Aren Elliott in Keystone, Colo.

Aren Elliott in Keystone, Colo.


Today is one of those days when you say to yourself, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The “here” is Keystone, Colo., with my entire family. After a day of blizzard-like conditions but excellent skiing the weather cleared up today.

We headed over to the Nordic Center, to make some snowshoe tracks in the mountains. Our guide, Pat Taylor, knew everything about the area, and the kids absorbed all of it as if they were in class.

Which they were. More of a field trip, actually.

We’re absolutely smitten with Colorado at this time of year, and especially on a bluebird day like today. Even though it was cool, it felt warm outside because the air is bone-dry.

What I love the most about Keystone is the quiet. Once you get up into the mountains, you’re overcome by silence. No loud ski lifts. No cars. Just the sound of an occasional dog barking in the valley below.

It’s nice to be far away from everything, in such a magnificent place.

We’re leaving tomorrow, which is too bad. I could use a few more ski days here. Ah, maybe next time?