Every year around Christmas time, my family and I head out to brave the snow in Copper Mountain, Colorado. View my vlog below and please comment with some of your favorite vacation spots!
Luckily this time around there were no traveling issues, no turbulence, no late or lost bags, it was all very smooth. We arrived around 10:30 am Mountain Time, and I was very insistent we go straight to DiFranco's!
Best Day Time Italian
So our first stop? DiFranco's! It's this amazing little Italian food shop in downtown Denver. Their chicken Parmesan subs are to die for! It's a little on the pricey side, but completely worth it. They also have fresh cannolis...ugh...*kisses fingers like Italian*
Unfortunately, parking is a royal pain in the ass downtown, and we ended up with a parking ticket...oops. We then headed for our favorite organic grocery store, Trader Joe's. We stocked up on groceries and trudged up the mountain.
Best Time to Snowboard
December 11 - 17 | Copper Mountain was dead. There was no one on the slopes! I was perfect. However, only 8 of the 24 slopes were open during the week so we don did some splorin'. The snow was packed and the slopes were steep, making it fairly painless to get our bearings, we were just whipping down the mountain.
Come mid-week, however, brought on the pain. We had just gotten at least 6 inches of fresh snow making it impossible for me not eat shit. Every 20 seconds I found myself buried in the snow trying to pull myself out. I had a few brutal falls, possibly giving me whiplash. It took me two hours to get through one run and I ended up walking down the last half of the mountain. It was miserable.
Where to Shop
Center Village | I woke up so sore I could barely move. So I decided to take it easy and skip out on the slopes and go photograph the town. Center Village has so many adorable boutique shops, pubs, and dining. You can get anything from mini doughnuts, to macaroni and cheese, to sushi and karaoke.
Foote's Sweet Shop | Fast forward to a night in downtown Frisco. We stopped into a darling little sweet shoppe called Foote's Sweet Shop. It's so old school, they had candy from the 50's, an original cash register, and the owners sleep in the back room.