Regular readers will know that I love to ski. I am no particular expert, but I love being out on a good mountain. Well I spent Day 5 with fellow contestant and avid skier MilesPointsAndMaiTais. It was my first time ever at Heavenly, and with abundant wide open runs of creamy snow overlooking the stunning Lake Tahoe on one side with the odd juxtaposition of desert on the other, it’s easy to understand where the name comes from. I have to say thanks to my fantastic host who took us on a great tour over the mountain. And there was even some Tweeting going on
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We managed a good 16k+ vertical feet at a nice leisurely pace. There will definitely have to be more days like this, and we both agreed a miles and points junkie SKI-DO next season would be an awesome idea. Who’s in???
After all the skiing MilesPointsAndMaiTais took me on an MS tour of the outer Sacramento area and all I can say is wow! I thought I lived in a “heavenly” MS area but this place is like some MS Utopia. No wonder @PatMikeL does so much! A super friendly and well stocked (well at least once we opened up the cabinet) OfficeMax, a 7-Eleven, a very friendly CVS and a couple of Wal-Mart led to a good haul. After skiing around 16k+ vertical feet I managed to MS around 23k+ points with a valuation around $244 which actually made Day 5 my most lucrative day to date, beating the prior record set on Day 1.
After that I was dropped off at SMF for my red-eye flight back home via Atlanta. And yes for those of you bitching and moaning about Delta, look at this: I booked this flight less than seven days out for 32,500 miles round trip. Yes that’s pretty close to the daily max you can do on that debit card, if you were curious. As a Platinum (obviously through MS not flying!) I got upgraded on all legs even on an award ticket. And the cheapest coach fare was $600+. Good luck getting that kind of value domestically with your UA or AA miles…
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