Katie had a conference at Copper Mountain in Colorado so our toddler and I tagged along. Copper Mountain is where I learned to ski when I was four years old so it was a fun “homecoming” of sorts for me.
We arrived in Denver Friday morning and spent the day in Boulder, where I had meetings with some startups that I advise – it was great to see them in person rather than over Skype for once!
Friday evening we drove up to Copper Mountain, where we had a spacious condo all to ourselves. I didn’t sleep well Friday night due to the sudden change in altitude (~3,000 m / ~10,000 ft) but I was greeted the next day by gorgeous views regardless.
While Katie participated in her conference Saturday, our toddler and I explored the village and hiked around a bit. Copper Mountain is clearly primarily a Winter ski destination – many shops and restaurants were closed for the offseason – but I thought it was just wonderful during the Summer. The cool temperatures were a refreshing change from the heat and humidity of North Carolina and they did a great job of creating activities more appropriate for the season. Saturday all day was a three-peak cycling race called the Triple Bypass and Saturday evening there was live music in the village center.
Sunday, after an early morning hike, we made our way back to Denver, stopping at Red Rocks for lunch with the same family that taught me to ski 36 years ago. It was lovely to see them again and fun to introduce them to the next generation! The stunning red rocks reminded me that Colorado isn’t just alpine but actually features a great deal of landscape and architecture more reminiscent of the American Southwest.
Monday morning we hopped on our flight back to North Carolina. This was a very quick trip but it reminded me how much I enjoy Colorado. It seems to be about the closest thing I can find to Switzerland here in the US – but with more direct flights. We may try to visit more often – and especially during the Summer, when we are seeking refuge from the heat and humidity!