Monday, January 16, 2017

Winter Break Skiing

Now that we are more married to a traditional school calendar (boo for our carefree days of skipping preschool!), Rick and I noticed that Palmer didn't go back to school until pretty late into January.  We jumped onboard with a week of skiing in Winter Park, CO after Christmas during Winter Break.
Grace stayed back in Texas as she still isn't quite ready to ski this year.  Meanwhile, Rick and I enjoyed some quality time with Palmer while enjoying the marvels of just one kid!
This is Palmer's fourth year of skiing and we especially saw such a marked improvement this year.
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We planned on keeping Palmer on the mountain with us the entire time, but ended up sending him to ski school for one day so that Rick and I could get out and enjoy some kid-free runs.
However, I think our days of needing to keep Palmer back are nearly over because Palmer skied very strongly this year- he even skied a black!  Rick has been hoping to get Palmer out with him on most of the runs and I think that was nearly accomplished this year.
We got an insane amount of snow- powder that any ski lover dreams of, but also tough for a child when the powder comes up to your knees!
Add nearly blizzard like conditions of sideways-blowing snow and Palmer and I had had enough!  Rick guided Palmer down the mountain after one particularly rough run due to the weather.
Our apr├Ęs ski activities included daily hot tubbing in the outdoor tub (where Palmer usually initiated some sort of challenge to various strangers who we met in the water, including games like "who can lie down in the snow with a swimsuit the longest!"  I got a glimpse of future frat boy Palmer when he challenged about 10 college students to such competitions...)  We also fell in love with a nearby crepe shop/bakery/maker of amazing hot adult drinks/coffee shop and visited it about twice a day.
Our luck nearly ran out when we nearly got snowed into the resort, but after a treacherous drive over the mountain pass, we were able to catch our flights home and get back just in time for our very own Texas snow storm.
Grace wasn't too crazy about the Texas snow and cried about being cold, which helped end my guilt about not taking her to Colorado.  Little gal is going to have to toughen up a tad more before she hits the slopes in snowy conditions.
The key to sledding in Texas?  Leaves.
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-Bethany

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