Saturday we headed up to the main village in Beaver Creek to get Mary fitted for some skis. We started off on the bunny slope, but Mary rocked that so we headed on a little tour de Beaver Creek. We made our way from Strawberry Park to Bachelor Gulch, where we were supposed to meet up with Jason on his lunch break but my phone wasn’t cooperating so we continued on to Arrowhead. The snow there was terrible, which is pretty typical of every time I’ve gone that far west at Beaver Creek. So we went back to Bachelor Gulch to get an afternoon beer (for me) and hot chocolate (for Mary). Conveniently while we were sitting there I spotted Jason, so he was able to join us for a nice run down Bachelor Gulch. Then we headed back towards the main village but opted to go down through Larkspur bowl instead of down Strawberry Park. Mary was able to visit the top of each mountain in Beaver Creek (except Grouse) in a little over 4 hours.
On Sunday Jason, Mary, and I had big plans to go hike Bear Lake outside of Leadville. Unfortunately when we got there we realized the road is not plowed in winter. As a side note, the National Geographic map had this cleared marked and even included a little cross country skier on it. Google maps did not have any of this information. Since it’s approximately 6.5 miles around Turquoise Lake to the trailhead, and we arrived at around noon, we decided to skip the planned hike and just explore around the lake a little bit. Which turned out to be a great idea and we got some pretty awesome pictures.
After fully exploiting the views on our 5ish mile hike, we headed over to Twin Lakes for sunset. The first lake was completely frozen with about 6ish inches of ice on top of it. The second lake was almost completely dry. We stood in approximately the same spot that 6 months earlier Taylor and I took a picture with the water up to our knees. Crazy how much can change in such a short amount of time. Anyways, it was a lot of fun and we got some more good (funny) pictures. Afterwards we headed home to get some Pho, which was closed, so we decided to stick with the Asian theme and get Chinese.
Luckily, Monday was a holiday so I didn’t have to work and was able to spend the day skiing. Mary, Jason and I headed back up to Beaver Creek to work on our turns. The snow was perfect, the weather was warm, and the sun was shining. When we stopped for an afternoon beer (Jason and I) and a hot chocolate and hot dog (Mary), I was down to my light baselayer because it was too hot with all my other layers on.
This week I’m getting back into training now that I’m finally not sick and my back is feeling better. I guess I’ll take it slow, which is really hard since I just realized I only have a little over 2.5 months until the Zion 100. Hopefully running with Gaby on Friday will be the kick in the butt I need. She usually is.