A Weekend in the Mountains

Ahhh.... a weekend in the mountains. That's what we just got back from, spending 4 days/3 nights in and around Frisco, CO with 4 other families.

After going out for breakfast, we left Friday morning and headed to Arapahoe Basin, a ski area near Frisco known for both being for one of the first ski areas to open up the ski season (usually in October) and being one of the last ski resorts to close (it's not uncommon for people to ski "A-Basin" in June.) It was our first time there, and despite some bad light conditions and only 1 high speed lift, we liked it a lot... it's a no frills place where people go to ski and not necessarily "be seen." A good portion of it is above treeline -- the base sits at 10,780 feet -- so there's a lot of open skiing to be had.

On Saturday, it was a mixture of activities for us. I gave skate skiing a try (follow the link for info. if needed), Peggy and Chloe did some sledding, and Peggy and a friend snuck in an afternoon of skiing at Breckenridge.

On Sunday, it was a day of family skiing at Breckenridge, enjoying some long runs, short lift lines and about 4 inches of new snow.

Monday was checkout, which was a total bummer for 12" of new snow had fallen overnight and we were itching to get to a ski area, but we needed to head back to Boulder to unpack, do laundry and allow Peggy get ready to leave tomorrow for a conference in Arizona.

Below are some pictures from the weekend.

The first 4 pictures are views of and from the sledding hill that Chloe and Peggy were on.

About this last picture... it was taken by our good friend Carole. Pretty spectacular, yes? Well, not only is the "air" that Chloe got spectacular, apparently, the crash that happened immediately afterward was similarly so. Just out of frame is another incline for a jump, and unfortunately for Chloe, she landed right on it. After regaining her "wind" and composure, Chloe ambled back up the hill and continued sledding.


  1. Living outside Denver, isn't practically every weekend, in a sense, a "weekend in the mountains?"

  2. That's only true in the minds of the uninitiated.