Today we hit the slopes bright and early to conquer Blue Sky Basin and China Bowl on the backside of Vail. It was a long trek over to Blue Sky, but once there it was well worth it. They had groomed a few runs, so we stuck to those for the most part and enjoyed a lovely rest break at the bottom of chair 39.

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After that things went a little downhill (no pun intended). We decided to take a run right down the middle of the basin which involved cliffs, trees, and a lot of moguls. Luckily we came out in one piece, but I wasn’t the happiest camper. Can you see which finger I’m sticking up?

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Once done with the double blacks of death (which were kinda fun after the fact) we headed to China Bowl and did a few runs. China Bowl gets it’s name from a huge rock face named The Great Wall, however it was too windy up top to get a good picture, so Jess took this one of me on the lift instead. You can see China in the background.

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For lunch we stopped at the Two Elk Lodge for overpriced burgers, burritos and hot chocolate. However, it is one of my favorite lodges in Vail. Lots of wooden decor and big round tables if you can actually snag one!

The rest of the day was spent on some easy blues and greens around the Game Creek Lift and the Eagle Bahn Gondola. By the day’s end the snow was getting wet and heavy and one had to stick to groomed runs only. Luckily we’d picked up a trusty groom report that morning!

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Since it was our last day in Vail we ended things with some apres ski at Gafinkle’s on their deck. It wasn’t as sunny as our other days, but there really is nothing like tapping the Rockies in the Rockies, is there?

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After some major chillin’ at the Holiday Inn (per usual) we got dinner at Nozawa right in our hotel, they served up some fresh sushi, curry, and a really good sesame chicken. After that we headed into Vail Village for a drink at The George and called it a night. Tomorrow we are going to hit up Beaver Creek in the morning and then board our flight back to D.C.

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