Telluride Day 2

In this photo:  Matt, me, Leah…all dressed and ready to ski!

Our second day in Telluride, Colorado was a blast! We started the day bright and early and met our ski instructors, Willie and Colleen, at the base of Telluride Mountain. My husband Matt, his sister Leah, her husband Jeffery, and cousin Thomas went with Colleen to learn how to ski, while my aunt, uncle their two daughers, cousin Christina and I went with Willie…we were the experts! Just kidding…we’ve had previous experience skiing and brushed up on our technique while we hit the green and blue runs.

In the photo: my aunt Renee and our ski instructor, Willie. Willie is from Austria, and is a great instructor!

Skiing and the high altitude sure makes you hungry! After just a couple of hours we were starving and stopped for lunch at Gorrono Ranch Restaurant, a rustic-looking building with a cozy atmosphere. I had a veggie burger, which was very tasty, but the dessert was something to talk about! My cousin Sayer ordered the biggest brownie, I’ve ever seen in my life!  It was as big as a loaf of homemade quick-bread, and probably weighed a pound! It was huge, but it didn’t really taste like a brownie. It was extremely crumbly, very chocolate, and had the texture of a dense cake. Aunt Renee said it reminded her of a weight-watchers cake that was quite chewy and funny in taste. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

In the photo: the biggest brownie I’ve seen in my entire life!

After lunch, we hit the slopes for some afternoon skiing (and to burn off those brownie calories)! One of my favorite ski runs was called “See Forever”. This blue run totally exemplifies its name, as you can “see forever” from 12,245 feet on the top of the ski lift.  We saw Utah on the western horizon, Mount Wilson (the most recognizable icon on the Coors beer products) due west, and the quaint little town of Telluride to the east. At 4:00 pm, the ski lifts close, and the skiiers head home.

One great feature in Castlewood Manor, the house we are renting for the week, is that we can literally ski the slopes from our back door. It may be the #1 ski in ski out house in America, but we sure had trouble coming in! I was the last one to arrive, and after seeing my cousins Christina, Sayer, and Merritt completely fall on their faces, I thought I would ski full speed ahead to gain momentum. Well, that didn’t work…I ran into about 3 feet of powder and burried myself in snow. It was so deep, I felt like I was in quick-sand! Sayer couldn’t find one of her skis, and it was like we were searching for burried treasure as we tried to find it! As we hiked up the steps of our gorgous house, we finally crashed on the couch and called it a day.

In this photo: Castlewood Manor, the #1 Ski Estate in North America.

For dinner, we were fortunate enough to have Chef John cook us dinner. Tonight he made homemade lasagna, tortellini and marinara sauce, caesar salad, and garlic bread. Banana cream pie and german chocolate cake was for dessert….an end to the perfect day! More to come tomorrow…

In this photo: lasagna, caesar salad, garlic bread, and tortellini

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