Denver Deal: January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

I grew up in Steamboat. And yes, we had skiing as our gym class in elementary school. After I had my kiddos I had not gone skiing in a long time mostly due to cost and I wasn’t sure if my kids would love it. Then when my son got his free pass in 5th Grade (back then there was not the Vail Epic School Kids offering it to Kindergartners) – he challenged me to learn snowboarding. The first time was not pretty (I could not figure out how to stop the stupid thing and was toted to the bottom of the ski area strapped to a sled provided by the lovely mountain staff). After that, I did get a lesson (on a cheap deal in January since it is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month) and the rest is sort of family history. I love snowboarding. I can’t wait to go every year! It is great fun with the family and yes, you can even get DEALS to do it. If you’ve never been….start now!

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. We will continue to update you as we learn about great deals for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month but here are a few to get you started.

  • Arapahoe Basin – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Super Sunday lessons are morning, half-day only (2.5 hours) and include a lift ticket. Adults (ages 15+) are $80 and children (ages 3-14) are $100. Equipment rentals are not included but guests can find alpine ski and snowboard rentals on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop. Super Sunday lessons are available January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 as well as Friday, January 8 as Arapahoe Basin participates in the World’s Largest Lesson. For more information, visitwww.arapahoebasin.com.
  • Aspen/Snowmass + Limelight Hotel – New this year at the Limelight Hotel, the property introduces the Beginner Incentive Package that will make any newbie to the sport a skier for life. Offered in conjunction with the Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools, the package includes three full days of adult beginner lessons and four nights at the Limelight Hotel. Daily lunch is included in the experience, and the property’s local guides will escort skiers and riders to the slopes each day. Ski or Snowboard boot rentals, skis, snowboards and helmets are included. Guests also have the option to rent goggles, gloves, jackets and outerwear upon arrival from local retail partners.The package is valid during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month from Jan. 2-17, 2016. Pricing for this all-inclusive package starts at $1,778 per person. Book now by visitingwww.limelighthotel.com or calling (844) 854-3387.
  • Copper Mountain – Copper announces Ski and Ride School University: No More Excuses for Winter Sport Never-Evers. Inspired by National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Ski and Ride School U offers newbies aged 18 and older a hassle-free and affordable option to catch the winter bug. For $199 the package includes:Three ski or snowboard lessons, Lift tickets, Equipment rentals, Close-in parking, Lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day. Plus, upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will award participants a free season pass so guests can progress further on the slopes for the remainder of the winter. Quantities are limited and the package must be purchased in person at Copper Mountain. For more information, please visitwww.CopperColorado.com.
  • Eldora – Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is offering the Mountain Explorer Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $129. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental, and all day lesson, with snacks and lunch. Reservations are recommended; visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.children.html for more information. For adults, EMR is offering the EASY 1-2-3 for $129. The day package includes one day of lower mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and 3.5 hour lesson (2 hours AM and 1.5 hours PM). Visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.daily.html for more information.
  • Loveland – All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability who pre-purchase or complete 3 full day lesson packages receive a free, unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include lesson, lift access, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch.  Full day lessons are from 10am through 3:30pm daily. Phone reservations are available or guests can register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Participants who pre-purchase can enjoy the season pass all winter long. Pre-purchase price is $336 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass); $360 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass & early drop off)
  • Monarch – Kids ages 7 and up who have never been skiing or riding before, get the package including an all-day lift ticket, a ski or snowboard rental, a helmet rental, and a 4-hour group lesson for just $139. Plus, take the lesson package between the dates specified you will receive a free lift ticket for your next visit this season! Book the lesson on their website, skimonarch.com. (http://www.skimonarch.com/learn-to-ski-month/
  • Crested Butte – During the month of January, first time skiers and riders, ages 15 and older can sign up for a first time beginner adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski + Ride School fro $79. This package includes full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and 1/ off a single-day equipment rental package. (Expires 1/31/2016).
  • Steamboat – Guests at Steamboat can build confidence while they learn in a safe, controlled, terrain-based environment with instructors that guide them every step of the way. Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package opens the slopes with two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from Jan. 4-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages 1st Grade and older. For more information, visitwww.steamboat.com or call 800.299.5017.
  • Sunlight – Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight (January 8) offers $20 lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the United Way of Garfield County. In addition, on January 10 Sunlight will host Student/Teacher Appreciation Day, with $20 lift tickets for students and free lift tickets for teachers.
  • If you got the Vail Epic School Kids, use your free lesson and equipment rental this month. Call to your favorite resort (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, or Keystone) to make your reservation.
  • Winter Park – Winter Park Ski + Ride School’s multi-week Fish Programs can accommodate children from age 3 to 14. With the 7 week Piranhas Program, 5 week Barracudas Program, or the 3 week Minnows Program, kids will have a blast while making new friends, and developing new skills on the slopes. Groups are broken down by age and ability level, from beginner to expert. Programs include instruction from the same coach each week, GPS tracking, and lunch. Programs for the month of January begin at $259 and may be reserved here:http://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/kids-multiweek-lessons.aspx
  • Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a variety of ski and snowboard packages to help introduce never-evers to the sport. During the month of January, Wolf Creek is offering a four-week Camp Robbers clinic for kids. For $231 ($264 for non-Season Pass holders) lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch, and snacks are all included each week. Children will be grouped with the same children and instructor each week for the clinic. Not only will the kids improve on their skills, but also this class design will encourage socialization and friendship over the four-week span. Mountain safety, fun races, and a terrain garden are all featured in this program. For more information, visithttp://www.wolfcreekski.com.
  • Estes Park, COJan 16, 2016 – Part of a two-day celebration of winter with many other events happening with clinics and igloo building.  This is a snowshoe only event. (It’s not just ski and snowboard month!)

Winter Ski Directory. We’re thrilled to launch the Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals….all in one convenient place so you can compare and contrast.

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Ski Deals So Great They Will Make You Squeal

Nothing makes me squeal more like a teenager than the two words Snowboarding and Deals. And I will totally go ga-ga when they are in a sentence together! That is why I love Labor Day weekend! The unofficial weekend of ski sales in the Denver area.

Vail Epic Ski Kids. Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone) are offering a free pass for Colorado Residents in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The pass allows kids to ski/snowboard four times at each of their resorts. You must go to a Colorado Ski & Golf, Ski and Sport or Boulder Sports in person with your kiddo to fill out paperwork. You also have to bring a recent photo (head shot) of your kids. The program includes a free first-timer lesson and equipment rental on that day.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country announced it will offer the 5th and 6th Grade Passport again this year. The program is a mail-in program. The fifth graders get three free days of skiing/snowboarding at each of  20 member resorts (Winter Park, Copper, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Eldora, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Snowmass, Loveland etc.). Sixth Graders is super inexpensive at just $99 for four days at each of the 20 member resorts. The program includes a free lesson and rental equipment on the day of the lesson. Bonus, this program is also supported by Chipotle and as I recall, they sent out some coupons for buy one get one free at Chipotle too!

Junior Trade. Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport) locations offer the Junior Trade Program. Basically you purchase ski or snowboard equipment. The budget friendly packages start at just $99 (again this is not season rental – it is you buying used kids sized equipment). Then if you choose to return the equipment at the end of the season (or trade up for a larger size) you get 1/2 the money back. Just to put this into perspective about how inexpensive this is a day rental usually runs just over $25. So it totally pays for itself in four times (and if you return it – it pays for itself in just two times) on the mountain. As your kids grow you can bring the equipment back and get bigger sizes to fit their growth.

SniagrabSniagrab (“bargains” spelled backwards) is the world’s largest ski and snowboard sale, offering up to 90% off original prices on previous seasons’ ski and snowboard equipment, winter apparel and accessories starting Labor Day weekend. The sale features merchandise from top brands. They will also have some fun promotions, the first 250 customers in line on Saturday, September 5 will receive Bonus Bucks ranging in value from $10–$100 to use toward their Sniagrab purchase. One customer will receive $500 in Bonus Bucks. Customers must be in line prior to 7:30am. Spend $300 or more on September 5 or September 6 will receive a Sports Authority cash card (worth $25 when purchase is $300-$399.99; $50 when purchase is $500-$699.99; $75 when purchase is $700 or more). Ten customers will win an Epic Local Pass or Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, valued up to $579 per pass. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below. One customer will win a Mountain Getaway Package for Two, that includes a Winter Park Lodge Pass, 2 single-day Winter Park lift tickets, and 2 ski or snowboard rentals at Sports Authority. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below.

Ski Rex. Friday, September 4 through Sept 20th you can snag great deals at the front-range Colorado Ski and Golf locations. (There are great ski deals but even if you are not a skiier there are great clothing/coats too). Gound Zero (the biggest location for the sale) is the Aurora location. Plus, there will be fun for kids (little wannabe snowboarders), Burton’s Riglet Park, a learn-to-ride obstacle course for little tykes, will be set up at the Aurora location on Sunday, Sept. 6 with instructors and representatives to guide kids through their first snowboard sliding experience along an artificial snow surface with mini bumps and ramps. On Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Strider will offer a kid’s bike course for tiny tykes to get their first cycling experience on the pedal-less bikes that allow small children a gentle introduction to riding a bike. Discounts can be as big at 70% off! For even better deals and coupons visit:  www.skirex.com.

PowderDaze. Christy Sports hosts PowderDaze saving you up to 70% off. The sale will be at the Christy Sports in Littleton at  8601 W Cross Dr next to the Southwest Plaza Mall.Open 10am – 8pm Daily, August 28 through September 8 with all Ski gear, Board Gear and Apparel! Plus, exclusive pass/lift ticket deals available at Denver Powder Daze Only!

Lift Ticket Deals. While I mentioned the great school aged kids pass deals above, there are some great deals to score this weekend only for adult tickets too! (These are special deals or rates for Labor Day weekend only).

  • Copper Mountain. 4-packs for $159 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Winter Park. 4-passes for $179 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin). Elevation 4-pass at $139 (ages 15–69) with a Bonus Friend Ticket FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts). and they sell transferrable Four Packs are $159.
  • Steamboat. A 3 Day restricted pass at $149 valid 10/26/15 – 4/10/16. Black out dates are 12/26/15 – 1/10/16. Restrictions: Limit one pass per person. Non-transferable photo pass. Quantities are limited and price subject to change. Must be present to purchase. Pass not valid for Summer 15 or 2016 gondola rides. Passes and unused days are non-refundable. Credit or Debit Cards only.
  • Crested Butte. 6 Pack (for the price of a 4 Pack) 5 Winter 15/16 Lift Tickets, plus 1 summer 2016 lift ticket, just $129! Tickets are transferable.
  • Eldora. 4-Pass is just $149 (no blackouts or restrictions, non-transferable) and Mtn Explorer Full-Day Kids Package: $69
  • Loveland. Unrestricted 4-Pak:= just $129. Includes 4 lift tickets.No restrictions and no blackouts. ($10 off online price when you purchase at one of the sales).

Maybe when you get some great deals, you will squeal too. (And then we can jump up and down squealing together). Or I’ll see you in the mountains!

Denver Deals: Starbucks, Mad Greens, Vail and More

I am a fourth generation Colorado native. I am very proud of that fact. I am even more proud when the ideals of our politicians match my personal ideas. I saw that in action this last week when Gov. John Hickenlooper along with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation challenged Colorado schools, businesses and individuals to collectively perform 10,000 random acts of kindness. The six-month challenge kicked off at Gov. Hickenlooper’s inauguration and culminates at the Biennial of the Americas event in Denver on July. What can you do?Give, receive or witness an act of kindness. Post your photos, videos and stories using #StateOfKind on Twitter, Vine, Facebook or Instagram. Or email them to Glinda@randomactsofkindness.org with the subject line: #StateofKind.

FREE Salad at Mad Greens Westminster. In celebration of their newest location, Mad Greens will have free salads for anyone who shows up at their new location at 120th and Huron on Tuesday, April 28 between 10:30 and 8:30 p.m. The salad can also have chicken added and a free drink.

Starbucks. Starbucks is once again having Happy Hour with Frappuccinos! Nothing could make my teenage kids happier. May 1 (This Friday) through May 10 Starbucks will offer their cold blended beverages for half price between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

King Soopers. King Soopers offers a Free Friday item. If you sign up for King Soopers coupons – you can download a chosen free item each Friday. Items in the past have included Lindt Chocolate Stick, Lipton sparking iced tea, power bars and yogurts. All it takes if for you to click “download to my card” then when you check out they take the entire purchase price of that item off your bill. Also while you are at KingSoopers.com (or the KingSoopers app) you can download manufacturer coupons (so you don’t have to cut and carry them) right onto your card.

Girl’s Night At The Movies. You and your girls are invited to a special advance screening of HOT PURSUIT starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon on May 5. Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/HOTMama to download your admit-two pass. Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed! HOT PURSUIT hits theaters May 8.

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have a copy of their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores through end of May.

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

Free/Cheap Days.

  • The Newman Center at the University of Denver has a mothers day 2 for 1 Special for their final performance of the year.
  • Friday, May 1 Four Mile Historic Park admission will be free.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum offers free admission this Saturday, May 2.
  • Sunday, May 3 is free admission at the Mizel Museum of Jewish Art and culture.
  • Tuesday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is free at the Children’s Museum of Denver (compliments of Target)
Professional Organizing. Simply Put Organizational Solutions for the Home is a full-service company, which helps people focus, simplify, and organize their home or office. They design, purchase, and install innovative space solutions and organizational systems. Products and services are tailor-made, high quality and guaranteed to meet diverse and changing needs. Call today 303.321.2692 – get the first 2 hours of home or office organizing support for the price of one (a $150 value for only $75). Additional hours are 20% off (making it just $60/hour). Plus, the offer is good for new and existing clients on your first project of this year.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Denver Deal: Bass Pro Shop, Hot Pursuit Movie, Cherry Creek North Expo and More

My kids were never into Legos. While I thought they were cool – I guess I didn’t have the imagination to make something spectacular out of them (and as a parent I stepped on a few in the middle of the night and it really hurt). But the FREE Lego Exhibit at Park Meadows Mall of our American National Monuments is very cool. Having gone to D.C. with my kids last summer and seeing these amazing monuments in person, I was astonished at the size and complexity of the ones at the mall. Maybe this will inspire both myself and my kids to like Legos a little more..again.

Bass Pro Shop. Bass Pro Shops celebrates the Workender Weekend Escape event with sales, giveaways, how-to’s, social hour and more on April 24 & 25. Demos Friday 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. include cooking down and dirty, pack right, beat the bugs, slumber by the number, pickout and get out , streamline your kayak. Take the 20/20 challenge to log 20 miles or 20 days to win cool prize package (tent, backpack, kayak, watch and GoPro).

Cherry Creek North ExpoCherry Creek North will host the Spring Shape-Up Fitness Fashion Show & Expo on Sun., April 26 on Fillmore Plaza. Denver’s premier shopping district will feature spring and summer workout wear from Cherry Creek Dance, Lucy, PrAna, and Title Nine. (I’ve got my eye on a pair of PrAna shorts). Fitness fanatics are also invited to join the Yelp Cherry Creek North Bike Meet-­up event on Thur., April 24th. Bring a bike or borrow a Denver B-­-cycle bike! *Special discounts for participants.  Meet-­Up participants will receive a map of locations offering discounts and giveaways to cyclists via Yelp. Both events are free and open to the public.

Girl’s Night At The Movies. You and your girls are invited to a special advance screening of HOT PURSUIT starring Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon on May 5! Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/HOTMama to download your admit-two pass! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed! HOT PURSUIT hits theaters May 8!

Vail Announces Epic School KidsFor years the ski areas in Colorado have given free passes to kids in 5th and 6th grade (some make you pay a nominal fee for the 6th grade) but now, Vail Resorts is offering FREE skiing for Colorado kids kindergarten through 5th Grade. Visit any Vail-owned retail locations (Colorado Ski & Golf; Colorado Ski & Sport; Boulder Sport; and Colorado Springs Sport) with your child. Have a copy of their school ID, report card, birth certificate or letter from the school to sign up for the FREE pass which will be good for four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone plus, one free beginner’s lesson. These are ONLY available in the stores through end of May.

Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) recently announced that kids 18 and under are entitled to FREE general admission every day for the next FIVE years thanks to Kaiser and Reiman Foundations.

Free/Cheap Days.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens has a free day on Wednesday, April 22 (Happy Earth Day!)
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science is free on Saturday, April 25
  • DCPA Family Fun Forum. Discover all kinds of performance skills and win tokens redeemable for prizes at our Family Fun Forums. The events are free and open to all ages. Time: 12-2pm April 26, 2015 on 3rd Floor, 1101 13th Street in the Robert & Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education
  • Butterfly Pavillion $5 Day April 25 Experience Butterfly Pavilion and all of our small wonders for only $5.00 on select days! $5 for each guest 2 and older; Free for members and children 1 and under. 
Professional Organizing. Simply Put Organizational Solutions for the Home is a full service company, which helps people focus, simplify, and organize their home or office. They design, purchase, and install innovative space solutions and organizational systems. Products and services are tailor made, high quality and guaranteed to meet diverse and changing needs. Call today 303.321.2692 – get the first 2 hours of home or office organizing support for the price of one (a $150 value for only $75). Additional hours are 20% off (making it just $60/hour). Plus, the offer is good for new and existing clients on your first project of this year.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. The whole list can be found at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Love Letter To My Coffee Mug

I like going to Starbucks and watching as people get their coffee. They don’t usually take a sip first. I’ve noticed they sort of “hug” their coffee. They wrap their hands around it. They may “fix it” with creamer, sugar or even just a sleeve. I find I do the same thing when I drink coffee. I am really not sure if it is the warm drink on a cold morning or if it really is the taste of coffee (although I really like mine with creamer and sugar). Somehow, my coffee tastes better when it is in a particular mug.

I have this one Starbucks mug I got from Vail. It is one from the Starbuck’s new You Are Here Collection. I want my mug to be just the right size. It can’t be too small – because then I have to get up and run to the coffee pot too often. It can’t be too big that the coffee gets cold by the time that I get to the bottom of the mug. I wrap my hands around it so that my fingers stay warm. I don’t want it to feel like my hands are simply clasped together nor do I want to feel like I put on Mickey Mouse gloves and am trying to hang on by my palms afraid that it will slip and spill all over.

I once described my coffee paradise to a friend. You know, when the mug is the right size that when you take that first giant sip and your mug is big enough that  you can kind of tune out the rest of the world and all you see is an ocean of coffee. It is your own personal 4″ of paradise.

Yes, I love my coffee mug almost as much as I love what is in it.

Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Why is it so great? Do you feel like peering in to it is a coffee oasis?

Wyndham Rocks Beaver Creek and Vail

Due to my job, I am sometimes invited to come to a hotel and find out more about the property and experience their hospitality. This last week I was able to spend some time at the Wyndham properties, Charter at Beaver Creek and Lodge at Vail. I was able to invite a guest to this trip – so I invited my mom (ugh…dating life – I don’t have someone I could have invited to this).

We arrived at the Charter at Beaver Creek on Wednesday night. While the lack of a valet and not sure what to do with my car – was a bit weird at the beginning. The front desk agent was very efficient and gave us our room keys and told us which elevator and floor. In the room there was a fun basket of goodies including a caramel apple, coffee, candy and snacks, wine, a coffee mug (with a cute spoons that nestles into the handle), cookies and fruit. The room was absolutely beautiful. And bigger than the apartment I live in. It was a two bedroom place. The living room had a full kitchen, table (dining area) and comfortable leather couches. Then each room had their own bathroom and bedroom. I get excited about the little things like the Aveda shampoo/conditioner. I thought the beds were extremely comfortable and fell asleep quickly. Mom said she didn’t fall asleep so easily.

Upon waking the next morning we had breakfast together (there were about 10 people), a tour of the Charter. Then we were invited to go on a Jeep Tour. It was fun and pretty. The tour guides at Above and Beyond tours were very knowledgeable about stories as well as animal sightings. The day was a bit cold and overcast but, that did not dampen any of the beauty of the wilderness here.Jeep Tour

After the Jeep tour we headed back to the Charter with about 45 minutes to get a shower and meet again in the lobby. In the lobby we walked over to the CBar though Beaver Creek Village.More food than a person could possibly eat – was already there!!! (We ate more anyway – with specialty drinks, pretzels, chips, salad and club sandwich). When we arrived back to the Charter we got directions to the Lodget at Vail. Packed and headed out to Vail.

The Lodge at Vail is right on the ski bridge at Lionsquare in Vail. (my favorite trail is there). We were barely given enough time to check in and see our room before we were to meet the group in the lobby for more…food! We walked over to another restaurant nearby – very swanky and mom said, “it felt like a bordello with the red walls.” I didn’t necessarily think that. We enjoyed a three course meal – I ordered the lamb chops (mom got the salmon). We also had several sides to share. The most rediculously delicious lobster mac and cheese! And when we couldn’t eat any more…we also had dessert.

Friday morning – we had a tour of the Lodge and Mantaneros. Then we walked over to the Tavern (Vail Square). While I stepped outside to have a quick phone call – apparently everyone else saw the moose. So I ran outside to see the moose (they were sort of elusive for me up until this point). I accidentally got super close to the baby who I think was sort of lost and looking for his mom. Then after that we did a canvas and cocktails sort of thing where we painted a fall mountain scene.

We were getting ready to leave and head back to Denver (I had to get the kids) – when they talked me into staying to enjoy lunch at Larkspur. The Larkspur was amazing!!! (more on that in another post as this is getting really long). The best chicken ever. Desserts to die for!! And probably the coolest thing is when the chef come out of the kitchen to talk about the food.

I was over stuffed and my diet didn’t love the trip. I did! It was amazing and I hope someone else gets to experience that!