You’ve missed your annual Spring Break ski trip to Snowmass, and we know how you’re feeling. You’re craving the crisp mountain air in your face, the soft, light snow under your skis and that warm Colorado sunshine while you enjoy a beer at Ranger Station or on Venga Venga’s deck. Staying indoors right now is not all bad, though. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the good times and be present with your family and fellow isolation mates. Here are some ideas, compiled by your fellow skiers and riders at The Timberline, to stay inspired.
1. Organize your Aspen Snowmass ski vacation photos
Whether you’re looking for a printed album or book or a digital option, there are some great providers out there. A great way to commemorate your collection of Aspen Snowmass memories is with a coffee table photo book. We like Shutterfly.com, and right now they’re offering 50% off all of their photo printing services, including photo books. You can also opt to simply print out all the digital photos you took on your phone and make your own DIY album with materials from your favorite arts & crafts providers. This could be a great project to do with the kids, and make for a lovely Mother’s Day (May 10) gift. Hobby Lobby and Amazon.com have some great scrapbooking kits that could make your DIY project pop.
Alternatively, if you’re more techy, a digital frame like Aura Frames is a great way to organize your ski vacation photos. For $199, which includes the frame and network access, you can send 100 000+ photos from your phone to any digital picture frame in your Aura network with unlimited cloud storage at zero additional cost.
2. Watch Your Favorite Ski Movies
Get excited for the 2020-21 Aspen Snowmass Ski Season by watching classic ski and snowboard movies. Here are some of our favorites:
- Dumb and Dumber (Aspen Classic)
- Aspen Extreme
- Hot Dog
- Eddy the Eagle
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- Ski Patrol
- Ski School
- Out Cold
- Warren Miller Films
3. Connect with your friends virtually + use Snowmass-themed backgrounds
We can’t meet in person, but nowadays with developing technology, we can virtually meet. Zoom meetings and the House Party app are good ways to do this! Right click on each image and then click “Save Image As.”
How to save these photos as a Zoom background:
- Click on a photo (which will launch the high-resolution version in a new tab)
- Right-click and select Save Image As.
How to add to Zoom (via Zoom Help Center):
- Go to Zoom Preferences
- Virtual Background
- Next to ‘Choose a virtual background’ click on the +
- Upload one of the below images.
Note: To use a Zoom virtual background without a green screen, your Mac OS version needs to be 10.13 or higher and your processor must be an Intel Core i7 with a quad-core or better.
4. Stretch Those Ski Muscles and Relax Your Mind with Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and meditation will help you to decrease anxiety and stress levels during these uncertain times, retain strength and fitness for mountain adventures, and prep you for Snowmass’ upcoming summer yoga event: Drishti Fest Yoga & Music. If you’re new to meditation, try the Headspace smartphone app. You can earn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with their free Basics course. For online yoga classes and recordings, check out Gaia, available on Amazon Prime, or check out the YouTube Channel of your local studio. Many are offering free recordings and access to live streams.
5. Explore a New Hobby
Perhaps you’ve been harboring a desire to learn a new hobby. You may find yourself with extra time right now to take advantage. With hundreds of DIY videos and online delivery services, you can tackle a crocheted winter sweater, scarf or hat or a needle point pillow of your favorite Aspen Snowmass mountainscape.
6. Play Ski-Themed Games
If you have other people in the house, play games with them. If, there are many websites to play games online with others!
7. Read a Book
Now is the time to dust off those books on the shelves and read them. There is some inspiration for books on mountains: “Double Take a Memoir”- Kevin Michael Connolly or “To the Summit” – Margo Chisholm and Ray Bruce.
8. Learn to Cook Your Favorite Alpine Fare
Develop your cooking skills, spend time with your roommates or family and enjoy delicious homemade food. You can get inspired by our restaurant, The Edge where we have dishes of Alpine Cuisine and influenced by German taste.
- German recipes – https://www.brit.co/traditional-german-foods/
- Alpine recipes – https://throneandvine.com/alpine-recipes-cookbook/