Skiing Road Trips a Right of Passage

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 12, 2009 9:20 pm

Road-trips offer a unique brand of adventure with untold and unplanned discoveries along the way. A ski road- trip raises the bar on the journey as the destination theme and helps you discover the majesty of the mountains and connect with the real reason you love to ski in the first place.

While in college at Indiana University, three friends and myself jumped in a car and drove 25 hours to Crested Butte, Colorado on a last minute decision for some spring skiing. As we pointed the car west, anticipation was building from the first minute. We rotated drivers every gas tank ( usually around 5 hours) and drove through the night. We dodged speed traps and followed truckers, saw pick-up’s with gun racks, tumble weeds blew by that were bigger than our car. A much needed diner was open at 4 am for the best breakfast ever, and we caught the sunrise as we summited monarch pass at 11,000 feet.

That’s what you get when you choose the slow mode of transportation, a deeper connection with your destination and a greater appreciation for the turns you earned. The ride back was a different story…