A few years ago - Copper Mountain
Milo and I took our evening walk to retire the colors (take the flag down). It was a beautiful evening with the feeling of spring in the air. The birds are singing their songs and the snow is melting. There is still snow that fell the 18th of December on the ground. I had to tell Milo about my love of Spring skiing.
I have been skiing for over forty years. When I was younger I would brave the nastiest winter weather just to gently slide down the side of the mountain, carve nice turns and otherwise feel like I was flying. Falling as I tried to unload off the chair lift was common place. I seemed to get on the chair behind a beginner who lost all sense of balance when the boots were attached to the skis. If you have ever watched a Warren Miller ski movie, you know what "you want your skis, go get em'" means. Beginners always fall when they first try to unload (and so do the people behind them). The binding throw and the skis come off. The skis then get thrown out of the way. If you want them, you go get them.
As I have grown older, spring skiing has become the most favorite thing in life for me. The wind is no longer trying to blow me off the chair lift. The sun is high in the sky and the rays are warm. The lift lines are shorter and there are fewer people trying to run me over. I have been know to tote some wine, cheese and rolls in my back pack and look for a nice quiet cat trail. Finding some sun, lean my skis against my poles and enjoying the company of my best friend, I would lay back and enjoy all of my surroundings. One never knows when a cute blonde will ski by!
My favorite Ski area is Vail, Colorado. It has some of the best power skiing in it's back bowls.
Game Creek Bowl...Vail
And then there is shopping in Vail village. You can't see them but there are many places to enjoy apre'ski in the village.
Dan, David and Phil....3 brothers....top of the gondola ...Vail - Spring 197?
OK, Now that I'm feeling better about life, I had a pretty good scare this last week. I was having chest pains again. After my last "event" I wasn't about to sit back and wonder when I was going to have another "event". Last Thursday I went in for a treadmill stress test. I had my follow-up visit today. The doctor is very happy with the results. I don't usually talk about my health but I know there were some prayers being said in my behalf. Prayers do work! Thank you to all that prayed.
For those following the progress on the fire house, here's the latest picture.
FPD station #1 rebuild