Saturday, May 2, 2009
Year 1: Move to Vail for one season, work in ski shop, apply to law school, decide to stay through mud season and see what the buzz about summer is all about.
Year 2: Defer admission to law school, continue work at ski shop, move horse to Vail, fall in love with summer in the mountains.
Year 3: Give law school a try, leave after almost a full semester, return to Vail, vow to make a living up here.
Year 4: New job with Vail Resorts, skiing the Beav' full time, hiking the peaks during the summer, miss skiing so much travel to South America is warranted, the lil' nugget, Tia, joins the family.
Year 5: Season off to a great start with lights out December & January, career switch from BC to Vail, attempt at heli-skiing in AK (those two runs were amazing!), second chance at mountain biking, first chance at road biking.
Year 6: Another great start, fraught with some challenges at work, X Games and all-time powder day at Highlands, bluebird March photo shoot and incredible sunrises, Amazing April w/new friends, back on the bike(s) and determined to ride more, trip to Cali coast (stay tuned), definitely not leaving Vail anytime soon.
Now, if I can only get through the unpredictable and sometimes unfavorable spring weather!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I think Liz had mixed opinions about the hike itself but I am proud that she stuck with it and made it to the top. We treated ourselves to some amazing BBQ from Kirby Cosmo's for dinner and resumed our places on the couch to watch the Games for the rest of the night.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We have this thing in the mountains called MTO- Mandatory Time Off. I don't know for sure, but I think it stems from when Vail Resorts HQ was in Avon and they encouraged non-mountain employees to work on the mountain during busy holidays. In any case, I love it! It is like an extra 5 days off a year and due to my lack of planning usually amounts to me taking Fridays off in the month of July in an effort to use up my MTO by the end of the fiscal year.
This year, I am taking advantage and planning my hikes for Fridays. This last Friday I decided to head up to the Missouri Gulch Trailhead (just S of Leadville) and summit Missouri Peak. I got a good night's sleep Thurs and woke up at 4am Fri to make a big breakfast and then drive up to the trail (about 1 hour from my house in Minturn). I arrived at the trail at 7:00 am and was greeted by a full parking lot and parked cars on the county road. Nor surprisingy for this time of year as most hikers favor this trail as an access point to Mt. Belford and Oxford (also 14ers that I knocked off last year).
After trekking the common first 1 mi of trail up a series of switchbacks I opted for the right turn on Elkhead Pass Trail towards Missouri while I watched about 100 people scuffle up the switchbacks towards Belford. Sometimes it is nice to break from the crowd. 3 1/4 hours after leaving the trailhead I found myself at the summit overlooking the Continental Divide Trail depsite the haze from wildfires on the western front.
Saturday, I got together with a couple of my girlfriends for a picnic at the local Bravo Music Festival held at the outdoor amphitheater in Vail. It was a perfect evening- sunny, warm, with a slight western breeze. We enjoyed the Philadelphia Philharmonic's rendition of a variety of classical pieces. While I admit that I am not a huge classical fan, I really enjoyed the entire evening and plan on taking advantage of the additonal performances this season.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Over the weekend my friend, Amanda; dog, Tia; and I went for a quick hike up Cougar Ridge trail from the Minturn trailhead just behind the house. We made it up to Lionshead rock in a little over an hour. For such a quick hike it really boasts some great views of the valley. Tia thought she was pretty tough stuff, standing out on the edge of the rock. That is Notch Mountain (left)- a 13er- a Mount of the Holy Cross- a 14er- in the distance behind her.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
After two days on my bike and um-teen number of falls (I have the bruises and scabs to prove it) I think I am on my way. Single track isn't as intimidating, nor are rocky crossings and loose gravel, however switchbacks continue to plague me. Why can't I commit to the turn? In any case, it was a great experience and one that I would recommend to anyone who felt the same way I did when I started.