We finally made it up to the mountains over the long President’s weekend for some much anticipated skiing. Summit county was out of the question for the holiday, so instead we headed out to Salida to ski nearby Monarch Mountain, something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. We made the drive out on Sunday morning and took advantage of clear blue skies and warm weather to enjoy a picnic and exploration along the Arkansas river. Later, we went to the in-town hot-springs, much like a recreational pool with a few different temperatures and all inside. The boys loved it and Joshua convinced the life-guard to let him go down the big slide twice. We spent the night at a Super 8 in Salida, a great stay complete with pool and 3 hot-tubs. We kept switching between the different options, with the pool being the must fun with lots of jumping.
The next morning we headed up the pass for skiing. It was a blue-bird morning and Will didn’t waste any time getting acquainted with the magic carpet. The plan was to get him a few runs and then go explore myself, but he couldn’t get enough and we ended up skiing together the bulk of the day. By the afternoon he really mastered the snow-plow, basic turning, and only wanted to “ski fast” by himself with no help. At the bottom he would always say “one more time.” We even went up on the chair-lift a few times for some longer runs. Joshua also tried it out but was a bit more timid and not sure what to think. He really just wanted to ski with Will, but we only had one pair of skiis. After some pretty loud crying, the lift attendant let him go up the magic carpet with Linnea. Finally around the 3:00 p.m., Will got tired out, just in time as blizzard like conditions were rolling in. Conditions quickly turned to powder and I found some really nice runs with nobody around. Luckily I didn’t get lost in the white-out; the terrain was great, surprisingly steep and nice glade runs, perfect for the fresh snow.
The drive back was quite the adventure with the blowing snow the whole way. Linnea must have been holding her breath the whole time because started having some contractions. The boys slept the whole way and four hours later we made it home without going in the ditch. The boys didn’t even blink an eye and went straight to bed complete with clothes still on.