Thursday, January 03, 2008

Winter Fun

That’s right. I went on vacation to play in the snow. Nope, no snow angels were made. Nope, no snowmen were constructed. Nope, no snowballs were thrown.

First off: downhill skiing. Of course, in order to go downhill you have to first go uphill. Which brings us to the ski lift: The ski lift is quite handy since walking up through deep snow in boots that weigh like 10 pounds do not move is not advisable.

Now all goes well when the lift is working. Sure, it can be cold on the lift when it is -2 and there is a wind but the ride isn’t long and that’s why you paid $2,000 for all of that high tech ski clothing, right?

Well, things are different if you are as lucky as I am and the lift breaks down twice on the same ride up and you spend over 30 minutes freezing your high tech ass off! Oh, and despite those boots never leaving me cold I discovered that when you don’t move for 30 minutes your entire foot goes numb and then they do feel like frostbite!

It is quite interesting trying to ski with no feeling from the knees down. Given that one high speed lift was closed already with repair problems and the one we just got off of was having problems, and every person that ever thought of skiing was at the mountain that day we decided just to head down and get a refund and head back to the safety and comfort of the hot tub.

One thing about hot tubs in winter: Don’t get out too fast. Ok, I didn’t pass out and crack my head but there was a point that I felt like I was in college again because I cannot recall existing for a brief time…complete blackout.

Snowshoeing is interesting. Sure, it’s just glorified hiking in the snow. You walk aimlessly around the forest in places you couldn’t go when there isn’t snow because of all the underbrush.

They had these awesome snowshoe trails there. It’s essentially this 3 foot compressed pathway in the snow that weaves around several large loops. The forest is wonderful to walk through when there is 8 feet of snow on the ground and in the trees.

It was also quite fun to discover that you could make paths very similar to the actual path just by stomping back and forth through the fresh cut snow. Imagine the fun of splitting the path into two similar paths; one real and one my fake path that leads to yellow snow. Boy those other snowshoe hikers will be pissed (pun intended).

Also, one should always make a donation to the hard workers providing and maintaining these trails...

18 comments:

Matt-Man said...

Ha...Like the donation. Y'know...I love riding roller coasters, the bigger and faster the better, but ski lift rides make me nervous. Cheers!!

Kurt said...

I sort of feel about skiing the way Brad and Angelina feel about marriage. I'm not going to ski until they make it cheap enough so everyone can afford it.

Shawna said...

I haven't ski'ed since I left the PNW, and lord do I miss it, but I don't miss the ski lifts being broken, I feel your pain any times over. Been there, done that!

Sorry I haven't been commenting, I'm still reading tho! ;)

Oh, and I do plan to blog again, really, I do.

Camille Alexa said...

You lost me at "no snow angels."

Marie said...

Beautiful pictures.

VE said...

matt-man - Of course you are a little better strapped in on a roller coaster

kurt - There are people that cannot afford to get married? Vegas has discount rates for that...

shawna - Well, about time you commented. Now for a post...

camille - You know, I sort of got lost myself there...

marie - Thanks.

Kelley said...

You know how they say when you are hot you should think of something cool or look at cool colours? Well while your post was lovely and everything (and I am sooooo jealous) it didn't help to cool me down. It is a bajillion degrees here in Oz.

But your post did give me an idea. I'm off to put ice in my bra.

Nessa said...

Pretty snow. Why no pictures of the second trail? I want snow, dammit!

Carla said...

Ha, ha!!! I hear you about skiing, which I'm off to do shortly. Now I'm having second thoughts.

Kanrei said...

So was it fun? It was fun to read and all, but it may not have been to endure. I do love snow though. Only saw it once.

Kanrei said...

PS- No angels, snowballs, or snowmen, but what about writing your name?

Kurt said...

I meant not until gay people are allowed to ski.

Serena Joy said...

Gawd, that ski lift would scare the bejesus out of me. No snow angels? You was robbed!:)

Uncivil said...

If I have to out in the snow.......somebody is gettin hit with a snowball!!!!!

justacoolcat said...

From the knees down? I only try to ski with no feeling from the top of my hair down. Looks like a great time.

VE said...

kelley - Ice down the bra to cool down...hmmm...first I'd have to get a bra!

nessa - I couldn't have photographic proof of the second trail...somebody might prove I made all those fake trails ;)

carla - Yeah, but often you just have to roll the dice

kan - Yeah, it actually is fun. It's kind of nice to live in a town that doesn't get much if any snow but have accessibility to a 10 foot base in less than 2 hours.
Oh, and writing my name...of course! Because I can!

kurt - Gay people aren't allowed to ski? Do you live near the bible belt? I think its a little more open minded over here.

sj - There was so much snow I think I would have disappeared trying to do a snow angel.

uncivil - Its tradition...but smacking my girlfriend in the face with a snowball doesn't win any points

justacoolcat - Would that be like zombie skiing?

Jeff said...

You should try snowboarding some time. It's a pain in the ass (literally) to learn, but after you get the hang of it it's a lot more fun. Plus, the boots are warmer!

VE said...

jeff - I've snowboarded before. I use ski blades now though. Been using them for 7 years. They're a lot of fun and easier to carry around.