26 February 2009

Skiing with Mike

Crazy spring-like conditions these days up at the Snowbowl, despite the fact that it's still February. Went up with our fifth grade classes today and skied for about 2 hours with my friend and fellow teacher, Mike, while he figured out the Tele-thing for the first time. It was fun watching him figure it all out. As you will see, he was making pretty good turns toward the end of our morning on the mountain.

10 February 2009

Skiing with Ken

Arizona Snowbowl has got to be the only ski area in North America that cannot operate at capacity when it is snowing. Today, faced with several feet of new snow, and well-publicized snowdays for every elementary, high-school, and university student in the county, Snowbowl was unable to load the Agassiz lift at full capacity. Instead they loaded us two-per-chair, every third chair! An amazing, head-scratching situation to be sure! Needless to say, even though only a few hundred skiers were on the mountain before lunchtime, we were all standing in line together... waiting, waiting, waiting... Nevertheless, Ken and I were able to get in two long, memorable runs (we did a lot of backtracking, traversing, and even some skinless climbing) before we split back down the hill for lunch.

08 February 2009

Skiing with Dave

I really only see my brother Dave during ski season. The rest of the year we are just too busy doing different things to hang out much. But, come ski season our schedules align a little more often, albeit still too infrequently; I enjoy skiing with Dave and look forward to his company on the lift. We've become rather compatible skiers, I think, as he has waited for me, over the course of the last two decades, to catch up with him, more-or-less, skillwise.

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Ed Abbey