Skiing adventures in Vail, Colorado
Last week Organic Runner Dad and I had the chance to escape to Colorado for an entire week! The kids were well nourished, loved and entertained by the week by Grammy (Thanks a million Grammy!). The stars aligned the weather cooperated and we were able to get away! What a treat! Organic Runner Dad never gets any days away and it was so nice to see him relax for a few days and enjoy the beautiful things that life has to offer. Our trip took us to Vail for three days of incredible skiing and then to Boulder where Organic Runner Dad spent his time with the Organic Trade Association and I explored the city and did some fun blogging work.
I haven’t been to Vail since I was about 12. During that visit I wore day-glo ski wear, over-sized sunglasses and braces. I guess not much has changed . . . well, ok thankfully I don’t have braces anymore! It’s funny how fashion trends circle back around though. This time my sweet day-glo ski jacket and pants were a bit more stylish. Thanks to my ambassadorship with The North Face Locals a surprise package had arrived on my doorstep a few weeks earlier. Inside the box I discovered a gorgeous Women’s Fuse Brigandine Jacket in Rambutan Pink and Women’s Fuse Brigandine Pants in Tech Blue. Wow! These would be perfect for our Colorado trip. Thank you North Face (Review to come soon)!
We arrived in Denver after an easy trip from New Hampshire with no weather delays (thank you weather gods!) and headed to Vail. The mountain was gorgeous and expansive. We couldn’t wait to hit the slopes! Thankfully due to some accrued points we were able to stay at the gorgeous Mariott in Lionshead Village an area of Vail that didn’t exist when I was 12. The hotel was within easy walking distance to the lifts and there was easy access to buses for transport around Vail.
We had decided to demo skis while were in Vail which meant only needing to lug our ski boots on the plane. We rented our demo skis from Vail Sports which is around the corner from the Marriott The people at Vail Sports were very friendly and helpful setting us up with high level demo skis. I skied on a sweet pair of K2 skis for the three day adventure. Organic Runner Dad was able to try out K2’s and Rossignols and the process to exchange skis was simple. Vail Sports was also great because we were able to store our skis there at the end of each day and able to store our boots and bags there while we were on the slopes. We had an especially nice guy named Mitch help us out every day so definitely ask for him if you around demoing or renting equipment.
I was a little worried that my days on the slopes would be short due to the current ongoing instability issue in my right hip which is causing trouble with my lower back, piroformis and SI joint. I was sore from all of the sitting during travel and my piroformis was in a tight knot! Thankfully when we woke up on our first day of skiing my muscles were all relaxed and the sky was blue and amazingly my body cooperated with me the whole trip. We headed out to explore the expansive mountain. It felt like we were kids again. With no kids at our side this would be my first day hitting the slopes for skiing without my kids on skis with me since they were both born. Our first ride up the chair revealed an adult playground of bump covered runs, powder filled back bowls, and long wide open groomers. Skiers heaven.
And with that our amazing mountain adventures began, the fresh air and sunshine filling us up . . .
What was the last trip that you took? Where do you like to travel to refresh your mind, body, and spirit?
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