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.
It’s easy to get lost in Vail. It’s just as easy to find yourself in Keystone.
Here’s how to get turned upside-down at Colorado’s largest mountain resort: Take your whole family skiing, and just try to stay together.
My four-year-old daughter, for example, is a timid skier compared with her brother, a kindergartner. He left her in a billow of powdered snow.
Next, ensure you have the worst wireless connection on the mountain. That would be AT&T’s, which jumps from four bars to “No Signal” (and back) every other turn. So all of those text messages that ask, “Who’s with you?” may, or may not, be delivered until you’re back in your hotel room.
Then add a sprawling mountain to the mix. Vail Ski Resort is seven-miles wide with more than 5,000 acres of terrain, not unlike some European ski areas that are so massive, you can ski all day and not hit the same run twice.
For us, it all resulted in several entertaining hours of family time.