Activity: More Skiing at Vail, Colorado, USA


This post is one chapter on our trip to Colorado, United States on Alaska Airlines. This trip was booked and credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan using a two for one Companion Fare courtesy of the Alaska Airlines credit card. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: More Skiing at Vail, Colorado, United States

MrsWT73 was exhausted from work and travel so she opted to take the day off in the hotel and sleep in. I bundled up WT73 jr and we hit up the slopes of Vail again.

Vail Ski Day #3
Colorado.

We started off the day on Game Creek Bowl again, then down front side through to Blue Sky Basin. The weather was not so blue sky holiday and more grey wintery clouds. Yesterday’s snow had turned into lots of crust on the wind surface back bowls. Even I was huffing and puffing thanks to the altitude. It was like a major punch to the gut.

We went back up Blue Sky Basin to some wonderful skiing. The lack of snow reports appeared to have hurt Vail a little bit. Most of the ski runs were totally deserted.

We took it a bit easier today and headed back over to the Two Elk Lodge for lunch. An “Epic” Burger, Chicken fingers and a Gatorade was 46.90$ USD. Wow – value pricing. Ha Ha.

After lunch, we hit up the front side. We found some stashing of excellent 2 day old snow on Ox Creek. It was totally deserted.

We then went exploring up the new Northwoods new six pack and over to Riva Ridge. This was probably the best run of our visit. It’s an awesome top to bottom run down to valley. It’s a great moderately steep pitch that was totally wide open and few people on it with great snow.

After that long one, we were back up Gondola one then over to two runs on Avanti. Then Pride lift and down simba to valley. We had a pleasant view as we staggered through the hotel of the Vail Mountain itself from the 5th floor. WT73jr was even too tired for the complimentary Marriott Smore’s included with our resort fee. It was pretty exhausting.

Fondue at the Swiss Chalet Restaurant:

We had one nicer dinner throughout our stay. I booked us in at the Swiss Chalet at the Sonnenalp Hotel. Those from Canada will know the Swiss Chalet as a franchised economical restaurant that serves over cooked chicken with a questionable orange dipping sauce. I am happy to report that this version was nothing like that! The Swiss Chalet at the Sonnealp specialized in swiss fondue. We had a great experience here and both MrsWT73 and WT73jr really enjoyed it.

WT73jr was able to get a Chinoise Fondue, while we settled for an awesome cheese fondue. The Älpler Fondue mit Kräuter was described as an imported Swiss Cheese with White Wine, Kirschwasser, Garlic and Fresh Herbs, Served with Potatoes, Winter Vegetables and Baguette Bread. Ohh so yummy!! We had every last morsel.

WT73jr even filled out the comment card; a rarity in this digital age of online surveys. High scores of seven’s throughout!!

We had a short walk into town for a chocolate snack at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory amid all the peace and quiet of the resort.

Truly an awesome day made better with an awesome meal. The Swiss Chalet is worth checking out if you happen to be through this postal code; high marks!!


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