Athens, OH 18 January 2020 –
Over our winter break, I went on a ski trip to Colorado with my best friend Hannah! I met Hannah in our first-year engineering classes, and we became close, bonding over our shared love for live music, social and political issues, and traveling. Last spring break, we went to Mexico together, and discovered we have similar traveling styles—we are both laid-back, love eating local food, and staying active, like riding bikes and scuba diving.
I knew that when Hannah invited me on this ski trip, that it would be another enjoyable experience. We were going to meet up with Hannah’s best friend from high school, Liz, who goes to college in Colorado.
We flew to Denver on a Thursday night and spent Friday exploring the city, eating at several different places and walking around to get a feel for the neighborhoods and street art. Friday night, Liz, Liz’s boyfriend Nick, and Liz’s boyfriend’s brother Luke, came to pick us up. After eating Vietnamese pho for dinner, we headed out to Breckenridge in their car.
While we were driving, we encountered a huge blizzard which shut down the roads! We got stuck in a snowbank while driving to our Airbnb; luckily, two very capable tow truck men came to rescue us, and we were fortunate to snag one of the last hotel rooms in town at 1 am. It wasn’t what we had planned for, but it was definitely memorable and a bonding experience for us all.
On Saturday, we went skiing at Breckenridge! I had only been skiing once before, in Ohio, and it was Hannah’s first time skiing ever. Liz and Nick proved to be fantastic hosts and guides, and they helped us grasp the fundamentals of the sport. They were super encouraging and helpful! Hannah and I both improved so much from the beginning of the day to the end of the day.
Skiing in Colorado was incredible—the mountains were enormous, the snow was so fresh, and the views were stunning and breathtaking. We finished our day skiing at a restaurant, where we attempted to replenish all the calories we had expended that day.
On Sunday, we took a bus back to the airport and headed back to Ohio. It was a short trip, but it was absolutely worth it. I look forward to returning to Colorado to ski again in the future, and I look forward to more fun trips with my best friend Hannah!