Give yourself one point for each experience you haven’t had while traveling to Aspen / Snowmass:
– Your flight to Aspen arrived late.
– Your flight to Aspen was rerouted to Grand Junction.
– Your flight to Aspen has been rerouted to Eagle.
– Your plane to Aspen circled the airport before turning around and heading back to Denver.
– Your flight to Aspen has arrived but you haven’t. (In your defense: Hall A at Denver International Airport isn’t anyone’s friend, and certainly not someone with a close connection.)
– Your flight to Aspen has been canceled due to mechanical issues.
– Your flight to Aspen has been canceled due to bad weather.
– Your flight to Aspen was canceled on a perfectly sunny day.
– Your flight to Aspen was canceled because the pilot could not be located.
– Your flight to Aspen has been canceled because what was on your mind when you booked a flight to Aspen in the first place.
– Your flight to Aspen has been canceled and the next available one is in two days.
– Your flight to Aspen has been canceled and the next available rental car or shuttle is in three days.
– Your flight to Aspen has been oversold.
– You were the only person on your flight to Aspen.
– You managed to hook up a rental car and it broke down on I-70.
– You managed to hook up a rental car, and the flight you allegedly took is battling you to Aspen.
– Your luggage got to Aspen before you did.
– Your luggage arrived immediately after you wasted a day buying new things.
– Your flight to Eagle has been rerouted to Aspen but your car is parked in Eagle.
– You spent your first night in Aspen, Denver.
– You spent your first night in Aspen at Steamboat Springs.
– You spent your first night in Aspen at a near-doomed motel off I-70 which costs as much as a hotel in Aspen (kidding, wait).
– A snowstorm closed Aspen Airport.
– Lightning stopped DIA.
– A tornado warning stopped DIA.
– An avalanche cut I-70.
– A semi-truck without chains cut I-70.
– A Tuesday closed Vail Pass (same for the other days of the week).
– A semi-truck closed Independence Pass.
– A bike race closed Independence Pass.
– A biker gang has blocked you on Independence Pass.
– Crossing ducks held you back on the Independence Pass.
– A cyclist put your finger on Independence Pass.
– A car with out-of-state license plates held your bumper, or came as close to it as possible without actually blending in with you, on Independence Pass.
– A truck full of big bright yellow rafts blocked your view of the Independence Pass.
– Flash floods shut down Glenwood Canyon.
– Mudslides have closed Glenwood Canyon.
– Forest fires shut down Glenwood Canyon.
– A police chase has closed Glenwood Canyon.
– You looked at the other passengers in your car in disgust until you realized that the smell is only coming out of Glenwood Springs.
– An invasion of deer lining the road didn’t stop you from going over 17 mph.
– The migrating elk made you late.
– You planned four hours for a trip that took 17.
– Took you longer to get from Aspen Airport to the city than it took to fly from Denver to Aspen.
– You needed three days to recover from the specific trauma of the trip to Aspen.
– You have sworn all travel and sworn never to leave the house again.
– Immediately after arriving in Aspen, you started making plans for the next time.
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