Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Vacation 2009 - Day Two

The first night's temperature went all the way to -2 (yes, that's 2 below zero). Our hotel room was actually too warm so we opened the window a little to cool it off. Amazingly, the heater did not come the rest of the night. After a quick Hampton breakfast we were off to ski at Pajarito Mountain. We got great parking and actually thought we would all make the lesson for the 10am start time. The rental line was huge....we missed the 10am lesson and had go for the 11am. Everyone had some difficulties with the first part of the lessons which covered some of the basics. Right before the lunch break we got to practice going up the tow rope and come back down the kid slope. We are all getting the hang of it but, then M started having trouble with the tow rope. We just figured she was getting tired. After lunch we all went back to the kid slope and D and I were supposed to slow slalom around some cones but, only one of us got the hang of it. They split the kids from the adults and D and I went up on the lift to one the green slopes. Both of us busted coming off of the lift...oh well. I managed to go back on the lift a second time while D went to check on the girls. D was about spent for the day anyways. The girls did great with the exception of M on the tow rope.

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I highly recommend Pajarito Mountain....practically no lift lines whatsoever!

Oh, almost forgot....the White Rock Hampton did not charge us for the canceled room.

Tomorrow is either the Polar Coaster at Angel Fire or cross country skiing/snowshoeing at Enchanted Forest XC. It all depends on the overnight snow forecast for the area.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Vacation 2009 - Day One

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After a one day delay we finally arrived at White Rock, NM. The delay was due to road conditions near the Wichita Falls area. We are so glad we delayed our trip by a day because there was still a lot of ice on on US287 in Wichita Falls area 3 days after a rare Texas blizzard. Now all I have to do is talk our way out of getting charged for the Hampton Inn cancellation. We weren't happy to find out that every Hilton hotel has its own cancellation policy. This one requires 24 hours notice.

On the way in we stopped at our favorite NewMex restaurant, Maria's New Mexican Kitchen. As we have previously mention their margaritas rock! As good as the food is next trip we will hit up Tortilla Flats since several friends and relatives have mentioned it.

Tomorrow we will be skiing at Pajarito Mountain.