December 27, 2004
The third family in the running for
the $500 end of season
Accommodations - The Pines were awesome. Lots of
room for all 9 of us. We only had two minor problems. When we got
there, the hot tub only had 2 or 3 inches of water in it and it
took a couple of days to get it taken care of. Then there was some
confusion at the Tyra office. We were told when we checked in that
we would be able to use their private shuttle, but a few days into
it, one of the drivers gave us a hard time about it because they
don't service the Pines. I spoke with the office and got it cleared
up. Other than that they were great. We couldn't have asked for
better accommodations unless they were closer to our ski school.
Skiing - We really enjoyed the skiing. My 9 year
old, Caleb, picked it up right away and was zipping around in no
time. My 12 year old, Drew, liked it, but was a little tentative,
as was my wife. I had a blast and picked it up pretty quick. I thought
the lessons were a big help, but had a lot more fun on the days
we were on our own. Since we had a big group including kids, we
didn't get to venture around the different ski runs. We stayed on
Peak 9. We mainly stayed on Red Rover and Silverthorne and the A
Lift Line. The last day, my brother-in-law and I broke away and
went to the top and came down Bonanza. I can do the easier blues,
but didn't get a chance to try many of them. Lunch was a little
hectic. There just isn't enough room in the Maggie. We ended up
sitting on the floor a couple of times to eat lunch. We ate a couple
of times at Ten Mile station. That was neat.
Restaurants - We didn't get out much. To be honest,
we were dead tired by the end of the ski day. We ate at Eric's and
Bubba Gump's. They were both packed, but the food was great.
Service - You were great help. It's nice to have
someone to talk to that's familiar with the area and can custom
fit to your needs.
Other - Other than the fact that it's an expensive
hobby, we've got no complaints. Most of us can't wait to make another
trip, maybe to another location. Breckenridge is great, but one
of the reasons we chose it was because of the town and shops, but
by the time you get done skiing, you don't feel like going to town
and the shops.