From the slopeside office…

Ski fast. Take chances. ~ Old Skier’s Proverb

Day 23 on the slopes. Luke and I went up to Eldora for a ski/work/ski extravaganza. Today was Nichole’s first Women’s Wednesday up at the Rock so Luke and I spent the day holding 7-9 minute meetings interrupted by sweet turns on Eldora’s best. We skied for a couple of hours in the morning and I swear, we were the only people mining the goods. We were probably the first to drop in to Ambush, which was being blasted by snowmaking at that time. Untouched buff. Gotta love that. Then we just spun lap after lap on Salto, took a couple hour break to get some work done, then headed back out for some more afternoon turns.

I am skiing relatively well… having some issues when things really tip over but have moments of inspiration which I just need to channel. Something to do with not squaring my shoulders to the fall-line and keeping my hands up and forward. Gotta keep working on that.

We met up with Larry (from Larry’s Bootfitting), his wife, Aleshia, and Michael (also from Larry’s Bootfitting) and managed to get one run in with them before dropping down to the wrong lift and losing them for the rest of the day. Luke had a mishap on the last run of the day while jamming back down Ambush. We were mining the buff on the left side of the run when Luke high-sided and ended up tangled up in a couple of trees. I helped get him untangled but things were pretty wonky with his left leg. He did something undetermined to his knee but was able to make it down to the base area on his own. Post skiing, he said that his knee is very swollen but he is icing it and thinking good thoughts. Send some good vibrations his way.

Yesterday, we had meetings all day. Drumming up some more business and servicing current clients. Not too shabby. I actually got some work done as well, which was a bonus. Monday, I went up to Eldora for a few afternoon runs. Again, spent all of my time up on Salto.

Other than that, I am just staying busy and trying to get in ski days whenever possible. I am heading back over to Gunnison next week and may hit the Butte for a day while there. Luke and I are heading to Utah on the 24th so let’s collectively get him feeling better so that we can rip it up out there.

~stubert.

Bunnies and break-thrus…

Gentlemen… welcome to the Rock. ~ John Mason

Today was our regular day to clean cages at the Colorado House Rabbit Society. Aside from being half asleep, everything went splendidly and we were able to get things done without delays or distractions. Aside from the little monsters, that is. But they are always distracting a person. With their cuteness and their fuzziness. All contrived, mind you.

Post adore-a-fest, I got some things done around the house then headed up to Eldora for some late-afternoon turnage. It was snowing when I pulled into the lot and I quickly made my way back to Corona, braving the man-made “snow” the snowmaking crew has been blowing for the past 6 weeks. Seriously, someone smoked breakfast because most transition runs on that mountain are like yellow skating rinks right now. Really bad snowmaking.

Fortunately, once the good stuff opens up, I stay primarily on the steep stuff, onto which no man-made has fallen. Or splashed, as the case may be. I spun a few laps on Salto, getting progressively better, until my final run I felt like the old me. Apparently, I forgot how to drive my uphill hand and once I got that back under control, started making fairly worthy turns. I am still no Luke but getting there. Now that I know what was going on, I think I will be able to get things moving in the right direction again.

Other than that, we have been watching LOST: Season 3 which is at least as annoying as season 2. It is a bit of a train wreck but mindless entertainment when that is required. I also watched 300 which is definitely not gay at all – for a gladiator movie – which makes it still pretty gay. The effects were pretty special, however; and I did like the way they treated the whole film in sepiatone. And the Queen had great boobs. There. I made it at least 20% less gay.

Ok. Have fun. Take chances.

~stubert.

(Sorry for the lack of photos… I keep leaving my camera in the car.)

Two days…

Let’s see how many turns we can make down this little pitch. ~ Luke Miller (I think…)

Rach always says that I am a much happier camper when I am able to get out of doors. When confined indoors, I am like a caged bear. So the last couple of days have been happy camperish, for sure. Though I do smell like a caged bear.

Yesterday I went for a run on the snowpacked road on which we live. Not super fast but it was good to get out there. There was some sort of weird inversion going on so it was about 40, which was nice. From our house to the end of the road is about 3.75 miles and about an 800 foot drop to the turn around and I spun pretty even splits. I was definitely whooped and a bit sore today but it felt good to get out there.

Today, I met Luke and Nichole at the Rock for a couple hours of skiing. Salto was open so Luke and I jammed out there for some of the good stuff. Conditions were weird and my legs were missing in action but it was fun to get some turns in on my favorite run at Eldora. I am definitely taking a break tomorrow… Hope to pick things back up on Saturday.

Nichole was doing awesome today. This is her second season (I think) and she is making great tele turns. Great to see her progress for sure. All in all a great couple of days in the high country.

~stubert.

Four in a row…

My dog ate my homework. ~ Anon

Today we hit Eldora again. Not even nearly as cold as yesterday but twice as windy. Plus senor douchebag was put in charge of the lower lift maze and was channeling his inner hall monitor. First run I got yelled at for skating in the maze (I shit you not) and then the second run both Luke and I got yelled at for not having leashes. Holy crap on a pita. The skiing was fun, though, until the waves had waves then it was time to head out. This was day 13 for me. Four in a row.

I spent the latter half of the day shooting a Bunny Tune Up class at the House Rabbit Society. Good times. We are hoping to put this together into an instructional video in the not-too-distant future.

Once I got home I was treated to the wrath of Ember. When left to his own devices he can get a little chewy and took our his vengeance upon some of my computer stuff. Not a big deal and how can I stay mad at this face:

Ember is on the left.

That just about covers it for today.

~stubert.

Tic Tac Toe…

Got up. Got out of bed. ~ The Beatles

I didn’t intend to ski today. Really, I didn’t. But Luke and Nichole rang me up about 8 this morning to see if I could at least meet them so that Nichole would have something to strap to her feet. On Thursday, we stashed the quiver in Holmsey as Luke didn’t really want to have to climb back up on top of Kevin’s rig to tie his skis to the top. In any event, I figured if I was going to Ned anyway, I might as well get in a few runs. So that’s what I did.

Today was cold. And windy. Pretty typical for Eldora. I had a business meeting at 11 so we didn’t stay too long but did manage to get some turns made. Always a good time. This was day 12 for me, so that is a pretty solid start to the season. We are finally getting some snow but between the brutal grooming and Eldora’s reluctance to open much up, it is still pretty slim pickins up there. Pete went to the Basin yesterday and said it was most excellent. At least they are turning Pali now and have opened up some tougher terrain. Which is nice.

Other than that, I am just keeping busy. As you noticed, I picked a new template for the blog. Figured it was time. We have watched several movies in the past couple of days. Here’s the run-down:

Movies:

  • Children of Men: Not great. Not terrible, but nothing to rush out to see. Essentially a chase story about the demise of the human race once something undetermined makes us all sterile.
  • Charlotte’s Web: Cute pigs, not much else going for it. Dakota Fanning is really annoying.
  • Superbad: Crude, but funny.
  • Porco Rosso: Not Miyazaki’s best effort but still pretty amazing.

Okay. Your homework for today is to do something you have never done before. Go!

~stubert.


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