We arrived in Vail last night with no flight troubles and checked into our smokin’ room at the Holiday Inn Apex Vail. It’s basic, but clean and mostly quiet, save a few drunkards making noise in the hall.

Before picking up Allie who was on a later flight Jess and I had some steak at the Gashouse in Edwards. Once we were all together it was lights out at 10pm. Note that CO is 2 hrs behind EST, so it was really like 12, we aren’t that lame…

Our alarm went off at 7am and by 7:30 we were ready to hit the slopes at Beaver Creek. A short drive in the rented red Toyota Corolla brought us to the bear parking lot at the Beaver base. Much to our surprise some of the parking lots at Beaver (bear lot and elk lot are FREE). Lonely Planet take note!

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We didn’t make the first chair, but it was well worth the time spent with some Argentine’s at the rental shop where Allie got her skis.

We started the day off with some runs on the main peak and then made our way over to the Larkspur Bowl, which made for some lovely runs. I have not skied in about a year, but I was still the same as ever after a few warm up runs.

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For  lunch we stopped at the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch. The day was sunny and in the 40’s, so eating outside at the Buffalo Bar was ideal. We had buffalo chili (fitting) and some truffle and blue cheese potato chips, YUM.

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Afterwards we went inside the hotel and warmed up by the fire with some hot chocolate.

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Eating at the Ritz wasn’t any more expensive than any of the other places on the mountain, lunch ran about $18, pretty standard for Beaver. So, if you’re there you must give it a try!

We skied a few runs in Bachelor Gulch and admired the condos with heated driveways then made our way over to the main summit where we finished the day off with some sunny runs. All in all the overall skiing was pretty good, no fresh powder, but the temperatures made up for that and there were no crowds.

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On the way home we stopped to pick up some local Colorado brews and began chillin at the Holiday Inn, obviously. For dinner we headed to Vail Village and found that parking is free in the garage from 3pm to 3am (everyone probably already knew that except us) and had some amazing pizza at Vendetta’s.

The night ended dancing to classical rock at the Red Lion Inn, a Vail Village classic. Lights were out at the un-godly hour of 11pm and I was probably snoring by 11:05 (right Tommy?). I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow!

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