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Old Apr 21, 18, 11:59 am
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Spring Break with WT73jr at Vail Colorado, USA via Alaska Airlines

Spring Break with WT73jr at Vail Colorado, USA via Alaska Airlines

YVR-SEA-DEN-SEA-YVR (Alaska 2 for 1 companion fare)



Preparation:

Every other year, I try to get WT73 jr out and about to experience some travel. I traveled a lot growing up with parents from the United Kingdom and Singapore so summers for me meant traveling to Asia or Europe.

Since we spend many weekends on the hill at Whistler, most of our winter time is spent up there. Sometime last year, Vail Resorts purchased Whistler Blackcomb and brought their vision of skiing to our home hill. This has been a much more corporate exercise since some of the decisions seem to be less about skiing, and more about returning value to their shareholders. The rumour about reducing the terrain parks from two to one sent waves throughout the Whistler valley. One of the benefits was that the ski passess that we had purchased at Whistler Blackcomb would be allowed to be used at Vail Resorts at no upcharge.

We traveled over Spring Break; a peak travel period. We used an Alaska Companion Fare provided with the Canadian MBNA Alaska Airlines Master Card for two tickets from Vancouver to Denver via Seattle. I had a large amount of Starpoints and with the program’s future looking less bright than it used to be, I exchanged them over to Marriott Rewards and redeemed a 7 day Flights and Nights package.



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Westin Wall Centre Vancouver International Airport
Alaska Airlines: Vancouver - Seattle
Alaska Airlines: Seattle - Denver
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa
Vail
Alaska Airlines: Fort Lauderdale – Seattle
Alaska Airlines: Seattle – Vancouver



Links to my previous reports:

A 72 hr trip to Miami via the St Regis Bal Harbour & Miami Beach on Alaska Airlines Jan 2018
Polynesia Part II: Easter Island and Mexico City via LATAM Business Class and Alaska Airlines First Class, Sept 2017
Summer is a state of mind; Kaanapali, Maui, via Alaska Airlines with my 13 yr old son, August 2017
Fiji, New Zealand and French Polynesia via Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui Business Class (AS, Y, FJ J, NZ Y, VT Y, TH J, AA J), June 2017
Mileage Running to New York via Delta Airlines First Class for Alaska MVP Status (DL J), Dec 2016
Havana and Varadero Cuba via Westjet Holidays from Canada (WJ Y) Nov 2016
Malta (and the island of Gozo), Venice, Italy and Oktoberfest in Munich, via Air France Business Class (AF J, LH Y) Sept 2016
South Africa, Namibia, Victoria Falls, Mauritius & the UAE via Emirates First, Qatar Business (QR J, EK F, BA J, SA J, SW Y) April 2016
Dodging Volcanic Ash: A family trip to Bali / Singapore with my 11 year old via Asiana, KLM and JAL Business Class (DL J / OZ J / KL J / JL J) July 2015
RTW#3 (J): Vietnam, Maldives, and Tackling India’s Golden Triangle via Air Canada, Singapore, Air India, Turkish Airlines Business Class. (AC/OZ/SQ/AI/TK), May 2015
Experiencing flying as a "Non-Rev", Australia Wine and Beaches, (AC J/Y, QF J) November 2014
Alaska Airlines First Class to Las Vegas, and a stay in the Aria Sky Suites “Penthouse” (AS F), August 2014
Family trip to Kenora Lake of the Woods Ontario via Air Canada Business Class (AC J). August 2014
Cathay Pacific First Class to New York, a sombre visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum & 4 days of eating in NYC. (CX F) May 2014
RTW #2 (J) The Khors of Oman via Japan, Poland & UAE on ANA, Asiana, Thai Turkish and Lufthansa Business Class. April 2014
South Africa, Safari in Maasai Mara Kenya, & Mauritius via United, South African, Swiss and Air Canada Business Class (UA J, SA J, XAK, LX J, AC J) Nov 2013
A family trip to Westin Playa Conchal, Liberia Costa Rica, (UA Y) Aug 2013
Buried Treasure: UAE Empty Quarter and Beyond to Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives (UA Y, EY J/Y, Q2 Y), Nov 2012
RTW #1(F) The Time Share Presentation: Spain / China / Thailand. (AC J, OZ F, TG F, LH J/F, AC Y, May 2012
A visit to Macchu Picchu and Valle Nevado, Peru and Chile. (AC J, LA Y) Sept 2011
Travel after the Revolution of January 25, 2011. Egypt. (MS Y) May 2011
A Step Back in Time: The Twilight of Burma, a visit to Myanmar (MI Y) Sept 2010

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This trip started with the drop off of the son on Friday at 5:30 PM. The previous administration sent him along with a separate carry on full of Warhammer models and paints. The previous administration is not a flyer and didn’t realize that liquid paints don’t qualify as carry on eligible items so I spent about 20 minutes consolidating the models into a regular checked bag. Even with Alaska MVP status, I didn't have any extra checked baggage allowance after packing skis, boots, helmets, ski clothes and all the stuff that comes with a ski trip for 3 people. MrsWT73 had departed at around 3 PM for a Nexus rewewal appointment in Blaine Washington, and a drive to Seattle as she located a cheaper fare departing Seattle that was over $500 CAD cheaper by the time a hotel was covered. As a result, it was just WT73jr and I departing on from Vancouver; later intending to connect on the same flight from Seattle.

We packed up and left the house around 6 PM for the 30 minute drive to the Westin Wall Center. The Westin Wall Centre is less than 5 kilometres from the YVR international airport and is a newer property having been built in the last 5 years. The connection to the airport is via a shared shuttle bus with some other properties in the area. The check in was handled well and we were thanked for our SPG loyalty.





There were no upgrades available tonight so we ended up with exactly what we had booked; a 2 queen traditional room on the tenth floor with a view into neighbouring apartments.













Being a newer hotel, the room had a spacious bathroom. The shower was roomy.





This particular hotel is in no man’s land and although there is on site dining with Apron, we opted for the nearby all you can eat Richmond Sushi which has menus at varying price points. Son was happy as he was able to get absolutely stuffed on sushi and the dad was satisfied getting him to try all sorts of different things for little to no additional cost.

Back at the hotel, we raided the platinum lounge before going to bed. It was the end of evening hors d’hoeuvres and son was able to get a Lipton Brisk Iced Tea for later in the room. All in all, this is my favourite Starwood YVR airport property and we have stayed several times on our way in or out of Vancouver.
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Old Apr 21, 18, 12:14 pm
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March 17, 2018
06:00 AM – 7:01 AM
Booked: Boeing 737-800
Flown: Boeing 737-900


I set the alarm for a 3:40 AM wake up and packed up the room. It was 5 minutes up the road to the airport and I parked it away on the Airport Service road and did the short walk in the quiet dark to the US Departures Terminal along with all the other CASTA screeners that were starting work on the early shift at 4:30 AM. Ultimately, staying in the hotel gained us a bout 45 minutes of extra sleep time as opposed to driving in from South Surrey.

Being the first day of spring break in Vancouver, there were lots of families travelling on this date so it was a bit slower than normal. We arrived at the check in desks at 4:50 AM, just at the cut off for bag acceptance.



I dropped the bags on the belt and we headed through security and Us Pre-Clearance. WT73jr's Nexus Global Entry worked without any issues (he's too young to have a retinal scan on file). There was more madness at the gate, with the flight showing as totally full on Expert Flyer.





We boarded and settled into our economy minus seats. No upgrades for us today since we Alaska MVP doesn't allow travelling companions to upgrade on the same ticket. There were some morning sunrise views as we got underway.







It was a really brief flight down without much to report. As always on this flight, there is no cabin service as the flight is less than 30 minutes gate to gate.
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SEA - DEN (Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Denver International Airport)
March 17, 2018
09:50 AM – 1:28 PM
Booked: Boeing 737-900
Flown: Boeing 737-800



We arrived to Gate N4 in the old N Terminal. Our connecting flight departed from here as well at N3. Despite this, we opted to kill our 3 hour layover by heading over to the C gates for a Wolfgang Puck Gourmet breakfast.





A quick breakfast and a second coffee to go for me at the nearby Beechers Cheese coffee bar. We ended up wandering back to the N Terminal. A brief story: every trip I’ve taken with WT73jr I have turned into an Amazing Race savenger hunt. He’s here in the journey trying to find his way through SEATAC with his clue in hand borrowing the airport wifi. I find the scavenger hunt a great way to keep him engaged while travelling instead of missing it all by watching You Tube videos on their device.





We arrived to Gate N3 in the North Satellite Terminal where we met up with MrsWT73 who had driven down from Vancouver to get a cheaper fare.





While waiting to get on board, we had a 20 minute mechanical departure delay as they worked through an unidentified issue on the aircraft.

We eventually boarded along with MVP zone into economy minus. Like on the last flight, as I was travelling with WT73jr today, I wasn’t on the upgrade list at all at my tier level; traveling companions aren’t eligible. MrsWT73 was upgraded into Premium Class and was happy to collect her "free drink" along with her snack basket.





Service started with the initial water service immediately after takeoff.

I was a little nappy. WT73jr son tricked my 6ft 2 inch frame into the middle seat today claiming I had the window on the last 30 minute flight.

We had some spectacular rockies views on the way down on the approach towards Denver. As usual, the pilot announced for some heavy turbulence for our trip in.







We off loaded at the C Gates in the Denver Airport. This is the last of the three terminals and the furthest out from the main building. My son found it amazing that they had Tornado Shelters in the airport; he hadn’t seen anything like that before. He was asking MrsWt73 lots of questions about what to do incase of emergency since she has regularly been travelling throughout the US.



The bags and skis were put out just under the Alaska 20 minute baggage guarantee. We somehow managed to self port all of our ski bags and 5 suitcases to the Hertz rental bus. It was just 5 minute shuttle over to the massive rental car center. The facility in Denver consists of multiple large scale lots as opposed to a large parkade style facility that you find in the more urban metropolis airports.

Hertz, along with most others presumably here, run a nice large facility. We found our name on the display board and thanks to Hertz Five Star status courtesy of Marriott Platinum Elite. We were able to head over to the 5 Star Zone and select from about 30 different cars. My son was beaming for a pick up truck but we ended up with a white 2018 GMC Acadia with only 2,500 miles on the odometer. It took us about an hour to get from the gate, to collect the bags and load up the vehicle for our trip to up Vail.

Once en route, we stopped at my usual city check in at I-70 Exit 264 to go to King Soopers (for discounted lift tickets). It turns out their printer was broken so they couldn’t sell any… along with some supplies and my favorite Colorado liquor store Applejacks. Even MrsWT73 was impressed “I could spend all day in there … so many yummy things.”



We drove up I-70 where our 4 cylinder Acadia strained against the high altitude of the mountain passes. We had some beautiful scenery coming up. Colorado sure is beautiful!!





It was remarkably easy to travel throughout North America with such short distances involved. Even with the brief flight connection in Seattle, it was always fun to travel with family.
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Somewhere through the merger of the Marriott and Starwood program, I learned of the value of the Marriott Flights and Nights travel packages. This program required you to stay a minimum of 7 consecutive nights in a hotel on a reward stay. I don’t usually stay anywhere for that long so it was challenging to identify some opportunities. It eventually dawned on me that I could use a 7-night voucher for a ski holiday. As skiers and snow boarders know, the pricing of hotels near the ski hill is over the top thanks to a supply and demand scenario…

I ended up doing the research and booking the Marriott well in advance in October; long before the ski season started. Marriott allowed you to book rewards reservations in advance, without paying out the points for them. I reserved the room in October 2017, then called January 2018 to apply the e-certificate. In turn, for 130,000 Starwood points that were converted to 390,000 Marriott Rewards points (at the flat post takeover 1:3 ratio), we got accommodation worth $4,214 USD, AND 120,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles worth about $2,280 on a $0.019 cent valuation. All in, the redemption was about a monetary value of $6,490 USD, or a solid 5 cents a point.

I love the caution about the $4,626.98 cancellation “fee”…



Travelling up from Denver on Interstate I-70, we eventually found our way to the resort in the Lionshead neighbourhood, which was pretty easy to find thanks to a little advance reconnaissance work.













On arrival, the bell captains were very friendly in assisting to get the skis unsorted and out of the ski bags. The valet staff unpacked the skis out of the ski bags (the bags were left in the car) and they made arrangements to get the skis over to the opposite site of the hotel where the ski valet was located. I left MrsWT73 to supervise most of this while I went to handle the check in process. The check in area is in a large, but in a some what dated looking space.





Our Free Night Award certificate had us booked into a base level room. I usually make it a point of not staying at the Marriott’s so I didn’t know how far the Marriott Platinum Elite “Upgrade to Room at Check in” would get us. Pretty much the second thing out of my mouth after I had handed over a credit card and ID was that we had booked a room with two doubles but we would gladly exchange for an upgrade opportunity with a king and a sofa bed or rollaway. Since WT73jr was outside at the car, there was no opportunity to dispute the negotiation. The front desk agent was kind enough to do some room Tetris and was able to get us a three category upgrade from base room to a Studio King. Score. Although there were some “residence condos” available, they were almost double the posted average daily rate that we had booked under. They were probably well beyond a “standard suite” as well that is typically within the upgrade parameters as well.

A local beer serving was also provided at the front desk; along with a keepsake Vail Marriott Vail Brewing Corporation branded pint glass. A sheet was also provided explaining the resort fees chargeable at $40 per day. As was typically the experience, the hotel itself offered extremely little “resort” other than a few activities (Smores between 1-3 PM) and a tired looking pool.

In lieu of any substantial Platinum Benefits (there was no included breakfast as it was a “resort” per Marriott terms and conditions at the time of writing), the hotel also offered $35 credit towards the SPA, the in house Avalanche Pizza or Room Service. I was further offered an additional 500 Marriott Reward Points or an additional $10 voucher. Given that 500 Marriott Rewards Points are worth only 160 SPG Starpoints, I ended up taking the $10 and we saved it towards a dinner after skiing. I also later learned that we got a bit of a break on the mandatory valet parking. It was posted at $50 per day; we were charged $35. I didn't pick up on the difference until I got home but I suspect this was due to our Platinum status.



Our bags were brought up and we were led into the room #505.

The room décor was typically Marriott. This meant reds, browns and beige tones everywhere. The Trip Advisor reviews had been recently quite negative on the whole property but our room was in really good condition with carpets free of stains, walls free of scuff marks and couches and linen that were comfortable. For a free week’s reward stay, I didn’t really have too much to complain about. For someone that was paying $600 USD a night for this room, it wasn’t a terrific value.





Check in beer ‘sample” in a plastic cup on the table; part of the added value of your resort fee! LOL.







The wine was ours from AppleJacks, but the coffee maker was with the room.



The bathroom was relatively spacious. Although the pictures of Thyme and Parsley on the walls have been a bit out of style since the nineteen nineties.





Toiletries were THANN branded. We didn’t really use them all too much or take them home.



Lots of hooks by the door for ski stuff.



The view from the room was pleasant, and had peek a boo views over to the mountain. There was minimal road and interstate noise; the I-70 interstate is behind the yellow Ritz Carlton and brown building in the photo.





Around the hotel there were some fire pits outside of the concierge door on the way to the pools. Unfortunately, the fire pits did not have a view of anything, other than other buildings.



The Vail Marriott Mountain “Resort” has an outdoor pool. It’s definitely an older variety and was looking pretty tired on our visit. It actually looks more impressive from the second floor as pictured here. Unfortunately, it does not over look the view, a ski run, a mountain vista or anything spectacular. Instead, it overlooks the hotel back door so all the guests can see you frolicking in the tub after dinner. It also seems to be a bit of a shady space that doesn't see sunlight all too often thanks to the buildings and the North facing slopes of Vail mountain.





The Avalanche Bar is the lounge of the hotel. It was the home of live entertainment (lounge singers) during the apres ski area. It was a nice but lacking a little bit of soul. We ended up redeeming our rewards points there on a pupus’ dinner one evening. Dinner for three came to about 90 USD$. Overall, the service and the lounge, the concierge and the hotel reception was very good to excellent. It was clear that the property spends quite a bit of effort in training in this area.





The resort fee included this wonderful “Games Room”. I presume a part of the $40 a day kept the Ms PacMan rental going all these years.



On the second floor above the lobby, there was a small business center with free printing.



There was also a half stocked Starbucks Coffee outlet that had a limited breakfast menu so that it did not compete with the First Tracks Restaurant next door. The muffins were all shrink wrapped (not in a display case) and I found that they often ran out of supply. What you see in those small display cases is pretty much what you get.



We settled in and had an early night since we were all tired from an early rise.

Overall, the hotel was a pleasant, if not unexciting place to stay for a week. It was one of the view reasonable point options in the Vail valley, of which we took full advantage. Thankfully, they will be fixing the no breakfast at resort properties for Platinums moving forward so there are opportunities to get even great value on a stay next ski season.
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Shortly after we checked in, we ended up taking a walk around the neighborhood to self-situate around Lionshead Village. Lionshead has grown up quite a bit since the last time I was here in 2002; the first trip I took after the New York City 9/11 attacks. We wandered the 5 minutes up the pathway to the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the heart of Lionshead, Vail.











Wandering through Lionshead, it’s certainly grown up since my last visit. Many of the tired buildings had been refurbished and renovated. What used to be a family area had now moved a bit upscale. There is now a fireplace next to the skating rink in the heart of town next to the Arrabelle Hotel.







We ended up having dinner at a Vail tradition: Garfinkel’s on St Patrick’s Day. Garfinkel’s is a ski town tradition; they’ve run bars in Whistler and Vail since the early 1990’s. I’ve been visiting them for almost twenty eight years!!





After supper, it was a quiet walk back to the hotel amid the Christmas lights of Vail. We settled in for the evening in anticipation for a great week ahead.

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They certainly are offerendum! This is not necessarily a bad thing; I'd pick them any day over some other options.
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After the travel day and the full dinner, we slept in. I didn’t set the alarm and we ended up sleeping until 12 PM! Oh my; I guess we needed it. We were still all feeling a bit sick and all on antibiotics.

So much for skiing today. . . Looks like it is sightseeing for the afternoon. We ended up taking the free in down bus to Vail Village and taking a walk around as we healed our cold. There were lots of interesting stores to take in.

















We made it up Ski Lift Road to the ski hill to the base of the “Gondola One” ski lift. I managed to get in a photo of the $199 Vail Lift Ticket Prices. Ouch. I’m glad we can gotten passes through Whistler Blackcomb Epic Pass before we came down from Canada!















We took the bus back to Lionshead and wandered back to the hotel/ The snow started at about 4 PM and started dumping all the way into the Village!! I couldn’t be happier considering it was nearing the end of March.





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We woke up to 13 centimeters of new snow. It’s a mountain of new snow for here where the snow is much finer than the wet concrete accumulations we typically get on the wet west coast. The view from the room was terrific in the morning and it looked like a fairy tale.



We made it up the Eagle Bahn Gondola and hit up Game Creek Bowl for some warm up runs.







We had a full morning and headed over to Blue Sky Basin. The sun had started to come out and the whole place looked terrific under fresh snowfall.







Powder skiing in the trees was never better in late March!!





We were all breathing heavy from the altitude. Poor kid: he hadn't experienced anything like it before.





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We were pretty tired; both from the illness, the hotel and the higher altitude. After six or seven runs, we headed in for a late lunch at the Two Elks Lodge.

I can't talk enough about the altitude. It was like a punch to the gut. Our first day was really tiring and we were all pretty exhausted by lunch hour. It's like taking a deep breath, but your lungs don't have any depth to it. I am happy to report that it gradually settled over our week in Vail.

We took it easy for the rest of the afternoon. We had a pretty relaxing ski out towards the end of the day down the snow covered valley.

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We stopped for a family photo just before the last pitch on Lionshead ski out… Great memories.





All in a great day one to the start of a great family ski holiday!
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Thanks for a great TR so far. The place seems quite surreal how its built into the foot of the mountains. It looks very quaint and almost un-American from my experiences of travelling in the States.
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Good photos, worldtraveller! Looks like a fun trip so far - I visited Vail one time while traveling for work. Great town!

Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks for a great TR so far. The place seems quite surreal how its built into the foot of the mountains. It looks very quaint and almost un-American from my experiences of travelling in the States.
Thanks as always nequine. It is a bit surreal that it is tucked into the valley. It's faux European but doesn't feel as false as some parts of the Las Vegas strip. LOL.

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Good photos, worldtraveller! Looks like a fun trip so far - I visited Vail one time while traveling for work. Great town!

Thank you for sharing.
Thanks again 757. It's still a neat place to visit.
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MrsWT73 was exhausted from work and travel so she opted to take the day off in the hotel and sleep in. I bundled up WT73 jr and we hit up the slopes of Vail again.

We started off the day on Game Creek Bowl again, then down front side through to Blue Sky Basin. The weather was not so blue sky holiday and more grey wintery clouds. Yesterday’s snow had turned into lots of crust on the wind surface back bowls. Even I was huffing and puffing thanks to the altitude. It was like a major punch to the gut.









We went back up Blue Sky Basin to some wonderful skiing. The lack of snow reports appeared to have hurt Vail a little bit. Most of the ski runs were totally deserted.





We took it a bit easier today and headed back over to the Two Elk Lodge for lunch. An “Epic” Burger, Chicken fingers and a Gatorade was 46.90$ USD. Wow – value pricing. Ha Ha.

After lunch, we hit up the front side. We found some stashing of excellent 2 day old snow on Ox Creek. It was totally deserted.

We then went exploring up the new Northwoods new six pack and over to Riva Ridge. This was probably the best run of our visit. It’s an awesome top to bottom run down to valley. It’s a great moderately steep pitch that was totally wide open and few people on it with great snow.









After that long one, we were back up Gondola one then over to two runs on Avanti. Then Pride lift and down simba to valley. We had a pleasant view as we staggered through the hotel of the Vail Mountain itself from the 5th floor. WT73jr was even too tired for the complimentary Marriott Smore's included with our resort fee. It was pretty exhausting.



We had one nicer dinner throughout our stay. I booked us in at the Swiss Chalet at the Sonnenalp Hotel. Those from Canada will know the Swiss Chalet as a franchised economical restaurant that serves over cooked chicken with a questionable orange dipping sauce. I am happy to report that this version was nothing like that! The Swiss Chalet at the Sonnealp specialized in swiss fondue. We had a great experience here and both MrsWT73 and WT73jr really enjoyed it.





WT73jr was able to get a Chinoise Fondue, while we settled for an awesome cheese fondue. The Älpler Fondue mit Kräuter was described as an imported Swiss Cheese with White Wine, Kirschwasser, Garlic and Fresh Herbs, Served with Potatoes, Winter Vegetables and Baguette Bread. Ohh so yummy!! We had every last morsel.



WT73jr even filled out the comment card; a rarity in this digital age of online surveys. High scores of seven’s throughout!!



We had a short walk into town for a chocolate snack at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory amid all the peace and quiet of the resort.





Truly an awesome day made better with an awesome meal. The Swiss Chalet is worth checking out if you happen to be through this postal code; high marks!!
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