The kids traveled great and were thrilled to finally land in Denver just 2.5 hours later then expected. Our week of snowy adventure had begun and we were all excited to make fun memories!
The drive up I-70 was quite foggy, but we made it. We got to the cabin, unloaded our luggage, then got back in the van to rent all our gear, grab dinner and grocery shop. It was a long day, but it was worth it! Lachie-poo wanted to wear Ava Jane's helmet.
The guys at Alpine Sports were so helpful and fast, we got eight people fitted and out the door in less than an hour, I thought that was great!
We decided to take a hot chocolate break after several runs while waiting on Mom, Dad and Whitney after dropping Lachlan in child care.
Beautiful Mount Quandary, with its over 14,000 feet stood beautifully in the backyard of the home.
The boys enjoyed curling up with G-Dad to watch River Monsters.
All the kids did ski school for the first two days which couldn't have been better. All the instructors were kind and engaging and none of my kids were sad to see us leave them there. They enjoyed ski school and fell in love with snow skiing!! Adam and I are excited about the fun family memories we hope to make in the future.
The last day, all the kids skied with us and it was seriously so much fun! Honestly, with the cold weather and the learning curve of skiing, my expectations were very low as to how Emerson and Ava Jane would do, but I was so very pleasantly surprised that they LOVED it. In fact, whenever we suggested to Ava Jane that we take a break and go get some hot chocolate she would cry because she didn't want to leave the slopes. That was a good/bad thing since Momma here got cold and wanted to warm up a bit, but I took it since the alternative could have been constant crying and whining because of the cold. This sweet girl completely shocked me with her desire and "want to" to ski.
This was the first of hopefully many more years of skiing together! I sure love these people, the smiles on the faces you can't see behind those warm face masks, and the excitement that the kids had when barreling down the slopes toward the lodge. I'll finish up blogging about our trip tomorrow with our visit to the International Ice Sculpture contest and our family tubing trip to Keystone. We truly had a great time together; I'm so thankful we had the chance to go.