Tagged: snow

fearful descent

mountain view, keystone colorado

Today, with the exception of the first photo, we are featuring a guest photographer: my brother Ben! Didn’t he do a good job?

andy on his board

Today was a more challenging day. We were up early and out the door by 9:15, and decided to start by going down a blue square trail on the back side of the mountain. I think I’m a timid skiier… I would be content to go down the green trails all day, especially when I’m still working on technique (looking at ben’s pictures, i realized that i crouch way more than necessary). The more difficult trail, especially as the first one of the day, was a scary one for me.

I went down two more trails today, including another blue square. But for today, I was content with my three runs and came back to the little room.

The boys did another run before lunch, then went back out for three more afterward. I’m planning on getting as many runs in as I can tomorrow, our last day.

papa, and me with my terrible skiing posture

all skiied out

keystone view

Papa and Andy have just walked in the door from a long snow-filled day. Considering the lift closed at 4 and it’s 4:19 when I’ve started typing, they seem to have made the most of their lift passes today.

I woke up at 9:30 to a note on the table – the lift started up at 8:30 so Andy and my dad were long gone. I fixed breakfast for Ben and myself, then we headed out to go down a few times on our own.

The weather was far different than yesterday, with snow showers rather than sun, and low visibility. At the top of the mountain it was so snowy that it was hard to see where the hills started and stopped. The large amount of powder led to a different skiing experience than yesterday, and I’m really glad I got my practice run in last night because this would be harder for me to start right out on.

ski trees

Ben is excited because he has found the key to snowboarding: putting weight on the front foot. Apparently it’s challenging as a concept, since it doesn’t seem like the safe way to do things. But once you trust the mountain and yourself enough to know you’re not going to faceplant the whole way down, it’s the way to go.

We still stuck with our green circle routes today… we considered going down a blue on our last run but our exhaustion and the low visibility were factors that kept us going green. Ben and I made four runs down today – four runs at four miles apiece. That’s a good amount of skiing. Andy and Papa made five-and-a-half, and they even braved a blue track close to the end. Andy’s getting the hang of his board as well.

It feels good to be inside, with moccasins instead of boots, and no wind on my face. My sore legs have me stuck in a comfy chair, and my body tingles all over with sheer exhaustion.

I like skiing. Skiing is good.

We are tired.

a double day

It’s only 8:36 p.m. Colorado time and I feel like I’ve been awake for 19 hours. Oh wait… I have.

map studiers

This morning we woke up at 3:30 Virginia time to catch our 6am flight to Denver. College spring break started yesterday, and my dad, brothers, and I are taking a short ski trip to Keystone in Colorado. My brothers have loved skiing forever; me, not so much. It’s exhilarating and it’s terrifying and it’s different than anything else in the whole world, but it’s also very cold and very tiring and very cold.

The last few years, the ski trips have always been boys’ outings while my mom and I stayed home and sewed. I’ve always declined my invitation. But this year, since Ben and I have the same spring break and early March promised to be warmer than mid-January, I surprised everyone by deciding to join the boys on their trip.

andy snowboarding

Today was an extremely long day. We landed in Denver at 8:30, then took a relaxed grocery shopping trip. Our suite has a full kitchen, so we’re opting to save our vacation money and live off Costco food for the next few days (like i could ever mind). After stopping at Costco, then Safeway, and Sports Authority for helmets, we wound our way through the Rockies to our resort.

After settling in and making lunch we headed out. My dad and I picked up our rental skis while Andy and Ben were fitted for snowboards. They’ve never done it before, but they’ve decided to brave the kind of skiing that involves strapping your feet together.


We took the gondola up the big mountain (they just don’t come that big on the east coast) and proceeded to shimmy our way down. I haven’t been skiing for a few years – it’s definitely been awhile – and my uncertainty almost matched that of my brothers, who were trying something entirely new. We all started slowly, and gradually picked up speed. There were some big hills that caused me to pause and gulp (keep in mind this was a green circle route) but when I braced myself and went for it, it was quite fun. It wasn’t cold today, somewhere in the mid 30’s, so it was one of my better skiing experiences.

We made it down the mountain once, a bit more than an hour’s worth of skiing, and a perfect practice run. Now I’m ready to face tomorrow without nearly as much fear, and I’m sure to get a good sleep because I am exhausted both mentally and physically. 9:04… bedtime.