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We had our most epic ski year yet this past ski season. Overall we got in a record of nearly 15 days of skiing which is pretty good for the two-full-time-working-parents-with-two-young-children-and-all-their-other-activities standard.
The boys really took to it this and became little expert skiers thanks to many of our friends kids who pushed them onto more and more challenging terrain.By the end the of season all they wanted to do were black diamond runs and the bigger the moguls the better. Consequently, our 8 and 6 year old kids pushed Sheila and I onto more expert terrain as well. So I guess we are going to become bump skiers too if we ever want to ski with the kids again.
We had a great time skiing with friends and neighbors. And while we did plan several extended mountain trips with friends we also hooked up with various friends and neighbors spontaneously on our many day ski trips.
See pictures below:
Three Days at Winter Park/Mary Jane with the Blue Heron crew
Spring Break at Steamboat and Mary Jane
Also from Skiing 2009:
New years at Gypsum and Copper Mountain
Various day trips to Copper Mountain and Winter Park/Mary Jane
Stay tuned for video of skiing and tubing that I will be posting.

In February we rented a beautiful ski house at Winter Park with a crew of current and former Blue Heron friends. There we enjoyed all
the traditional things that make ski vacations great including wonderful meals, extended apres ski happy hours and late night company of friends.
The skiing and tubing were pretty great too.
Awesome ski home
Drew and Ethan
Julie and Sarah on the left. Brendan and Jeffrey to the right (or below)
After another victorious run
For kids apres ski means Xbox
Getting the kids fed (and put to bed) so the grown ups can take over
Lift line for the Panoramic chair which takes you to the top of the Parsenn Bowl
A group shot at the top of the Parsenn Bowl
Tubing at the Frazier tubing hill - awesome fun
Alan, Julie and Hugh with Brendan and Colton
Julie, Sarah and Taylor

The Crawford family

For Spring Break we rented a house in Steamboat with our Rockies Court neighbors. The mountains were hurting for snow when we arrived
due to a very warm winter. But mother nature soon remedied that situation and dumped snow on Steamboat for 3 consecutive days. Can you
say powder day! It was our first experience in deep powder and despite battling whiteout conditions when the wind whipped up, it was awesome.
It was a little tough on the boys though and sometimes Brendan could barely move in the deep snow.
Later in the week we stayed with friends in Grand Lake and put in two days at Mary Jane under clear blue skies.
Our Steamboat digs
Total winter wonderland

Ethan next to a picture perfect aspen tree grove
Ethan and Drew

Hanging out on the loft before bed time.
Rabbit Ears pass
Sheila with the Majcens and the Underwoods

A picturesque trail through the glades

A panoramic shot at the top of the Parsenn Bowl