For my Birthday/Christmas this year, Rob got me a fantastic gift; A season pass to Vail Resorts, it was all his idea, too!!! I’m so excited to spend more than just a long weekend in one of the prettiest/happiest places in the US. I would say world, but I haven’t really traveled the world, so I’m in the dark on that one.
I just started a new job so I’m not eligible for vacation time until Feb. 1st. You better believe I’ve already requested and been approved to go out to Vail the Feb. 1st-11th. Now, hopefully the snow gods will be in the skiers favor this year so we can have some nice powder skiing.
It would be really great if this year I could do some back-country skiing on “the minturn mile”. Apparently it is a powder field at the top of Vail and funnels you into the edge of Minturn where you have to walk about a mile to the Saloon. The Saloon serves exceptionally yummy margaritas, so the skiing and walk I’m sure will taste even yummier. Just a little side note; you really only want to venture into the back-country with people who have proper training and knowledge—fortunatley for me, my sister has been through back-country training. Every time I’ve been out to visit, there hasn’t been enough snow to take the run…which is unfortunate because I really love those margaritas!
There are several runs at Vail that I love. I enjoy the back bowls, and Blue Ox (occasionally Highline if there’s enough snow), but I realllllllly love Lost Boy. It’s a green, I’m not going to hide that information. So, it’s where a lot of novice skiers begin. I love this run because I’m a carver at heart. I love to make big, deep carves, gracefully splitting the air as I make my turns. I love this run so much that when I’m in my final pose at yoga, savasana (corpse pose), I often will replay each turn I’ve made on that run from memory as I lay there, rejuvenating after a power vinyassa class.
This is a photo of my sister, one of Beaver Creeks official ski models.
There is a ski resort around here that Rob and I will visit to get our ski legs working again…better start doing some lunges!
My sister is pretty awesome…
I wish I was able to play all day, too! When asked why she doesn’t visit me, Mac has been known to say “why would I want to visit you when I live in Paradise?” After watching that video, I don’t blame her.
Over Thanksgiving, while visiting our family, I made Mac and Raquel take a Hot Yoga class. Afterwards, Mac said, “skiing is my yoga.” Clearly that statement is also true!
Rob’s Spring Break can’t come soon enough, then maybe I’ll post a video of me skiing half as great/technical as Mac.
In spirit of the Winter Olympics I wanted to share a cute little story regarding downhill ski racing.
When I was in High School my sister and I helped a few other classmates start our varsity downhill ski racing team, an accomplishment I’m pretty proud of. By senior year we all had speed suits and mine was pretty unique and outside the trend.
me (left) and mac (right)
See, everyone had suits made by Spyder, so the designs were of spider webs all over the suits (like macs above)…mine, looked like a splatter painted race car flag. My mom purchased mine off of ebay from an Olympian though!! At the time it was definitely not cool because everyone had a spyder suit, but now it’s pretty trendy with it’s bright colors and the fact that it was an Olympians! My parents could always tell I was coming down the hill with it’s boldness.
Once I graduated I sold it to my teammate, who had three great years with it and it looks like she sold it onto another fellow ski racer. I’m glad to see it’s still circulating within the wildcats. My mom sent me this photo from the newspaper the other day, her email title, “look familiar?”
Last Friday I was among the many in the world who watched the opening ceremonies.
For the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony I attended an Olympic costume party with my friends Ada and Frances. Ada is from Canada so she dressed as the Canadian flag (theres a maple leaf on her belly,) Frances borrowed a tu-tu of mine to be a figure skater, and I also dressed as a figure skater wearing an old dance costume. Among our costumes we saw, the Olympic torch, an ice hockey player, and a curler with a coach. Being at a costume party really made the 2010 ceremony memorable and amusing—who doesn’t love a good costume party?
gold medals for us!
We had such a great time celebrating the world’s best athletes, coming together and putting their differences aside to compete.
With that, Saturday and Sunday I was glued to the sofa watching the live coverage. You’ll know where to find me if I’m not where I’m supposed to be…I have Olympic fever!