A. and I went out skiing/snowboarding yesterday, and I'm starting to feel like an actual snowboarder. By the end of the day I was linking all of my turns and feeling very in-control. Of course, this was on one of the easier greens at Breck, but it was still good to feel like I had a solid handle on the basics. We headed down one of the steeper greens for a bit, but it was packed with people and I had a hard time concentrating on what I was doing. Hopefully as the mountains get more snow, other terrain will open up soon and spread out the people a little more. We headed up to the mountains early, and came down off the mountain at about 2:30, which let us miss most of the traffic in both directions, which was nice. Hopefully we'll be able to get out again after the holiday weekend.
A., P., and I managed to get out on what will probably be the last hike of the season last weekend. We drove up to the Gore range, car camped, and then did a day hike the next morning. Our campsite was pretty, and pre-bonfire bocce ball went over well. Sleeping wasn't too terribly cold, though I don't think my sleeping bag is an honest-to-God -10 degree bag. The hike was pleasant, though it alternated between being icy and muddy. Then, pumpkin ravioli.
I had veteran's day off, so we headed up to Keystone for my first snowboarding lesson, ever. Things went fairly well, though I never got off of the bunny hill. By the end of the day I was able to link 2-3 turns together though; once I can link them together without getting close to stopping/falling, I should be good to go. I figure I'll need about one more morning on the bunny hill before I'm ready for more challenging terrain. We're planning on heading up to Breckenridge this Sunday, if the weather is decent.
Also, A$ and I have been playing Borderlands, an xbox game, quite a lot lately. It's a fantastic game, with lots of guns. Hooray!
Posted by Jake at 11/13/2009