I needed an easy intro to family skiing this year. I wanted to test my ski legs and get the kid-logistics set as we hit the slopes. With flakes falling, we headed to Ski Hesperus for a first day—what a blast! A short drive from Durango—11 miles if you are counting. We parked, skied from our car and enjoyed 5 hours of simple fun in the snow. When our legs tired, we opted for inner tubing. The slopes will be lit come January—thank heavens not today as we all were tired. Hot cocoa and nachos for lunch and we could have packed our own picnic. Our plans for dinner at Kennebec Café were dashed as we opted for pizza at home. A bargain price worth every penny in smiles. Good night.