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.