Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas At Northstar 2013

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We went to Northstar ski resort on Christmas day
to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

From our house...
it is a mere 35 minutes to the parking lot of Northstar.

This was our first time there.
We will be going back often in the future.
It is just as close to home as is Mt. Rose.
I will have to research the best place to Cross Country ski.
Alex and I will be going in a week or two.
We will also be going to California again to visit my mother...
probably in a week or so.


We are on our way there...


and a short while later...we arrived.


The day was actually kind of warm.


We first took a gondola to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel located at a midpoint of the mountain
(this gondola is free...and usually runs until 10:30 PM).


On our way up.




At the hotel.





It was a nice place...
but most of the sights are down at the village.


We went back down and walked around while seeing the sights.








We made 2 complete laps of the village...on both levels.



Alex resting at one of the many open fire pits.














By this time...
Alex was getting tired of having his photo taken...
but I explained to him that these photos will remind him of places gone...
forever.


I found a perfect parking space when we had first arrived.

Here our mini - SUV sits...
overlooking its realm...
and kingdom...
the great war horse upon which we ride to new adventures :)

I LOVE our KIA SORENTO EX GDI AWD.
Ah...the bond between a man and his car!

Yes...I am one of those guys who sees his car...
not just as a thoroughly practical, reliable, and safe vehicle...
but as a thing of great beauty.

I have to admit...
I get a big smile after I take it to get it washed and waxed...
and sometimes at night...I actually go out to the garage...
turn on the light...and just look at it  :)
(and yes...I am living in dread of when it gets its first ding or scratch  :)


The Northstar sign at the entrance...and exit.

In just half an hour...we were home.

They have many activities here throughout the year...
and as it is so close...
we shall be going to many events in the future.

We are also looking forward to exploring the many other ski resorts
and places of interest nearby.

Onward mighty steed...
there are many realms to explore...
and dragons to slay!  :)

(sorry...it still has that new car smell :)











2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to take in the winter festive atmosphere. It looks like a great place to ski. So nice that it is very close to home!

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  2. Thre are so many places around here that it will take us a long time to see it all. All the skiing areas are so near to home. We hope to be able to see some sort of ice festival this year. I have to do some more research to find out places and times.

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