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A Flight, Snowboarding and A Ride with Ski Patrol

Breckenridge Mountain Village

At some point in time everyone needs an escape…even full time travelers like us.  We cook, eat, sleep, work, lounge and travel year round in 230 sq feet.  We love it but every once in a while it’s nice to take a spontaneous break from it all and escape to something different.

So here we are in Lake Havasu City when Jason’s Brother Jacob called and asked if we could make it to Breckenridge, CO for some boarding…we went through our usual non-RV travel related thought process.  Hmm we have to find somewhere to park the RV, find boarding for the cat’s, figure out how long we can be gone, how much it’s going to cost and where the closest airport is.  It’s all a bit of a hassle and for a few minutes we always debate whether it’s worth it or not.  Two days later we’re on the road at 3:30am on the 2.5 hour drive to the Vegas airport.  Colorado, here we come!

drive to vegas

The weather is perfect, the snow is decent and all is grand!

Jason and Nikki wynn

It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve been snowboarding but it’s just like riding a bike.  Once you get going, it’s like you never stopped.

We’re doing great, having a good time and then someone had the brilliant idea of heading up to the top of the mountain on the T-Bar.  The T-Bar is the worst idea for a lift ever, especially for a boarder.  It’s uncomfortable, unstable, intimidating and just plain difficult!

So here I am, on the T-Bar, 15 ft from the end (the steepest part) and I start to lose it.  I’m over correcting in every direction until finally I twist up like a pretzel and fall to the ground with all of my weight on my left ankle.  I am in the way and completely frozen in pain.  My friend Michael bails off to help….Jason is the next up, see’s that I’m motionless and yells out, “I will call ski patrol”.

That statement perked me right up.  I am painfully stubborn!  I don’t like going to doctors or hospitals and I most certainly don’t want to have ski patrol wrap me up like a burrito in a giant yellow plastic tarp and haul me down the mountain.  Sure enough within seconds there he is…ski patrol man…staring me down.  “I’m fine, I will just walk it off” I tell him.  He isn’t looking convinced but I am determined.  So, Michael takes my board and we walk (ok, limp) up.

limp up

Ski Patrol man talks me into putting some ice on my ankle for a few….ok fine.

ski patrol

hangin with ski patrol

After about 15 min of ice, the pain is still settling in.  I’m not going to lie; I had a tear in my eye.  It wasn’t the pain in my ankle but the pain my ego was now feeling after realizing I’m going to have to ask for help down.

ready to ride

Luckily, they didn’t wrap me up like a giant yellow burrito but instead the nice man let me ride sitting up!  It was almost fun.

ride with ski patrol

Now comes more fun…riding the lift down the mountain…watching everyone else going up.  Oh Joy.

Meanwhile, the boys had no troubles finishing out the day on the mountain without me.  They could’ve at least pretended not to have so much fun.  Punks.

Michael and Jason

Jacob, Jason, Michael

My pride had one heck of a day and it was seriously time for an adult beverage!  Thankfully our friends already had a dinner party in the works.

dinner party

There’s nothing better than good food, conversation and laughs to brighten up a day.  We even had the chance to swap stories with fellow RV’ers Brent and Jenn of Newschool Nomads.

friends

I sat out one day and kept ice on the ankle…then, I wrapped it up so tight my toes went numb and headed out for 2 glorious days of boarding.

snowboarding breck

jason snowboarding

There is nothing better than boarding during the middle of the week…no lines, less kids and more open mountain!

nikki snowboarding

snow fun

Succuess!  What a trip; totally worth the money, the hassle, and the airline stuff that goes along with ‘normal’ non-RV travel.  Speaking of, we have to give a big thanks and a shout out to our friends at Pan Am Travel for the flights and Mineralogie for keeping our skin un burned!

We love spending time on the mountain, if you’ve had an amazing…..or a “twisted good” time tell us about it below.

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (8)

  • Mike Hayes

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU. I checked out your site after seeing you on House Hunters. You mentioned a Banana Bread beer ice cream float. I never tried the float, but I tried the beer…now I get a few every Friday and enjoy the weekend. It is the best. Just wish it was a little cheaper. Cheers.

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    • Mike we totally understand where you’re coming from. We often try local microbrews in search of a least expensive option for the Beer in our Beer float….we’ve found plenty of dark chocolate or espresso beers that work well, just not sure if anything beats the Banana Bread Beer. 🙁 Don’t worry, we’ll keep searching. Cheers!

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  • Redds

    Well as always you will do anything to get all the attention. LOL

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  • Dennis

    Hope you are well on your road to recovery!?
    One day I’ll entertain you with a “Rope-tow” excursion!
    Love and miss you all!

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  • I agree — those T-Bars are NO fun. One year in Sun Peaks, Canada I had a similar incident. Happy to hear you are okay!

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  • Rebecca Ingle

    So glad you are ok. How is your ankle now? Looks like you made the best of it and had a great time :-). Thanks for sharing your skiing adventure with friends. Xo

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