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   Skiing 2009...

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:
New years at Gypsum and Copper Mountain
Various day trips to Copper Mountain and Winter Park/Mary Jane
Also from More Skiing 2009:
Three Days at Winter Park/Mary Jane with the Blue Heron crew
Spring Break at Steamboat and Mary Jane
Stay tuned for video of skiing and tubing that I will be posting.

We completed our beach and ski holiday vacation by flying home from Florida and 3 hours later departing for the mountains where we stayed with friends at a house in Gypsum, Colorado. From there we skied at Copper Mountain by day meeting up with other neighborhood friends. By night we enjoyed the company of friends playing poker, guitar hero and celebrating the new year.
Our apres ski house in Gypsum.... thanks Aaron and Katie!
Sheila and the boys at Copper Mountain
Ethan and Katie
A parasailor enjoying the Colorado sunshine and the views
The boys with Sean, Michael and Katie
Lefty Lucy rocks Jack's bar after a fun day of skiing.
Sarah and Ethan rock out on guitar hero (all night long....and every morning)
Skiers heading to the slopes through Copper Village
With the Mills boys

Here are some pictures from some of our many day trips to Copper and Winter Park. You can see there was no shortage of friends and neighbors to meet up with.
Meeting with a gang at Winter Park
Sheila and the Matherns
Checking out the iPod tunes
A view from the top of Mary Jane
Another group shot from later in the season
Snow blowing off a ridge adjacent to the Parsenn Bowl