Not too long ago, I started a post summarizing our plans to take a 2 month ski trip to CO (Feb & March). This was my reward for ending my relationship of 39 years with megacorp. Some expressed interest in tips and observations so they could learn from my mistakes (frequent occurrence on my part). The purpose of this post is to hopefully make things easier, less expensive and more pleasant for others that may be considering a similar adventure. I’m closing in on 62 and DW is 61. We’ve been skiing out west since the late 70’s. So here goes:
- After looking at our packed van, it appears that vehicle travel is the only viable option for cross country travel for this type of trip. Charges for air cargo options are likely prohibitive, but we did not look into that option.
- Rapid Rewards points are not so rapid. You cannot make a motel reservation for the same day using credit card points. You must make the reservation at least one day prior to your intended use.
- Entering the condo you have rented for the 1st time “sight unseen” for a 2-month stay is kind of like your 1st kiss – you’re hoping it will be really good, but know that it probably won’t be. We are generally satisfied - there is adequate room, the kitchen is well equipped, the plumbing works. However, the decorating scheme looks like something I would come up with - that is not a good thing.
- Upon arrival at our destination, we felt pretty goofy the 1st two days. I surmise that is a culmination of road/travel fatigue, altitude and anticipation. We should have reduced our expectations during this period. As a friend said: “set the bar low to succeed”.
- No matter how good of shape you are in, you’re going to feel pretty “crotchety” after the 1st couple of days of skiing.
- Do not undertake an endeavor of this type unless your Significant Other (SO) is also your best friend. Anticipate arguments and disagreements over the stupidest things. Apologize often, smile frequently and treat each other with respect.
- At an altitude over 8,500 feet there is not much oxygen or humidity. We are lucky enough to be suffering few flatlander symptoms (altitude sickness). One of the better packing items looks to be a room humidifier.
- A ski locker at the base of the mountain may be the best $ you will spend on the trip. Our locker is the same type you had in high school. We can get both sets of skis, the boots and poles in one locker. Allows travel to and from the mountain in hiking boots – no undue carrying of equipment.
- The resort where we have our season pass has free county-wide bus service to and from the mountain. The bus stop is a 7 minute walk from the condo (remember no carrying equipment to and from). The bus will drop us at the resort closer to the lifts than the nearest “in-close” paid parking lot. No gas, no parking fees, no resort base busses. Me like!
- For 30 plus years, I have waited patiently for SO to buckle, unbuckle adjust and other wise abuse her boots all the while muttering disapproval of the condition of her feet. She has an unusual foot size so boot-fitting is a challenge. In an attempt to improve my overall trip sanity, new boots were purchased in Denver at the start of the trip. On our 4th ski day in the late morning, SO indicated that she thought her new boots were getting comfortable today. The heavens then parted and I was sure I was on my way to the Promised Land. Will miracles never cease?
- Upon return to the condo after a day of skiing, I usually dump clothes except for those fashionable long johns and ski socks. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER glance into a full length mirror while going to and from the refrigerator. You can’t avoid looking at train or car wrecks, but you really need to avoid this.
If there is interest in this topic, I'll add more posts as the mistakes and good choices continue.