Activity: 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: Skiing at Vail, Colorado, United States

We woke up to 13 centimeters of new snow. It’s a mountain of new snow for here where the snow is much finer than the wet concrete accumulations we typically get on the wet west coast. The view from the room was terrific in the morning and it looked like a fairy tale.

We made it up the Eagle Bahn Gondola and hit up Game Creek Bowl for some warm up runs.

Exploring Blue Sky Basin:

We had a full morning and headed over to Blue Sky Basin. The sun had started to come out and the whole place looked terrific under fresh snowfall.

Powder skiing in the trees was never better in late March!!

We were all breathing heavy from the altitude. Poor kid: he hadn’t experienced anything like it before.

We were pretty tired; both from the illness, the hotel and the higher altitude. After six or seven runs, we headed in for a late lunch at the Two Elks Lodge.

I can’t talk enough about the altitude. It was like a punch to the gut. Our first day was really tiring and we were all pretty exhausted by lunch hour. It’s like taking a deep breath, but your lungs don’t have any depth to it. I am happy to report that it gradually settled over our week in Vail.

We took it easy for the rest of the afternoon. We had a pretty relaxing ski out towards the end of the day down the snow covered valley.

We stopped for a family photo just before the last pitch on Lionshead ski out… Great memories.

All in a great day one to the start of a great family ski holiday!

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