While I don’t have a large house, I do love hosting and entertaining out-of-town guests.
During the summer my guest room is often used by friends and relatives coming to town on vacation, to visit family or to attend class reunions. When you live in such a desirable destination, you learn to either embrace these opportunities like I do, or you develop strategies to ensure guests stay somewhere else.
I believe I do go a good job of making people feel welcome. I recently hosted some good friends who were having their hardwood floors sanded and refinished. When it was time for the stain and topcoats, they avoided their house by moving in with me for the weekend where we enjoyed great conversation and watched the Rocky Mountain region’s Broncos make their way to the Super Bowl.
In the next few weeks, however, I was faced with a dilemma as two sets of friends want to visit at the same time.
Since my house is not big enough for everyone, I wasn’t sure what to do. I was already committed to the first set of friends who called me, but I wanted to do something to take the sting out of turning the second group away.
Fortunately, Sleeping Giant Ski Area helped come up with a solution. Because one group planned on skiing while they were in town, I referred them to some of our local hotels who have developed a package that results in discounted lift tickets at the ski hill.
Our non-profit, family-friendly ski area located west of Cody is offering a “Ski and Stay” package in partnership with several lodging properties in the Cody area. The package includes up to four full-day $20 lift tickets for skiers. Hotels cover a broad spectrum of budgets and styles, including charming guest ranches, luxurious boutique inns and budget-focused, family-friendly hotels.
Lift tickets normally cost $30 for adults ages 19-69, $24 for juniors ages 13 – 18, $14 for children ages six – 12. Lift tickets are free for skiers 70 or older and five years and under.
I plan on joining the group one of the days they hit the slopes as I just love nothing more than a day downhill skiing.
Since Sleeping Giant reopened five years ago I start to get grumpy in the winter if I don’t make it out there every week or two during the season.
First opened in 1936, Sleeping Giant is one of the country’s oldest ski areas. When it reopened five years ago after a multi-year closure, the ski area unveiled a much-lauded terrain park that is one of the few in the country that was constructed almost entirely of materials found on the hill.
The hill is located in the Shoshone National Forest near the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park and features two chairlifts and a magic carpet, snowmaking equipment and the terrain park featuring quarter pipes, rails, boxes and jumps.
If you are heading out this way soon, please let me know. If I cannot put you up for a night or two, perhaps I can at least take you out to my favorite ski hill.
Lovin’ life – making tight parallel turns – in Cody, Wyo.