Beaver Creek - January 2011
January 2011 - Beaver Creek, Colorado
Right after New Years 28 hardy souls ventured to Beaver Creek Colorado in search of winter adventures. I’m pleased to say they found some. Departing Dallas via Southwest Airlines we arrived in Denver for our icy three-hour bus trip up the mountain. Fortunately we packed wine ((Bags Fly Free!) for the bus.
We hit the TSC welcome party – fashionably late, of course and then went to bed early, as 55” of powder beckoned on the mountainside. Our condos were a hit; each one had plenty of space and a loft bedroom so folks could easily spread-out.
The too-short week which followed was a whirlwind of skiing, parties, skiing, official and unofficial functions, excellent après ski dinners, ski racing, shopping, dancing, hot-tubing, ice skating and skiing. In fact, a back-of the-envelope calculation shows that trip attendees received the following for their Party Pack dollars: pre-and post-trip dinners, TSC welcome and award dinners, an on-mountain lunch, three condo happy hours, a gourmet breakfast and mimosas / bloody marys on the bus back to Denver airport. Let’s see our congress deliver that kind of stimulus package for only $30 per head!!
No serious injuries occurred, although George Kelly took an awful tumble and badly bruised his “upper posterior pelvic region” (aka butt), fulfilling his apparent obligation to hurt himself on every trip this year. We all saw his stigmata – he insisted. I’m told that he’s now considering buying a Harley and taking-up parachuting in an effort to gain more undeserved female sympathy.
As trip leader and race director, I’m please to report that our racers attained a second place finish in their racing division. We got a nice shiny plaque that will join the many others our club possesses in the soon-to-be constructed DSC Hall of Fame and Taqueria. Our only individual medalist was – you guessed it – Bob Cox, who snagged a Gold NASTAR award and once again demonstrated that age is no barrier to good skiing.
Several folks took advantage of the excellent bus system and paid a visit to nearby Vail, doubling their skiable acreage on the same ticket. My final assessment – this was one mountain we should plan to visit on a recurring basis. It rivals Aspen for quality restaurants, good transportation, challenging terrain and short lines.