Thursday, January 28, 2010

Snow and Sun

I had wanted to go snowboarding today, thinking to get away from work and back up to the slopes. However once again bad weather was forecasted for Thursday again. It’s the best day for me to go, but it seems every week that I plan on it, there’s snow in the forecast. Friday was calling for sun, so I tentatively planned on going then.

However after dropping off Kendall and coming home, I checked the weather and cameras. There had been a light dusting here, and Keystone was calling for afternoon snow, but it was a good day otherwise and I decided to go. So 9:15 and I was packed and driving off in the Prius.

I started to regret things when I reached Golden. Heading into the mountains there was a ton of fog, people going slow, and I slightly worried about the Prius making it up there. However things cleared up near Idaho Springs and by the time I got to Keystone, it was a glorious day.

Sun, no clouds, no wind, and a beautiful today. I headed right up to the gondola, went up and across to start on Mozart.

And immediately fell.

Well not immediately. I was about a third of the way down when I cut hard to the right and hit a patch of ice. The board slipped out from under me and I bounced on my chest. Everything was fine, and I didn’t fall the rest of the day. I cruised around the back side of Keystone with sun on my face and no wind.


I actually went up the far South lift, and it ended on top of a low mountain. But it felt great, like you were on top of the world.

From 11 to 1:30 I managed ten runs, a quick lunch, and then it was time to head back. I thought I’d be back in time to get Kendall, but I was about 10 minutes late and Tia got her.

A great day, and now I want to try and convince the kids to go Sunday.

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