The Rocky Mountain sunshine state has its perks |

The Rocky Mountain sunshine state has its perks

Bringing it HomeJoelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Normally when it’s time to pull the skis and winter gear out of the closet, it is traded out with the golf clubs. One season’s end represents another’s beginning.Not this week, though.I kept both out and went skiing on Monday and then played 18 holes on a beautiful 65-degree Saturday. In a matter of 144 hours I went from strapping on skis and testing out the man-made snow at Copper Mountain to wearing a short-sleeved shirt and getting a little sunburn on the links.When I told people I was going skiing on Monday, they cocked their heads to the side at looked at me as if I had just said I was going to a barbecue at Hannibal Lector’s house. But I didn’t care. Even if the snow wasn’t great, even if only one run was open, it didn’t matter. The first day on the slopes is always a good time. A chance to remember how fun it is to fly down the hill and spend some quality time with my sister and her boyfriend.And the snow wasn’t as bad as I thought. It’s all man-made, of course, but this isn’t the stupid snow they make in Hollywood. It’s good, not icy, and nicely groomed.Then there was golf with my dad on Saturday. After only a handful of rounds during the summer, it was nice to tee off one last time on a course as empty as the waiting list for season ticket holders for Colorado State football.That combined with enough good shots – I’m talking about six or seven – that were so much fun they made me forget how miserable all the bad ones are, it was a beautiful fall day. A few straight drives, a few one-putts and I managed to turn in a respectable under-100 score that is pretty good for me.Just when I thought my wonderful week of enjoying Colorado at its best couldn’t get any better, it did when Barry Bonds got indicted. Yeah, I know that has nothing to do with Colorado’s outdoors, but it was great news for humanity. A reassuring gesture that karma is still working and, instead of tainting baseball, Bonds will hopefully trade in a jersey for an orange jumpsuit.From making turns to hitting irons, it was just one of those weeks when things are great. Whether it’s global warming or a late winter, might as well make the best of it and take advantage of living in the Rocky Mountain sunshine state.Contact Joelle Milholm:

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