I promise, this really is our last snowboarding trip of the season. The season is over so we couldn’t go even if we wanted to and we really want to. Park City was suppose to be the last one. I had packed all of our stuff up and started to store it for next season. We had started to plan our summer but we still couldn’t shake those post mountain blues. It didn’t help that we both kept getting emails from various resorts reporting their recent snow fall and counting down the days until season ended.
Then the stars started to align, okay that may be a bit dramatic but things just seemed to start working out. I got an email with an amazing deal on lodging in Breckenridge, I noticed the kids had off for Good Friday and the following Monday for conferences and we both knew that this was one of those times that we just had to say yes. We would miss our big Easter celebration here but our little family would still be together. More life right?
So off we went and we don’t regret it at all. It was the best ending to Gray’s first snowboarding season.
I don’t know why we haven’t snowboarded/skied in the Spring before. We always go in the Winter but we got two trips in during the Spring season and it’s amazing! The resorts aren’t as crowded, you can dress lighter and the weather is gorgeous. We will still go in the Winter but I’m telling you, Spring boarding is where it’s at.
I love being up there with my boys. They are so fun to watch when they are making their way down the mountain. I can’t really explain the feeling I get when I see them just being carefree and happy, it’s almost like I can feel how much fun they are having just by watching them. I cried. I can’t believe I am even admitting that but I cried watching him. Then he went and started doing the small terrain park and I cried even more. My boy is growing up right before my eyes.
Olivia goes to childcare when we are out but she made a promise to Graham that she would take a snowboarding lesson. She has been telling us that she will learn when she is 14 so as soon as she said she would take one while we were there I signed her up. She is a brave girl but something about snowboarding has her more timid than we usually see her. She did it though and she did great. She looked even tinier than I thought was possible out there on her little snowboard. We went to check on her after her lunch break and she decided she wanted to be done once she saw Graham. She was tired and now that I think back, she was probably starting to feel bad. She started running a fever that night but she told us she had fun, kind of, and that she would take more lessons next year so we will take it.
We woke up on Easter morning after a long night of Olivia running a fever and took it easy. We had planned on going to the Easter egg hunt on the mountain but were prepared to stay in and do one in the condo if she wasn’t feeling up to it. She perked up and said she wanted to go so we headed out to the hunt.
It was the quickest, easiest, most efficient egg hunt we have ever done. 3 minutes and they were finished with a bag of eggs and smiles on their faces. We spent the rest of the day taking it easy, bowling and then to the arcade.
We only had a couple of days left after Easter and Olivia was still feeling a little under the weather so I stayed with her while the boys went out and did a couple more days of boarding together. We went into town and rode the gondola up and down the mountain. The gondola ride and some gummy worms were what it took to make her sass return and get her back to her semi-normal self.
We met the boys at the end of the day and they started to try to talk me into staying a few more days. I wish I could have said yes but I knew we had to get back home and back to reality.
One thing that I have never noticed before because we have never stayed so close to the base was how quiet it is once the day is over. Everyone leaves, the lifts slow down and eventually stop and all you see is the empty mountain until the cats come out to start grooming the runs for the next day. You get to see just how much work goes into getting the mountain ready for the each day. It’s pretty incredible. I would sit out on the balcony and just watch the cats go up and down the mountain, grooming and pushing snow around. It was oddly relaxing.
The day we leave is always spent with the kids and I going into town during the morning so that Graham can sleep as long as possible since he drives through the night. Then we pack up and head home. We went to Kava Cafe and had some very fresh mini donuts and coffee then walked down Main St. until we found a little park.
I think the kids could have spent hours here even though it was a small park. The weather was beautiful and they were full of energy.
Then we saw a two moose across the street from the park and the kids decided that maybe they were a little too close for comfort. I have to admit I was a little worried for a couple of minutes. I made them get up on the slide until the moose headed in the opposite direction but they wanted to go down to the river after that so we headed back.
Breckenridge is such a cute little town with a lot of history. We keep coming back even though we say we want to see other parts of Colorado and the country but something about this place pulls us in. We will be back this summer and I hear that once you visit in the summer, it’s hard to leave. I can see how that would be possible because I know it was hard to leave in the spring. The countdown is on though. Breck, you were so good to us. I cannot wait to experience your summer beauty.