fun on the slopes

I have gone skiing twice now, last Friday and yesterday. I would be on the slopes again today but the snow situation up on the mountain is pretty dismal. Snow gods, please make it snow before I leave.

The good thing about the lack of snow is that the mountain was empty both days that we skied. At times, my uncle and I had an entire run to ourselves. Yesterday, we decided to ski all the way down to the bottom and take the gondola up again a second time. The guy checking tickets remembered us!

The ski area really has done a wonderful job grooming the runs and making snow but there just have been too many days gone by now with no new snow. Although we did manage to find a few great spots to ski, many of the runs are icy and there are spots where grass, dirt, rocks, and even a tiny bit of a creek are showing through. One of the easy runs we did was like an obstacle course, negotiating between rocks and ice patches as we skied down.

I still had a fantastic time both days. I was a little worried that I would not remember how to ski when I first got on my skis last Friday, but if I ran into any problems, at least I knew the rescue St.Bernards were out in force…
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It really was just like riding a bike though. After about 15 minutes, it all cam back to me. I am not a great skier but I can hold my own on blue runs and could probably do a few black diamonds if I was brave enough and the snow was better. The workouts I did prior to coming to Steamboat to get in shape for skiing made a huge difference, especially when skiing on icy patches. The only body part I neglected, which I realized was an important part of skiing was my thumbs!

My uncle and I took a lot of photos last Friday. It was colder on Monday, so I only took a few photos that day. Hopefully I will be back on the slopes again before returning to Hawaii if the 20% 30% 20% chance of snow this week happens.

Taking the gondola up…
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Thunderhead (where the gondola lets everyone off)…
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Taking the lift up to the top of the mountain…
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Me at the top…
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Skiing (sometimes the wrong way!)…
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Me skiing…
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My uncle skiing…
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Another lift at the top…
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Cameras on the top of helmets seem to the be all the rage…
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More photos up on the mountain…
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The end of the day…
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3 thoughts on “fun on the slopes

  1. Hi Girasoli, looks like you’re having a blast skiing with your family! That’s so great that you had some sections to yourself. Nothing is more scary to me then when the runs are a bit too crowded. I’m kind of surprised at the lack of snow though. And that St Bernard is just a cutie.
    Keep on having fun.

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  2. Wow — look at you! I didn’t realize you ski, and how wonderful that it came back to you.
    Great photos, and I love the Saint Bernard!

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  3. This looks like fun but seeing all this snow makes me cold! That dog is awesome. :) We havent’ had a single flake of snow in NC yet; I hope we get a little bit but not too much.

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