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Greetings Vail lovers!
Mark your calendars and send in your applications & deposit for a week long ski trip to Vail, Colorado. We'll leave on Sat., Jan. 26th and return on Sat., Feb. 2nd. 2013. What's in store? Seven starlit nights and 5 snowy days of great skiing. Five day lift pass includes all 5 ski resorts. We'll stay at the Simba Run Condos (but ran like a hotel). Simba run is a gold rated property and has all the amenities: 2 bedroom/2 bath, full kitchen, large square footage, Star Bucks, towels daily, indoor/outdoor hot tub, largest indoor pool in Vail, free internet in all units. They have a complimentary shuttle service to & from Lionshead and the transportation center; Golden Peak upon request, so you don't have that long end of the day walk. Vail's free shuttle bus has a stop right outside their back door too! Also, this is Vail's 50th anniversary season celebration, with the unveiling of a 2nd gondola, replacing the Vista Bahn Express. I'm sure they will have extra activities to entertain us. We tried to find a place that met everyone's needs and I think we found it. Plus, for only $1399, we think it's a match made in powder heaven! "What's not to like...."
Jim & Diane....
What can we say, we had pow pow, sick pow, freshy pow, cherry-cherry pow, Snorkel weather pow, knee deep pow...and did I say groomed pow...What a week !!!! We had fresh powder every day....along with a little sun thrown in here and there. 30" over the week......Back bowls maybe waist deep.....in spots. It was just one of those weeks where even the grooming crew at Vail would groom a slope and there would be another 3" or 6" on top....How Sweet It Was.....If you didn't know how to ski the powder...you sure learned by the end of the week....And amazingly, no one got hurt.....
Our condos, Simba Run, were very nicely appointed with updated units with great full wall windows facing the mountains. The indoor pool was the largest one I have ever seen at a resort and the indoor and outdoor 20 person hot tubs sure hit the spot. I was very impressed with Simba Runs private shuttle service, never more than a few minute wait. Ask The Jerry Hill about his Bear themed and pillow unit. He sure got a kick out of it.
Speaking of Jerry, while sitting in the hot tub, his nephews, Joel & Nathan, said "ya, he took Gerry and Gary, their father, to do some moguls'" I'm thinking they took them off the side somewhere to do a few small ones. O' no, they took them on Blue OX.....I said What ??? I know Gerry & their father don't do moguls...Blue Ox is a half mile of black diamond bumps.....and they lived to tell about it. Wow... Monday I shepherd a group of 10 down Vail's signature 3 mile trail, Riva Ridge. They only groom it once or twice a week, so I said now is the time to do it. I was very proud that everyone accomplished that feat as a group....even the "Tourist Trap" section which at one time was a double black.
Wednesday evening we had Vail's #1 rated Moe's BBQ cater our meal....Every item was top notch and delicious. We closed out the week with a "clean-out your frig party in Luis Fernandez, Barb Felmar, Jim Zinser and Allen Porter's unit Friday night.
Over-all, the trip went very smooth....flights, ground transportation, rooms, hot tubs, skiing, parties....We had a great bunch of Lewis members, with many regulars and a few new, hopefully returning skiers.
Jim & Diane Slifka
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