Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MLK Weekend Fun

Now that my daughter Denise is done with school and working full-time, I don't see her very often.  Since she expressed interest in doing more snowboarding this winter, I invited her to come to the mountain with me over MLK weekend.  Happily, she accepted (I'm sure offering to buy her lift ticket helped!)

Another bluebird day!

Sunday of MLK weekend was another warm, sunny bluebird day.  Good views of Mt. Hood could be found almost anywhere on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Kim and Denise are ready to go

My ski-buddy Kim came along, and the three of us headed for the lift to check out the snow.

Ski buddies on the lift

Although the inversion was still firmly in place, and the weather above freezing the past week, snow coverage wasn't too bad.  The grooming crew had done a fine job covering up hazards on most of the trails.

Chasing our shadow

An endless supply of solar energy meant many opportunities for shadow photos.  Gotta do something while riding a slow chairlift!

I catch a photo of my daughter in action

Since none of my friends snowboard, I don't know a lot about the sport.  Spending the day with my daughter opened my eyes to some of the challenges boarders face.

Kim taking a break against a lovely backdrop

Such as stopping and starting.  Every time we stopped, Denise would sit down in the snow.  With both feet strapped onto her board, she wasn't able to balance herself very well in a standing position, so it was easier to just sit down.  (Denise is still an intermediate, and I think more experienced boarders are able to do this).

A passing cloud hides Mt. Hood

I was using my telemark skis that day.  Making tele turns is quite a workout on my quads, so I take frequent breaks.  This was counterproductive for Denise - she'd just as soon slide all the way to the bottom without stopping.  A few times, when I stopped, Denise decided to keep on going to avoid having to get up and down so much.  No worries - we all met up in the lift line.

Practicing my tele turns (photo by Grant Myrdal Photography)

The other problems snowboarders face is propelling themselves through flat or uphill spots.  Since both feet are strapped to one board, it's very hard to move when you run out of momentum.  Skiers with both feet free, can skate, which works well to glide up hills and through flat areas.  But boarders either hop, or have to pop one foot out of their binding and push themselves along.  For that reason, we tried to avoid flat areas.

The mountain came out again

But there was one run off the Shooting Star lift that required riders traverse a short uphill segment.  Poor Denise!  The first attempt she ran out of speed, and ended up on her back.  The second, she made it up the slope - just barely!  The third was another undershot of the hill and a fall.

Denise gathers speed to make it up an incline

I have to say Denise was in good spirits through it all and never complained - even when she took a few bad tumbles.  I'm sure it's not easy being the lone snowboarder in a group of skiers (older skiers at that!) and having to put up with all our stops, starts, and uphill treks.

Mother and daughter on the slopes

I was impressed with Denise's snowboarding abilities.  She only took up the sport a couple of years ago, but kept up with me just fine.  I've heard snowboarding is easy to learn, and once you have the basics down, people's skills progress more rapidly than skiing.

It does look like fun.  I've seen boarders rip through deep powder or soft crud with no problems.  But I think it's way too late for me to take up yet another snow sport.  It took me long enough to learn how to ski!  And I don't think my knees or butt could take a bunch of falls while I'm learning.

Basking in the glorious sunshine

So I'll leave the snowboarding to Denise.  I had a great time watching her gracefully zip down the slopes.  By the end of the day, I had a new-found respect for snowboarders.

It was wonderful to spend the day with my daughter, sharing the sport that I love.


  1. Loved your post.. great pics, the cloud is awesome.
    Glad you had a wonderful winter outing with you daughter.. sounds like it was fun.
    We're finally getting some rain.. and hopefully some snow!

  2. Wow--that blue sky is gorgeous against the mountain! But we still need MORE snow:)
    How fun to spend a beautiful day on the slopes with your daughter! Hopefully she'll be able to make it up there again soon, despite her busy schedule. Being outdoors, doing something you love is very good for the soul!

  3. Sounds like a great day on the slope with your daughter and friend. I love the views of Mt Hood and the clouds. Beautiful scenery. Great photos, have a happy day!

  4. Looks like a beautiful day to spend time with the girls. :)

  5. Kudos to Denise for not giving up :) I think a similar fate would have awaited me too. Your images are great. Love the deep blues of the sky against the bright white of the snow.

  6. This was a great day, Linda! Oh I love it when we spend time with our grown children in interesting venues. Of course I always, always enjoy your photography-you bring the the mountains to this Texas gal and I thank you!

  7. I'm still trying to get better at snowboarding. Your comments about the challenges snowboarders face is right on. Another I would add is getting off the lift to start with!

  8. Great wanderlust pictures ... we had snow for one afternoon, that's all. Except from wetness, frostiness and a flu ...

  9. These are so fun. It looks like everyone was having a blast and I love seeing the up-close shots of the mountains.

  10. What a gorgeous day! I bet it was fun to spend time with your daughter doing what you love. I think snowboarding would be really hard!

  11. A wonderful day on the slopes! Mt Hood always looks so much closer in your winter shots.

  12. Hi Linda, thank you so much for your comment on my latest post in reference to the popup window in the comments. Yours is fine, no window pops up in the comments, thus enabling me (and any others who may have had difficulties with this) to comment on your blog. Thanks a lot!

  13. A mother-daughter day is always a good thing.

  14. Crazy Linda! I didn't realize that photo was yours -- but it was one I voted for!!!

  15. That looks like a great day, and of course the scenery is amazing.

  16. More pretty scenes- glad you are finally getting to enjoy the snow

  17. Glad you enjoyed to spend some time with your daughter!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  18. Love that last shot! I'll be spending the day car shopping with my daughter soon...her first big grown-up purchase, she is very excited!


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