It took a while to make the trip to Snowmass but when you’re heading for paradise you have to expect a long travel day. Forty-six Baltimore Ski Club members set out on the morning of Saturday, March 7 anticipating a week of great skiing in the perfect setting, spending time with old friends and perhaps making some new ones along the way. No one was disappointed!
Trip leaders, Christopher Pukalski and Beth Mucedere, set the tone for a casual, choose your own pace vacation. We stayed in the Top of the Village condos, in two or three bedroom suites that had all the amenities and then some. Staying slope side is the ultimate in luxury. With no need to be mindful of a bus schedule, both early and late risers can follow their own timetables and enjoy a relaxing ski vacation.
When we arrived at Top of the Village we went to our first planned event - a Wine & Cheese gathering where a representative from Top of the Village offered helpful information and answered questions. Food and drink were plentiful (especially the cheese!) and welcome after traveling, but the Group Dinner held at The Stonebridge Inn was The BEST. We chose our entrées from a selection of 3-each one prepared to perfection so every pallet was pleased. The service was excellent and, as always when traveling with the Baltimore Ski Club, we enjoyed an ample supply of a variety of beverages! Later in the week the group got together again to share food and drink and swap stories about the day’s runs. Billed as a happy hour starting at 4:00, we filled 3 long tables at Venga Venga Cantina, ordered delicious Mexican food from the menu and were served continuously for 3 hours. Wings were hot! Beer was cold! Need I say more?
But what about the skiing? WOW! The conditions could not have been better. The slopes were in great shape, the lift lines all but non-existent, the scenery breathtaking, temperatures in the mid 30s, and all of it under the most beautiful blue sky imaginable. Some of us made the “short but strenuous” hike up from the top of Elk Camp to ski the 3.5 mile “Long Shot” back to the bottom of the Two Creeks lift. Others rode the Poma to the top of The Cirque and floated back down “Rocky Mountain High” with the memory of John Denver’s music playing in our heads. But on this trip to Snomass no one needed to go to those heights to take in the Rockies in all their splendor, or ski long runs that invite you to come back for more. This skier’s paradise was right outside our doors! Thank you Christopher and Beth for all you did to make this a spectacular trip.