We arrived in Denver at a decent time on Thursday morning thanks to time change that worked in our favor. Everyone in our group of 10 landed in Colorado within a few hours of each other and we rented three cars to transport all of us from Denver to Breckenridge. The two-hour drive passed quickly but the slushy roads and consistent snowfall kept our southern crew on our toes!
Once we arrived in Breckenridge, a small group of us checked in to see if we could pick up our ski rentals for the weekend but were told we were a little too early so we made our way to a nearby brewery for drinks and lunch.
We then figured we should get everything in order for the next few days and grabbed some food and drinks to adequately stock our two condos for the next three days. My friend Leah found us two ski-in/ski-out condos located side-by-side which was perfect because we could easily pop between the two condos and all be together most of the trip. (We stayed at SkiWatch overlooking Peak 8 for anyone interested.)
After a long day of traveling and getting situated, once we were all back at the condo, we opted to order pizza in and enjoy our drinks by the fire.
The next two days of our vacation centered around skiing and snowboarding!
Ryan has been dying to plan a ski vacation for us for years but I was always hesitant for just the two of us to go together because his skill level is quite a bit higher than mine and I figured we wouldn’t spend a ton of time on the slopes together. A group ski vacation was the perfect answer to this dilemma since our group had varying levels of ability. Within our group, we had two who had never skied before, a few who had skied handful of times (myself included) and a handful who were confident enough to ski/snowboard blacks (Ryan included).
Five of us signed up for lessons on Friday morning and this was a great decision. My friend Merri is an awesome skier and thoroughly encouraged the less-experienced members of our group to take lessons and I’m so glad she steered us in this direction. Laurel and her husband John had never skied before so they went into the beginner group while Leah, Ashley and I took a level three lesson. (There are nine levels and we were told we were “advanced beginners.”) We worked on hockey stops, weaving down the mountain and increasing our confidence on the slopes.
Once we were done, the three of us did a few greens on our own before making our way back to the condos to meet up with the rest of our group for lunch. I prepped a double batch of my crockpot cheesy chicken chili which worked well to easily feed a large group of people.
We were all anxious to get back out on the slopes and Leah and I felt confident enough to attempt a blue before the slopes closed for the day. The one problem: Apparently the blue we tried was one of the hardest on the mountain. When we got off the lift, Leah and I had a bit of a freak out moment because the beginning of the run was so steep! Somehow we made it down the mountain by slowly weaving our way through the steep areas but that was enough for us for the day. Phew!
After our ski adventures, we headed out for a few drinks at the base of the mountain before making our way back to the condos to change and get ready for dinner at Blue River Bistro in town.
Since our group was so large, we couldn’t get a reservation for all of us at one table and opted to split up the guys and girls and had fun sending shots to our respective tables.
We headed back to the condos after dinner and hung out together for a few hours before calling it a night.
Saturday we were up early thanks to the time difference and headed out to ski soon after the lifts opened.
I spent most of the morning skiing greens with Leah and Ashely and we had a blast!
I actually rode the lifts leading up to the greens with some of the little kids from ski school a few times (they ask for adults to volunteer to ride with little ones from time to time) and they were so stinking cute. The kids all looked like little marshmallows walking around and I couldn’t get over how good some of them were on the mountain. Most of the kids I talked to were from Colorado and seemed to be avid skiers and it certainly showed!
Eventually Ashley and Leah were ready to head in but I was still in the mood to ski for a bit and linked up with Ryan who was confident he found some blues I would enjoy. He skied them earlier in the day and assured me they didn’t have any of the big drop offs like the one we did the day before so I put my faith in his judgment and we headed off!
Ryan opted to snowboard on this trip and our afternoon of skiing and snowboarding together was one of the highlights of our vacation! We did several runs together and the blues I did on Saturday were incredibly fun and much more manageable than my first attempt on Friday. I felt comfortable and confident on the slopes and loved following Ryan down the mountain. Also, after spending so much time on the greens earlier in the day, it was awesome to be able to go down much longer runs and explore different parts of the mountain. It was seriously so cool and cemented my desire to ski more often!
Ryan and I were the last two on the slopes from our group and once we were done for the day, we linked back up with our friends at the base of the mountain for lunch and drinks!
The rest of our time in Colorado passed by in a blur of hot tub fun, drinks at the condo and Mexican food for dinner. We all said we could’ve used another day of skiing and more time to explore Breckenridge but we definitely made the most of the days we had together and are already talking about planning another ski trip next year!
Our time away was so amazing for so many reasons and we are so grateful to my mom and my Aunt Laurie for teaming up to watch our boys for us while we were away. They juggled various school drop offs, nap times, activities and more and seemed to genuinely enjoy doing it. They’re the best!
Ryan and I arrived home from Colorado in the early evening on Sunday and could not wait to wrap our boys up in the biggest hugs. We brought home geodes and little local leather animal keychains for the boys and they loved their little souvenirs!
Now that we’re all caught up, it’s time to get this Monday rockin’! I hope you all have a fantastic week!