Sunday, November 24, 2013

Colorado 2012

Back in December I had to do a site visit for an upcoming spring meeting and poor, me the location was Aspen, CO. We've been discussing this since about September but since fall is our busiest season I just couldn't get away to do a site visit until mid-December. Well, Mark has been hooked on snowboarding so do you think he'd let me go at this alone? I think not. We planned it so we'd have a couple of play time too. We arrived at The St. Regis Aspen and were whisked away to our suite!

They had just gotten dumped on, about 15 inches, the night before so it was fresh snow and the city was covered. It was beautiful!

The property is GOR-GEOUS! I met with my hotel contact that afternoon and had a nice dinner at the Chef's Club by FOOD & WINE.  The next morning we were able to go skiing/snowboarding at Snowmass. If you remember, the first time I skied I broke my leg, the first time snowboarding I broke my tailbone, this my friends was my first time back on the slopes. I decided to go for skis again this time. It worked. I actually felt like I knew what I was doing. It was a success people, NO BROKEN BONES!

That afternoon I tagged along with the contact from the destination management company. She took me around the quaint little city looking at several dining and private event options.

The destination was beautiful and I knew it would be a real treat for our guests. We finished our stay in Aspen with a photo shoot. Then we had a nice drive to Vail to visit Mark's college buddy.

We arrived in Vail in time to each lunch with Mark's friend and visit for a while. We arrived at our hotel late in the afternoon so just decided to check out the area and get fitted for our skis/board so we'd be ready to go the next day.

Ready for second day on the slopes - again successful! We did more than a 1/2 day at Beaver Creek and I was so ready to get down that mountain. Mark went on ahead and poor JC decided to get m down. Well we realized there were several bunny slopes closed due to lack of snow so that made our trek much more difficult. After getting down parts of the mountain and building up my courage again we finally made it down, just in time for fresh, warm cookies. We both were completely worn out!


Mark's goal for this trip was for me to enjoy it again so I would want to go back more often. I think his plan may have worked. We're already talking about our next ski trip.
This was a great trip to take in mid-December, a time we usually don't travel. It was so pretty to see all the snow and Christmas lights! Can't wait for our next snow-cation!

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