Well, despite Ruthie and Theo getting sick, and the resulting total lack of sleep that meant for Tommy and me (and them), we had a good time in Telluride for the first time. I totally understand now why it’s frequently described as the best US ski destination, a really cool town, etc. The hype is real. It takes a while to get here, but this is a really special place!
Our top activities and memories from this trip, in no particular order:
- Sledding at Town Park. The park is really close to the condo where we stayed, and the condo had sleds in the closet (win!). The kids loved sledding down the hill. The second day we went sledding, we had the whole hill and most of the park to ourselves, except for a few people walking dogs. It’s a perfect sledding destination.
- Playing in the snow. Ruthie had never seen snow (not really, anyway – Austin snow doesn’t count!) before this trip, and Harper had only experienced it once on her trip to New York City for her fourth birthday. Just the sensory experience of playing in the plentiful snow, either on the balcony or at Town Park was pretty magical.
- Skiing – for Harper and Tommy. Ruthie only agreed to ski down the bunny hill once, but Harper skied all day. She has a long way to go to be ready for the big mountain, but she loved it and worked hard at it. We weren’t sure how either girl would do – I wouldn’t describe either of them as very physically adventurous. But the coaches were really great with the kids, and Ruthie was able to hang out inside and play when she decided she didn’t want to ski anymore. Tommy has only skied twice before this trip, and he didn’t really like it much either time. But this time, he got a great instructor for his lesson, and he loved it. It was beautiful weather to ski and not crowded.
- Playing games. We are a game loving family, so it’s no surprise that we packed a few games to play here and took full advantage of the games in the condo as well as at any restaurant we visited. Tip – the Steamies Burger Bar had a great collection of kids board games – we could have played for hours. The food was decent and it was very casual and easy to take the kids to. We played a lot of Too Many Monkeys, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Candyland, and Go Fish on this trip.
- Drinking hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps – this is Tommy’s top cold-weather drink. It’s pretty great!
- Visiting the Telluride Public Library. They have an amazing kids play area with a playhouse, lots of toys, lego table, costumes, light table, and so much more. The kids didn’t want to leave after several hours, and it was a perfect indoor break from the cold. We also got a library card and rented Mary Poppins, which we had been wanting to show the kids ever since we saw the new Mary Poppins movie in the theaters.
This trip was not without its challenges. Ruthie hates wearing all the cold weather gear, and had frequent meltdowns about hats, gloves, socks, etc. We were all tired. Tommy and I love to travel and are committed to sharing that love with our kids, so we powered through. Theo seemed a little out of his routine (of course) and traveling with a baby is never easy.
A couple of good strategies we tried for this trip —
I shipped a Blue Apron box to our condo, so I could make a couple of meals in with all the ingredients for a good meal without having to worry about going to the store. Saved money and time, plus it allowed us to not eat out for every meal.
We borrowed the kids cold weather gear – it’s a lot to buy and think about, and I was so grateful that our friends had kids the same sizes and were willing to share. Thanks!
We packed two giant rolling suitcases instead of more smaller bags, so it’s easier for us to get through the airport even with all the snow gear we needed.
We did laundry, so we didn’t pack a lot of extra anything.
And we knew we would forget something important — it was underwear for the girls. The only kids underwear I could find at a store in town was 1-2 sizes too small for them, but they had to make do. Sorry kids! It’s a lot to remember.
And hopefully, this trip will be a lot to remember in joyful ways for them too. I’ll be so glad to see my bed tomorrow night!