All the late storms this last week have dumped loads of snow in the Wasatch mountains. Here’s what Bishop’s Bowl at Sundance looked like when the storm cleared for a minute and the sun came out.
See all the squiggly lines? A lot of those tracks are mine- and my gal Q- who had the day off of school- we were doing our best to fill in the gaps, until our legs could no longer hold us up. It’s about time I got a powder day in, or, I should say… it’s about time I got myself out onto the ski hill to enjoy a powder day.
We finally bundled ourselves up and made our way over to the ice castles last night. Right next to the ice skating rink (unfortunately closed for the season due to broken pipes) in downtown Midway. Pretty darn amazing, and ever evolving.
Made from nothing but frozen water, ice infrastructure too, ice artist Brent Christensen works tirelessly, at all hours of the day, and in all temperatures building these castles. Believe me, I’ve driven carpool, first thing in the morning, and there he is. Returning home late, late at night… still working. Super tiger, I say, dedicated to his work.
We had a young competitor in this weekend’s Junior Olympic meet at Soldier Hollow in Midway UT. It was our twelve year old son’s first race. After only a few weeks on cross-country skis and practicing with the Devo team, he skied some great races. We are pretty new to this ‘official’ cross-country skiing business. We’ve owned classic skis for years- every year we’d go out once or twice a season and putter about in the forest but I never dreamed there was much more to it than that. There is waxing, proper skiing technique and of course some very humbling aerobic exercise.
I’ve fallen completely in love with skate skiing- a sport I’ve always wanted to try but never actually gotten around to trying before this winter. A lesson or two, a little finesse and you’ve got yourself a superb winter workout.
Soldier Hollow was the sight of the 2002 Winter Olympic Cross Country skiing events. Leaving us in 2011, with a world class ski area to enjoy. Soldier Hollow also has a Charter School (K-8th grade) on the premises, two of our children attend school here and love it. We love the small class sizes, quality curriculum and that the students get to enjoy skiing with their classmates twice a week in the winter months.
It was a thrill to see kids of all ages and from all over the western United States come to compete in skate and classic events this past weekend. What a enriching family sport that encourages a healthy lifestyle and enjoyment of the great outdoors.