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13 February 2005

Postcards from Breckenridge

I’m back from my holiday to Breckenridge, CO. I organized a trip for the hubs and I, plus 5 of our friends. We were there from February 6-10th and had 3 straight days of snowboarding. It’s funny if you think about it. Why would someone pay $$ to freeze their arse off up in the lifts and stay out in the cold for hours on end? Well we all dig it! I had a great time with the hubs and friends. We played Texas Hold ‘Em every night, ate tons of food, boarded, hung-out and had a blast.

Day 1: Arrived at Denver International Airport around 11 am. Then we took a shuttle from the airport to our condo (a 2-hour trip). Most of us got hit pretty hard with symptoms of ‘high-altitude sickness.’ Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, thirst, etc. Breckenridge has an altitude level of at least 9,000 feet. Some of the trails we went on started as high as 11,000 feet. Most of us had to acclimate during the first day and we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to snowboard. However, after we all downed some aspirin and ibuprofen, we were able to get better. Let me just say though, that the first day was killer. Thank goodness we got to our condo without a hitch and it turned out to be a cool and modern unit with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There was plenty of room for everyone.

View of the kitchen:

Lounging in the living room:

Vegging on the couch:

Sol and I going out to eat…

Day 2: 1st Day of Riding! Our condo is about a block away from the shuttle that takes you to the lifts. Actually, the lifts was walking distance from the condo but we were all too tired and breathless to do any major walking. It’s hard enough to walk around with all your gear on, let alone do it 9,000 feet up in the mountains! The lifts took us straight to Peak 8 where we started with a green trail to warm up. The trails were nice and wide, and the view was amazing.

View from the mountain:

One of 4 Terrain Parks….check out the superpipe!

The hubs and I:

View from the lifts:

Day 3: It was snowing when we got up. They had expected about 10-14 inches of snow during the night and I was excited to get some powder. When we got to the trails, there were loads of nice, fluffy powder. The hubs and I did a lot of black diamond trails just to test out the snow. We were told that trails in the Mid-west and West-Coast were generally easier than the trails here at home. We were able to maneuver the trails easily, especially since there were no icy patches and tons of fresh powder. During the last half of the day, we chilled at the terrain park (one of 4 terrain parks there) to try some tricks.

Chicks kicking arse!

Yes, that’s me doing a table top! (okay, it’s not that high…)

Me, missing the rail…

I sit it out instead…

Day 4: Last day to try a 180! One of my goals was to do a 180 turn off a jump. Well, I did complete a lot of jumps, but no 180. I was too scared to even try. Plus, I busted my arse hard on the pipe trying to do a jump-turn. Our friend Steve, though, was able to complete 2 360-degree turns and tried a sh*t-load of crazy-ass tricks! Man, I wish I was that gutsy. But I did do a lot of jumps. I didn’t get a lot of air, but I was still a couple of feet off the ground! The last day of boarding wasn’t all that great because it was really cold and windy. It was actually about 3-degrees in the morning, though it did warm up a little around noon to a sunny 20-degrees.

If you squint, you can tell that’s me doing a jump…=)

The hubs ready to roll…

View of the mountain that day:

Day 5: We woke up at the butt-crack of dawn because the shuttle was coming to pick us up at 6:45 am. We cleaned up and packed the night before so we weren’t in a rush. We got into the airport with plenty of time to spare and chilled in the lobbies. Back to the daily grind.

The gang (L-R: The hubs, moi, Angie, Sol, Steve, Girlie & hubs Luke):

Next snowboarding trip: Tahoe, Jackson Hole, or Park City?

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