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What is the Apres Ski Scene? Well…I suppose it depends upon who you ask. For some it is about sipping on an ice cold draft beer after a long day skiing on the mountain, and savoring every bit of your day. For others it is an excuse to catch up on the social front with folks you left in your wake as you ripped around the mountain. And for others, it is a chance to see and be seen.
Admit it…no one wants to come off the mountain and find themselves at their favorite hot spot looking like a hot mess. So, we’ve picked out our favorite Apres Ski items to help you freshen up, and look good while you unwind and sip on that cocktail.
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Based on these selections, and as a woman who lives in a ski town, my biggest advice is:
Don’t look at the après ski scene as a tedious thing. With a tad bit of forethought (best to do at night if you are not a morning person like me…), it’s easy to run to your car and switch into comfortable clothes, or to even layer properly under your ski jacket, in preparation for your après ski scene. And don’t be afraid to go against the grain – I’ve changed from ski pants into a pull over skirt that slips right over my leggings faster than my boyfriend can change into jeans. It’s not hard to look good, without looking high maintenance. You just have to want to. So, be fabulous – everyone WILL notice and who doesn’t want to OWN IT?!
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I was on a run the other day, and sadly not feeling great, but it was the thought of all the endurance events and the many people I knew that were participating at that exact moment, or getting ready to participate, that pushed me through. All in all, I was able to finish a grueling 15+ mile point to point run on the Continental Divide that even my crazy fit boyfriend applauded. Unfortunately, there was a huge part of me that felt like it wasn’t that big of an accomplishment. Many of you may be rolling your eyes right now, and trust me, I don’t blame you. But if you continue reading, you will understand why.
I was about 7 miles in when I saw a familiar face running in the opposite direction. It was the Leader of our local running group. I knew he was training for the Run Rabbit Run 100 next month. So without even asking him, I knew he was going to pass me, loop around the lake and be hot on my tail sooner than I would prefer. I was hoping my heads up about the pair of moose on the trail about a half mile back would slow him down…just a little bit… It didn’t. I was on the final descent and heard not only his heavy footsteps behind me, but his heavy breathing from eeking out a super tough 27 miles. Did I just get lapped?! Grrrrrrrr……!
All while this was going on, my best friend was participating in the 2014 Stinger Challenge. That day was the bike race portion. While he was doing the event as part of a duo, it was still a cramp inducing 25 miles in 80+ degree heat. And, his team member was a force to be reckoned with… the owner of our local boot camp style training facility, Manic Training. He called me after with updates. He was feeling ok, but was focusing on his hydration and nutrition because he was preparing to run the full trail marathon segment of the 2014 Stinger Challenge the following day. I was so proud of him, but all of a sudden my fitness seemed so slack by comparison.
Now I know that no one should compare themselves on a fitness level. Every one and every "body" is different. For me, it’s more of a synopsis about how mountain towns breed insanely fit people. Sometimes overly agro people as well. If I were to go home (lower elevation, etc) I could probably run laps around people. But in Steamboat I am literally an average runner – sometimes I even just slog through races. But the important thing is that I am out there and I’m staying active. An active body supports an active mind and we need to take advantage of our fitness while we still have it. So long live mountain towns for their picturesque beauty and the motivation and opportunity they provide all of us to stay fit and healthy!
That said, I'm off to plan my next big running adventure for Labor Day Weekend - stay tuned!
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