Not too long ago, I started a post summarizing our plans to take a 2 month ski trip to CO (Feb & March). This was our reward for ending my relationship of 39 years with megacorp. This will be the 2nd in what I hope will be weekly posts. 1st off I want to thank the folks that responded to my 1st post for their kind words and input. I hope to shamelessly plagiarize and use their ideas & comments moving forward. Please remember that the objective for 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 my Significant Other (SO) is 61. We’ve been skiing out west since the late 70’s. Our home base for this adventure is Summit County CO. So here goes round two:
- After skiing for 8 of the first 9 days, a gentle cockiness started settling in. Granted I had spent all of those days “cruising” on the front side on mostly groomers. When Significant Other decided to take an extra day off, I decided to make my 1st venture to the back side – black runs with moguls the size of minivans that were as unevenly distributed as possible. Upon arriving at the bottom after two runs, I needed a ratchet set to re-adjust ankles, knees and hips. I slunk over to the lift with tail firmly planted between my legs and all allusions of grandeur now gone. But, I’ll be back….
- What’s the story with the grocery stores in the mountain towns? There are two prices for most items: “High” and “Ridiculous”. You need to have a silly, little loyalty card to get the “High” price. It really makes a difference to your bottom line cost, so trot on over to the Customer Service counter for your silly, little loyalty card.
- Our only trepidation with this adventure was not seeing our one-year old Granddaughter for two months and our concern was well founded. “FaceTime” on the ipad helps, but Gramps can’t deliver the “tickle monster” properly on an ipad. 1st item on the return “to do” list is to re-engage and re-spoil.
- Most small ski towns have a Mecca commonly referred to as a “microbrewery”. These emporiums glow most brightly from 3 to 6 pm daily with a ritual called “happy hour”. The prevalent pricing structure is $2.50 pints and ½ price appetizers. An early dinner several nights ago included 2 pints each and 2 appetizers. Before tip, total bill = $18. Me like.
- In my 1st post, I referred to some silly disagreements in the condo with SO. During week two, I noticed a reduction in these little spats. I advised my SO that my evolving people-skills & patience wasthe likely the cause of this improvement. My SO responded that her evolving meditation skills not allow her to “tune out” most distractions. Hmm…
- Rode up on the lift with 2 patrollers this week. I learned that management at the resort posts a daily mountain census – the number of folks they anticipate on the mountain. From there, daily budgets are set (i.e. groomed runs, number of patrollers, etc) to accommodate the expected crowd. The census for last weekend was 4 times more than the Monday census. President’s Week is on the horizon- time for a break?
Hopefully more next week - more than happy to include any helpful tips, observations, etc.