Thursday, February 2, 2017

Snow Snow Snow

Snow Snow Snow....lately it has been snowing in Colorado like crazy sooo my hubby and I booked a trip to Vail, CO. My husband has been skiing Vail on and off since he was 3 years old.

Many people ask do you prefer to fly into Eagle or Denver? We personally have done both. Flying into Eagle can be tricky sometimes depending on how much snow there has been in Colorado. If you fly into Denver it is a 2 hour drive to Vail and you have to go through the pass which is sometimes closed. However, in 7 ski seasons we never once have not been able to get through the pass. :-)

This season we decided to fly into Denver and take the 2 hour drive....we always use a car company called Black Diamond for our travels. Graham is our driver and we have been using him the last 3-4 years.



 
Once we arrived in Vail we went to have lunch and rent our boots and skis for the following 3 days. We always opt to do SKI school so we have a guide down the mountain and can improve our skiing!!!

We grabbed lunch at a local favorite Red Lion and split a chicken sandwich with fries....When I am in the mountains I eat a lot because you burn a lot of calories skiing.

We wandered around and decided to grab some before dinner drinks at BOL (a bowling alley). I had a star gazer and my hubby had his favorite a Crown and Diet Coke. He asked for more Diet Coke and they brought it in a crafe...I have never seen that before.



For dinner the first evening we went to Montauk which primarily serves seafood. I had the salmon and my husband had some type of creole jambalaya seafood. We always have our favorite dessert at Montauk which is called "sandpie".

 
Before turning in for the evening we rode the gondola up the mountain and went to some of our favorite little places like the covered bridge before bed and our first day up on the mountain skiing.



 
This year in ski lessons, we opted for MAX 3 lessons. They cost a little more but you will have no more than 3 people in your lesson for the day. It ended up just being my husband, I and the instructor for all 3 days of our lessons.

Day 1 is always getting back in the grove of skiing and working on technique. My husbands' boots were not fitting him well so we ended up adding trail maps to the back of his boots so his foot was more upright in his boot. He wasn't having really good skiing so at the end of Day 1 he bit the bullet and decided to buy his own ski boots. Over the years, 4 different instructors have suggested him purchasing his own boots to get better.

It was a very interesting process getting fitted for boots and they created his own custom footbed for the inside of his boots!!



Here he is walking on Day 2 with his boots in hand!! :-)

 
Day 2 and 3 we spend on the mountain skiing and ate dinner both times at his late grandmother's favorite restaurant in town. They have the best prime rib, French onion soup and Cesar salad. We don't care for dessert at this particular restaurant.





 
It was a wonderful trip and I look forward to being on the mountain again next year!!!




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