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Two trips to Vail in 2008

570In the middle of one of the best ski years in memory we took Aimé and Béa to Vail, Colorado during Québec school vacation (March 1-8).

On Sunday we made our way from Lionshead all the way to Two Elk to meet our long lost friend, Howie Wheeler and his wife Susan for a mid morning hot chocolate.

Aimé and Béa took to the fabulous snow as though they’d been skiing all winter long. Here they are at the top of the Meadows overlooking Mid-Vail.

Most days ended with dunk in the hot-tub in front of the Aspen building at Streamside.

We were joined on Wednesday by Leslie and Colin who had flown in from Nevada.I caught four of us at Eagle’s Nest on the way to game Creek Bowl. The kids spent the evenings on line on their laptops in our wi-fi condo.

Aimé’s photos included Colin on his telemark skis, Béa in the bumps on Riva Ridge and the lingerie tree in the Back Bowls.

On Saturday we boarded a Continental flight at Eagle-Vail for our return to Vermont (and more snow!)

On March 30 Bebe and I returned to Vail for our ski season “Dessert” week. We were joined on Monday morning by Our favorite Sugarbush ski instructor Joe B, his wife Liz and daughter Bridget.

Photos collected during the week include a “Here’s how to do it” by Joe, Liz’s version in new snow and Bridget’s boarding technique.

Of course we had to pose Bridget and Joe astride the elk statue at the Two Elk restaurant.

Bebe and Joe both skied with their i-pods. They are at the summit here with Blue Sky Basin in the background.

We finished the week with some bump lessons on Lower Ramshorn. Joe demos and Bebe follows.

• More Winterset adventures •

Howie’s surprise 75th birthday party – 2007
Baby goats and lambs – April 2008