Hey friends. Happy New Year.
Just a brief heads-up for the local Coloradans and assorted wandering Bears; I’ll be heading out to Vail with my son for the 2013 version of our ANNUAL FATHER AND SON NINJA SKI MISSION FROM GOD. We expect to hit town late on Monday, January 7th, then ski thru the 12th. Got early flights out of Denver on the 13th.
I was contemplating forgoing posting this thread for several reasons. First, I’ve had a few medical challenges over the past few months, and now find myself in perhaps the least fit condition that I’ve been in for many decades. (Don’t care to discuss the particulars over the internet, but for those of you who know me, I’m going to be okay, and expect to spend a bit more time on Planet Earth.) My usual vim, vigor, strength, and endurance are in slim evidence, so I’ll likely be a bit less animated and adventurous than I’ve been in recent years. Couple that with the fact that we’re flat-landers making our first turns of the season, and you may be less than excited with our on-hill majesty. Secondly, we’ll only be spending 5 days on the mountain this time around. And finally, this will be the last time that I get to spend with my son, (Baz Jr.,) for a few months and I take the “Father And Son” aspect of our journey very seriously, and hope to keep his wishes a major focal point to all adventures. Jr. is 19 years old, and can make his own agenda. If he wants to sleep in, then that’s fine with me. I’ll be at the lifts when the wheels begin to turn and he can catch up at his discretion.
As per usual, we start our days at the Lionshead base area and we’re almost always there well before the lifts start running. (That’s the shuttle bus system at work in our favor.) Tend to go bell to bell with a few fuel and water stops.
Baz Jr. and I know our way around Vail pretty well, and would be more than glad to show newcomers a few of our favorite places. (For a substantial fee, we’ll show you all of them.) Of course, we’re always open to learning more about any aspect of the sport and the area, so will gladly accept any advice from some more well seasoned folks.
We usually have internet access at our local digs, so I expect to be able to send and receive PM’s during our stay. That’s proven a great way to share contact in the past.
Those of you that know me, my cell contact number remains unchanged.
Though Vail’s website states that the vast majority of their terrain is open and skiing great, I’m a bit leery of such reportage. However, the skiing there is much better than it is here at home, (unless you’ve got a fast motor boat,) so we’ll take what we get and be thankful for what we receive. I will well understand if some of our old Front Range friends decide to ski elsewhere during our brief stay.
Cheers and best wishes all.