Day 105 – We’re Hooked!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
120Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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We looked out the window and it was snowing…really snowing…..a beautiful sight to see.
The kids were happy to have another day at ski school, they are really loving it. We dropped them off and then went to hire some helmets for ourselves. Most people seem to have them so…do as the Romans do. We then picked up our standard hot chocolate.
Our ski class was made up of 3 people, being ourselves and a trainee instructor…..it was basically a private lesson
After a few practice runs we then caught the chairlift up to Spruce Saddle Lodge. There were no mishaps on the chairlifts this time! We stopped for a hot chocolate before catching another chairlift up to the top of the mountain. We then skied down the mountain. Visibility on the mountain was very poor and it was snowing hard. Kent, the instructor, let us ski parts of the runs on our own which was a great learning experience. The fresh powder on the mountain was awesome. It was so great to be skiing on our own now.
We stopped at Spruce Saddle Lodge for lunch. Brett had a burger and Lee-Ann enjoyed sushi…all for the bargain mountain top price of USD37!! Atmosphere up on the mountain was just great…it’s another world up there.
We then headed out again to ride the chairlift up to the top again. This time the ski down was basically in artic blizzard conditions….our faces were frozen and it was really difficult to see the runs. We found our way back to the Spruce Saddle Lodge to defrost. We then decided that it was too difficult to ski at the top of the mountain so we caught the chairlift down to the base.
Lee-Ann went to collect the kids from ski school, while Brett and Kent took a ride up on the gondola to the beginner’s area before skiing back down. Kent advised us that we were a level 4 in terms of skiing ability which we were pretty happy with…I mean we could ski couldn’t we
Max and Sienna had another great day at ski school with Max telling us that he went down the mountain four times…..he is really enjoying his skiing. He has graduated to level 3 so can go out on the green/beginner runs. Basically not very far behind us…rather disturbing really.
We had dinner at The Blue Moose (pizza and salad) before heading back to the apartment for a well-earned sleep.
We all had such a great and rewarding day….we are basically hooked!!! Skiing really is a family holiday…well, Beaver Creek certainly is the perfect venue for family skiing. It will be interesting to see how the Aussie ski slopes compare as we are keen to give them a go now that we have "the bug".