Sunday, March 27, 2022

Crested Butte for Spring Break

We returned to Crested Butte for a spring break vacation.  The weather was gorgeous and we had an easy drive down and back over Kenosha Pass and Monarch Pass.  We were once again joined by my Maddy and had a nice time at Elevations Hotel and Spa.

We left Wednesday and drove down starting around 10:00 PM and arriving around 3:00 PM.  We had dinner at Marchitelli's Gourmet Noodle.  The food was excellent, but a little pricey.

Thursday was our first ski day and the 5 of us skied together nearly all day.  They had not had any fresh snow in a couple of weeks, but the groomed terrain was very manageable.  For dinner Thursday, we had a reservation at The Breadery.  The food was good here as well, but the portion sizes were smaller and the dishes were more innovative than traditional.  While in line at 5:00 by happenstance for a table, I came to find out a lot of people were just in line for sourdough bread which sells out daily within 30 minutes.  I had to buy one and was not disappointed.  I got an olive and herb loaf and it was amazing.

Friday on the slopes was another good day.  Diya and I skied into the afternoon, while Nisha and Ratna ended after lunch.  Friday, I wanted to watch the Purdue game (they lost to St. Peters) and we decided to just have bar food near the hotel at Iron Horse Tap.  The atmosphere did not suit the girls, but it was good food at reasonable prices.

Saturday was pack up and head out.  I got in a few more ski runs, but the conditions were progressively worse than they were Thursday and Friday.  The drive back was good and we picked up Mac Nation Cafe for dinner.

The Elevations Hotel & Spa is great for us with a convenient ski valet, indoor pool and hot tub and a great gym.  The girls hit the pool and hot tub, but I did not join them.  I hit the gym twice doing bench press one day and deadlifts the next day.  Between the Powerlift benches, racks and plyometric boxes and the York Kg bumpers, I was in hog heaven.

The terrain at Crested Butte is great for us and we again stuck to Red Lady Express, Gold Link, Prospect, Painter Boy and Teocalli Lift.  We did a run off of Paradise Express.  Everybody had a fun and safe time.

I used my Garmen Fenix 6 for the first time and got some interesting data.

Overall, I would definitely return to Crested Butte.  With a longer trip, we may have tried Cross Country skiing again.

We had breakfast and lunch at the room.  We packed bagels, soup and fruit.  When packing again, I would bring a couple of cans of chicken.

My daughters did get headaches and my stomach was a little queasy.  In the future we would pack liquid Advil, Arnicare and elastic adhesive wrap.

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