Last Tuesday (I know, I’m a little behind on blogging!), Ian and I headed west to Winter Park for the day. You see, Ian was on Spring Break, and I just decided to play hookie for the day to soak up some bluebird skies and fresh powder.
We made it to the mountain around 8:30 and were shocked at the amount of people on the slopes. It was packed! Especially for a Tuesday morning. Turns out, one of the main lifts at the base of WP was down for the majority of the day, making the other two have suppppper long lines.
This old couple on the lift with us had skis that said “Prince Charming” and “Cinderella” — SO cute.
So, as soon as we got on the mountain we decided it was best to stay on it and not make our way back to the bottom until it was time to leave.
Speaking of layers, I realized that I never told you guys about my Columbia Omni-Heat baselayer that was gifted to my from Heather a couple months back. I’ve been taking this wonderful bright pink top on just about every outdoor excursion I can think of. I’ve definitely put it through the ringer — running in chilly temps, snowshoeing, hiking and snowboarding— it’s a winner in my book!
^^ Do you think that I like that color? My all-time FAVORITE hat.
This is the heaviest baselayer that Columbia has, and boy oh boy does it keep you toasty. It is lined with tiny, reflective dots (the omni-heat) that bounce your body heat back at you. Combine that with lots of movin’ and shakin’ in the outdoors and you’ve got one toasty gal.
I digress. We snowboarded until about 1:30, when we got word that it was snowing hard back in Denver. We didn’t really feel like getting stuck on I-70 for 3 hours, so we booked it back to the parking lot and headed back home.
Well, it’s actually kind of ironic that we left early to beat traffic, because we ended up making it all the way to Genesee (about 10 miles from home) before we hit a stand-still line up of about 10 cars. We waited 20 minutes before walking out and talking to the police officer. Turns out we missed a HUGE pileup by about 5 minutes! We were told that the highway wouldn’t be open for a couple hours (they actually closed the highway both directions after we turned around), so we headed to the canyon to take an alternate route home.
Murphy’s Law at its finest, someone had actually slid into Clear Creek so the canyon was closed and we had to make yet another detour. 4 hours of sketchy mountain roads and white-knuckling the handle on the dashboard later, we were home!
We had beer + nachos+ pizza for dinner (Yard House has happy hour everyday from 3-6 FYI, super cheap pizza + nachos!) and then settled in to watch Flight with Denzel Washington. It was a good one! I passed out soon after the movie ended.
It was quite the exciting hookie day!
Questions for you:
- If you were to play hookie for the day, where would you go/what would you do?
- Have you seen any good movies lately?