Saturday, February 27, 2010

52

Sunny & Warm.  It felt like Spring!  My favorite run of the day was High Boy.  Even though there were some big bumps the snow was soft and easy to turn on.  I also did a couple of runs on the Shoulder and a couple of fast groomers.  I actually didn't ski much.  I met up with Aron & Mike and we had a late lunch at the Collin's Grill. 

The fun thing about having lunch at the Collin's Grill is trading your boots for slippers.  It is also fun to look at the mountain while enjoying a glass of wine.

Friday, February 26, 2010

51

Where to ski?  When to drop in? 

As the chair lift approaches the top of the mountain I'm often still deciding where I'm going to ski on this particular run.  This morning I hit the singles line and caught Aron & Mike on the Backside.  Aron's outifit is so easy to spot from a distance.  They got there early and had one of the first chairs.  I was a little off the back, I arrived just as they opened the lift.  I knew it was just opening because I heard the cheer as I walked up to the line.

I was deciding where I was going to ski my first run when I spotted Aron on the crest of a hike that leads up to the Backside.  I hiked up and could see them a short distance in front of me.  Everyone had the same idea so their was a line of people slowly hiking up.  I realized right away that I had overdressed.  I hiked a bit further and I wasn't tired but there were so many people in front of me that I decided to drop in early.  It was fun!  It was good!  I couldn't help wondering if I should've hiked a little further though.

Something similar happened in the Ballroom.  There was a massive line of people, backed up, headed out on the higher traverse.  We took a lower entry and Aron told me to go around him so he could wait for Mike.  I was a little annoyed because I dropped even lower on the traverse.  I took a quick look up and saw the line of people above me.  I instantly decided it was time to drop in.  It was well worth it!  So I dropped in early again.

I rode the Wildcat lift and hiked up the shoulder from the otherside, hoping I would miss some of the crowds.  I did.  I hiked pretty high and had a fun run but when I looked back I realized I could've dropped in much earlier (had way less hiking) and a bit more powder.  ;) 

Unfortunately, I had to cut my day short to come home and wait for a new washing machine to be delivered.  I went and bought my current favorite snack:  Trilogy flavored Synergy (Kombucha) and a chocolate chip cookie.  YUM!  Now I'm waiting for the washing machine.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

50

It is going to be tough to get another 50 days in, considering it is the end of February.  With all the snow in the La Sals, though, it could be possible.

I was a little lonely today.  The skiing was really good, even though it was heavy, that helped take my mind off of skiing alone.  The benefits of skiing alone include:  you can ski where you want and you can ski at your own pace. 

I had some really amazing runs today.  Floating on top of the snow.  Bouncing in the soft fluffiness from turn to turn. 

It is satisfying to feel the results of my practice.  I feel more fit and I feel more confident on my skis.  I'm also having more fun because I can ski faster and tougher lines.  I would like to make it a goal to ski a few days in the backcountry this March.

Monday, February 22, 2010

49

Brrrrrrr!  The snow was great today - both fast and soft.  The cold was biting though, 8 degrees on top.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

48

After spending four days, not skiing, with kids I was so excited to ski on my own that I was bubbling inside.  I saw Aron as I was walking to the line-up and called his name.  He heard me so we were able to ride the chair together.  He had been working and his client had decided to stop skiing a couple hours early because he was tired. 

We did a warm-up run off of the High T and then I suggested we do Gunsight.  It turns out I hadn't done Gunsight yet.  Part of the approach involves traversing with a rope across rocks.  Early in the season we traversed across rocks on our skis but this was different.  My first thought was that my skis will slip on the rocks. 

When it was time to let go of the rope I received a shot of adreneline charged by fear.  I slowly looked back and held onto the rope for another moment.  I experimented with my footing to insure I felt safe.  I let go and looked up in the direction I was headed.  My skis stuck as I took one step and then another, side stepping up the hill.  Once I was off the rocks and on the soft snow my mind reflected back, "that wasn't so bad."

We ran into Big Al & Hayden.  It was super fun to ski a few runs with them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 43 ~ I heart powder.

As far as I know, no one is reading my blog, so I'll complain about my knee once more.  It was hurting soooooo bad two days ago (after my open to close day of powder skiing).  Everytime I bent my left knee I would get sharp shooting pains.  It actually woke me up aching in the night.  Even vitamin 'I' wasn't helping.  OK, enough about the pain.  Now, here is the solution:  YOGA! 

I went to class on Saturday morning.  I couldn't believe the result -- after class I had freedom in my knee.  It didn't ache.  I could move & bend it.  Even though I love yoga and I practice regularly, I was amazed!

As a result of the wonderful therapeutic nature of practicing yoga I was able to go ski today.  I only took 5 runs but I hiked for each of them - and it was so worth it!

I know it is almost the same picture from a couple of days ago but it is a different location (the shoulder, not gunsight) and LOOK; fresh, unskied powder.  So good -- I hiked this same route 4 different times to keep experiencing it.
View of my hike up - looking towards Baldy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 42 ~ Secret Powder Day

The word didn't get out today - the snow report said trace to 1 inch. Fortunate for me, I wasn't planning my day based on the snow report. It dumped all day!! Yeah!!!!

I wasn't on the first chair today, but I was close enough. I skied from 9:30 - 4:40 with a short break for lunch. I just couldn't stop! Each run was so great that I couldn't wait for the next. I had to force myself to take a break.

I spent most of the day skiing by myself.  I did take a run and a half after lunch with Aron & Mike.  We skied some fresh tracks on terrain that used to be challenging for me.  Before I sound just the tiniest bit cocky --  I also skied a couple of runs with Scott B.  I found myself, again, gasping for air and skiing less than graceful as I struggled to keep up.  It was worth it, as usual.  It is always a treat to have someone to share a stellar run with.



My ski tips almost hanging over the edge of Gunsight.  I thought it could be a tad risky to really hang them over as I fiddled with my camera, mittens off and poles discarded.


View from Gunsight.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 41

I took two ibuprofen before skiing & two when I finished.  The skiing was super fun today, even though there wasn't any new snow.  It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I had taken some time off and I was happy to be back on my skis.  I spent the day skiing with Aron & Mike.


Team Dynastar, almost first in line.  First time for me, this season.


Mike following Aron down the groomer.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Day 39

Four days off and my knee still hurts.  Not sure what to do.

Monday, February 01, 2010

8 Year Old Inspiration

I spent the last 3 days skiing at Deer Valley with two super cool 8 year old girls.  I want to begin by recinding a statement from an earlier post about not being impressed by Deer Valley.  I had so much fun skiing with these young ladies that my opinion of Deer Valley is forever changed.

Molly & Emmie.  Molly is from St. Louis & Emmie is from San Diego.  They are cousins.  They were both skiing on Roxy skis and were comfortable rockin' the pizza down almost any hill.  We worked on side slipping because they wanted to ski steeper terrain.  Deer Valley really is a great resort.  There is a lot of terrain and some of the runs are just ideal for learning.

They took me in the trees when I let them lead. . .giggling as we looked between the tight aspens so our skis would follow.  By the second day, Molly was teaching her younger brother how to side slip so he could come with us on our adventure through the glades.

The last day we were blessed with fresh powder.  We spent the day "pointing it" thru the fresh fluff and being dazzled by the snowflakes landing on our bright ski clothes as we rode the lift. 

The best way to sum up these 3 days (I think Molly & Emmie would echo me in this statement) - "I love skiing!!!"