Yesterday we decided to risk it…we made the drive up to Summit County on a Sunday. If you have ever driven into the mountains on a weekend you know exactly why we’ve been avoiding this for the past two years. Weekend traffic – combined with weekend lift lines – can be absolutely horrible!
We figured an early start to the day during the early season would give us an advantage. Turns out this tactic worked out pretty darn well for us! We met Lynne at the Dino Lots at 7:15am and were parked at Keystone by 8:30am. Probably the earliest I’ve ever been in a resort parking lot!
Turns out front row parking and perfectly groomed trails aren’t the only perk to arriving before the lifts start – Keystone was giving out cupcakes! Yup, cupcakes. Huge, frosting laden cupcakes! They asked that everyone taking a cupcake write a quick thank you to the troops. Love this idea – you don’t need to bribe me with cupcakes for me to give a truly heartfelt “THANK YOU” to everyone who has made my rather privileged American living possible! Seriously, THANK YOU!
We spent the first few hours of the day playing around on the three runs that were open. Yea, definitely early season without a lot of options but the runs were not that crowded…at least not until after 11am! Then things got a little crazy. The lift lines got long, the runs were packed and we decided we were hungry. The plan was to bail early to avoid I-70 traffic and allow for a productive Sunday afternoon so it all worked out perfectly. The mountain got busy, we headed home.
I definitely prefer to spend a Monday at resorts but now that we know early morning Sunday’s are hellish we will most likely be back…especially if it means we get to head up with friends! Up next…a #MountainMonday at Rocky Mountain National Park! We’re headed that way right now and are crossing our fingers its not too crowded since entrance fees are waived for Veteran’s Day! There is a hike we’ve been meaning to revisit for months, it might actually happen today!