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Back on the Slope

December 14, 2023

I skied today for the first time in over a week. I didn’t realize it had been quite that long. It’s been a very slow start to the season for both me and the mountain. On this same day last year, I posted about skiing on the back side of the mountain; this year, barely anything is open on the front side. I did all my skiing today on the same run, as conditions anywhere off of that are iffy, with twigs and small trees and even a creek or two disrupting the snow. The rain event last week really set things back. It’s been cold again, and they’re making snow again, so another lift is scheduled to open tomorrow, but that’s just accessing the beginner terrain. It might be a while yet before more challenging slopes are ready. It’s not great, seeing bootprints in dirty ice in the village thanks to the thaw and freeze. Still, I enjoyed the time I spent out there today, feeling a better flow (though I still have a lot of room for improvement), and the views are still good even when the snow cover is not.

Looking down at the front half of  pair of stainless steel skis with dark grey rubber caps on the rounded tips and snow covering most of the top sheet. The snow underneath them is hardpacked and streaked with dirty and shows bootprints in the icy parts.


Looking down into a snowy mountain valley with an irregularly shaped lake at the bottom.



On this date in 2022: Backside
2021: From Morning ’til Night
2020: Monday Off
2019: Environmental Impact
2018: Road Tripping
2017: Throwback Thursday: 1968
2016: Pouty Face Felt Girl
2015: Wintery
2014: Quilt Show Flashback
2013: No entry
2012: I Can’t Even
2011: Minimal Effort
2010: Spicy Random
2009: Star of Light
2008: Dinner and a Show
2007: WDW 5: Not Quite the Final Frontier & Holiday Spirit
2006: Textile Thursday
2005: Trash into Something
2004: Skiing, Snickers, and Stuff
2003: Thumbs Up for Snow
2002: Zoo Baby Quilt

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