Having had the opportunity to live and work in Vail, Colorado for a year after I finished my master’s degree, I acquired my own snowboard and set of skis. I figured it would be nice to actually use them since I paid the money to get them. So I decided to try to find somewhere around here to ski. I was very excited when my friend Dianne told me that her and her sister-in-law, Nichelle, were going to go skiing last Saturday. They warned me that it was more of a ski hill than a ski mountain so I was prepared with very low expectations but still excited to try it. I decided to snowboard since I am a little better at skiing and thought that this might be a good place to work on my snowboarding skills. We headed out to Martock on Saturday morning and I was pleasantly surprised with about a centimeter of fresh snow that was continuing to fall while we were there. There are only about four runs (technically more, but four main ones down the mountain: http://www.martock.com/Trail%20Map.jpg).
Overall, we had a nice day and I had a lot of fun getting back out to play in the snow. So I decided to buy a season pass…Nichelle had one and I figured if I use it eight times, it pays for itself. And then I have something to do with all my time! Also they have night skiing so if I want I can go after work sometimes during the week.
Nichelle and I decided to go again this Saturday and being a little “tired” after Dr. Stanish’s retirement party the night before (more to come about this later…), I decided that it would be a better idea to ski this time.
It was NOT snowing this time, and had not really snowed much since the previous time we had went. Needless to say, I had a very quick re-introduction to east coast skiing. For those of you who are spoiled by the nice weather out west, that means lots of ice! …and my favorite, the little marble size balls of man-made snow…did someone say dippin’ dots??
Despite the fact that my skis have not been sharpened or re-waxed yet this year, I managed to stay on my feet the whole time. But there were a few scary moments. Next up, investing in an equipment tune-up. To all my Colorado friends, please enjoy the pow-pow for me. We certainly don’t have any here.