Ski Therapy in Beaver Creek

Aspens in Beaver Creek

My family went skiing at Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Colorado last weekend. I wondered if my knee would be stable and strong enough in the heavy wet snow. I knew it would be therapeutic to exercise in the fresh air.

I had a partial knee replacement over a year ago. Although my doctor thought I would be back to my wild life in a few weeks, it started squeaking and then became really noisy last summer. Now it grinds and squeaks! Weird right? What’s really weird is it’s totally painless, but can swell. My orthopedic surgeon thinks the scar tissue could wear off as I use it. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Anxious to get back into shape after a broken wrist, I overdid it a few weeks ago. Stationary biking, walk/running, working out with weights and playing tennis was too much in one week. My angry knee swelled up like a gargantuan grapefruit. It took a few weeks to calm it down.

I knew skiing would be risky and I didn’t want to endure yet another setback. But sometimes you just have to go for it to find out if you’re ready.

My son, Kelly, me, Leksy Wolk, and my daughter, Courtney.  Do I look confident?

Kelly, Susie, Leksy Wolk, and Courtney Lindau at the entrance to the terrain park

I survived the first run without a problem.

Skiing under the chairlift at Beaver Creek

The April, ice cream-like snow was smooth and easy to carve. Although I felt my muscles work hard, my knee felt great.

I’m the one behind the camera.

Skiing the slopes at Beaver Creek As the day wore on, my confidence grew. I even skied a rail in the terrain park. Ha! Sorry. I have no proof. You’ll have to take my word for it.

My husband, Danny, and daughter, Courtney, clowned around in the snow. 

Clowning around trick skiing

The day after, my muscles were sore, but it was a good kind of sore. Although my knee was a little swollen, it resembled a knee and nothing from the produce department.

We drove down from the mountains and I took our Bichon, Roxy, for a walk. No running. No weightlifting. No biking. Just a walk.

This time, I’ll get back in shape by adding a small amount to each workout. Maybe my knee will quiet down and someone will record me in the terrain park.

That would be WILD!

Do you have a tendency to overdo it or do you ease into activity after a setback? Have you ever been to Beaver Creek? 

This is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape.

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  1. I’ve never been to Beaver Creek but it looks awesome. Nothing beats the soreness after a good ski run, no pain no gain! Gorgeous photos Susie.


    1. Thanks, Miriam!
      I love the burn of tired, sore muscles too. Skiing was definitely easier on my knee than what I did a few weeks ago. 🙂
      Beaver Creek is one of favorite places to ski; great terrain and the views are amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Not been to Beaver Creek, although it looks heavenly. I’m in the UK. I am one of those who always overdoes it. On everything. If I go walking for 5 miles, I’ll do 8. After ops, I’m straight back out there. I’ve found that being fit aids quick recovery, but it is easy to suffer a setback now I’m older I’ve noticed – everything takes longer to heal. Go steady I’d say.


    1. It is like heaven! The pictures really don’t do it justice.
      That’s my personality type. I suspect an anti-cancer drug I’m on, (been cancer-free for 2 1/2 years. Yay!), has been messing with my joints. I feel great today, so I’ll take a short walk and pound my abs. Ha!
      Thanks for stopping by, Suzy!


  3. I never overdo any kind of exercise! Wouldn’t want to get too hurt, too fast… or at least that’s my story, says the born sloth. However, I’m glad that you’re able to get back out there, and do a few things that make you happy and don’t bring you pain. Your photos are gorgeous, as usual.


    1. Thanks so much, Ally! Being slothlike can have it’s benefits.
      Once my body warms up, it doesn’t hurt at all. One summer I played singles tennis with broken bones in my feet. I finally went to the doctor in October. Sheesh!
      I am easing into exercise mode this time. Looking back, I think it was the leg presses that did me in. I’m going to avoid that machine. I’m feeling great today! Woohoo! Thanks so much for cheering me on. (((hugs)))

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  4. Great news Susie! I tend to over do it and then pay for it, then give up, then start over later. It’s not a good cycle, I need to be more consistent and easier on my body. Start a new cycle. Spring is here and summer is near. Enjoy your week.

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    1. My daughter Courtney is taking a class for certification as a personal trainer. She gave me all kinds of advice over the weekend. I had no idea what “easing into exercise” meant! I’ve always gone balls to the wall with fitness. I’ll continue to walk everyday, but will work up to 5 – 7 miles of walk/running over the next month or two…
      Thanks Clay! How was your vacation?


    1. Thanks so much, Christina! I really appreciate that! (((hugs)))
      It really was gorgeous and super warm!
      I’m testing it out. At first, I didn’t know what made it balloon up. I’ve ruled out skiing and walking since I feel great today. My guess? Leg presses.

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  5. Have been to Beaver Creek, but not to ski. I’ve been very athletic my whole life (mostly ball sports) but when you put something between my feet and the ground (skis, surfboard, skates, skateboard, etc.) I turn into a superhero of sorts……KLUTZMAN!


    1. Hahahahaha! You crack me up, Klutzman! I’ve never gotten the hang of skateboarding, but skiing to me is like riding a bike. I tried snowboarding and didn’t go back to it soon enough. It felt weird and out of control to have my feet on ONE board. I would lean back and panic and that makes the board go FASTER. Ha!
      I would love to play softball again!

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    1. It is so easy to push too hard! Once the endorphins kick in, we don’t feel any pain. I’m tossing the old saying “No pain, no gain” to the curb. Ha! That is so not true.


  6. I have not been to Beaver Creek but it looks so beautiful. So happy for you that your knee held out to enjoy such a gorgeous day! Like you, I tend to overdo things, trying to pace myself can be problematic!


    1. It really is beautiful and quieter than other resorts packed with spring skiers. 🙂
      Pacing myself isn’t who I am, but I’m learning the hard way, as usual! Ha!
      Thanks so much, Lynn. I was so glad to be out there too. I’m not one to sit on the sidelines… (((hug)))

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  7. Yes, ma’am, I have indeed been to Beaver Creek. The sole time I was in Colorado was for the 1999 Skiing World Cup and I believe the women were at Beaver Creek and the men were at Birds of Prey. (That was FOREVER ago!)

    I overdid it with the weights on the leg press last summer and really hurt my right ankle. For a long time, I couldn’t walk a great deal without it hurting, and then it squeaked when I walked! (Not audible squeaking, but it felt squeaky.) I read online that the squeaking has to do with the tendon being inflamed and rubbing against the sheath or something like that. It feels fine now, but I don’t think I’ll be doing the leg press the next time I join a gym!


    1. I’m pretty sure that’s what killed me! I won’t be doing leg presses any time soon. My grind/squeak is under and to the side of the knee cap and is catching cartilage or scar tissue. I hope it snaps off one of these fine days.
      thanks for sharing, Daya!

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  8. Susie, your images of your dear family and you are something awesome. Mostly because I understand your smiles of joy and content being out in those mountains; I love those Colorado aspens, encore susie, encore…

    My mountaineering days were spent in the Northern Idaho mountain ranges, Solo, Snow shoeing the virgin snows. The soreness of muscle burn created the endorphin rush, runners high on the slopes. Also the allure of well tones shapely muscles’ and the lung full’s of fresh mountain air under blissful vivid blue skies. Its why I spent my summers trekking high mountain ridges in Idaho.

    Even kayaking upper lakes, and shore camping virgin shores, is as much a high of life as sitting down by fireside in December, cuddling with a good book and a piece of fine dark chocolate and hot tea. We only have one go at it.

    And as the late great Helen Keller wrote: ~ “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller.

    Helen also wrote ~ “One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller.

    And so live we shall because live we must. And we must do it well, or never had we really lived, but only existed. Brock


    1. Wow! Your words and quotes gave me shivers, Brock! You must have many tales to tell and many more ahead. Sounds like a book in the making!
      Helen Keller was a wise woman.
      I am fighting the endorphin rush and eagerness to tone muscles while hoping this gradual approach gives me a better chance. It’s a perfect time to shape up! Maybe I’ll take on the mountaineering challenge too!

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  9. Beautiful! I overdo it with a lot of things, but not with physical things because I’m too much of a wuss with pain. Although I don’t mind some muscle soreness the day after doing something physical, that’s a good positive feeling isn’t it. But anything that I feel might cause joint pain I definitely won’t overdo.


    1. Thats a great way to approach exercise. I felt pretty good all fall and then wham! That broken wrist took me out of doing a lot of high impact and then I hurt it somehow. I think it’s going to be vulnerable until the muscle surrounding it builds up. Little by little!
      Thanks so much Vanessa! It is a beautiful place with views all around.

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  10. “Although my knee was a little swollen, it resembled a knee and nothing from the produce department.”—Ha! Great line.

    I was wondering how your knee was doing since your replacement. Glad to hear things seem to be smoothing out with it. You’re far too active to be sidelined!


  11. Actually you look a little uncertain, Susie. You’re very brave and adventurous, if a little daredevil. Glad there were no serious consequences. Looks so beautiful there that even I might be tempted onto skis for the first time in my life. 🙂


    1. It was a perfect day for anyone going out for the first time! The snow was plentiful and it hit the 50’s!
      I was nervous. Now I’m working on strengthening it slow, but sure….

      Thanks so much, Paradise!

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  12. Thank you for sharing your story. Your experience with pain makes me shiver. I am a coward to pain. It sounds like your rush of endorphins muffles your pain. At my age (73) I still think I can do what I did a few years ago.
    The mind deceives the body. I am an avid runner my time has slowed extremly, The same with kayaking, my shoulders ache afterward. I haven’t done anything different than I did last year. My problem is maturing. If the day comes that I am wheel chair bound, I will still compete and push myself. LOL


    1. Your attitude will take you very far in life! Don’t think about wheelchairs. You may never have to use one.
      I have a tendency to overdo it and there’s always payback!
      Thanks for stopping by, Kayaker!

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  13. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy some spring skiing. Beautiful country. We used to go to Beaver Creek each fall for the Colorado Home Builders Association annual conference and stay at the Hyatt.


  14. There is just something about, falling through crevasses and flying into trees, and being mowed over by spastic beginners flailing jump shish kay -bob skewers and living in traction that does not appeal to me. And I am saying that as a solo extreme sportsman that’s survived death eight times. Me and my two daughters have the extreme gene. And after using my baby boy of 2.7 years old as my personal portable bow –flex and nautilus he too is not addicted to the adrenaline rush of extreme sporting of his daddy gymnasium.


    1. You sound more than WILD! Ha! And a whole family of extreme sports people must be fun to talk about at the dinner table.
      When the slopes are at their peak, it is a little more challenging to keep out of the way of people. Usually if we stay high and away from the blues and green runs, we can avoid the beginners. Not always!


  15. It seems to be my nature to over do it. Often pushing myself one day just to be laid up for several because of it. Lately I have been trying to be smarter and work myself into a good strong routine. I’m glad your knee seems to be co-operating a little more.


    1. You know I can relate! It’s good to stop when you’re ahead sometimes and that can be hard when your body is warmed up and feeling good and strong.
      My knee was great and then tonight it swelled up again! I don’t know what’s going on. I wonder if something is floating around in there, like a metal staple or a cotton ball. Ha!

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  16. When they install escalators at Beaver Creek, Susie, I’ll add visiting it to my ‘to do’ list. I’m glad that your knee survived what was a fun weekend for you with your family. I like to think that you’ve finally read the memo that if you continue to do things “balls to the wall” you’re on a one way street to Painville. You didn’t kill yourself skiing this weekend, you had normal pain for someone pushing 400 in dog years, and you feel good as a result. Stay with that program!


    1. Hahaha! Pushing 400? How did you know it’s my birthday next week. 🙂 Still laughing.
      I know, I’ve toned it down a lot. This knee has been a problem from the beginning. When I wrote this, it was feeling really good after skiing and then walking two miles. Tonight, after doing just about nothing, it swelled up! I can’t win. Might as well go balls to the wall! I may get a better result than sitting around writing.
      BTW – They do have escalators at Beaver Creek! All the way up from the bus stop to the mountain. NO LIE!
      It’s a fancy-like ski resort. 🙂
      Thanks V!


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