Steamboat – Winter Carnival – RECAP
We began our bus trip with 32 participants leaving on Thursday, February 4 with Windstar Lines heading to Steamboat. There were 6 Fly/Drive participants. Betsy Dickson and Bill McCollum drove out on February 1 to extend their trip. Roy Hopkins drove out from KC and Norm and Dianna Samuelson flew in from Ann Arbor, MI – they all had early check in the night before. Steve Lee signed up right before the trip left and drove out from KC and met the bus at McDonalds the morning of Friday, February 5.
We woke up to snow covered roads and found it had been a little slow getting to Steamboat. After McDonalds, we drove attempted to drive to LaCasa only to get stuck in the middle of Après Ski Road. The police came and after numerous failed attempts to get unstuck, Randy Joiner and Jim Sincox helped the driver put on metal chains and we were able to go back to The Lodge at Steamboat and get shuttled to the LaCasa.
Upon arrival at LaCasa had all the condos ready for check in so we could change clothes in comfort and hit the slopes. On Friday after skiing, we had the Welcome Party with Chili and Chicken Taco Soup. Carter Allen from Wyndham Resorts and Suzanne from Steamboat Mountain Ambassadors brought wine and cheese and lots of information about the mountain and things to do.
On our first day of skiing, Debbie Quick caught and edge and had a right lateral tibial plateau fracture. Debbie was taken to surgery. Debbie Bagby, Bo Sochacka and Mary Arney brought her home from the hospital and she was laid up in the condo until Tuesday. Roy Hopkins graciously volunteered to take Mary Arney and Debbie Quick back to KC in his surburban so Debbie didn’t have to ride in the bus. Thank you, Roy!!
Sunday evening participants went in different directions to watch the Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill which included torchlight skiers, the Lighted Man and Giant Fireworks. Several participants went downtown and watched from the bleachers. Ed Reitz, Scott Wright, Jim Sincox, Kim Sincox, Mary Arney, Debbie Bagby, Bo Sochacka, Betsy Dickson and Bill McCollum went to Hazie’s for dinner and could watch the events inside from the comfort of the restaurant.
One day after skiing, Steve Lee reported to me “we went down some Double Diamond Chutes that we had no business being on”. Also, I heard about jumping off cliffs! For more details, ask Steve Lee, Scott Wright and Brandon Wright. I am just glad no one got hurt!!
The last day, Tuesday, was the great day with blue bird skiing - blue skies and sun, unfortunately, we had to quit early and go back to the Kansas City. We were able to have 2 change rooms so many had to move luggage. The bus left at 3:30 and we stopped in Frisco at a different pizza place called Peppinos Pizza.
Now for some fun things that were rumored to have happened on the trip:
On Friday, February 5, Charlie Malin proposed to Kathy Coggins on the slopes of Steamboat. She said YES!! Congratulations you two!
Mark Figgins and Chuck King were unsuccessfully accosted in the hot tub by a beautiful, but very flirtatious lady from Florida, with a wicked right flip of the hip!
Several on the trip couldn’t find a karaoke place in Steamboat Springs, so they had a late night karaoke in Condo 10!! Chuck King was the star! But he wanted lots of backup singers!!!
Roy Hopkins was slightly miffed that he skipped out of viewing the Steamboat Winter Carnival Fireworks Display after his condo mates explained how delightful it was where they viewed them from their HEATED bleacher seats! Yes, Roy actually bought that story!
The Steamboat trip was Alicie Kriener’s 2nd KCSC trip. The bus ride was a bit cold and freezing. Funny watching the driver trying not to get stuck, but he kept getting even more stuck. Alice didn’t ski the first day and enjoyed relaxing around the condo, getting skis and drinks. The condo was very nice. Hot tub was hot and had a nice changing room. Sunsets were breathtaking, skiing was wonderful. Snow was pretty on the trees. Skiing with John McDowell, Jerry McDowell, Ann McDowell, Mike Silic and Randy Joiner was wonderful. They never left Alice behind. Bloody Marys at the chalets were outstanding and yummy. Big fireworks were cool to watch from the condo deck. On the last day we went into town and saw a Moose!
Wendy Constans kept saying “I am getting old and may have to stop more” and then going down the slope without stopping. We had to catch her at the lift!!!
Joan MCAnany has fantastic map reading skills.
Jerry and Ann McDowell had their first taste of Rocky Mountain oysters. Randy Joiner took a dive in the snow from the hot tub and made a snow angel.
Someone on the trip walked back 3 times to the LaCasa and got lost all 3 times……Anonymous!!
Vicki Boone, Debbie Bagby and Mary Arney went snowmobiling. Debbie Bagby quickly caught on to snowmobiling and became a speed demon trying to keep up with Mary Arney. Occasionally they would look back to make sure Vicki had not fallen off the snow mobile. No one suffered whiplash.
Diane Samuleson, Roy Hopkins and Debbie Bagby went snowshoeing.
Scott Wright made a delicious breakfast for Condo #12 every morning!