Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 10 ~ Christmas Eve

More drinking than skiing.  SO COLD.  We skied for about an hour and then went to the Goldminer's Daughter for a pitcher.  When we finished that we headed over to the Sitz for another beer.  I had a ridiculous crash on our last run (special note:  this took place before we consumed the beers). SMACK - down on a patch of ice.  I didn't realize it in the moment but it hurt my neck.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 9

I didn't get discouraged with myself today but Aron got discouraged with me.  I guess he got tired of waiting and I know he really wants to be able to see my improvements.

Jackie came with us.  My favorite run was the hike that goes up to the Backside - but then we dropped down the front into fresh powder off the High T.  I think that is what it is called.  I like hiking this year.

I need to have some work done on my boots.  I can lift my heel with them buckled.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 8 ~ SNOW

5pm & it is still snowing.  Yeah!  I felt way better today.  .  .until I got tired and all of my bad habits came out.  Then my skis began to feel like noodles in an oily pan.  I had some super fun runs before that though.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 7

Another crack 'o nooner.  The valley is filled with muck - pollution.  Up the canyon the sun is bright & the sky is clear.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 6

I had taken a couple of days off.  It didn't seem to help.  My mind knows what to do but my body is rebelling.  I skied my old skis today.  They are harder to turn than my new skis.  I do need to keep my hands out front.  I especially drag my left ple.  I also need to avoid bending at the waist. 
We hiked East Baldy today.  That was fun.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 5

Skied with Jackie.  She couldn't help but give me tips, as well.  We stopped for chocolate.  She promises I'll be a ripper soon.  :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 4

I bought my pass today.  My picture is horrible!!  It makes me smile thinking about the entertainment it will provide the lift operators when my pass is scanned.  I got frustrated following Aron at first but as I relaxed my skiing improved.  Then I got tired.  Then I got REALLY frustrated.  We hiked up & did a run off of 3rds.  I've never traversed over rocks before but that is what we did.  We stepped our skis up the side of the mountain on a path of rocks.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 3 ~ Free Ski

Alta FREE SKI.  What an amazing thing to offer the community:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 2

I bought a lift ticket today.  Full price:  $61.  It was worth it. The lifts didn't open until almost 11am.  I only crashed a couple of times.  I had moments where I felt like an All-Star (almost) and some moments where I couldn't turn because my legs were burning so bad.

Boy, did I feel out of shape!  I had to stop so many times to rest my legs.  Sitting here I can feel how sore my legs are.  When I got up it was hard to walk.  Aron is constantly giving me tips.  It will be fun when we can just ski together - when I can keep up.

It is still snowing.  I'm curious to know how much it snowed today.  The deepest I skied was Punch Bowl.  It was up to my mid-thigh.  Punch Bowl was my first run back on skis.  It still feels steep.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 1 ~ 2009-2010 Season

We skied for exactly 1 hour. 3:30pm - 4:30pm. A couple of maintenance guys pulled up when we were putting on our boots. "Are you guys here for the Free Ski?" Alta offers free skiing on one lift after 3:30pm daily but it wasn't the lift we were going to get on. "No," my boyfriend answered. The guys joked with us, "just getting a late start, huh?" We chuckled with them and continued getting ready.

What they didn't know is that I was using a pass that Aron got from his buddy that is a photographer. His buddy, the photographer, had gotten the pass for another friend that day and they were done skiing for the day. Since I don't have my own pass yet it was my first opportunity to ski without paying full price for a ticket when I may end up paying full price for a season pass.

I'm not complaining. I'm just trying to be smart. Why would I pay $67, or whatever a day pass costs, when I may be spending $1099 for a season pass? Enough about that, it will be determined within the next couple of days.

I felt goofie on my new skis. Almost like I had them on the wrong feet. I knew that wasn't the case because you can wear either ski on either foot. Bow legged, that is how I felt.

The wind was blowing with ferocity. I had to stop several times to stuff my fingers up into the palm of my glove. As we neared the bottom of my first run I began remembering how to ski and most important, what I learned last year.

We took a few more runs, traversing out to the Ballroom. With each run my confidence on my new skis increased. I made a mistake in the thick windblown snow and almost went down (a result of lifting my ski in my turn). What I thought when I recovered was, "Wow, this ski isn't going to let me get away with my old bad habit." Good. I knew what to do. I rolled my skis instead of lifting them to make the turn. Beautiful, it worked.

I felt nausea as we finished our last run. From the cold. I was that cold. -6 degrees without the windchill. We went inside to trade our ski boots for street boots. The pain I felt as the toes on my right foot thawed was nothing I remember experiencing before.

It was worth it, even less than a half hour after I experienced the pain it was worth it. I recently read something about the conscious mind choosing to remember pleasure over pain. I remember the pleasure of turning my new skis as the momentum carries me down the slope. Pleasure.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get 'r done

Running in my current favorite location today I was greeted with "Get 'r done." This was before I even started running. Interesting. . .how did he know I was training? That is what motivated me to get out and run today. Training for winter ~~ gettin' her done. Putting the time in so that I will be fit when the time comes to dig deep so I can ski deep.

When I ran into a group of jeepers one of them commented, "wow, you're ambitious today." I suppose I am and I know that several of my friends run 5 to 6 times the distance and time that I ran today on a regular basis.

Motivation. Goals. Drive. Habit. Perspective. Relative.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I recently decided on my theme for this year: practice. I thought perhaps it would help me be more gentle with myself while also continuing to put the time and commitment into improving in the actitvities I love.

The theme of practice is especially relevant for me in skiing. I have created very high expectations of how I should or want to be performing on my skis. I know that when I relax and focus on having fun, instead of trying to be a super bad ass, it is way more rewarding.

I like to imagine that if I continue to practice that one day I will be a super bad ass on my skis. For now, I am going to enjoy the ride. . .the journey. . .the practice.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

1 inch of air???

I'm learning to catch air on my snowboard. I will always be learning. I have so much to learn in each of the sports I enjoy. Learning keeps me motivated. Inspired.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Getting in over my head & loving it

Thank you boyfriend. Thank you skis. You have been consistently taking me to places I never thought I would go. Your consistency and encouragement have gained my trust.

I like sking as much as snowboarding now. I like the hikes that pump my heart as we ascend off the trail. I like the powder that makes me scream as we descend from the top. I like the freedom of moving with both legs.

I like your girth, skis. All that width makes you perform like my snowboard in the powder.

I like your faith, boyfriend. You believing that I can get down double black diamonds and not giving me time to think about the possibility of it until I'm actually doing it.

A return to skis

I'm trying to remember how it all started. I was feeling unsatisfied because my boyfriend and I have season passes at different resorts. The resort where he rides, Alta, doesn't allow snowboards. One thing led to another and I ended up on skis again.

The weather was horrific. In fact, after a couple of runs Aron went in to the lodge because he was freezing. I was determined to remember how to ski so I stayed out to take some runs on my own.

We got off the chairlift and I followed Aron in the direction everyone seemed to be going. He remarked on how ironic it was that we had one of the first chairs because now everyone was passing us. I chose not to let his comment affect me. I understood and it was my first day back on skis in eight years.

Aron stops in a place where we are going to descend. "That looks steep," I say. "Angela, you need to trust me. This is NOT that steep. Everything here is steep!" Aron said. I burst in to tears and told him to, "just go!" and the next thing I know he is gone. . .at the bottom. I know that I need to end up where he is so I start making huge traverses. I'm pissed. Why couldn't he just take me on a nice blue groomer for a warm up?

My anger escalates when he mumbles some excuse like, "I thought you could ski!"

Fortunately, both our attitudes improved as he became more patient and I relaxed a little. By the end of the day I was looking forward to going out again.