Vail (What day is it?)
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We picked up Suzy from the airport in Denver Thursday afternoon, and headed to Vail. On the way we had three very exciting sightings. First, we saw a heard of Buffalo, then we saw mountain goats, and then (the one we were all waiting for) we saw some big horn sheep! All on the side of the highway.
Friday we all skied Vail, and we quickly learned that it's a very very laaaarge ski area. Like the rest of the spring skiing so far out here, we had to search for the good snow, but when we found it, it was like heaven. We skied most of the day in the Blue Sky Basin, which has a huge bowl, with cliffs, bumps, trees, and some very steep terrain. Suzy was scared at first, but when she realized she could ski all that stuff she was very happy, because she never would have done it on her own. Shane even did a cliff jump, twice!
Saturday Suzy and Shane skied while Jen relaxed, and Suzy learned that she's a rockin' mogul skier (almost as rockin' as Jen).
Sunday we drove to Arapaho Basin, which had the best terrain of the weekend (maybe of the whole trip... maybe), It also had the highest altitude, with the highest trail at 13,000 feet. That trail was closed though, so we were able to get up to 12,500 feet. The Montezuma bowl was pretty sweet, and it had a place to hike up and ski the ridge, which had completely vertical drop for a few feet, followed by a whole trail of awesome. It also had a groomer you could ski down, which was also very fun.
Later that day we went shopping and Suzy bought some new skis (they're awesome by the way). Then we had dinner and drinks and the Dam Brewery, and fun was had by all.
Now it's time to go,
to say so long, farewell to the snow.
We had a great time, as you can tell by this rhyme,
and now we go wherever the wind blows.
(hopefully it blows us towards Austin)