weekend away is this new Sherpani bag and MyChelle skin care.
The Sonora Sherpani bag is large enough to carry my iPad mini, Kindle, toiletries and an extra bottle of water. It's made from a coated cotton which looks like leather and has great pockets everywhere to stash all your important things. It's super sturdy and the coating on the cotton makes it stain resistant, perfect for whatever you throw at it. The tassels are a cute bonus. I love that Sherpani is a local Boulder company, and I usually fall for their new bags every season.
Another Boulder (well, Louisville) Colorado company, MyChelle Dermaceuticals, they make my most favorite skincare. Not only does their stuff keep my Colorado skin moisturized -- but their sun care line is perfect for all of the sunny days here. My favorites are the sun shield stick, this little stick is perfect for throwing into your ski jacket and keeping your face protected while skiing, shopping or enjoying some sunny après ski cocktails. The sun shield stick has a great consistency and is easy to blend and doesn't leave you with zinc-y white marks on your face. I always have one of these sticks on me -- in my cycling jersey, my purse, and my SUP dry bag! The sun shield stick now comes in a tinted version, I've not tried it yet, but I'm guessing I'm going to love it. Also on my must-have list is the liquid tint in nude, the sugar scrub and the lip hint in berry. Bonus: This little blue zip pack is TSA approved!
Après Anyone? Base Layer and Socks
Krimson Klover Lightweight Base Layers and the girls at Four Points Lodge
The view from Four Points Lodge
Of course, you have to bring your ski gear. I love the Krimson Klover lightweight base layers for spring skiing. They are so soft and the perfect weight to keep you warm on the ski lift and so adorable to show off at lunch. I love hanging out on the Adirondack chairs at Four Points lodge on our lunch break. With 3,000 skiable acres, there is something for everyone and the mountain is big enough that it never seems crowded. You can even see on Saturday, we basically had the mountain to ourselves. Bonus: These base layers are printed with original artwork that have a fun retro ski vibe.
Our friend Amy, skinned up the mountain (hiked up the mountain in her AT skis) and met us at the top of the gondola for a day of skiing. Let me tell you -- she's definitely a bad a$$. Steamboat Springs Ski resort lets you hike up anytime, some resorts have rules or restrictions around skinning, so make sure to check them out before you head up. Don't worry, I took the gondy up so I could get to skiing down faster. Après Cocktails! With the ski resort in the background.
After a full day of skiing and before we hit the hot springs, it's time for a little après cocktails and dinner. Our favorite places for happy hour in town are Laundry and Salt and Lime. Both have a great happy hour, great food and delicious cocktails!
We don't dress up often, but on a girls weekend, it's a must. In this photo, we've all got on our Krimson Klover favorites. From left to right: Jen is wearing our Rita dress made from a beautiful blend of cotton/silk and carrying the Sonora bag, I've got on a Fall 18 sample, it's a little too big for me and the wrong colors, but too cute to pass up --it's called the Pearl dress and I'm carrying the Vibe bag, Amy is wearing our Marta sweater made with 100% ultrafine merino wool (one of our best-sellers) and carrying the Tempest. Bonus: the Tempest turns into a backpack and can also be worn cross-body! Double Bonus: 5% of the sales from the Marta sweater are donated to First Descents.
My other outfit was the Krimson Klover Classical Beauty dress -- it's made from a plant-based viscose yarn that is super yummy and flattering.
Included in my outfit is Bronwen Jewelry -- their cascade earrings in long and cascade necklace. These are staples in my waredrobe, I love all of my Bronwen peices because they can be casual or dressy. Bronwen is based in Bend, Oregon and their jewelry is made to withstand sweat and activity. I wear my necklaces running, swimming and for happy hour. They add a feminine touch to all of my outfits...even when I'm feeling super tom-boy-ish.
Ski Lift Selfie
View of the Continental Divide
The Pearl Dress coming out this fall, fits Jen way better! Look how cute she is!
On our way out of town, we had breakfast at Winona's...only so we could order a cinnamon roll as big as our head!
My other favorite eateries in town are Mountain Tap, Rootz, Johnny B. Goods Diner and of course the business fries at Carl's Tavern.
This weekend was a fun get-away, so thankful I have some great friends that help me #liveboldly.
Photo cred goes to Amy's husband Matt, we let him join us from time to time mostly because he takes teasing well and a good photo.
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