Estes is typically a windy place and the best way to deal with the wind is to get out to Hidden Valley or somewhere else in the park and get into the trees and skin uphill. Hidden Valley used to be a ski resort when Tommy was younger. Back in the day Estes wouldn't have school on Wednesdays in the winter and there would be a bus to bring kids to the resort in the park (according to Tommy's memory). Since then they have removed all of the lifts and now it's an amazing place to go alpine touring. On weekends with fresh powder the parking lot fills up and there are tons of psyched people enjoying the mountains and the workout.
Last spring we traveled a TON and weren't home very much to enjoy the skiing in the park. It's been really fun getting back to it and showing Fitz the ropes. The way he squeals with joy when we go down and says "I want more" when we're done brings a big smile to my and Tommy's face. It gets me really excited for the day he skins up himself and gets to enjoy all of his hard work as he carves perfect lines in the fresh powder on his way down!!
|Fitz and Tommy making their way up, up, up!|
|So psyched to be out!|
|Fitz trying out some skis at home.|
|Rallied with Fitz this morning to enjoy the fresh stuff! Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it down very gracefully but we survived and it was a ton of fun!|
|Apres ski fort building with the Zehrs!|
|Not sure if the kiddos had more fun or the parents. Pretty sweet fort with snowmen guards.|