spring break

Crested Butte | Spring Break 2019

Keeping up our spring break skiing vacation tradition, this year we tried out a new spot. Crested Butte, Colorado (or, as my kids like to call it… crusty butt), might be my new favorite Colorado spot. Or 2nd behind Estes Park, at least.

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This spring break as an adventure, given that five feet of snow had dumped on Crested Butte over the 2 weeks leading up to us getting there. So there was snow everywhere. Even with our easy access to mountains in California for 10 years, I’ve never seen so much snow. 

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We rented a gorgeous house that offered ski in/ski out (though that ended up being more for the advanced skiers). It took some getting used to skiing in powder conditions, especially for the kids. With spring skiing, we’re usually on super groomed, icy runs. Not this year!

Oh! ANd I got to break in my new ski boots (which I lurv, but breaking them in was a process. Lol. Yes, I did wear them all around the house for weeks leading up to it, to help. Unfortunately, I still have a nice knot where that horse kicked me in the shin last July. That happens to be right at boot height. So, not comfortable, but I was able to ski fine, so yay.

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It snowed our first three days of skiing. 3-5 inches a day, but surprisingly not super cold with it. While there the cyclone bomb hit the northeastern plains of Colorado (more up Denver way). We lucked out and just got the little bit of extra snow. And we really lucked out when our last day was beautiful blue skies and perfect weather, which also cleared the roads up nicely to drive back home to Texas (which we did in one long, long, long 16-hour haul). 

In addition to great skiing on the mountain for all levels of skiers, we also LOVED the town of Crested Butte. Lots of adorable shops and fantastic restaurants. Make sure to go into Montanayas and get the Lavender Blitz cocktail. You’ll thank me for it. 

For you family skiers out there, we really recommend Crested Butte. You’ll love it!

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Skiing @ Winter Park

Spring Break was here again   and we spent all last week in Winter Park, Colorado, skiing with family. I hadn’t been to Winter Park in a good 15 years or so, and still love that mountain (despite it being where I messed up my knee in high school in my first sad attempt at the sport).

Our vacation started off a bit rough. The night before we left I was rushing a sick dog to throw up in our bathroom and forgot about packed suitcases, messing up my poor pinkie toe. Luckily, other than getting it in/out of my ski boots, it didn’t bug me too much.

This year, we totally splurged and rented a condo at the ski resort. First time doing ski-in/ski-out and it was worth every darn penny. Especially with kids involved, and 9 of us total. We probably about broke even not having to pay for the expensive lunches on the mountain or going out to eat (we at in most nights).

 

I am soooo proud of my kiddos who made it onto black ski runs for the first time. Total confession…I am terrified of heights and a very cautious skier, so blues are my top speed. Lol. I am also definitely a spring skier, preferring the warmer weather, which we got for all 4 days there (mostly). The last day on the slopes it started to snow. A foot of the stuff later and we had slow going to get back down the mountain.

Weather was definitely interesting on the way home. On top of the snow, we passed closed to a large wildfire in southern Colorado, and a major thunderstorm in Texas. But we’re home safe, and, after a nice lazy Sunday, are back to school and work today. We had a fantastic vacation. Skiing is back on for this time next year!

Spring Break in Santa Fe

If you’re wondering where I’ve disappeared to for the past week…I’ve been in Santa Fe with my family enjoying my kids’ spring break!

While I’ve driven through Santa Fe many times on my way to Colorado, this is my first visit. We had a spectacular time, and I thought I’d share a bit with you.

From where we live in Austin, it’s approximately a 10-hour drive (not including stops), so we make it in one day which is great. This means we spend less on travel, but still have plenty of time at our destination. The house we rented was only a 20-minute drive from the slopes and only a 10-minute walk from the old-town plaza of shops and restaurants. Perfect location!

Our first day was spent settling in and grocery shopping. We also took the kids to MeowWolf–this really wacky, cool place that was like a jungle gym with each room a different weird world. The pic I’m including was like walking through a human-sized aquarium. There’s apparently a story you can also follow, but we just ran around. Sounds like one may be coming to Austin in the near future.

We spent three days there skiing at Ski Santa Fe. My kids skills have really developed and we spent a ton of time with them skiing (or snowboarding). I am a mediocre skier. By this I mean that I enjoy blues and greens. I am too afraid of heights to handle the steeper slopes on blacks and so forth. Plus, despite living only 1-2 hours from Tahoe ski resorts, the last time I skied was 10 years ago. I was happy to discover it’s like riding a bike and picked it back up.

Wednesday night, we hired a trusted babysitter to watch the kids and went for an adults-only night of dinner and drinks. Thursday we went to Bandelier National Monument and hiked to the old Pueblo settlements in the mountains. I grew up in a family that always incorporated historical sites in our travel, and so thought it was fascinating. Don’t be surprised if the culture shows up in one of my books!

Our last day was “lazy.” We took the kids to make pottery and then went to see the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie (which was fab).  Somewhere in all of that we also managed to do a little shopping in the plaza, visit the gorgeous Loretto Chapel with the gorgeous “miracle staircase” described in Willa Cather’s “Death Comes for the Archbishop” and eat. A lot of eating.

We had such a great time, we hope to go again next year. Here’s hoping your spring break–whether it was a lovely stay-cation at home or a destination like ours–was just as terrific!