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Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado

Date: March 7-14, 2020
Trip Leader: John Kelly
Trip Assistant:
Alex Karger
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The trip took place the week the world changed.  We started the week with handshakes and hugs; we ended with elbow bumps and hand sanitizer.  Groups arriving in Colorado the day we left were surprised and disappointed. The day we left was the last day of skiing in Colorado for at least several months. 

We have a geographically diverse group on our trips, with members residing in states from Maine to Florida to California.  29 of our 41 participants started with the group air on United from Newark Airport.  9 more participants met us at Denver Airport to join us on the long but easy bus ride from the airport to our lodging in Snowmass Village.  The bus made the usual stop at Wheat Ridge (by Applejacks liquor superstore, i70 exit 234, Youngfield St) so we could stock up on groceries and beverages.  4 more people joined us at the Pokolodi Lodge, 1 driving and 3 flying into Aspen Airport. 

After we arrived at the Pokolodi Lodge, the staff quickly unloaded our bus and delivered all the luggage to our rooms.  Later, the Pokolodi provided a wine-and-cheese welcome reception for our group.

Sunday morning, most of the group took the short walk to the slopes of Snowmass.  The following days, most of us took advantage of the convenient shuttle system to visit Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.  Many people took advantage of the guided tours provided by the Ambassadors at each of the 4 mountains.

We do like group get-togethers, so we had our own on Sunday with appetizers, pizza, and drink.  The Pokolodi provided their weekly wine and cheese event Monday night.  We had another group get-together on Wednesday night, and then a group clean-out-your-fridge event Friday night.  Lots of group events, not knowing we would soon be entering a period when such events would not be acceptable.

Saturday morning, we prepared for our departure by placing our luggage outside our rooms.  The staff collected our luggage and prepared it for a quick loading when our bus arrived.  We again had a long, but easy bus ride back to Denver Airport.  An unexpected bonus was a scenic stop instead of simply a rest-area stop.  We stopped at Georgetown, a small town where many people enjoyed the candy store.

At Denver Airport, those who were on the group flight back to Newark said their good-byes to their friends who were returning on other flights to Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, and New York. 








John and Alex would like to thank all the members and their guests for helping us enjoy such a great week. 




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