Sorry for a gap since the last posting, been a busy week since we left New York. Despite the trauma of leaving from New York via its crazy morning rush hour we managed to get on the plane at the right airport (out of 3) at the right time.
Skiing in Aspen was great, plus with the wonders of technology (by Gigi) and random occurrences we managed to see everyone we knew in Aspen.
The accommodation was in a handy spot 4 blocks from the gondola, a shame it didn't quite function perfectly, and we managed to have plenty of fun in the sun - despite the locals whingeing about the lack of fresh snow.
Skiing schedule worked out as follows:
Day 1: Aspen Highlands - there might not have been a terrain park for the kids but the bump runs were endless. The same mogul run next to the chairlift above the lunch spot (Scarlett's) I skied as a teenager on Hollyer Family mission was there in its glory, unfortunately the 25 years added to the knees made it less easily consumed without a lie down half-way down!! But the kids loved it and really skied nicely. There are plenty of steep places on this mountain and the double blacks were avoided but we knocked off pretty much everything else.
Day 2: Ajax (code for Aspen Mountain). Boosting around in the sun was fantastic, with the nice views and good snow. We hooked up with the local free mountain tour to see some of the shrines (Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Presley) and checked out pretty much everything Ajax had to offer - a shame we only had time for one day there!
Day 3 and 4: Snowmass. Such a great range of skiing for everyone - parks, pipes and tree trails (squirrelling) for the kids - plus adventures in the steep ands and bumps with trees as added bonus!! On the first day there we did have the fun of being in a white-out with snow falling at a point above the tree line - a change of scene from the sunshine and quite strange on a foreign mountain. A 2inch fall during the day gave some fun freshies too! End of the day we caught Jodie Eklund (nee Lush) our mate from working at Remarks and Global Culture back in the black and white days. Such a good woman and nice to see her in the snow again, a shame we couldn't catch up with her young girls this time.
The next day we had the luck of skiing with Kristin and Jodie on their days off. Total fun ripping through the tree runs and bumps in style. Great views from the mountain tops - a mountain with everything to offer!
Night 1: Family cruising in town
Night 2: Our mates from Steamboat ski school days (19 years ago) Kristin and Mary-Ann hatched a rendezvous at a hotel in town for the families to gather for pizza - a really fun night with their husbands and kids. Especially cool because MA and Drew had come through from Vail after skiing just to see us. A random catch up with Gigi's original ski coach from QUeenstown Andrew Wilson also made it fun.
Night 3: First stop was acres ski beers and snacks with Joan Valentine and Becci Wilson at the bottom of Ajax, nice to get the goss from our old instructor mates. Fi Patterson and Lily (the boys and Dan were in Denver for their ice hockey regime) hosted us at their house. Our guys stoked to have another little person to hang with.
Night 4/5: We boosted to Carbondale (30mins up that road) to Kristin, Brendan and Hagen's place. Nice for the kids to hang with another little person instead of boring grown ups. A bit of chaos but plenty of sweet times with these guys - and they managed to cut a deal for a new house at the same time we were there!! All good to hang with Kristin again, she's a special friend of Gigi's and was sad to leave them.
En route to Steamboat we got away nice and early on Thursday to get up to Beaver Creek to check out the World Skiing Championships and that was a total buzz!! It was women's GS race day in perfect sunny conditions. We had the luck to make it up on to the grand stand for the whole of the first round with an amazing atmosphere and fantastic show - nothing could have been done better by the organisors. You can;t be part of these events without the obligatory souvenir shopping - so of course we've got the evidence to show we were there!!