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Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado

by Keith Koffler on February 19, 2011, 11:34 am

First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.

“The First Lady and several close friends are  chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.

Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.

Here’s a description from the hotel’s website:

For the best in Colorado vacations, stay at The Sebastian - Vail and enjoy Vail’s newest boutiqueslopeside hotel. In the heart of the Vail Village, The Sebastian is welcoming and pulsing with life. There’s Bloom Spa, Frost Bar, Market for nibbles, our visionary Block 16 restaurant. There’s a mountain-view pool, hot tubs and a roaring fire pit. Base Camp offers ski-in ski-out access from Vail’s Vista Bahn lift, just at the foot of Vail Mountain. Our ski valets will help you into warm ski boots and out onto the mountain.

Mrs. Obama has decided to jet out to Vail – instead of visiting slopes closer to Washington DC in Virginia or Pennsylvania – despite already incurring criticism for taking opulent excursions, particularly a trip last summer to Spain. There, she stayed at the country’s swankest hotel and, like this weekend, was traveling without her husband.

Mrs. Obama also raised eyebrows in December when she left earlier than President Obama for their annual vacation in Hawaii, incurring added expenses for taxpayers that likely ran well in excess of $100,000.

The trip to Vail, which almost certainly requires use of a large Air Force jet, would likely be much more expensive for taxpayers than a shorter journey by chopper or motorcade to a resort near Washington. Mrs. Obama will likely pay for a portion of her trip, but many costs of a first lady’s travel are borne by taxpayers.

President Obama today went to serve as the “parent coach” for for Sasha’s basketball team, even though Sasha was not there.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden and his wife are spending the weekend in Key Largo.

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Star February 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

Bad news for the endangered snow lobster.

Di February 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Boy good to see they are cutting back like the rest of us. Can’t wait till these people get out of our “House”. They are unbelievable.

Joanne Theis February 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yes we are suppose to do more with less and they STILL go on vacation. How entitled is that??????????????

Chimiqua February 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Wow, she sure takes A LOT of vacations at tax payers expense! Living the high life….

Shecky February 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Those Obamas sure know how to spend our money!
Is there a chair lift at Vail big enough to fit Mrs. O’s HUGE derriere???

HansJurgen February 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

AAAaaaahhhhhhh, another vacation – get it while you can since it won’t be long before we dump you – 2012!!!!!

GozieBoy February 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’m so happy our first lady can take endless vacations. She has earned them with her tireless work in … taking vacations (that we get to pay for).

MINNESOTANS 4 GLOBAL WARMING February 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

“We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”


Sara B February 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I think she takes these trips to hack the suffering American people off. What did she think no one would notice Air Force II at the tiny Vail airport and the convoy of black SUVs ripping through town? This woman has no sense of what is going on in our country.

Wake up america February 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Theyre for the middle class alright. Obama said all of us must make sacrifices… Except them! These people are vacationing on our dime. Obama is a fake! He has munipulated some of the people in America! Wake up America… This guy is the biggest scam artest ever! Snake oil salesman! Affirmative Action President!

chukkalady February 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

“Let them eat cake!”… taxpayer’s expense!

7papa7 February 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

How much money is going down the commode on this vacation. I swear they take more vacations than I have had in my entire life. Every time we turn around one of them are going on vacation again. This would be another place that the house could cut expenses. Limit the amount of vacation time to a total of 3 weeks a year. If they take more than that they pick up the tab and NOT the taxpayers.

LAURIE February 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm


Teddy Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE February 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

“Everyone Must Sacrifice For The Greater Good…” – BHO

Tom February 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm


Motto of “Teddy Kennedy Search + Rescue” Team: “When you fall into the water, we’ll go back to bar for more beer.”

ttommymark February 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I am sick of this throwing our money in our face. I hope America see’s what kind of joke these two are. The Obama’s know he is a “ONE TERM” President. What they don’t know is as American’s, you treat our money like the Egyptan President,and we will come to Washington and demand YOU to leave office until we are heard!!! Time to Revolt against this OBAMA NATION!!!

j February 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

The vistabahn usually has a nice line..wonder if that lizard will be in it.

M.K. Cavenaugh February 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Michelle Antoinette says, “Let them ski Stowe!”

So glad the Obama’s don’t have to miss a trip. Love to see the many ‘sacrifices’ they are making.

This whole crew is corrupt and giving our country the bird every time they show their faces.

yo momma February 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This trash really enjoys living high on the hog at the expense of the American people. Such hypocrites, telling us to suck it up while they suck it dry.

OBAMANATION @ NOTRE DAME February 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm

88 JAILED for refusing to partake in Adoration of “THE ONE” –

bob February 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Tick tock tick tock……… 2012 can not come fast enough in my opinion.

j February 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm


Martifr February 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Moose-shell Antoinette again flaunts her status in our faces. Let us eat cake! There is no end to the arrogance from these people. 2012 is coming and there will be a reckoning.

HOMELAND INSECURITY February 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Meanwhile, the INVA$ION continues…

USA: Third World Rising.

LibsAreCommies February 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

So much for these Leftist elitists cutting back on expenditures… And the Libs who boo-hooed every time Bush went to his ranch we hear nary a boo now when Obamas are abusing the taxpayers… Hypocrites.

tom February 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Amazing chutzpa. Every day we see more to dislike about these fakes in the WH.

KoKoMoMo February 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

So, while the rest of the country is in crisis mode; losing their homes, jobs, skyrocketing food and gasoline prices, Marie, excuse me, MICHELLE hits the slopes in lovely Vail, CO. That’s soooo nice.

chondra February 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

How much money are the Obama’s worth or how much cash do they have? Prez. Obummer has spent around two million to defend the BC issue, they go on very expensive vacations all year long and throw lavish “personal” parties at the WH (some say weekly). Who is paying for all of this personal stuff? When Laura Bush was interviewed last fall, the question was asked about who pays for what. She said they (Bush’s) paid themselves for “personal” parties and vacations. I know the Bush’s had money before GW took office, I didn’t realize the Obama’s were that weathly.

swissik February 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

People who grow up with money generally tend to have class along with it. It isn’t acceptable to flaunt wealth, especially during times of poor economic conditions and people hurting. Noblesse oblige….
Interestingly, this woman takes advantage of her situation even though she dislikes America. For her sake I hope there aren’t any trees on the skislopes that might get in her way.

lee February 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

this really has to stop.. she has spent more of our taxes for trips than any other first lady… this is what we pay taxes for? Even if she paid the trip, the cost of security is probably what it was for Spain, over $300,000

HANOI JOHN KERRY February 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I will NOT be doing a from Vail today.

However, we still need that Cap&Trade Bill.

Elizabeth February 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

How nice for them. As I am sitting here working 12 to 14 hour days seven days a week and my husband scrambles to find work so that we can barely keep our roof over our heads, I’m so pleased that they are so elite that they can jet off and enjoy having a life on my dollar. Let them eat cake!

yo momma February 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Vermin in the White House!

ww February 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

BIG FOOT needs some time off………..

Charles Obscure February 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

See the story in the Vail Daly by reporter Randy Wyrick. They had the story last night.

TravlnTexan February 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Oh well…enjoy it while you can.

lee February 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

are these the sacrafices Obama spoke of? This is just disgusting. People losing jobs & homes, fuel assistance that elderly use is being cut, yet she can spend our taxes this way?

hillcoguy February 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The 0′bammy family are only reinforcing tha re-election slogan WTF???

MG February 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

So congress has a fit when the Gm and Ford execs fly to DC while their companies go bankrupt, but its OK for these jokers to jetset left and right while gov’t is going bankrupt. “Hello,Pot….this is Kettle…YOUR BLACK!”

sablegsd February 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

moochelle and zero make me sick. Why isn’t he being impeached for treason? Why isn’t she being escorted back to the hog yard?

Harry Butts February 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

and these idiots want the American people to put some skin in the game?

TravlnTexan February 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The truly sad part of this story is that now all those FIRST TIME EVER VOTERS who actually thought this man ran for office to help change THEIR lives for the better…now realize it was only to change HIS life for the better.

chips February 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Geez that will be considered Ski abuse! What do you use for a person that size…4×8 sheets of plywood?

IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!! February 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm


Michelle is just trying to prevent you from becoming a

Rickintex February 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Ru kidding????!!! ANOTHER vacation … does this lazy booner family ever WORK???

sj February 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Get the “royal family” out of the White House. We are so tired of this cr@p.

Patricia February 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Poor Prez.. when out of office he will be attempting to keep her in the style she has grown accustomed to at our expense.. When do we cut up her cards.. I mean is there not a limit to opulence when in office…Actually when did we EVER have to worry about a First lady overspending.. didn’t someone complain about Nancy and her dinner plate purchases?!

At least the Reagan’s were accustomed to a higher life style, they earned it.. not these two leeches they are on a free for all while they can grab it!

While families do without..even a home to stay warm in.

andrew February 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Must be nice to take so many vacations Michelle Antoinette.

Msmaria February 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This President Barack Hussein obama Jr. idea of cutting back on your family costs in tuff times.. We cannot afford to go on any type of vacation.. or out to eat…
another do as I say.. not as I do..

JoeK February 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Life is a vacation if you are spending taxpayers’ money.
So for the endless vacations at 5 star resorts all over this country, is Michelle proud of the country now. Or does she need more money for the 5-star feasts.

qestout February 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

“I’ll take SUITE for $2000, Alex.”

disc-0-duc February 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Any chance of an avalanche?