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Vail, 2011

Alissa & the boys joined Merrill & Karen, plus cousins Abe, Emily & Grace for
the Spring Break snow fest in Vail, Colorado this April. They stayed in a condo
on the banks of Gore Creek, beneath the famous slopes of Vail Ski Resort.
I held down the fort at home while the massive kitchen renovation began...

Gore Creek follows I-70 corridor for a stretch.
Gore Creek,
Vail, Colorado
3 April 2011
What you do is, rent a condo...
Taylor, Eli, Grace,
Grampa & "Grumpy"
4 April 2011
... ride the bus to the slopes...
Abe, Gramma,
Emily & Brianna
4 April 2011
... and play allll day...
Taylor, Grace,
Grampa & "Mario"
4 April 2011
I think he's gonna have to replace that divot.
Abe moving snow
on Game Creek
4 April 2011
Eli about to ply the slope first
Straight Shot at
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
One of the powder-filled bowls at Vail
Eli in sequence
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
The others are waiting above.
Eli in sequence
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Eli says this is steeper than it looks here.
Eli in sequence
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Alissa went first with the camera
Eli in sequence
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Here comes Brianna and Emily!
Brianna & Emily
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
'Pweeo' is what Kara used to call her big sister
Sequential Pweeo
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
China Bowl tops out at well over 11,000 feet
Sequential Pweeo
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
The bowls were filled with powder
Emily & Brianna
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Brianna lives in Pittsburgh at the time of this writing
Sequential Pweeo
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Abe launching above Brianna
Brianna & Abe
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Notice the big cornice above?
Emily on the way
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
The bowl has a good run-out
Brianna bowling
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Taylor, Emily & Abe feeling gravitational
Taylor, Em & Abe
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Abe making like snow plow... sort of
Abe on his toes
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
So deep it must be strenuous?
Taylor kinetic
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
More than ever like a snow plow
Abe: snow mover
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Wisps of powder. Must be windy?
Taylor moving in
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
If snow is a ball, he's having some fun right now
Taylor juggling
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Someday this stuff will all be in Gore Creek
Get a handful!
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Last but not least, the Lovely & Talented Grace
Grace chillin'
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Just enjoying the view!
Grace & Brianna
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Everyone getting ready for the next slope
Regrouping near
Sundown Bowl
4 April 2011
Alissa shot this sequence of Eli descending
Eli's descent (1/4)
on Dragon's Teeth
4 April 2011
Check out the rooster tails
Eli's descent (2/4)
on Dragon's Teeth
4 April 2011
Carving, carving, carving...
Eli's descent (3/4)
on Dragon's Teeth
4 April 2011
Alissa tells me there's a big, toothy cliff at the bottom of this run. Hence the name...
Eli's descent (4/4)
on Dragon's Teeth
4 April 2011
Brianna was really moving...
Brianna zips past at
Blue Sky Basin
4 April 2011
Check out the chunks of crud
Brianna moobin',
Blue Sky Basin
4 April 2011
Alissa tells me that this run is made from snow cat tracks
Eli's landing
on Giant Steps
7 April 2011
Has to brush that sticky ice off his board, I guess!
Taylor grabs
on Giant Steps
7 April 2011
Good landing!
Emily stylin'.
Giant Steps
7 April 2011
It's a bird, it's a plane... a BIG RED plane!
The Abe Express
on Giant Steps
7 April 2011
Heeling to a stop!
Ska-reech!
Giant Steps
7 April 2011
Learning to fly... this is the landing
She's too quick!
Giant Steps
7 April 2011
Velocity + Ramp = Air
The Flying Bub,
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
Get OUT of the way!!
Stand back, Mom!
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
Emily off the board
Are you board?
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
At the Board Meeting...
Grace over the top
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
One point of contact!?
Eli in the half pipe
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
Up, up and away!
Taylor breaks out
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
Looking pretty graceful there!
Grace in the half pipe
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011
Out of the half-pipe, onto the slope
Emily exiting
Golden Pk Terrain Park
7 April 2011

Brianna was able to join them for a few days before she had to get back to Pittsburgh.
And a good time was had by all. Even by me. And even by Jenna (the working stiffs)...

All action photos by Alissa Boykin

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