Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking trees down with your face.
You won't get hurt skiing if you don't fall.
It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.
Arapahoe Basin was the first ski area to open the 2017-18 season. The ski area was first opened in 1946 with two lifts, a rope tow and trails at an estimated $150,000. A-Basin, as it called, is located on the eastern side of Loveland pass at an elevation of 11,900 feet above sea-level in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado. On the western side of Loveland Pass is the A-Basin's rival Loveland Ski area. They vie to see which will be first to open and which will stay open the longest.
Last year In the 2016-17 ski season Arapahoe opened October 21 and Loveland opened November 10. Closing was another matter. Loveland closed May 7 and Arapahoe Basis won again closing June 11. This season Arapahoe has done it again when they opened first.October 13. Hundreds of skiers did care not which opened first. They just wanted to be there opining day...A-Basin.
Forecasters are saying this will be a great ski season. Not only longer than normal, but also plenty of snow in a La Nina year, La Nina weather pattern provides plenty of snow in the mountains while the low-lands stay warm and dry. Let us hope that's true.
One to think about
A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached the town of Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town name. They argued back and forth, until they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the waitress, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce very slowly where we are ?" She leaned over the counter and said, "Burrr-gerrr Kiiing."
Excerpt from Two Miles High and Six Feet Under
In this chapter Sorensen the ski team captain is explaining to Coyle how to cross country ski.
“Step down on one foot and push off, slide the other foot forward and glide. That’s it, kick and glide, kick and glide. Pole with the right hand when you kick with the left foot,” Sorensen said.
With a final look of approval Sorensen departed saying, “Tulanski is leading the fast group. I’m going up to see how they are doing, but I’ll be back to help you get up the hill.”
Demonstrating with his ski, Sorensen said, “Going up the hill, toes apart, heels together, like this. You will leave marks in the snow like the ribs of a fish and you are the spine. That is why it is called a herringbone.”
“Going down the hill, you don’t want to go too fast. Be like a snowplow. Tips together, heels apart. The farther your heels are apart the more the snowplow will slow you.”
“Just follow the tracks in the snow, and you will be okay.” With that Sorensen sped away leaving Coyle feeling like he was standing still, which he was much of the time.
Coyle muttered. In frustration, he mumbled some other well-chosen words to himself.
Coyle wanted to ask how fast was too fast.
At the base of the first hill, Coyle was contemplating coming down. He was still pondering how fast was too fast. He was not worried about getting up the hill, but he should have.
One for the Road
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