Friday, July 03, 2009

June 23, 2009: Colorado Vacation Hiking in Vail and Gore Creek

On Tuesday the 23rd we went to the Vail ski area again. Vail ski area actually has five little “villages” that serve the ski slopes; Golden Peak, Vail Village, Lionshead, Cascade Village, and West Vail. It is only 10 miles and this time we went to the Lionshead village hoping to ride the gondola to the top. It turns out the Gondola was only running Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. It brings sightseers and bike enthusiasts to the top of the mountain. The sightseers get a return ride but the bikers actually ride down any number of groomed trails. The level of difficulty for riding bikes down hill cannot be underestimated … from relatively easy “Green” slopes to the “Double Black” equivalents of the down hill ski world. The hardest hills require bikers to wear what can only be called body armor from head to foot in case of a spill. The bikers are a regular sight in Vail Village during the summer.

Fran and I wandered the villages of both Lionshead Village … and then after a short walk up the slopes and across a trail we proceeded down into Vail Village for lunch and a shuttle bus ride back to Lionshead

After returning to Avon we went for a walk along Gore Creek and saw the new Westin resort that has just been completed. It is spectacular and sits right over Gore Creek and looks up to the Beaver Creek resort and ski slopes. It even has its own gondola ride to the base of the ski resort … too much! Leave your room and step right into the skiing resort.

Fran and I sat in the Sheraton hot tub that evening before dinner and met a couple from Tucson who had just bought their first time share unit at the Westin that day. They were so excited to have bought but their maintenance fees are about $2100 per year and that would likely translate to a $30-40K purchase price. Too rich for us but we have run into multiple people who have 3, 4, 5 and even seven condo weeks that they absolutely love.

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