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Next stop, please

Nate Peterson

Last week a work buddy told me that the best thing about Snowmass is that it’s between Aspen and Denver.I laughed when he said it, but I wasn’t laughing on Saturday. Not after riding between two shrieking toddlers on a crammed bus from Aspen to the Snowmass Village mall, nor after I had to wait a good 20 minutes to get on the Village Express.The day only got worse. I felt like I was in one of my bad dreams – the one where I move back to Vail.The lift lines continued to get longer and the runs more crowded, so I decided to get back on the bus and head home. Bad idea. I probably should have waited for a better time to leave – say, 11 at night.Then maybe I wouldn’t have gotten smushed into the back corner next to three runts who thought it would be a good idea to kick one another all the way back to the hotel. Even worse was the listless mother who talked on the phone for the whole ride while her trio of toddlers beat the crap out of one another.I was tempted to say something, but I figured it was a no-win situation, so I just turned up the volume on my iPod.More shrieking ensued. More people got on the bus. By the time I got back to Aspen, I vowed never to ride the Snowmass bus again.At least not until next week, when spring break is over for another year.


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