More Snow

Yesterday, we got our first snow of the season here in Colorado. After being Freshly Pressed on Wednesday and Thursday, I was still joyfully replying to comments on the awarded post, and wanted to write a short poem and put up a picture before leaving for a full day of clients at the office. So I cheated and used a photo from a huge snowstorm last October.

I did confess my transgression in the comments, but my friend Clare asked me to post what my beautiful environment looks like now. By the time I got home last night, it was dark and all the snow had melted.

This morning, I was greeted by more snow and bright sunshine so here’s what I shot just a few minutes ago:

Having grown up in the South where snow is a rarity, the first Autumn storm is always a delight. For an avid skier, it means the slopes will soon be calling.

Peter and I met skiing twenty years ago (yes, on the lift) and we still share our passion. Here’s the post about that story if you’re interested. We buy a season pass and try to go up every Friday to one of our ski areas about two and a half hours away. We usually leave the house around 6 am, get to mountain about 8:30, ski like Banshees for five or six hours, have a late lunch and then head home before Friday afternoon rush hour in Denver. It’s a long day, but worth the effort for us.

Skiing is great exercise, but also a way to get outside in the winter, enjoy the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains and expose ourselves to much needed sunshine and fresh air. It keeps the cabin fever away and also keeps us in great shape.

So here are my questions for you: Have you ever tried skiing or snowboarding and if so, what is your favorite experience? If not, ever wanted to try it? Where do you like to ski or ride? If it’s a passion, why?

Best,

Cathy

22 comments on “More Snow

  1. Beautiful. Thank you.

    My skiing is like my diving- hardly any of it. I went skiing once in Glencoe with the school and managed to snowplough about twenty yards, maybe. Then I had five one hour lessons on a dry slope near Uxbridge, Middlesex. I have a velleity for it, like for hanggliding which I have not done at all. But the photo is lovely.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Clare. My first experiences were somewhat like yours. I learned to snowplow and then my ex (he’s my ex for many reasons :-)) took me to the top of the mountain and left me there. I thought I was going to die. I promised God I would never do that again if he would just get me to the bottom of the hill. Well, he let off the hook with that one and I did go back and try again to the point where I love it now. But it took awhile.
      Cathy

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  2. ninagrao says:

    How Beautiful Cathy! Pink snow greeting a beautiful day! I went skiing twice in WA state at Alpental. My husband and I went with a friend of his who was a great skier. His friend taught me a few tricks and before you know it, I was skiing. What a fantastic, exhilarating experience! We skied until dark. I never knew skiing could be so much fun and I wasn’t even cold. I’d love to do it again someday. Thanks for reminding me of such a wonderful experience.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Nina. Are there any ski areas in Ecuador? Yes, I find that except for the coldest days, I tend to stay warm. And time just disappears doesn’t it? Before you know it, it’s getting dark and you’ve skied all day!
      Much love,
      Cathy

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  3. RFL says:

    We spent many a family vacation on the slopes in CO. Learned how to ski in Winter Park, favorite ski trip was in Banff, and most recently, a family trip to Leadville. Love this post and your stories! Makes me long for the mountains.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Rachelle
      Oh, I’ve always wanted to go to Banff. I think inertia is keeping us from doing that since we live so close to great skiing here in Colorado. How did you like Leadville? It’s a really interesting town, isn’t it? Did you get up to Turquoise lake?
      Cathy

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      • RFL says:

        I really enjoyed Leadville, although the altitude was pretty brutal for this Texan.
        My grandfather trained at Camp Hale so the family trip was sort of a tribute to his memory. I will have to go back and ask my mom and uncle to refresh all the details of his involvement there, but it holds a special place in my heart and is on the list of family stories I really want to document. The history of the town is fascinating to me.
        We didn’t make it to Turquoise lake, just spent three days tearing up Cooper with all of Papa’s children and grandchildren.
        It was a trip I will never forget.
        If you get the chance, Banff is wonderful, but I don’t blame you for sticking close to all the options you have in CO.
        Cheers to the beginning of a happy ski season!
        Rachelle

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  4. Allow me to take one my trademark Lame Adventures-style splats on the joy of skiing Cathy. Yes, I tried skiing once almost fifteen years ago at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont with my (now) longtime ex, Voom, who Beevis and Butthead-style kept referring to the name of the resort as “Smuggler’s Crotch”. That got tiresome fast. I did not take to skiing and she had a very inflated view of her own level of expertise, but compared to me, she was worthy of Olympic gold. It was the most miserable getaway of my life. I am meant more to sip alcohol copiously in the lodge. We somehow stuck together five more contentious years, but that trip was a turning point for the worst between us, for it really was predominantly downhill from there. Pun intended. Still, I am happy that you and Peter have a sincere love of this sport for you two seem to make a truly complimentary pair. What I had with Voom was years of insult.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      V,
      Feel free to splat anytime! My first trip skiing was pretty gruesome as well and also involved an ex. I was to young to have a clue, especially when he took me to the top of the mountain and left me there. But noooo, I stayed with him for many more years. I’m not even going to say how many. Suffice that it was much longer than your five. Peter and I met skiing – a very good omen since we already knew that we had something in common that we really enjoyed. Glad you were able to extract yourself from Voom’s insults.
      Cathy

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  5. Brigitte says:

    Cathy, I admire anyone who can snow ski. My husband can and he loves it. I tried it once and my legs would just go in opposite directions and I’d fall over and over. It hurt and it was cold (cold then sweating) and put me in a very bad mood — and the clothes, the layers of clothes. I was great at water-skiing but the snow thing, no. But I do like to ice-skate and I love your pics. :).

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks Brigitte!
      It’s not for everyone and it is very intimidating at first. My first time up was to New Hampshire and my ex taught me how to snow plough and then left me at the top of the mountain. I hated it the first time and thought I was going to die. I, too water-skied in Georgia and loved that, but I think it is more forgiving, especially when you fall. Hugs, Cathy

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  6. Beautiful! I’m hoping for snow for Christmas this year.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you! I love it when it snows at Christmas time. We don’t always get snow where I live in Colorado at Christmas, but Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour away and we love to go up on Christmas Eve and go snowshoeing. The shadows are long and the light is just beautiful through the trees and on the snow!
      Cathy

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  7. runningonsober says:

    Beautiful photo Cathy. It looks very peaceful and serene. I too grew up in the South (Georgia) so I rarely had snow to enjoy.

    I’ve gone snow skiing twice: once at 8, and once at 21. At 8 it was fun, at 21 it was just hard and embarrassing (comparing myself to the 8 year olds beside me on the bunny slopes). It’s strenuous exercise indeed! But now I’m happy to stick to running.

    I saw on Boomie’s post that today is your birthday. I’ve seen you comment via several mutual blogging friends, so I thought I’d come by and say hi and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Enjoy,
    Christy

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hi Christy,
      Yes, It’s tougher skiing at 21 than at 8. Besides when you’re 8 and shorter you have less distance to fall! I’m from Georgia, too – Atlanta. Graduated from Georgia Tech. And thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m having a wonderful day.
      Cathy

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      • runningonsober says:

        Atlanta girl here too. UGA though. 🙂 Lewis Grizzard would roll over in his grave, but I like Tech too.

        Nice to meet you Cathy!

        Enjoy the rest of your birthday…

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