Spring Break: Breckenridge Adventures 3/3/13 – 3/5/13

15 Mar
The view Monday morning at Breakfast

The view Monday morning at Breakfast

We went right from our hike at White Ranch Park to Breckenridge for 2 nights. The weather we had been planning on completely changed between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Instead of no snow with sunny bluebird skies, a huge snow storm was moving in for Sunday afternoon and supposed to go until Monday morning. I don’t know if you have ever experienced driving west on I70 past the Eisenhower Tunnel during a snow storm but I consider it a white knuckler as you head down a 6-8%grade decline on a typically icy road, and no I don’t have 4 wheel drive which is so stupid living here hiking like we do. I started working up my nerves at the back end of the hike as I was watching those clouds churn off to the west of us. Fortunately mother nature was on our side, the first snow flake didn’t hit until we were almost down that steep grade decline and the car was safely parked in the garage before any real snow hit. We didn’t move it again until we left Tuesday morning which was beautifully sunny so there was no ice on the return trip either, yay me!

This is how we spent Monday morning hoping we would be able to get to keystone for tubing

This is how we spent Monday morning hoping we would be able to get to keystone for tubing

Anyway, we had planned on doing tubing at Keystone on Monday with the snow coaster in Breckenridge as a follow-up. After 9 inches of snow falling they actually closed the interstate and the one road between Breckenridge and Keystone, so we had to regroup. I was able to delay our tubing reservation by 2 hours but then that meant no snow coaster for us, we took advantage of all the free transportation in Summit County. There was a free gondola ride from our condo to the bus station just off of Main street in Breckenridge and then we hopped a free bus to Keystone. The tubing was actually at the top of the mountain and so we had to ride up that Gondola too, but the snow had picked up again and we didn’t have much of a view.

The Tubing tracks at Keystone

The Tubing tracks at Keystone

A little closer

A little closer

As we walked up to the Yurt for tubing we were pretty excited, the tracks they had set up for tubing were awesome, then they had a people mover to get you back up from the bottom. We could go alone, in groups of 2, 3 or all 4 of us which we did a lot of. I think we got in 10-14 runs and we laughed and screamed the whole time. It was so fast the snow looked like moving to warp speed in Star Trek ( as observed by Anne). There were Keystone workers at the top making sure the track was clear and then they asked if you wanted to go straight or spin and spinning was freaky but AWESOME!!!! The hour went too fast and at first I thought oh man I have to get us another hour, but at the end we were all ready to be done and so we began the journey back to Breckenridge.

Anne and Lauren spinning together

Anne and Lauren spinning together

Action shot of Lauren and the 4 of us tubing together

Action shot of Anne and the 4 of us tubing together

Lauren with the white snow fog as we sped up

Lauren with the white snow fog as we sped up

We ate and hot tubbed the night away as everyone should do when in Breckenridge, then headed back home on Tuesday for our next adventures….


8 Responses to “Spring Break: Breckenridge Adventures 3/3/13 – 3/5/13”

  1. Karin Pravecek 03/15/2013 at 11:40 am #

    Looks like you guys had a blast!! So fun!!!

  2. AndrewGills 03/15/2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Love the photo of “you” watching the snow out the window. Very cute

    • hikingtohealthy 03/16/2013 at 10:08 pm #

      hehehehe…. we had to get those guys while shopping the night before.

  3. Ingrid 03/15/2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Love tubing….way fun, but I’m not familar with snow coaster. I-70 sure can get dicey during a snowstorm…..familiar with white knuckles all too well. Glad you all had a great time!

    • hikingtohealthy 03/16/2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Breckenridge just added it this year I think and it is at Peak 8. I have heard mixed reviews, but you get your own “car” and control the speed you go….the videos look fun. Hopefully next time we can do it

  4. ChgoJohn 03/15/2013 at 10:46 pm #

    What fun … and what luck missing the worst of the snow on you way down. Whew!

    • hikingtohealthy 03/16/2013 at 10:05 pm #

      I cannot tell you how lucky I felt!!! As a flatland Chicago native, that drive during a snow storm and when icy is terrifying to me!

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