Aspen for the Holidays

I love skiing – I am a telemark skier and I just can’t wait for the snow to fly every year. I’ve also been known to ski in July, but that’s a whole other story.

I am also a lucky guy. My wife grew up in Aspen, Colorado and her family still lives there so we have a free place to stay. We make frequent trips there in the winter, just hoping to be there on an epic powder day – which we have had quite a few of over the years!

And that is where we’ll be spending the holidays. The mountains of Colorado have had a great start to the ski season with lots of the fluffy white stuff. We plan to hit the slopes a couple of times.

When most people think of Aspen, they think about the epic downhill skiing but there is a whole other world of skiing in Aspen as well. Aspen has the largest free nordic ski system in North America with over 50 miles of groomed track and additional ungroomed trails. Check out our video about cross-country skiing in Aspen.


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company ( After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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