I booked our accommodation for skiing next year! We are going to Park City. In the end, I decided the ease of travel made Park City a win over other potential destinations. We seriously considered Steamboat, as it would have saved us some money on passes due to sharing agreement with our local mountain, but everything I read talked about Steamboat being great for tree skiing, and I am just not excited about this. Also, there is only one direct flight from Seattle to Steamboat a day (and vice versa) to transportation there isn’t ideal. I was seriously tempted by Beaver Creek, but accommodation prices meant we would have been able to stay *in* Beaver Creek but would have had to stay in the nearby town of Avon. That’s a short manageable drive away, but with a three-year-old, I thought this was a good year to put a priority on convenience. We also looked at Big Sky Montana but nixed that due to accommodation prices.
Most ski resorts were non-starters due to lack of options for three-year-olds. Really only the very large resorts and lessons for younger kids and childcare. If we continue to enjoy skiing, we’ll have many more options the following year.
The one outlier in terms of cost in Park City is rental cars. A standard SUV will run us $1400 for seven days, much higher than at other locations (like Steamboat or Beaver Creek). So I’m hoping they’ll run a sale or something, or maybe we can just forego a rental car completely.
The VRBO I booked in Park City is very close to Park City Mountain ski lifts. It’s a short drive from Park City Canyons, which one can ski on the same lift ticket. It’s also a short drive from Deer Valley. Deer Valley lift tickets are completely exorbitant, but perhaps we could spend one day there. Or Jonathan and I could put the kids in lessons at Park City and ski there on our own, ha ha. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, my interest is shifting from skiing to cycling. I have my last goal race of the “season” this weekend – a 10K. The following weekend, L and B are getting their First Communion, and an old friend who is L’s godmother is coming in for the weekend. I won’t be cycling this weekend, and may or may not be able to squeeze in a short cycle the First Communion weekend. But I’m hoping that the following weekend I’ll be able to start cycling regularly.
I took the girls for a flat 10 mile cycle on a local paved trail. It was the first cycle I’d taken them on in ages, and L has spent so little time cycling, she was a little uncomfortable on her bike at first. However, once we got going, a good time was had by all. The girls went about 7 mph, which is pretty slow, but they didn’t seem tired afterwards. I think we could all go farther together.
I feel like I’ve never been able to make any real progress in cycling due to not doing enough of it. I just don’t feel all that comfortable cycling on the roads during the week due to traffic. Since I’m going back to work, if I wanted to cycle on a weekday morning, I’d be out during rush hour. I think you’re asking for an accident if you do that too frequently, and I don’t really enjoy it anyway. But only cycling one day of the weekend means I never get that much cycling fitness. (Cycling both weekend days is obviously not practical due to family obligations.) Therefore, I’m thinking about getting a trainer. Decent bike trainers are expensive, so it would be an investment. But I’ve been looking for a way to exercise at home, either running or biking, for a while. I think maybe it’s an investment worth making. Or maybe I should just join a gym! But then I have to drive to said gym, and until recently, WA required masks even when working out, which is a nonstarter for cardio for me. And it just feels like such a waste if / when I don’t use it. Like most people, I never seem to get my money’s worth from gym memberships.