Snowboarding, Injuries, Pretty Little Town - All whilst freezing our bums off! ;)
03.12.2012 - 17.12.2012 -20 °C
Well next in the adventure, was our visit to Vail. 2 weeks. Epic Lift passes. First time boarding for Alana.
Plenty of stacks to sum it up and a good time all round
First day, after we finally got away from that dreaded airport and booked ourselves on board the Summit Express... $165 for a one way transfer.... Effn Rip off..... haha
We arrived at the hotel mid afternoon and felt so flat out from the previous night, that we checked in, dumped our stuff and headed into Lionshead Village to stock up on supplies.
So for those who havent heard of our experience, in the room we had, 2 double beds, heater = heaven, separate bathroom and a "kitchen" sink with a coffee machine. This was to the extent of our cooking facilites... Oh and we had a fridge... Sorry!
So we basically lived off things we could physically cook with hot water or somehow heat up in the coffee pot.... This meant we had 2 minute noodles and heated soups with Salada crackers for 2 weeks straight! An experience nonetheless... Cant say I have been able to look at noodles and soups the same since. Everytime we are in the supermarket since, we laugh when we see them and think to ourselves, never eating them again! Hahaha
The reason being?
VAIL - Everything in general, is EXPENSIVE!! And budgeting as much as we can, we decided it was the best option (at the time....)
On the 4th night, we did decide to splurge though and went to the Cinebistro. Is kinda similar to Gold class movies but sooo much better!!
We both had the same, an amazing fettuccine pasta, and watched Skyfall. New bond. Good movie btw.
Apart from that, the two weeks we spent, basically Bryan would hit the slopes early for a few hours, come home for lunch and them we would both head out and he would "attempt" to teach me! Good teacher.... But I hate being shit at things so got very frustrated easily...!!
Finally started to get the hang of it, and decided it was best to have a "Just do" attitude. Found that worked better than trying to constantly do the same thing over and over again.... Just being prepared to fall on my ass constantly but to keep going! haha
Finally within the last few days I conquered the whole beginner run from the top, down the mountain.. Yay!
During the nights we would either have a few beers down at the pub or drink our 5ltr cask of red we had for the room and stay in;
snuggles and movies, while its blizarding outside... You get the picture!
We went out one night and met these people who gave us some pot and tried to get us stoned, we were stoked, we didn't pay for any of it. WINNING!
We had a flask of vodka and went to a few bars and nightclubs. And awesome pizza place...
All while its blizarding in the street. Was good fun. P.s Marijuana is legal in Colorado
We would also just go out to check out the amazing town. It was so pretty and they had fires and skating rinks around.
Lots of boutique style shops. Some nice stuff but very overpriced being Vail.
We also had a indoor spa and sauna at the hotel, we didnt head down as much as we woulda liked... Something about all the old men, crowding out the spa, kinda wasnt my favourite thing to do. But we went down at night and it was quiet them. That was a nice way to relax and unwind from the day.
All in all we simply enjoyed each other company, had fun and budgeted at the same time. By having it all pre booked and just food to attend for, it worked out well!!
We both had shoulder injuries, I got carried down the mountain lol It was embarrasssing but actually kinda fun really. Having someone ski you down the mountain, was pretty fun! Embarassing, OK, but fun, Meh, gotta do everything. Hehe
Bryans actually being a bit more serious but not being able to do too much about it. Doctors are ridiculously expensive here, being like, $200-$300 a visit. So he has been doing his own physio, hoping that it will help fix it..
Anyway Day 14 came pretty quick, come to think our trips going very quickly!
We booked yet another $160 transfer back to the airport and Chicago; here we come!
I must say we didn't get as many photos of Vail and the snowboarding we were just too busy with everything going on!
and videos are still to come!