Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Powder Days

My first experience to ski a deep powder day was....interesting. The snow felt so different it really kind of freaked me out. I fell, and fell and fell. Most of my falls were probably quite entertaining and either made me laugh or mad. Once I decided to just lay down in the 3-4 feet deep snow I had crashed into and thought about just making snow angels the rest of the day. Jay had a few good crashes that he entertained Shai with on the black runs in the afternoon, which included a nice face plant and one ski popping off. At least we don't get hurt in the soft powdery snow.

Here Jay and I are with Shai Walker, our instructor that we've skied with probably 10+ times. I'm sure I am the model student. HAHA! Not really. Sometimes I don't do what I'm told, but I try. The important thing is, we always have fun.

Jay, Shai and a girl from Virginia we skied with here on Double Cabin. I did FINALLY ski another double green run Tuesday, Village Bypass, but I didn't even think to get my camera out. Thank goodness my camera has survived all of the falls I had this week.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

If you know me, you have probably heard me talk about our friend Steve Garufi that lives in Buena Vista, Colorado. He IS and the webmaster of many other sites including Scenic Telluride has quite a few photos that I have taken and let Steve use since he doesn't get to visit Telluride as often as he would like to for pictures. Today I posted some pictures of Trout Lake which is up near the summit of Lizard Head Pass, and Steve has placed them on Scenic Telluride and a link from the front page of ColoradoGuy!! I don't consider myself to be a photographer at all, so this is very exciting for me. I guess something good did come out of not skiing yesterday.

Please keep Steve in your prayers because next week he is going to start something major, a bike across America trip. He is starting in California and ending in Florida. He will have several long stretches of road with no support contacts for emergencies and will be totally relying on God to get through these times. I have no doubt he can accomplish this trip that he has been dreaming of and planning for so long.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Missing Family

I don't have any awesome new pictures or stories this week. Unfortunately I haven't been out much the past few days. I had the weirdest migraine hit me Saturday and I tried to ski Sunday but was too dizzy and weird-headed feeling. January is always a tough month and I'm not sure why. I just wanted to let everyone in Oklahoma know how much I terribly miss you. I know my blog is usually only upbeat and we are excited to be here, but I've been very lonely for our family and friends. :) No new snow reports here, either. We got the huge dump of 5 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago and only little spits of snow since then. The kids are just crazy about ski PE and we think Maralee skied the same run I've been working on yesterday because she said she rode up lift 10. My little 6-year-old is catching up to me!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Year Ago Today

We were in Telluride a year ago today for Jay's interview. I can't believe it has already been a whole year! I remember that day being very cold, probably negative something when I dropped Jay off for his interview that morning. I remember Garrett and I trying to get by without a hat because we didn't want to mess up our hair. I admit I'm still like that. Curly hair and hats don't go together well. :) Little did we know that day just how much our lives would be changing in 2007. We left for the trip a day early because Oklahoma was having a bad ice storm and we needed to get out before the roads got too bad. The roads were pretty bad for at least half of the trip up here, but we made it safe and sound. We spent a few nights in Durango and had a blast shopping and swimming in the indoor pool. We only spent one night in Telluride, the night before the interview, but we looked around at the schools and rode the gondola enough times that the girls really thought they would like it here. Savanna started talking about snowboarding on that trip. :)

The kids have really grown since then! They look so little in this picture.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ophir, Colorado After the Avalanche

The town of Ophir was completed shut off last week due to a large avalanche. It took several days for the crews to clear it as they had to wait for the storm to die down and they had to perform a few controlled avalanches to make sure the heavy equipment brought in wouldn't trigger new uncontrolled avalanches.
I definitely was not obeying this sign as I DID stop and I suppose it was not completely necessary for me to drive on in seeing that I don't live in Ophir.

Here are some nice views of the avalanche runs.

The San Juan mountains have some of the most avalanche-prone areas in the continental United States. The San Juan wilderness areas also have the most active avalanche control and snow physics study areas in the country and is one of the most geologically diverse mountain regions in the world. I guess that's the price we pay for living in some of the cleanest air in the US, too. :)

Ophir has over 100 residents and our paper stated that they mostly enjoyed their time of being snowed in. They had dinner parties, some skied off of the top of their cars, and they enjoyed watching the controlled avalanches.

My Jeep looks small next to the plowed snow at the side of the road here.

This is the view as I left Ophir, facing west. It was a nice drive. I skied for a couple of hours this morning until I got tired, and Jay stayed and skied the rest of the day. Driving the new Jeep is a nice way to pass time and I got 3 new CD's loaded into the navigation system memory.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Ski Bunnies

Today's ski bunny report is goooooood!!!! We all had an awesome day. These first two photos are of the littlest ski bunny, Maralee wearing a harness thingy skiing with Jay. This is an incredible workout for Jay, I'm sure, and Maralee loves it.
A couple of good pictures here of Garrett and Savanna. Sorry I haven't been able to get a picture of them snowboarding. They always beat me down. :) There is a new terrain park at the side of the Meadows run with some bumps and hills that they totally enjoy.

This is a nice view of what most of Meadows run looks like. Above you can see some of the harder ski runs carved out through the trees.
This was taken from lift 1. Nice view, huh?

I did it!! I successfully skied the Meadows three times today. I fell one time and I was able to get up easily with my skis on!!! This was so exciting to me. Not being able to use my lesson pass during the holidays has really messed me up and I've been so scared to ski. I hate fear and I'm not going to let it get to me. Today was awesome! I'm definitely getting a lesson tomorrow and Tuesday.

I think Maralee and I have the coolest skis. Here they are stuck in the snow at the side of our parking lot where they've dumped the snow while plowing.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


This is HUGE news for Telluride! Apparently the schools haven't closed due to bad weather in 10 years!! There are several road closures and an avalanche blocking the town of Ophir, so they thought it best to cancel school Monday, which was to be the kids first day back from Christmas break. This is amazing! The kids are so excited, except for Maralee who was supposed to have ski PE. Her teacher called me and said it will definitely be re-scheduled, definitely will get all of their ski PE days in during the season. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

My Top 10 of 2007

Here are my top 10 amazing things or things I never thought I would do. It really was a great year!!

1. Move to Colorado.
2. Driver Ophir Pass BY MYSELF behind Jay on his motorcycle.
3. Agree to let Jay buy a motorcycle.

4. Go to church in a movie theater.
5. Sell my house to my brother.
6. Have three days off work every week.
7. Buy a real Jeep that we can all fit in.
8. Summoned for jury duty after living here for only 8 months.
9. Learn (still trying) to ski.
10. Realize I have everything I have ever wanted. :) God is good!

Here are me and the girls bundling up on New Year's Eve. It was a cold night on the gondola and waiting for the Galloping Goose.

New Year's Day Jay and I skied at the Ute Park beginner area, here riding up lift 11.

Ute Park is so awesome, huge and wide. We practically had the whole place to ourselves. I was feeling really great after skiing here.

The lift stopped long enough here for me to take some pictures. I stupidly dropped my glove, but we were able to ski down and get it. If I had dropped it off of any other lift yesterday, I wouldn't have been able to get it.

Now came my bad part of the day. This is Double Cabins run, a double green. It's very wide and I was doing well for awhile until a girl came crashing into me. I barely saw her out of the corner of my eye and she was moving fast. She looked like she knew what she was doing, so I assumed she would go around me just like everyone else was. Wrong! I heard a scream and had enough time to think, "Aw crap" before she plowed into me. We were okay. I had a ski pop off and I ended up with her poles somehow, but no injuries other than a new bruise on my leg and being sore, but who knows if that was from the crash, the fall I had on Teddy's Way a little later, or just from skiing. My confidence pretty much went down the drain after the crash and I was scared of people skiing behind me. We got off the run at the Mt. Village grocery store/gondola to eat lunch just in time for the slopes to get crowded. We had managed to get up there early before most people woke up from their New Year's Eve parties.

I feel that I have so many things to be thankful for, but I should mention how wonderful it has been to make so many new friends over the past year and I'm so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you. Steve Garufi, Tree and Robbin Cooper, Ari and Kristen, Christy, Anthony, and many others. Special thanks to Shai and Jay (well I guess Jay isn't a new friend, HA) for pushing me in my attempts at skiing and helping me have confidence when I had NONE! Thanks to all of my family for giving us support over the year despite your sadness in our moving away.

As far as New Year's resolutions go, I never really make one because I think it's kind of silly, but I will say this, I'd better see BIGHORN SHEEP in 2008!!!