We had a little family rendezvous out in Crested Butte this weekend. It was a big time down south.
- Skiing Rambo…oh wait, Rambo was closed
- Skiing the run parallel to Rambo, more commonly known as “Last Steep“
- Family cliff diving…hem hem mom and I went around cliffs
- the “Gaper Union”…don’t worry all dues have been waived for CGGTTWW readers
- Hanging (and freezing) in downtown CB
- Bar hopping til we found the spot that was JUST right
- Steaks done right and never-ending desserts
- “It’s a little rich for my blood”
- Feeling like a true mountain woman due to driving Monarch Pass during a blizzard that delivered 15″ in one day
Times like these reinforce the fabulousness of my family. Too bad we live far too many miles apart. Tommy Moe, you were missed baby brother. Missed but definitely NOT forgotten.
A short list to MAXIMIZE your experience of a lifetime
- Ski Keystone
- Ski Beaver Creek (not exactly roughin’ it.)
- Ski Joring
- Hike the Continental Divide
- Hang out in Sts. John
- Snowshoe around Dillon Peninsula
- Infinite Monkey Theorem Black Muscat at the Ski Tip
- Dinner and “dancing” at the Snake
- Midnight stroll to look at the stars at Sapphire Point
- A jog up Montezuma Rd (all uphill…get those quads ready!)
- Giordano’s pizza date
- Sibling bonding time in Breck…E’s ready.
- Walk up the hill behind my condo
- Check out the mines up by Baldy
- “Shopping” in Breck
- Lots and lots of VBGF bonding 🙂
CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!
I get asked three questions from out-of-towners on a rotating basis.
- Was it scary to quit your job and move out here by yourself? The idea was terrifying the actual move was surreal and frankly, the best decision I’ve ever made
- Are there a lot of drugs out here? Yes, but I’m not much of a druggie so I rarely come across them
- How do you live off $10.25/hour? The only things I spend money on are rent, groceries, gas, and the occasional night out
Free the heel, free the mind. The mantra behind Telemark Skiing plays off the idea that while on a tele ski, a skier frees herself of lift lines and inbounds crowds and finds herself free to explore backcountry freshies at her leisure. You see, tele skis are attached to the boot at the toe, leaving the heel free to lift up off the ski. This sort of freedom allows the skier to skin up a hill, bypassing lift lines, in search of untouched powder and backcountry views.
Turning on a tele ski, aka the tele turn, takes a technique that is entirely different from a typical turn on an alpine ski. Rather than working to keep your skis parallel, a tele skier staggers their skis, placing the downhill leg out in front of the uphill leg while the uphill leg is pushed back under the body with “a flexed knee” and the heel raised up, off the ski. Tele turns requires the skier to position their body into a deep lunge with each turn. As you might imagine after a few hours of lunging on tele skis, your thighs take on a mind of their own; screaming with each turn you make.
I freed my heel this morning with Johnny Vertical (happy birthday JV!) and let me tell you, I haven’t spent that much time thinking about how to ski in about 20 years. Being a fairly proficient skier, I wrongly thought I’d master the tele turn after a few runs. I can tell you, after a few runs it was decidedly obvious that I am DEFINITELY a right-legged skier. Either way, I’ve been presented with a challenge and I intend to conquer that challenge. By April 7, the tele turn will be mine…on both sides. In the meantime, a hot tub and two Advil are calling my name.
If you’re in Keystone and want to rent tele equipment, head to the Nordic Center. Rentals are $25/day…$21 if you take a lesson.