Before leaving Colorado, we took one last ride down the Gold Runner Roller Coaster. A fitting way to say good-bye to one of our favorite ski resorts.
This is the view down Zoot Chute at the top of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colo. It’s a 15 minute hike from the top of the Imperial Express chairlift. In order to ski it, you have to basically launch yourself down the slope. No hesitation.
I haven’t skied with my boys, ages 8 and 10, in a while. They’re either in a lesson or I’m too busy filing a story. So this afternoon was a true gift. Iden and Aren followed me up the Centennial Express at Beaver Creek and we skied over to Bachelor Gulch.
Today is one of those days when you say to yourself, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Question: My house in Fort Collins, Colo., burned to the ground during this summer’s wildfires, and I’m having some trouble with my phone company that I could use your help with.
Answer: You have to take Winter Park Lodging Company — which describes itself as “the best place to find vacation rentals in Winter Park” — at its word. Which is something you’re unwilling to do, and for good reason. Its site appears to contradict what it’s telling you.
They let the Armchair Traveler out of the office this week. Here’s his report on the “highs” and “lows” of travel, as he visits New Mexico and Colorado. Here’s a high-resolution version.
Special thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Haugeto for watching the kids while we were away. Couldn’t have made this trip without you!
It’s not your typical winter that you see this kind of snow in Durango, Colo. Then again, this isn’t your typical winter. They have an abundance of the white stuff here in town. Not bad if you’re a skier — or if you’re in the snow removal business.
We stayed at the historic Strater Hotel, where Louis L’Amour wrote many of his novels. We highly recommend the Mahogany Grill for dinner.
So you don’t like the updated chapter on Durango for our ski guide book? We invite you to take it up with our customer service department. Kari, will you do the honors?
(Thanks, Thru the Lens!)
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a historic train that runs from Durango, Colo., to Cascade Station, about halfway to Silverton, Colo., at this time of year. It is perhaps the most scenic train ride in America.
It is also one of the scariest train rides. The dropoffs to the Animas River, below, are enough to give a test pilot vertigo.
But the scenery! Words can’t even begin to describe it.
Blue skies. Fresh snow. No crowds. It was the kind of day that locals take for granted but visitors dream of.
It doesn’t get any better than this at Purgatory, where we’re on assignment for SkiSnowboard.com this weekend. Not if you consider this is the start of spring break — one of the busiest times of the year.
No one believes Kari can ski, but a picture doesn’t lie. She’s spent the last two days checking out the intermediate slopes, with a few black diamond runs thrown in for good luck.
And you know what they say? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
Me? I learned a new trick. I can ski and take pictures. At the same time.
We couldn’t decide which one of these slopes to ski. So we took them both. We’re hedging our bets.
We’re hopping on the train to Silverton tomorrow and then swinging back down through Albuquerque on our way to Orlando.