Yesterday, I spent the whole day skiing in Kirkwood, CA in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. I wanted to post yesterday, but I was so exhausted that I went to bed at 8PM.
I can’t tell you how much fun this was and how apprehensive I got when the slopes got super steep. How about this, I’ll give you some details that come to mind: Mountains, outdoor activity, altitude, snow, winter wonderland, heights, thrills, speed, shred, fresh powder, danger, wipeout, yard-sale, and the descriptions go on and on.
The base of Kirkwood is about 7,600 feet and the top of the mountain can go above 9,000. This isn’t the highest elevation I’ve been at, but it’s close. Near the top I could certainly tell by how hard I was working to catch my breath. The last time I skied I was in middle school, so it’s been more than a decade. I actually broke my left arm skiing when I was 13, and I’m very happy that history didn’t repeat itself.
I took a lesson later in the day and greatly improved my skiing ability. I started the day being comfortable on all greens and really easy blues. After my lesson, I could parallel my skis properly and complete more complex blues. I feel after another lesson or two I could tackle some easy black diamonds. Not too shabby for not skiing in 12 years. I have some gym friends who like to go skiing in Aspen and Tahoe and I will certainly tag along on their future skiing escapades.
Another fascinating aspect was the diversity of people represented there. I met people from all over the world. It’s really hard to not have a conversation with a stranger who’s sharing the ski lift you’re on. There were several people from the San Fransisco bay area and SoCal. I also met people from Iceland, New York, China, Ohio, and were I used to live in Indiana. Isn’t that nuts?
Vacation so far has been a blast and we still have a couple days left. Being with family was much needed, but now I’m feeling the stress of work and things I need to accomplish. This is nothing I can’t handle, but there’s always lots and lots to do. Honestly, I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
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