If there's one thing I love more than anything else, it's strapping on a pair of boards and sliding down a steep, snowy slope. This post is a compilation of some of the fun I've been having these past few weeks with my ski buddies.
|Fun on the slopes! (Photo by Grant Myrdal)
My resort of choice is Mt. Hood Meadows, and every Thursday, and most weekends you'll find me on one of their runs, enjoying some snowy goodness. And speaking of snow - what a great season we've had here in the Pacific NW. After suffering through a terrible low snow winter last year, 2016 has more than made up for things.
|Visiting my favorite tree
A day on the slopes is a chance to unwind. And be a little silly with my skiing buddies. Meadows has an old weather-beaten tree that a few years ago, someone decided to decorate with a few bras (read about my discovery here). The poor bras were becoming quite weather-beaten, and I remarked to my friends that the tree really needed a bit of sprucing up.
|Don't know how those bras got there.....
Well, lo and behold, a couple of weeks ago, two new bras appeared on it's branches. Hmm....I don't know how they got there (wink, wink).
|Selfie photo fail
Sundays I've been heading to the mountain with my long-time best ski buddy Kim. Taking advantage of my GoPro camera's super wide angle lens, one day I tried to get a good selfie. But....not only did I get a shadow across my face, we got photobombed by some guy bending over.
|Much better this time!
Okay, let's try this again.....yeah! Success! (And this time no one's butt got in the way)
|Kim...Kim....look over here!
I also like to put my GoPro on a pole. It's a wonderful way to get chairlift photos. Only one problem...trying to get Kim's attention to turn around and face the camera! (Uh, Kim.....Kim....)
|Chairlift selfie success!
Lesson learned - put the camera in front of your friend....this is how you get a good chairlift selfie.
|Sunny patio lunch with the girls
Although there were some wonderful snowy days, we also got a few days of sun. When those happen, it's always nice to have lunch out on the patio with my friends Kim and Hollie.
|Mt. Jefferson views
Other days, I love to take in the fantastic scenery from high vantage points. And Mt. Hood has some awesome views!
|Happy to be skipping work!
Every Thursday in January and February I play hooky from work and ride the midweek ski bus. There's nothing better than skiing on a weekday - no crowds to speak of, and the break in the workweek is wonderful.
|Me and my skiing buds on a wet, snowy day
Unless it's raining on the mountain, I'm skiing - even during wet snowy storm days. (And FYI - I just love my new polka-dot neck gaiter, even though Kim says it looks like Disneyland exploded)
|Tackling Nettie's Run (Photo by Glen)
Storm skiing sometimes produces the best conditions - the constant snowfall fills in your tracks so you get fresh lines every time! My friend Glen caught this great photo of me charging down Nettie's Run.
|Yep, this smiley face says it all
My ski bus buddies are the best. I've ridden the bus with them so many years, we've become like family.
|Apres-ski liquid refreshments
After a day on the slopes it's become a tradition to gather in the bar for some liquid refreshment.
|Dave shares his "Zombie Zin"
And if you miss out on the apres-ski gathering, there's always plenty of vino on board for the ride home!
|I've been promoted to bathroom monitor!
One of my bus mates sits next to the restroom, and we jokingly started calling him the "bathroom monitor" after passengers kept asking him how to turn on the restroom light. Another bus rider (who happens to be a retired art teacher) decided to make things official, and created some special hats. I don't know how I got roped into this, but I ended up with a hat too. Guess I've been promoted!
Yep, so far it's been a wonderful winter, full of laughs, powder turns, lovely mountain views, and good friends. Hope some of my ski day shenanigans have brought a smile to a face or two, and inspired some of you to take up skiing! :)
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