Happy Valentines Day
Struggling for a new Valentine’s Day idea? How about a mountain life style idea?
The big heart holiday stresses people out. It’s supposed to be fun, an event to get excited about and a way to spend a little extra time with your sweetheart. Complaints about commercialism, the pressure, high cost and crowdedness of professing your love are plentiful.
Forget the negative and focus on a winter wonderland experience, incorporate the mountain life style and spark a little heat for you and your partner.
Stuffed in every Vail locals storage spaces are backpacks, small camping stoves, pots, stuff sack sleeping bag, head lamps, hand warmers and snow shoes. Unusual for the love holiday, but stay with me, because this is the perfect situation to air out these summer items and have an amazing holiday.
Next on the agenda is a trip to the grocery and liquor stores. It’s crucial to fill the backpack with proper supplies necessary for this outdoor adventure. Your list could include strawberries, organic chocolate bars, some of the nicer cheeses like Edam, Blue or Gouda. Other excellent additions are Sabra Hummus, corn chips or rice crackers, carrots, celery or red peppers. These are my back pack treats but choose your favorites.
A good bottle of bubbly is essential. Sofia Sparkling Wine is my favorite lately, thanks to my friend Dionne. It does fit nicely into any larger camelback like the “hawg.”
Assemble the pack, slip into your warmest ski clothes, grab your snow shoes and head to Vail Mountain. Park in the Lionshead structure and make your way to the Gondola. The gondola is free in the evening so enjoy the ride to the top of Vail Mountain. Even at night the views on Vail Mountain are gorgeous.
Once on top, your destination is the Gazebo, a short distance from the Lionshead gondola. Upon exiting Eagle’s Nest gondola building, move to the left onto the snow. The path you will take is a groomed cat track heading up towards chair 2. It will take anywhere from 15-20 minutes at a slow pace to get there.
This Valentine’s Day night doesn’t fall on a full moon but the light bouncing up from the snow will illuminate your path to the gazebo. Use your head lamp for extra light. The gazebo has a picnic table and it’s away from the lights of Eagle’s Nest, giving you a fresh, quiet, serene feeling of Vail Mountain. The Holy Cross Mountain Range plus the city lights of Avon and Edwards will spread across the horizon like a large canvas hanging above the fireplace.
The hike will get your blood pumping and keep you warm. Sitting down, the chill will set in but cozy up to your loved one and wrap up in the sleeping bag for cuddly warmth.
Set up the camping stove, assemble the snacks, crack the bottle of sparkling wine, melt the chocolate and send the strawberries swimming.
At night, Vail Mountain is shrouded in a blanket of peaceful silence. The fresh air is invigorating and tingles your senses. The bonus of good company, a tasty drink and chocolate creates a memorable experience.