Colorado: A Great Surprise!


Jenny DBefore my parents-in-law moved to Colorado, I had never visited the state, and believed that the only thing people did there was ski. So when my husband and I planned our first trip to visit his parents a few years ago, I was not very enthusiastic (seeing as my favorite vacation spot is the beach!). Since that first visit, we’ve been back to Colorado many times, and each time there is something new and so very different from my home-state of NJ, that I now very much look forward to our visits.

Once, we visited a little amusement park called Santa’s Workshop, built into the slopes of the Pikes Peak mountain range (that was certainly a first for me).  And don’t be fooled by the name! It is a Christmas-themed amusement park and open from mid-May until December 24. On another visit, we spent time at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, an amazing up-close encounter with rescued wolves of all types and sizes, who even treat you to a serenade at the end of your walking tour! And although I’d never imagined standing next to a rock the height of a skyscraper, I was amazed at the beauty of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The stunning views were like something I’d only seen on the National Geographic channel!

All in all, Colorado has now become a favorite place to visit, and I always leave having seen or learned something interesting and new – and very different from my East Coast roots.

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have traveled to Colorado. Come back and take a look!

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Colorado Vacations - Wyndham Pagosa


Bordered by 2.3 million acres of the San Juan National Forest, Wyndham Pagosa is a complete recreational community located in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. Tennis courts; a golf course; and a recreational center, featuring an indoor pool, a weight room, games room, and racquetball courts, are all nearby. In winter, a daily shuttle to the Wolf Creek ski area is offered. Cross-country skiing with rental equipment is also available. Please note: The resort is at high altitude. Learn about high-altitude sickness to prevent the problems associated with this illness.

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Perfect Snow in Steamboat Springs, CO


Our trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in January 2009 was the best start to the new year for us. Our adult kids decided they too wanted to go, so we booked a week in a three bedroom suite. It was fabulous! The resort was beautiful (especially at night) and very convenient to the slopes, as we just walked across the street to board the shuttle and in less than 10 minutes, we were at the mountain. The kids had the best time of their lives and will never forget the trip. They still talk about Steamboat having the perfect snowflakes...I'm not kidding when I say that we had perfect weather the week we were there as it snowed every day. The kids boarded everyday except one, opting for a snow play day! They built a fort and messed around and just had fun! We ski, so we were up on the mountain every other day (age, I guess??). This is the second time our kids opted to go on a vacation with us since we bought ownership with Wyndham Vacation Resorts almost three years ago, making both those trips more memorable than anything. We can really have a terrific time with them when we are away from all the stresses of living. We are just getting ready to book our next ski trip and the kids are asking "Where are we going this time?"

- Susan B. from Fullerton, CA
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Awestruck in Steamboat Springs, CO


RCI Technology UpdatesAs a child and teenager, my family went on ski vacations to Colorado almost every winter.  After graduating college, I even took a job in Colorado and lived there for a while.  Yet, somehow, I’d never made it to Steamboat Springs.

This fall, I finally had the chance to visit Steamboat and it totally lives up to the hype of the quintessential ski town (or “snowboard town” if you’re like me). There is a charming downtown with lots of shops and so many restaurants.  There is even a little feel of “the old west.” And the views are just amazing…I couldn’t help but be in constant awe of the beautiful mountains.

You can fly directly into Steamboat but I chose to fly into Denver and make the drive – Colorado is just so gorgeous I wanted to soak it all in.  I stayed right on the mountain – ski in/ski out – and it was perfect.  The units were nice, clean and comfortable and the staff was so friendly. The mountain wasn’t open yet, but while I was visiting they got their first snowfall of the year…it’s really a magical feeling!

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have also experienced the magic of Steamboat Springs. Be sure to check back!

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Ski Season has Begun!


Kathleen M. - RCI Subscribing Member Travel StoriesIt’s that time of year again…it’s getting colder each day, we are wearing our heavier coats and some of us have already had our first snowfall! And in the customer support department here at RCI, I have to say it is also an exciting time. Every day, I hear members calling to make exchanges for resorts where they can enjoy a ski vacation. It’s even more moving when I hear back from members who tell me about their first black diamond experience or that their kids learned how to ski for the very first time at a resort we helped them exchange into.

This week, we’ll be featuring stories and pictures from members about their ski vacations in places like Austria, Canada, and Colorado. Be sure to check back!
 

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Mt. Hood Oregon 2007


Our family really enjoys snow skiing so after our son started college in 2007, we found it harder to find a common date that he and our high school age daughter could travel at the same time. While the resorts around Colorado would be closer for us, December is about the only time they are both out of school so we travelled to Mt. Hood, Oregon, hoping to have enough snow in Dec. by going further north.

Enough snow is an understatement! We had a wonderful time at the resort in Welches. And we really enjoy being able to ski different parts of the country. We have been skiing 7 times (from New Mexico to Oregon) and never the same place twice. We have a trip planned for Whitefish, MT next Christmas season. It's also a good way to get your college age son to still take a family vacation with you!

- Rhonda J. from West Monroe, LA
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