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Snowboarding trip to Flagstaff

Flagstaff is a cool city in Arizona. At an elevation of nearly 7,000 ft, it has an alpine ski resort called Arizona Snowbowl and a cross-country skiing area called Arizona Nordic Village, two of the four ski resorts/areas in all of Arizona. And it is located just 3 hours away from Phoenix, making a day ski trip totally possible. And when I say 3 hours, I don't mean 10+ hours that it takes to get to Tahoe ski area from Bay Area in winter (which also is only 3-4 hours away from the city if you were to consult Google Maps). 
I took my first 2-hour ski lesson in Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff in 2015. I fell down several times as expected. However, with the heavy ski boots, I could barely get back up on my feet which meant that I spent a lot of time sitting on the snow. It was definitely an experience but I don't recollect it being a lot of fun. 
Fast forward a few years, I moved back to Arizona after living in Bay Area for 4 years and never gathering the courage to try skiing again ev…

Thanksgiving trip to Angel Fire, New Mexico

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate everything that we are blessed with. For me, my awesome husband and amazing friends top the list. While some of my best friends are in India where I grew up, I was lucky to find some really close friends in the US as well. Some of us were living in different cities in 2018, so we planned a get-together in a snow covered mountain village called Angel Fire in New Mexico, which is roughly half-way between Phoenix and Austin.

We found a lovely cabin in the snow covered Rocky mountains called "Wine Down Retreat". It was secluded and perfect for our group of 14 adults and 8 kids.

It had this amazing view from the balcony where we could watch the rising sun...

And this cool private zip line in the backyard...

We did not have any checklists for this vacation, no pressure to get up and go see places or do things. The purpose was to stay together, cook and eat together and simply create memories. And that we did in abundance.  It also immensel…