Monthly Archives: March 2014

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

Crowds rushing the Lionshead gondola:

day 56-jan 31

Day 57: Saturday, February 1

Northwoods trees:

day 57-feb 1

Day 58: Sunday, February 2

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

Still torturing myself into becoming a moguls skier:

day 60-feb 7

Day 61: Saturday, February 8

I love skiing with little rippers!

day 61-feb 8

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The Vail Summer Love Weekend Getaway!

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

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

My trusty K2 skis at Eagle’s Nest.

day 53-jan 25

Day 54: Sunday, January 26

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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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 38-42, Vail-area Adventures

Days 38-42 of the Skiing Triple Digits Quest took me on a Lake Creek Backcountry adventure with Kelli and Val (Day 38); a PSIA Level II Certification training day on Vail Mountain (Day 39); and ski days on Vail Mountain (Days 40-42), with one incredible powder day I shared with my gal-pal Tarrie (on Day 42):

Day 38: Monday, January 6
Lake Creek Backcountry

Jan 6 trail

Hiking and skiing in the Lake Creek area with Kelli, Val, and the dogs…

Jan 6

Day 39: Wednesday, January 8
Vail, Level II Training Day

Day 40: Thursday, January 9

Day 41: Friday, January 10

Skiing in some pretty crappy conditions on Vail Mountain…

Jan 10

Day 42: Saturday, January 11

Amazing powder day skiing with Tarrie…

Jan 11

Super bright afternoon…so bright that I couldn’t see the screen on my phone, so I returned with several hilarious accidental selfies, like this one:

Jan 11 selfie1
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Skiing Triple Digits: Days 31-37, Vail x 7

I recently skied with Lauren from New York, who suggested that I begin simply sharing photos to help me keep up with my Skiing Triple Digits Quest blog posts. She told me about the #100happydays challenge at, which involves a challenge to share happy photos for 100 days in a row. Since my Skiing Triple Digits quest is ultimately aimed at skiing more than 100 days this season, I guess it could relate. I’m not trying to ski 100 days in a row…but I am trying to document something that makes me happy!

Since I recently skied my 85th day so far this season but have only written about the first 30 days, I’m technically 55 days behind on documenting the quest. I’m NOT backing off in my quest to ski more than 100 days this season…I’m so close. But I’m going to have to alter my documentation plan if I’m going to get caught up by the time I break the magic 100. So…I’m taking Lauren’s advice and sharing photos only until I get caught up! Here I go:

Day 31: Sunday, December 29

Dec 29

Day 32: Monday, December 30

Dec 30

Day 33: Tuesday, December 31

Dec 31

Day 34: Wednesday, January 1

Jan 1

Day 35: Thursday, January 2

Jan 2

Day 36: Friday, January 3

Jan 3

Day 37: Saturday, January 4

Jan 4

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Skiing Triple Digits: The Quest

Spring Skiing Tips and Party Locator

The weather here in Vail has been simply amazing, and I’m happy to say that the spring skiing season has arrived. No more of those freezing December temperatures…it’s all blue skies with warm Colorado sun shining down. Only one thing…does this mean that the ski season will soon be over?

Either way, I’m determined to enjoy the ski season, one day at a time, until the very end. I know that spring skiing can be challenging, so I wanted to share some “Tips for Spring Skiing” here on this Learnist board:

Tips for Spring Skiing

Spring is also a time in Colorado when you can find a good party or concert at just about any ski area. But if you want to hone in on the best of the spring break fun, then check out the “Colorado: Spring Skiing Party Central” board in order to determine which events you won’t want to miss:

Colorado Spring Skiing Party Central

Enjoy the spring skiing, wherever you are. Glide on!