We spent Christmas Vacation in Durango, Colorado this year and had an amazing time! Eli turned 4 years old just a few weeks earlier so he was able to go to ski school and he really seemed to catch on pretty well. Cathy and I really enjoyed spending a couple days skiing while he was in school too!
We were going to go the week before Christmas, but there was only a 20" base of snow and only 2 out of 10 lifts were open so we decided to wait a week. During that week it snowed 53" and they ended up opening up all the lifts and nearly the entire mountain was up and running by the time we showed up. The days that we skied ended up being beautiful and we had a great time.
Eli loved the snow and was happy playing in the snow pile in the hotel parking lot before we even headed to the ski resort.
They had groomed most of the runs but there were several that still had some fresh powder.
The mountains are just beautiful.
We have pretty much decided to make this an annual vacation. We had a great time together as a family!
After a couple days of skiing we decided to take Eli on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It is supposed to be a beautiful train ride anytime, but it is supposed to be especially pretty in the winter. It was!
According to the conductor, this spot is over 400' straight down. It sure seemed to be every inch of it to me!
During the winter they don't go all the way to Silverton but stop about halfway there in the middle of the national forest. I think this is the Animas river.
Here's a picture of the return trip. It was like going back in time watching the steam engine chugging down the tracks.
We really had a great time and I highly recommend it to anyone. It was a wonderful Christmas vacation!