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Trip Report Copper Mt: Our Best Worst vacation ever

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Some of you may remember that skiing has been on our Bucket List for some time. Thanks to the help of Fodorites, we chose Copper Mountain as a good place for beginners. Lets get the "Bad" part over with first. We are from Florida and have never been to high elevations. I had altitude sickness for 3 days; headache, nausea, lethargy. DH had same for 12 hours. I spent my time with the 5 year olds on the bunny slopes (but I LOOKED GOOD!), DH mastered the green runs, swooshing all the way down. But the mountain was beautiful, especailly after a snow, and it was an experience we had to try,

Chose a condo on VRBO http://www.vrbo.com/49047. The owner was very responsive and nice to work with. This is in center village, right in the middle of all the shops and restaurants. It was really easy to walk around the corner to get a bus to go to other locations in the resort.

Condo was fine for 2 of us. The steps to the loft were very steep and you needed to pay attention. There was no humidifier, so we kept a pan of water boiling on the stove when we were awake. There was plenty of nice dry wood stacked for the fireplace, which we made good use of.

We had looked into the shuttle from Denver, but rented a car instead; went on Priceline, got a full sized car from Thurs-Mon for $156 all inclusive. Condo had covered parking.

Food was not my top priority, but we had a very nice meal at CJ's, a good burger at Incline Bar and Grill, and a pleasant lunch at Alpine Barista. The place for apres ski is JJ Rocky Mountain Bar in East village. Great atmosphere, energetic duo playing and singing, and a fun crowd.

We did our skiing at Union Creek. I thought the folks in the rental area were not very friendly, but maybe it was just my anxiety. Our instructor was an ex Navy captain named Sam, and he was fantastic, very very encouraging and patient. We took a 3hr private lesson with him on Friday, and my DH did the same on Sunday. Pricey but worth it.

Flights were uneventful. I love SWA, 2 big bags, one filled with ski clothes, and one with regular clothes, No Charge!

Not sure if I would do it again, but would certainly encourage DH to return. I am so proud of my rock star hubby, he is fearless!

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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