Winter and summer in one weekend
The Aspen Times
The Texans were in town last weekend, and I made sure they saw the best of both worlds while they were here.
I am, of course, talking about my immediate family, who decided that they wanted to do Easter together this year and get one more Colorado trip in, as well. Of course, these plans were made during the big powder surge in March, so this nervous host was happy it started snowing when they arrived — I think I was the most surprised of all of us.
We spent the next day skiing Snowmass, and it was probably the best day I’ve had recently. A few inches of fresh snow plus cold temperatures made conditions fantastic on Elk Camp and the Burn. That was the day the gondola kept running late, and skiing down through slush that was refreezing was not the best way to end the day, but the beer on the patio made up for it.
The next day, we headed downvalley. Being Texans, we like to take drives — something I don’t get to do enough anymore and something my sister protested we were doing too much of. But Mom and Dad are starting to talk about where they want to split their time as they get closer to retirement, and I had some selling to do, so drive we did.
After exploring Old Snowmass a bit, with Mom nudging Dad at every “for sale” sign, we headed to our only real agenda item of the day: a soak in the Avalanche Ranch hot springs. I had never been before but am already planning to return for an overnight trip this offseason. It’s amazing: clean and tranquil, aesthetic both on the grounds and in the surrounding views.
Continuing our tour of the Roaring Fork Valley, we cruised up to Redstone, where we stopped for ice cream — serious summer stuff — and Marble before headed back upvalley for a nice dinner out and to watch the basketball game at the Hotel Jerome.
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