Sunday, November 21, 2010

Surprise feature in Columbia's Omni-Heat Jacket

My new Omni-Heat jacket by Columbia is incredibly warm and stylish. The warmth comes from the revolutionary  thermal technology of the tiny silver dots in the inside of the lining that generates and retains heat created by your body. You can read about that on Columbia's website. But what they don't tell you is how that same lining can be used as a chic jacket by itself.

When I was heading out the door for the opening party of One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, I realized I had packed only my Columbia jacket and not a coat for the dressy outfit I was wearing. So I unzipped the liner from the outer shell, and to my surprise, I now had a stylish satiny (it's actually taffeta) black jacket that was perfect for the evening soiree! And, one that kept me warm in the frigid night air at 10,100 feet.

The next day I was on the mountain early when temps were in the teens. I was toasty warm with the complete system at work.

For ski traveling, this jacket gives me the best of both worlds. I won't leave home without it!

Read my tips on buying ski jackets here

Lindsey Vonn Trapped in Snowstorm

I was excited to meet Lindsey at a Vail Resorts party prior to the opening of Warren Miller's newest show Wintervention Nov. 16 at Denver's Paramount Theatre. Soon after I arrived, she called the VR people from her cell phone saying she was stuck on I-70 that had closed due to a nasty storm. The Colorado mountains have been pummeled with storm after storm since late October, so this was no big surprise. She later talked to the audience from her phone, graciously apologizing for her non-appearance.

The Vail celebrity just released two milk mustache ads and a promotional campaign to "Live Like Lindsey Vonn in Vail." If you write about the value of drinking milk, you could win a trip to Vail to live like the ski champ. Part of living in Vail means getting trapped in snowstorms on I-70!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Lift Starts Up at Arapahoe Basin

Photo by Alan Henceroth
The new Norway Lift at A-Basin begins running Nov. 5 from mid-mountain to the summit. This photo was taken Nov. 3, 2010. Two chairlifts, seven trails and four terrain park features are open. Ski season is here!