Thanks for your support!

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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 67-72, Family Fun

On Days 67-72 of my Skiing Triple Digits Quest, I taught skiing six days in a row on a private lesson with an eight-year-old from New Jersey and his family. Despite a few falls and meltdowns, we had a blast, and it was fun for me to watch Leo’s progress throughout the week. We started out like this…ME: Do you remember how to turn? HIM: No. ME: Do you remember how to stop? HIM: No.

Yikes! So we started with stopping and turning, and by the end of the week, we were out skiing with poles and exploring Vail’s Porcupine Alley and Magic Forest. We survived full-on blizzard conditions at Beaver Creek, told each other corny jokes, and worked up to carving turns on blue groomers. Happy, happy times and lots of family fun!

Day 67: Sunday, February 16
Vail

Frozen condiments at Buffalo’s:

day 67-feb 16

Day 68: Monday, February 17
Vail

Marshmallows, Eagle’s Nest hot chocolate break:

day 68-feb 17

Day 69: Tuesday, February 18
Vail

Wildwood, of course:

day 69-feb 18

Day 70: Wednesday, February 19
Vail

Whipped cream makes me smile:

day 70-feb 19

Day 71: Thursday, February 20
Beaver Creek

Saved by another hot chocolate break:

day 71-feb 20

Day 72: Friday, February 21
Beaver Creek

Crazy body tricks and jokes from kids keep me laughing all day long:

day 72-feb 21

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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 62-66, Backyard | Slackcountry | Mountain

On Days 62-66 of the Triple Digits Quest, I flirted with the idea of getting in backcountry skiing shape, which meant that I skinned up Meadow Mountain with my dog Kai and realized that it’s been a while since I’ve been in that kind of shape. And then I just retreated back to a mountain with ski lifts and trails groomed for downhill skiing…

Day 62: Sunday, February 9
Vail, and the Minturn Mile

Skied with Antony at Vail and then skied the Minturn Mile to the saloon.

day 62-feb 9

Day 63: Monday, February 10
Meadow Mountain

Skinned up Meadow Mountain and skied down with Kai.

day 63-feb 10

Day 64: Wednesday, February 12
Vail, Level II Training Day

Worked on teaching progressions with amazing trainer Greg Kelly.

day 64-feb 12

Day 65: Friday, February 14
Vail

Taught skiing at Vail.

day 65-feb 14

Day 66: Saturday, February 15
Vail

Taught skiing at Vail.

day 66-feb 15

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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 56-61, All About Vail

As January turned into February, I continued to enjoy the process of my Skiing Triple Digits Quest. Even though I’d passed the halfway point, I wasn’t feeling bored or tired with skiing, or with Vail. On these six days, I skied at Vail…some days, I taught skiing; other days, I attended training sessions, and on others, I just skied for the fun of it all!

Day 56: Friday, January 31
Vail

Crowds rushing the Lionshead gondola:

day 56-jan 31

Day 57: Saturday, February 1
Vail

Northwoods trees:

day 57-feb 1

Day 58: Sunday, February 2
Vail

Cruising along Eagle’s Nest Ridge:

day 58-feb 2

Day 59: Wednesday, February 5
Vail, Level II Training Day

Who’s skiing the fatties (as if 102 underfoot is fat…)?

day 59-feb 5

Day 60: Friday, February 7
Vail

Still torturing myself into becoming a moguls skier:

day 60-feb 7

Day 61: Saturday, February 8
Vail

I love skiing with little rippers!

day 61-feb 8

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The Vail Summer Love Weekend Getaway!

Originally posted on Vail Summer Love:

As you know, I’m in the process of applying for America’s Best Summer Job, Vail, Colorado . And if I get selected, I’m choosing one of my most enthusiastic supporters and a guest to host for the Vail Summer Love Weekend Getaway

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What’s involved in the Vail Summer Love Weekend Getaway? Good stuff, for sure, including:

• Accommodation for two people for two nights at a luxury accommodation in Vail
(two people = one of my most enthusiastic supporters and one guest)
• Pizza dinner for two at Vendetta’s
• A guided hiking or mountain biking adventure

So what do you have to be hosted for the Vail Summer Love Weekend Getaway? First of all, you have to VOTE for me so that I can get my dream job so that I can then host you. Next, you have to SHARE your vote of support. And, finally…

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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 49-55, Vail and Local Backcountry

On Days 49-55 of my Skiing Triple Digits Quest, I skied a few days at Vail, and I also got outside for a few local backcountry and slackcountry adventures with friends and dogs. Here’s the breakdown:

Day 49: Saturday, January 18
Vail

Cruising through Porcupine Ally on Vail Mountain:

Day 49-Jan 18

Day 50: Sunday, January 19
Vail…and evening hike-ski up Lake Creek

Skied at Vail during the day and then went for a skin up Lake Creek with Kai to catch this beautiful sunset. I skied down the tight trail in the dark–with a headlamp, and with Kai running behind me. Charmed evening adventure.

Day 50-Jan 19

Day 51: Wednesday, January 22
Vail, Level II Training Day

Another certification training day at Vail. Besides loving skiing, I love the people I meet in the process–like Doug, here, who has also been training for his Pizza (PSIA) Level II cert.

day 51-jan 22

Day 52: Thursday, January 23
Backcountry Day with Kreston and Kelli

Great bluebird backcountry day out with Kreston and Kelli and their dog Henry, in the shadow of Pacific Peak.

day 52-jan 23

Day 53: Saturday, January 25
Vail

My trusty K2 skis at Eagle’s Nest.

day 53-jan 25

Day 54: Sunday, January 26
Vail

Skiing Vail’s Black Forest Race Arena with kids.

day 54-jan 26

Day 55: Tuesday, January 28
Backcountry-Slackcountry Day

A great day out with my tree-hugging gal-pal from Boulder.

day 55-jan 28

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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 43-48, Hut Trip and Training Days

On Days 43-48 of my Skiing Triple Digits Quest, I went on a super-charmed hut trip to the High Lonesome Hut (Days 43-45) with Phil, Steph, Ant and the dogs Kai and Stella. We hiked in with lots of good food and drinks, and we had some fun adventures exploring the area and skiing laps on a little peak nearby. When I returned to Vail, I had a Level II training day (Day 46) and a two-day bumps clinic (Days 47-48) with John M., who really helped me improve my moguls skiing and teaching skills.

Day 43: Sunday, January 12
High Lonesome Hut Trip

Day 43-jan 12

Day 44: Monday, January 13
High Lonesome Hut Trip

day 44-jan 15

Day 45: Tuesday, January 14
High Lonesome Hut Trip

Phil and Steph…engaged!

day 45-jan 14

Day 46: Wednesday, January 15
Vail, Level II Training Day

day 46-jan 15

Day 47: Thursday, January 16
Vail, PSIA Bumps Clinic

Day 47-jan 16

Day 48: Friday, January 17
Vail, PSIA Bumps Clinic

day 48-jan 17

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