Vail Ski Resort

Ski Lift at Vail

Ski Lift at Vail

Ever since my husband went on a business trip to Vail, I’ve wanted to see what all the hub-bub is about. When I found out that the ski resort is right off of I-70, we planned a visit.

Little did I know snow skiing can be so expensive. After adding up the costs for lift tickets, rental equipment and ski school for the kids, we gave up the idea of skiing for the day. However, we did stop to eat lunch. As we approached the resort, snow fell. We were like kids in a candy store as we watched it fall sideways.

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We stumbled upon Pazzo’s Pizza near the small ice skating rink. Although we had to pay $20 to park in theĀ public parkingĀ garage since the village is mostly pedestrian, the food was delicious. The tomatoes on my deep-pan pizza were fresh and I liked the unusual shaped slice. Afterwards, we drove around the village seeing the hotels, condos and and skiers. Somewhat manufactured, the village reminded me of Rosemary Beach in Florida.

 

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Trip Report – Utah and Colorado

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Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

I wanted to go somewhere that didn’t look just like home. For several years I had been researching the Grand Canyon, but flights were expensive. After talking to a friend who did a 2-week tour of the national parks, we came up with this 5-day itinerary. The focus was on the three Utah parks – Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef and we made Moab our base. The nearest airports are Salt Lake City and Denver. Since Denver was significantly less expensive and we’d get to explore some of Colorardo, we chose that route. It sounds like a lot, but it worked and was the perfect amount of time. One more day and everyone would be getting cranky. Be sure to click on the hyper-links for detailed posts on each place.

Ski Lift at Vail

Ski Lift at Vail

 

 

Day 1

Fly to Denver

Vail Ski Resort – lunch

Colorado National Monument

Dinner and Overnight in Moab, Utah

 

 

 

Windows Arch at Arches NP

Windows Arch at Arches NP

 

 

Day 2

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Return to Arches NP for Delicate Arch trail at Sunset

Overnight in Moab

Canyonlands NP

Canyonlands NP

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Capital Reef NP

Dinner and Overnight in Moab

 

 

Scenic Colorado

Scenic Colorado

 

 

Day 4

Scenic drive to Telluride

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Overnight in Salida, Co

 

 

 

University of Colorado

University of Colorado

 

 

Day 5

Boulder, Co

Rocky Mountain National Park

Overnight in Denver for early flight the next morning