Friday, March 21, 2008

Back on Skis

As I started to write this post, M asked what I was talking about. After I told her, she said that no one cared what I had to say (I think she’s getting cocky because she draws so many more comments than I do). She is probably right, but I don’t care. Instead, I think I’ll make it longer than normal. Over the last number of years, I’ve tried to make it a point to take a trip to Reno to go snowboarding with my dad at Mt. Rose. This year was no exception.

I first started skiing when I was in the 4th grade. By 7th grade I started snowboarding (back when snowboarding was a new sport and people would ask questions like “are those things fun?”). I continued to ski and snowboard until college. Then I started snowboarding exclusively. I have been having the itch to get back on skis for a few years.

This year I happened to stop by the REI winter sale and they had ski boots for so cheap that I had no choice but to buy them. Then my dad found a great deal on skis at the REI in Reno. Again, such a great deal I had to get them. As it turned out, I bought the same boots that he uses, so we now have matching skis and boots. When we got to Reno, I had the binding mounted and we were ready to go. My dad and I headed up to Mt. Rose.

We got up to the parking lot and I was unloading my skis. Just then a guy walked by and called my name. It turned out to be a hardcore snowboarder buddy of mine from high school. I hadn’t seen him for over 15 years. Back in high school I was kind of the ringleader of a snowboarder group that would cut school whenever there was a big snowfall the night before. What was ironic about this is that the when he saw my skis he asked what I was doing. I felt like I’d been caught cheating on my snowboard.

The first time I stepped into the bindings, I could hardly remember what I was doing. The ride down the lift was unnerving as my skis seemed to have a mind of their own. The first run down we went on a wide open run that wasn’t very steep. That was all I needed. My legs remembered what they were doing and the rest of the day was spent carving up the hill. It was killer. We ended up going a total of three days while we were in town. The weather was awesome and the conditions were good. It was a blast and I was completely exhausted by the end of the third day. I still have a smile on my face. I love snowboarding AND skiing.


StrykerLOVE said...

hum, ya I don't think I care about that :-) j/k - I leave all the snow adventure talk to marc. poor baby didn't even go once this year, even though he went to Sun Valley twice!!

hempr said...

Hey man, glad to see you have gone back to your roots. To bad you did not make it out to Utah to ski. The year was epic. I think the bird will be open till July.

Yin said...

Here's a comment to boost your numbers, G.

Yang said...

Try to get a hobby thats less expensive, will ya!