Friends of ours who we met through Louise’s daycare moved to Denver last year, which was such a bummer for us because we were just starting to develop our friendship. Fortunately, we decided that we should vacation together, starting with a ski trip. Last week we headed to Breckenridge for a few days of fun in the snow.
Mike had a conference for work leading up to the vacation so he met us in the Denver airport. The girls were great on the flight and after an easy rental car pickup and a trip to Costco, we were on our way!
I had a minor freak-out when we arrived in Breckenridge because there was a communication mix-up with where we were supposed to get our keys to the condo. Luckily things worked out and we made it in – not without an explosion of the world’s biggest bag of popcorn due to the change in air pressure. The popcorn in the pic below is about 15% of the entire bag. It was the size of Celine.
We spent the rest of the day situating everything in our condo and picking up our ski rentals. Lots of bonding with the kids!
We grabbed dinner at a pub downstairs which was a little bit of a mistake as they were crazy busy and our waitress was frazzled. Louise fell asleep halfway through dinner, but Celine was busy putting mustard on potato chips and eating them up.
Afterward we headed back to our condo to get ready for our big day.
Monday morning we woke up ready to shred. The girls dressed appropriately in long johns, gaiters, and the like.
We threw our helmets on and were ready to hit the mountain!
Celine didn’t hesitate once we arrived at ski school, but Louise was a little apprehensive. Both ended up having a great time learning how to “pizza” and making crafts!
The parents had a good time on the mountain as well! The whole ski setup is a pretty nice family vacation…the kids are in ski school until 3:30 which gives us parents time to do our own thing!
We kept it low-key that night, eating dinner in the condo. It started snowing so Celine caught some snowflakes on her tongue…and her eyelashes…and her hair.
The next day Louise was a little less enthusiastic about ski school (especially since her buddy was sick and couldn’t join her), but she went anyway. It was a mixed bag for her: she did a GREAT job and even went up to a real green via the chair lift, but I think she was kind of cold (the high was 12 degrees), and tired (mama gets it).
Celine had another stellar day. Her teacher said she was a “daredevil,” lol. She’s not afraid of the mountain like a lot of three year olds, but she isn’t interested in learning how to do things like “stop.” I was like…tell me about it.
I was SO proud of these two girls for sticking through ski school for two days!
Mike, Jackie, and I skied in the morning and then I pooped out. Mike continued into the afternoon along with our friend (they took turns since their daughter was sick).
We had dinner at an excellent restaurant called Mi Casa, and then had another laid back night at home. The girls threw on their matching nightgowns and danced the night away to Havana and Despacito.
Mike was the only brave soul to attempt to get on the mountain on the third day. The rest of us had a laid back morning, shopping for souvenirs and lounging around the condo.
We heard of an ice castle in Dillon and decided to check it out. We hit up a park for a few minutes before heading in which the girls LOVED.
The ice castle wasn’t quite a hit. It was super duper cold and the little ones were complaining a ton, so we took the express route through and out.
Celine warmed up, chomped a few Cheetos, and was out.
The next day we packed up and headed back to Denver…but not before we took a trip in the gondola. It might have been the favorite part of the trip for Celine.
We hung out at our friend’s house for a couple of hours, then said our goodbyes and flew back home.