Happy Thanksgiving and much love from snowy Vail, Colorado!!! The slopes are OPEN (okay, at least one slope is open at this point), and the evergreen trees are all lit up with holiday lights. It finally feels like winter here, with lots of tourists in town for the weekend and the rowdy winter vibe that comes along with a slew of people livin’ the dream: bar fights, park-and-pipe injuries, and ski thefts, just to name a few. And the more positive side of things: new talent on the mountain, powder in the trees, and lively après-ski gatherings.
I’m off tomorrow on a trip to Janet’s Cabin, one of the area’s 10th Mountain Division huts. Twenty of us are trekking up on skis and snowshoes to celebrate the holiday in a hut with solar-powered electricity, a gas stove, and sleeping bunks.
Janet’s Cabin is in the Copper Mountain area (pictured above), just a twenty-minute drive over Vail Pass. Check back on “Down and Out” for more photos from this holiday adventure in the upcoming week. Until then…enjoy your turkey and stuffing.