We're back in Northern Virginia safe and sound.
Photos from last day (Jan 12, 2012) at Beaver Creek:
Beaver Creek escalators from village to lifts
Early morning BC corduroy
Extreme snowboard carvers at the Beav:
Steep groomer on Grouse Mtn:
The kiddie hill/tubing park at BC is served by a covered magic carpet and its own gondola! They also have dozens of state of the art grooming machines.
Video clips: on Goshawk trail in steep Birds of Prey section of BC, skiing Larkspur Bowl, mashing moguls near Rose Bowl section: Beaver Creek, CO
We drove over 4,700 miles on this trip and spent about $650 on gas, highest gas was in Ohio at about $3.40 per gal, lowest in Taos, NM $2.73 per gal. We could have flown and rented a car, but I like the flexibility of driving. We added a detour for NM skiing just a week before departure due to reports of good local snow conditions and we stayed in CO for an extra day because of losing a ski day stuck in Denver snow-day traffic.
My wife and daughter flew out to join Vince and I for part of the trip. We scouted expedia.com for a few weeks back in the fall and bought $136 rdtrp fares from Delta (Nat'l-Denver airports) when cost dropped for a short time from $300+
We used priceline.com and old fashioned Roomsaver coupon magazines to get good discounts on some motel stops. We used liftopia.com for discounted advance purchase of lift tickets at some stops. One area was even flexible enough to allow us to change a two-day liftopia ticket into two one-day lift tickets when we changed our itinerary.
Best meal of the trip: steaks at the Ore House in Steamboat Springs.
Best unscripted moment: children's Christmas Pageant at Holy Name church in Steamboat Springs
Nicest splurge accommodations: condo at Trappeurs Crossing, Steamboat, CO
Best snow: Taos, NM and second day at Beaver Creek
Best meal on the go meal: cheddar and bacon bagels from portable grill cheese machine plugged into car ashtray
Driver's favorite music cd: Tom Petty's greatest hits, including the song Runnin' Down a Dream
Toughest drive: from Denver Int'l Airport to BC when three inches of snow crippled Denver traffic and made Vail pass pretty snowy too. Honorable mention, drive from Steamboat to Straw Park Hot Springs, thankfully someone else was driving the steep, unpaved route.
Diciest on slope moments: view from top of West Ridge at Taos and trying to hold an edge extra firm hardpack on World Cup GS run Golden Eagle at Beaver Creek.
Diciest off slope moment: approximately 7:30PM on 1/6/12 at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, during our family soak a flock of sedate bathers sharing the pool with us suddenly turned naked and rowdy
Favorite portraits: Vince on Highline Ridge at Taos,
Jim at Beaver Creek,
Family at Steamboat,
2007 Chrysler minivan, our home away from home for 16 days,
I plan to file detailed individual reports summarizing our experiences at Taos, Steamboat and Beaver Creek in the next couple of weeks.
Jim and Vince Kenney