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Winter in the Colorado Rockies while living in my RV

November 24, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More

Sometimes I feel like I have to pinch myself to confirm its all really real. 

That “sensation” has occurred a few times in the past week! 

With a TON of early season snow and some “professional development” work at a world-class ski area, the stage was really set for one (or more) “peak” experiences.

Allow me to share with this brief video and then some phenomenal pictures below…

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Life in an RV during Winter in the Rocky Mountains

It was Tuesday evening November 18 where I found myself doing something I rarely do. I was packing to leave my “home on the road” for a few days and drive to Summit County, about 2 hours south here in Colorado. I had to find my travel bag and remember the “stuff” I needed when leaving home. My goal? Three days on snow – skiing VERY early in the season, and for two of them facing “PSIA Examiners” (ski instructor examiners) who would either pass or fail me in an important certification I have been working towards.

Wednesday morning arrived, I left around dawn and drove on (mostly) dry roads out of Steamboat and towards I-70. Along the way, I passed high mountain peaks, narrow valleys, small hamlets like Oak Creek where recent snows had not been cleared off the roads (good idea to slow down!) and then… I-70 and Beaver Creek, Vail, and Copper – three world-class ski resorts all in succession!

By staying in the mountains all winter in my RV, my access to all these amazing places is much better than if I were to position near a city.

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Copper Mountain at 12,200 ft. Elevation

It was great to see the snowmaking going at each, and especially at Copper, where I stopped for a morning of skiing (my legs would stand no more than the morning!) Conditions were OUTSTANDING – packed powder surface, and no ice or even “hard pack”! This is truly impressive for mid-November!

Winter in the Rocky Mountains

The “Iconic” view of A-Basin from the base at 10,700 feet.

 

Thursday and Friday took me to Arapahoe Basin. The skiing continued to be exceptional, especially considering the time of year. Since I was there with the goal of earning a teaching certification (and YES, I passed), there was a bit extra pressure, but it could never take away from the amazing place I was immersed in!

The view from the A-Basin lot looking back towards Keystone and the remainder of Summit County

The view from the A-Basin lot looking back towards Keystone and the remainder of Summit County

I would be remiss if I did not give a BIG thumbs up to the Bivvi Bivouac Hostel (look ’em up through booking.com) in Breckenridge where I stayed for 2 nights enjoying solid AFFORDABLE accommodations, great breakfasts, great conversations and company, an an inspiring view – see below!

Breckenridge at dawn

Photo taken from the Bivvi Hostel, outside by the hot tub looking towards Breckenridge Peaks 8 and 9 at dawn – read on below to see what I do with this photo!

Breckenridge at sunrise

A view from the Bivvi at sunrise looking the opposite direction of the photo above

 I have some local photos to share (below) – before I get there, I want to share this with you as it is a GREAT way to create custom cards (REAL cards that arrive via postal mail) and send gifts with those cards as well – and it’s a solid “home based business” venture as well.

Creating the “perfect greeting card” from your BEST photos

Click the image below to see a custom (REAL) greeting card I just created. 

Attention amateur and professional photographers… as the page loads, consider how Sendcere (the page you will be on after clicking the image) can help you to display, gain exposure for, and even profit from your own photos. Contact me to discuss how you might utilize this service to your best advantage. 

Even if you’re not a photographer, but are thinking about Christmas Cards – consider how Send Out Cards can help you to act upon your promptings and share the season with friends and family.

Note: I have set the system so that if you want to try out this service, you can send your first card… my treat. Additionally, I created a video – posted at the bottom of this post – that goes into a bit more detail of what Send Out Cards is, how it works – and if you’re interested, how you can profit with it.

sendcere and send out cards

Click here and use Sendcere to send this card – or one like it – even with YOUR own photos and message.

Winter is Settling in here in Steamboat…

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Yep, snow is piling up at the campground… look at my bicycle! (This morning – another 6 inches has piled on!)

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Advance Preparation is the KEY to surviving and ENJOYING winter in the Rockies in an RV

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The River that runs through the campground is not yet frozen, but ice and snow are beginning to advance!

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Heavy Snow just a few days before Thanksgiving

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A break in the storm – one to two FEET of NEW snow already on the mountain – and another one to two feet coming tonight and tomorrow! (Opening day is Wednesday)

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Alan Sills is a full-time RV'er and has been since 2011. A science educator at heart, Alan has realized that its important to maintain an income stream while "on the road". He writes about RV life, RV issues, and living an entrepreneurial lifestyle.

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  1. Nice and also spectacular update. Thanks Al & enjoy the season.

  2. james says:

    hello i enjoy your page and the things you talk about on it, would you please tell me how i can make money with the sending out cards idea.
    thank you
    james

    • rvacrossamerica says:

      James,

      Thanks for reaching out. Please visit this page: http://alansills.com/home/tracking-my-travels-with-send-out-cards/ on which I do get into a bit how you earn in Send Out Cards. I also encourage you to test drive it. Feel free to contact me and I can walk you through sending a card and seeing how it all works. I’m also happy to discuss if you wish to contact me in person to elaborate further on just how money is earned in Send Out Cards.

  3. Kelli says:

    Do you have good resources that helped to prepare you and your rv for the winter. We want to use our trailer 1-2 times per week through the winter. We are thinking of having hookups but winterizing in between trips up there.

    Any thoughts are helpful, thank you
    Kelli

    • rvacrossamerica says:

      Kelli, have you reviewed the entire section of videos I prepared on my website for winter living? Those will help you. That said, I’m seeing severe challenges with your plan. If you plan to keep water running in your trailer all winter, you’ll need to follow the protocol I have used and detail in my videos. As to “winterizing” – if you mean that in the sense you’re going to drain all the water and replace with non-toxic anti-freeze weekly – thats a plan that will fail quickly as it is a lot of work and the liklihood of failure in the plumbing and water heater is high. If you’re going to be there weekly for a day or two, I’d keep the heat running as if you were there full time and do as I illustrate in my videos in preparation to live for the winter in the trailer.

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