We're getting ready for our annual ski trip, leaving in less than three weeks. We didn't go last year due to my hip replacement surgery, so I'm bound to be a bit rusty. I only started learning to ski about 15 years ago when mon mari and I started dating and he invited me along on the family ski vacation. Since, I've skied for one week a year, 10 years out of the last 15. I'm not a daring skier; I love nothing more than to just cruise down the green runs (preferably immediately after they've been groomed...I call it "skiing the corduroy") and enjoy the scenery. The great thing about Beaver Creek is that a bunch of the green runs are on the top of the mountain, so even we beginning-intermediate skiers can get the panoramic views. Skiing is a very zen thing for me, one of the few activities that really pulls me into the present moment and holds me there.
They also have an excellent adaptive ski program (for students with both physical and cognitive challenges) and a few years ago we found a great instructor who really "gets" our son, and had him skiing on his own by the second day out. To us, this was nothing short of a miracle. Now, he looks forward to "skiing with Yak!"I received my annual Gorsuch catalog a few weeks ago. In addition to a level of skiwear I can only dream of, Gorsuch also features the kind of aprés-ski items I refer to as Alpine Kitsch PÖrn.
Tirol jacket, $1,898.
Kitzbuhel Hirsch boot, $998.
Needless to say, we window shop only.
And speaking of Alpine kitsch, no trip to the Vail area would be complete without a visit to the Alpenrose, for lunch and to get sappy happy on the Jaeger tea (I don't know what's in it, but it's hot, it's alcoholic and it cures the common cold). Otherwise, we're planning to keep costs down this year, which means forgoing a few fancy meals in favor of eating in most nights. Fortunately I make a mean turkey spaghetti.
The Beaver Creek poster at the top is from Christopher & Co., in nearby Edwards, Colorado. We always try to schedule a couple hours there to ogle the fabulous vintage travel posters.