...To the mountains that is!!!! After last week's jaunt to Keystone, I fiend all week long to get back to view, the smell, and the height of those purple majesties. Our ski pass for the season offers us admittance to 5 area mountains: Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Heavenly. This week we chose Vail.
AMAZING! (I'm sure you could tell, as amazing needed it's own line!)
Again, the drive was scenic and this time sun poured down on just about every angle of the mountainside. Our friends, Matt and Stacey, drove due to a ski rack and cross bars debacle we had on our Saturn the night before. (It always seems to take 3 hours longer than what the average installation says on the box. ) It was going to be a beautiful day and in the 50's too!
I decided that skiing in the mountains wouldn't be enough to satisfy my need for speed. So, on Friday, I stopped by one of our local ski/snowboard shops and rented myself a snowboard! Yes, preppy, nerdy, me! Where this absolute need for adventure has arisen from, I have no idea. I have never boarded before in my life and had no idea what I was doing. Thus, enters the $110 all-day group lesson. While I had to swallow a big gulp on that fee, I wanted to play it safe up on the slopes and learn the proper way to handle a board fully aware of my ultimate klutz capabilities. A quite unusual thing happened however. Our "group" had a rather odd number to it on Saturday: 2! For the price of a group lesson, I basically received an all-day PRIVATE lesson at VAIL! It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. My instructor was amazing and made the learning process so much fun! Needless to say, I just might be a convert! I loved it!
While I was off taking my lesson, Chris, Matt and Stacey headed off to explore the rest of the mountain. All was well for the first part of the day - Chris even put his talents to a Black Diamond (most difficult) run and did remarkably well! After lunch, things didn't work out so well for Stacey though. During a spill on the mountain, she broke her knee! We all loaded up a bit early and headed back to Denver to get her to the doctor. Fortunately, there are lots of things that can be done to help her heal and get back on her feet.
That's about it for the weekend! Aside from Jack deciding that he is now a dog (see pic below), not much else is new. Have a great week!
Curious or Confused? You decide.