Vail ski trip December 6-13, 2017
As is pretty usual for the early season trip to Vail, a group of 15 signed up to get in some early season powder. As is pretty unusual for the early season trip to Vail there was very little snow and in fact most Rocky Mountain resorts were experiencing record low snowfall. Whether this is due to La Niña or climate change is the source of much speculation. Thanks to some snow making, each resort had one or two runs open. On the other hand, no one suffered from being too cold.
In order to add some variety to the skiing I organized a bus to Keystone one day; some took the bus to Beaver Creek; others organized themselves to go to other resorts; and one afternoon I took everyone to enjoy the hot springs at Glenwood Springs. All this added to the camaraderie of the group. In addition, we had one reception and three group dinners.
We stayed in condos in the well-appointed Landmark at Lionshead. On our way from the airport we stopped for provisions (mostly breakfast, snack food and wine/beer). On the return, instead of the usual early morning return flight requiring leaving the condos before dawn, we left Vail at a civilized hour and caught the 4 pm to DCA. This was greatly appreciated.
Although there was considerable consternation leading up to the trip about the snow conditions those who went said they had a good time and were glad they did go.