Feb 16, 2018

The Cham-Pour Family Ski Trip, Part 2

We took a break from skiing on our third day in Steamboat to try out a little snow tubing.  Mr. Ray packed him helmet and it really came in handy...
This nice and serene shot of Corinne with the tube doesn't really capture the experience very accurately.  First of all, Corinne tubed once or twice and then refused to do it any more, which meant one adult had to stay with her the entire time; secondly, the tubing ranch didn't have the safest set-up as far as one of their runs basically ran through where riders needed to line up to access the lift, so with 4 kids who rarely pay attention our terror alert was elevated the entire time; and thirdly, Pawpaw concussed a gentleman whose tube had come to a stop mid-run as the man was trying to escape to safety.  All in all, it was an eventful outing for the family...
We survived and made it back to the base area where we took this group photo...
Then we were off to our sleigh ride dinner...
These photos are beautiful, but because of one of the kids being in the restroom or something, we did not take our family photo with the sleigh until after the ride, which resulted in it being grainy and dark...oh well...
Dinner was nice.  Have you ever had bison? It was a big part of the menu...
The next morning we were back on the slopes...


Until Stella had a little too much fun.   She was getting tired and took a wrong turn while skiing out in front of Damon and I on the way to lunch.  Damon caught up to her, but then I gave them bad directions on the cell phone which resulted in them having to ski a few more runs and eventually she had a pretty bad knee twist in some deep powder.  She did win a ride down from ski patrol, though...





 

The green team rides the lift...
Three little peas in a gondola...
A low-level one skier, a non-skier, and Cille, in that order...


Mountain coaster time...

Two thumbs up for family fun...



Somehow our photos are out of order and this was Corinne napping on the way to the tubing place...


Riding the tubing lift...








This is how Corinne ended most of our restaurant meals...
And this is the trek that we had to take to get back to the plane.  Not really sure why they couldn't pull it closer to the gate...
I promised a critique of the Backpacker trip in my last post, so here goes.  The Backpacker trip is great for someone who has never skied before, or someone who does not have the time or the know-how to book their own travel.  For us, it was not a great fit because we usually use points for flights and we also have Global Entry and TSA pre-check, which makes security at the airport a lot easier with the kids.  Since our flights were booked as a group we were not pre-checked, and I also think we would have selected different flights if we had booked them ourselves (obviously to avoid the 5 hour layover in Denver).  The condo was super nice, but we would have preferred something less luxurious but closer to the slopes.  We did not attend the mixers that Backpacker offered, so that might be fun for some folks, but we were really there to spend time with the family and friends that we came with, so that wasn't a big draw for us.  In closing, if you are planning a first time ski trip and need a service that makes it super-easy, check out Backpacker, but if you are a seasoned traveler with your own perks, go on your own.

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