I hope 2022 is off to a good start for you! It isn’t the best around here, but I’m still very positive about the new year and all of the freshness and opportunities it brings. My family has varying degrees of sickness to ring in the new year, but no worries, it’s nothing major. Maybe that’s the price to pay for a week of vacation? Heck, I’d pay it anytime. We spent the week skiing in Colorado. We did this two years ago and said “never again”, and yet, here we are again! After reviewing the kid’s school calendars there was no other time to get away for a week due to high school and college having different spring breaks. What’s “bad” about skiing now? Everything is super expensive and super crowded. To give you an idea on how jacked up the prices are, if you walked up to Vail to get a one day lift pass, it would cost $239. $239 for 1 day of skiing!!!! Granted the “low season” one day pass at Vail is $179, but still, price gouge much? The good news was that we bought lift passes early in the season for a discount and I actually saved $400 on our car rental when I got a last minute deal while waiting for our luggage to unload in Denver. Woohoo!
But don’t get me wrong, vacation is family time and I can’t say I’ve ever regretted the money I’ve spent on vacation. It’s true gift and I look forward to it. It’s like childbirth – I quickly forget about the stress of overcrowded roads and long lines! So let’s get on with it… here’s how our week went:
Mon – Rest day! Travel day. No physical activity today other than hauling luggage, stressing over delayed flights, and sweating the small stuff. LOL! I was so happy that our condo was really nice. Plenty of room for our family and very comfy!
Tues – Skiing at Vail, 18 miles. Today was a mixed bag as my husband was still having breathing issues. I mentioned he had problems on our run last week, and skiing wasn’t much better. We skied a bit easier than normal to accommodate.
To combat COVID spread the resorts now require a reservation at the restaurants (on the mountain) AND proof of vaccination. For some reason I didn’t even think of traveling with my vaccination card, so I’m very thankful for having this info on my phone. This was a bit of problem because we had no where to sit and eat lunch! Luckily we were able to hang out in the bar area where reservations weren’t required. Bad news though – someone accidentally took my daughter’s ski poles while we were dining! Good news was that the ski shop gave us a deal and rented poles to us for $2. Yep, $2 total for 3 days of rental! That was very kind of them.
Weds – skiing at Breckenridge, 11 miles. Breckenridge was a freaking mad house. We waited in crazy traffic to park, and then waited in long lift lines to ski. As I told my family, “lower your expectations and you won’t be disappointed”… and just relax 🙂 Skiing in crowds is always a better day than being at work!
Breckenridge was beautiful at night. We ate dinner and shopped.
Thurs – Skiing at Vail, 17 miles. Luckily my husband was feeling all better now and had no issues with breathing. We had a great day of skiing. Vail is so large it can accommodate larger crowds and you don’t notice the extra people. We found huge patches of fresh snow and even got stuck in the powder. So fun!
I just love the views at the ski resorts! A stunning winter wonderland! It snowed all week so we never saw the sun or a full view of the mountains.
Fri – skiing at Keystone, 20 miles. The resort isn’t 100% open yet but it was still a good amount of runs and we skied all day.
For New Years Eve we played cards and watched the countdown from NYC Times Square. It was super annoying because it was only 10pm in Colorado compared to midnight in NYC. The TV show CUT OUT right before the ball dropped and the show started over again. !!!! What the heck?? I scrambled to find another TV show which was broadcasting live and we made a toast to the new year. I really like ringing in the new year at 10pm 🙂
Saturday- I had great plans to get out and run at least a mile since I packed my running gear, but for some reason I woke up really sick. I felt like I was hit by a truck and drank a 6 pack to celebrate NYE, which is funny because I only had 1 beer and went to bed at 10pm! Ugh. I was moving like a sloth when I woke up, but luckily I was feeling a bit better by the time our flight took off. The flight was delayed and our luggage took 90 mins to unload, but we finally made it home around 11pm. Ah, sleeping in your own bed is the best. A solid 9 hours of sleep for me, and almost 11 hours for the rest of my family.
Sunday – 4 miles, running. I was feeling a bit better other than my sore throat and runny nose. I was able to run/walk 4 miles on my treadmill while I watched TV. The rest of my day will be cross training of unpacking, laundry and cleaning up the house! I confess we still have Christmas wrapping paper laying around our Christmas tree! bahaha!! And, more good news – my husband tested negative, for a second time, so I guess we just have some sort of crud and not COVID. Phew!
Q: Did anyone stay up until midnight (in their timezone!) to watch the ball drop, or do anything else fun?
It was odd so see so few people in Times Square.
Q: Anyone else feeling sick over the holidays? COVID maybe?
We are getting our booster shots this week. Yay!