I have been in Colorado since Sunday night at the spotless and snowy Beaver Creek, which is about 13 miles from Vail. 50cm of snow has fallen since we arrived and the four mountains (Beaver Creek, Grouse Peak, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead) which make up the resort are awash with fresh powder.
I went on a snowmobile tour yesterday which was exhilarating. Two and a half hours flying along snowy trails hugging mountain ridges and forests with panoramic views of Vail’s back bowls and surrounding ranges. Our guide Perry was straight out of a marijuana dispensary, and was no slouch when it came to leading us through the 20-mile trail.
My confidence grew on the ski-doo which Perry described as a cross between a quad bike, a moped and a horse. I think he may have spent too much time in the dispensary. Anyway right near the end I got a bit too cocky on a bend and ended up in about 4ft of snow and took a tumble. It was a soft landing and didn’t detract from an awesome afternoon.
Like on the previous 4 visits out here I’m staying at the Ritz Carlton which stands magnificently at the foot of Bachelor Gulch like a wooden citadel. It is a stunning property with it’s burning log fires, their own very cuddly St Bernard roaming the lobby and ski lift right outside.
Back home tomorrow For full disclosure I’m actually here on a work trip, so it hasn’t all been fun and games, well….