Sunday, March 12, 2017

Deer Valley, We're Back!

The kids and Doug really wanted to ski again over spring break so we decided to go back to Deer Valley! It's our favorite mountain with really long and fun greens, great restaurants and not-so-cold spring break weather!
We found a ski routine that works great for our family.  Doug and Matt ski together the first day while Marlie's in ski school, then Doug and I ski together while both kids are in ski school and then Marlie gets to ski with Dad while Matt's in ski school. It works perfect! The kids did great skiing again this year.  Matt wanted to ski all blacks and Marlie liked to take it a little easier and ski greens with me! Yea! Our hope is that the boys wear themselves the first day and then are ready to take it slower the next few days. They skied the first day so hard Matt was even exhausted!
 The weather was so perfect that Matt sometimes skied in a t-shirt! He had so much fun and loved skiing hard with Dad. They had some funny and scary stories!
We decided to surprise the kids one day and try something new. They were super excited when we came to a stop and there was a pack of dogs ready to take us sledding! I had read an article about how this place rescues dogs from all over the country and trains them. The owner was in love with all these creatures...they all had a name and a story. The kids asked 100 questions and Marlie was in heaven with all the dogs. This kid has been asking for a dog almost every day for a year. She was happiest when she was in the middle of as many as possible. Matt really enjoyed learning about the sport of sledding and asked how the dogs are ordered in line. It depended on their strength, speed, how smart they were, if they were leaders or followers. But they all had a place. It wasn't long before we all had our favorites. Mine were the blind dog and his best friend that helped guide him in the pack.
 As we were leaving Matt spotted a bald eagle in the tree. She was beautiful!
Last day - the boys were ready to ski hard one last time.  I was ready for a massage before coming home to reality! So Marlie had to decide who to go with and decided to come with me for her first spa day! We sat in the hot tub, had massages, got pedis and ate almost an entire jar of macaroons!
Fully rested and ready for our trip home! It was a great week. We'll be back!  

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