Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vail Ski Trip '10

------------------------Vail Village in Vail, Colorado-----------------------

This has been my second visit to Vail Mountain in Colorado. The first time we came here, I didn't know how to ski yet. I remember when our friends took me on a blue run on our first day and took me an hour to get to the bottom. I kept falling and rolling and even cried coz it's not easy and it hurts. The next day, I took a group lesson and the instructor taught us how to maneuver and control our speed. It was fun coz I was skiing with people of the same level as I am, eventhough, I felt ahead of the game coz I've been on a blue run the day before.

-----------------------One of the bowls we skied--------------------------

This time, I could really ski on bowls just like the image above. Yes, we skied on several bowls and couldn't believe I'm capable. Well, I've been skiing for 6 years now (has it been that long?). Never missed a season. But every mountain is different, in Snowmass Colorado, it seems like their Black runs are much easier than the ones in Vail. We stayed in Beavercreek this time about 9 miles west of Vail. We never liked the BC mountain so we drove to Vail everyday. The condition was quite icy coz they had shortage of snow so the covering was getting thinner and thinner. Where's the snow? We flew all the way here hoping to see some powder but totally disappointed. That's the problem of planning in advance, you can never predict the weather. Had we known, we would have cancelled. We still had a great time though. We took a day trip to Breckenridge, a smaller ski resort and it's got more character similar to Main Street in Park City,Utah. I don't mind coming back here next time. I thought Vail is over-developed and pricey. High-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants are prevalent. But we loved walking around, taking pictures, afterall, it doesn't happen everyday. Just go with the flow.

That's Breckenridge mountain in the background, Green runs, the easiest of all. We didn't ski here, just scouted the place to see if we would wanna come back on our next ski trip. One thing's for sure, off-street parking is a lot easier to find. Accomodations and rentals could be a lot more affordable, too. One thing I noticed while window shopping, they have a lot of shirt shops. I was just looking for some magnets coz I collect them from every place I visit. I stumbled upon a spice store named Spice Merchants. They have vast selections of spices and tea (oh yes, they ship everywhere), but the only thing that caught my eyes was the "Matcha Green Tea" which you don't normally find in supermarkets. Now that I got it, I don't know how long it's going to sit in my cupboard. So far, I don't have the energy to do some baking. Guess, I still have the vacation hang over. Okay, I must admit, I feel lazy. But i'll be back, given time. Below is an Asian style Spicy Wings we had at the Restaurant Avondale for Apres-ski. For just five bucks, they gave us a generous serving and it's really scrumptious. This is a great idea to include on our school menu for the Asian Spring Festival month in May. It was tossed in Thai Sweet Chili sauce. I'm sure it's going to be a palate pleaser.

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