Sunday, February 05, 2006

Rocky Mountain High

It's Sunday night and the end of another kick-ass week. This week really kicked my ass.

Don't get me wrong, it was great. I had a really good visit to a customer in Golden. This visit got me to Colorado ski country on the company's bill so that I could visit my Brother and his family in Boulder. It also gave me the unexpected treat of going skiing this year. I had blown off my usual ski vacation for the poker in Vegas this year. But shortly before leaving for Vegas, one of my managers contacted me about this customer visit.

Wouldn't you know it, I woke up with a developing cold the morning I was leaving for CO. I know where I got it from, and he is a regular reader of this blog, so I don't have to mention any names. It's OK though. I'd catch a cold in vegas again for all of the fun I had there.

The post-nasal drip and sore throat kept trying to get a foot-hold all week, but never really impeaded my plans. Wednesday and Thursday were spent with the customer. Friday was solo skiing at Copper Mountain. Skiing is fun, but skiing alone is the bottom rung or that ladder. It's just more fun with friends. Friday night I stayed at my brother's house and early Saturday morning (6:00 am to be exact), we (me, my brother and nephew) loaded into the van and headed for Breckenridge.

Breck is by far my favorite place to ski, and this year it is even better. 7" of new snow had fallen in the past day, and for a Saturday, the crowd was not awful. The sun was out so the terrain could be seen well. It wasn't too cold or too windy. It was some of the best conditions I've ever skied. When I say that it is even better now, I mean that put in a new lift this year at the very top of the mountain (peak 8 for those who know the place). This lift takes you up to over 13,800 feet. From there, you can ski for over 2.5 miles into town with out stopping. I tried, but had to take a break (OK, two breaks), but it was a blast. Here is a view from the top.

I caught an early flight home this morning. I got up at 4:15 to catch my 6:45 departure from DEN. I got the big bump up to first class giving me on of the most uncomfortable seats in any first class cabin, but I had enough room so I have no complaints.

This week I have a very boring destination, Wilkesboro, NC. I think after the last few weeks, boring is going to be enjoyable.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for not waking me at 4:30 to say good bye. Really! Come back soon. We're always up for a visit and some ski company. Glenn.

Special K said...

We've been through the routine enough by now. Thanks for the bed and the company. It was a blast.

Blogger said...

Nice snow, Roving Reporter

Nilphoenix said...

Just browsing the blogverse and came across yours. I used to live in Colorado, with a season pass for Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek, A-Basin, and another mountain that I forget now. Breck was my favorite mountain too, right along with Vail, and I can't tell you how happy I was when I read that Breck finally has a lift going to the peak! I used to go up there on that stupid rope thing that they had, where it was a rope on a spring loaded pulley witht this contraption that hooked under your butt. The first time that I ever took that lift, the hook suddenly twisted out from under my butt when I was almost at the top, and I just went sliding down the mountain, right along the path that everyone else was riding UP the mountain, taking three hard ski-boot kicks to the head. LOL It's funny to look back on now, but my head was ringing that day.
Anyway, I enjoyed your blog. I'll be tuning in regularly, if you don't mind.

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