FEB
27

Winter 2013 Ski Trip – Part 1

colorado, ski, skiing, snow, winter destinations, winter travel | 1 comment

Christmas break 2013 managed to be the perfect blend of low key relaxation and fun after last year’s very busy and full holiday season with a lot of visiting family that I played host to. This year was fun with skiing, ice skating, tubing, cooking, movie going, and plenty of peaceful laziness in between.

My brother Jon loves to snowboard and since he lives in Louisiana he really only has the opportunity for any significant snow when he comes to Colorado. Conveniently, I now live here and have a very comfortable guest room.

It wasn’t too hard to convince him to come up for the break. Especially once I mentioned things like “snowboard” and “ski trip.” I was pretty thrilled for this opportunity to take a brother-sister no kids allowed trip with Jon, even if it was just a short one.

Before we begin with our ski/snowboard adventures, I have to say that Jon is something that can only be described as the most exhaustive meticulous thorough shopper on the planet. Hours were spent searching for a new pair of goggles that would guarantee a fog-free snowboard experience. It was no small task.

The seemingly endless shopping trips – complete with a mall parking lot that was so awful it felt like something out of a nightmare – caused me to have a “Freaky Friday” moment which suddenly placed 6 year old Madeline in my body whining about “can we go yet? Pleeeease?”

After Mission: Find New Goggles was accomplished, we were ready to pack and head up to Frisco for 2 days of skiing and snowboarding bliss.

Frisco was the perfect place to stay for this trip since we planned for one day at Breckenridge and one at Copper Mountain. Frisco was conveniently located pretty much equal distance between both and it had a killer little pizza place called Peppino’s Pizza & Subs.

We spent the first day at Breckenridge. I have to admit, after not having skied since the previous Christmas vacation I was maybe more than just a little nervous. I fell on my butt last year at Winter Park. A lot. And I was none too thrilled about the prospects of doing that ever again.

We started off with a few beginner trails on Peak 8 to warm up. I had a few warm up exercises of my own that consisted of…you guessed it…falling on my butt.

The beginner trails were fine in some areas but a little too flat and slow in others. My arms got tired from using my poles so much and Jon had a hard time with his board in the flatter areas. So intermediate over at Peak 9 it was.

For the most part, Breckenridge was a gorgeous day with blue skies and a few clouds. Towards the later afternoon the wind picked up and it was bitter cold at the top of the Mercury SuperChair (and a rocky ride on the way up).

Once we got a little ways down after getting off the lift the wind was no longer a problem, but everytime we got back up there we were shaking in our boots.  Hot chocolate breaks were required.

Despite the wind, since it was really only bad at the top, we stayed until the lifts closed. Breckenridge was huge and even with a full day of skiing we barely scratched the surface. We did a few on Peak 8 in the beginning, but mostly stayed at Peak 9 using the Beaver Run SuperChair and Mercury SuperChair.

I didn’t realize at the time how well labeled the trail signs were on the mountain. I was never confused about where I was or in what direction I was supposed to go to end where I wanted. This made it relatively easy for us to find each other and meet up if we ever got separated. After skiing Copper Mountain the next day and taking a few “scenic” routes I realized the difference (more on that later….).

All in all it was a great day skiing with some of the very best company.

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Copper Mountain.

 

Lift tickets provided by Breckenridge. All opinions are 100% my own.

SEP
26

Girl Hunter Adventure Getaways with Georgia Pellegrini [Giveaway]

adventure getaway, adventure travel, girls trip, travel planning | 10 comments

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Please welcome the lovely Georgia Pellegrini for a guest post! Georgia has been over here before, but if you’d like a refresher you can read all about her and her book Girl Hunter right over here. Take it away Georgia…(don’t forget to check out the fun jewelry giveaway at the end). Recently I have been [...]

DEC
19

Vail’s Opportunities for the Beginning Skier

colorado, mountain, ski, skiing, snow, vail, winter destinations, winter travel | 4 comments

view along I-70 home from Vail

As someone who has been on skis before, but without proper lessons during my first experience, I am 100% sold on the Adult Ski Lessons at Vail. My first time skiing was nearly 12 years ago. I spent the better part of my day falling on my bum, losing my skis, and crashing into other [...]

DEC
14

Surprise Getaway Trip: 10 Tips Glitch-Free Surprise Planning

colorado, mountains, surprise trip, the four seasons, travel planning, vail | 1 comment

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By the time you read this Eric and I will be well on our way to Vail, Colorado to enjoy and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Sound fun? The best part is that Eric doesn’t know where exactly we are traveling to, and until last night believed that we had plans for a Friday day [...]

JUL
30

Napa Valley Restaurant Picks

bakeries, california, hilton hhonors, napa, napa valley, restaurants | no comments

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While in Napa Valley to preview the Your Ticket to Dine prize package for the Hilton HHonors Seven Tickets to Your Paradise Sweepstakes we tasted some amazing food. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Napa Valley restaurant picks with you. There certainly is no shortage of good food in California! Oenotri Located [...]

JUL
27

Napa Valley Olive Oil Tasting at Round Pond Estate

california, hilton hhonors, napa, napa valley, restaurants | 3 comments

olive oil tasting

Though Napa Valley may be known for its grape vineyards and wine tastings, there are plenty of other activities to indulge in while visiting. I recommend an Olive Oil and Vinegar tasting at Round Pond Estate. During my preview of the Your Ticket to Dine prize package for the Hilton HHonors Seven Tickets to Your [...]