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    Skiing in the Wasatch, 2004-2005

    Solitude, 21 November, 2004

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    Skiodor and PlayHard (soon to be known as Playodor) :wink:

    As mentioned in this thread, my Intended and I headed back out to the slopes today, after giving Skiodors ankle a much needed 1-week rest. Because Park City is experiencing localized effects of Global Warming, we headed back up to Solitude (its amazing the difference between the Front of the Wasatch, and the Back of the Wasatch right nowĶ. *sigh).

    This would be me, the Perpetual Passenger. Dont ask what Skiodor was steering with when he was taking this picture. :shock:

    The drive up was an indication that clearly Big Cottonwood Canyon is not experiencing the same dire Greenhouse Effects that Park City is.


    Having accepted that the Snow Gods are conspiring against us, we purchased a discount pass at Solitude, giving us price breaks on lift tickets throughout the season (I tried sending the receipts to Mother Nature in hopes of reimbursement, but they were returned, Addressee Moved, No Forwarding Address'. Not quite sure what that means! :shock:). So, rather than parking in the lower, more convenient parking lot, we went up to the main village at Solitude. In the past few years Solitude has truly transformed itself from the best kept secret to a full service destination resort with a very customer first ambiance.


    As a long-time locals resort, Solitude has very good customer service (they guy at the pass desk asked the two employees in line to wait while he dealt with the paying customer me a very pleasant surprise!), and we got our discount passes within minutes. (And these things are slick, in a dangerous sort of way the pass is tied directly to your credit card, and charges your card each day, based on a pre-set price for the ticket you can go right to the lifts without even thinking about the fact that you are putting out money. Very convenient, and Im sure I will rapidly become one of American Express favorite customers!) After picking up the passes, we drove past the main Solitude entrance, to get down to the lower parking lot.


    After watching my beloved struggle to get his bad foot into his Dobermans, we finally made it on to the hill. Being the crack photojournalist that he is, Skiodor got pictures of us on the chairlift.

    And the self-portraitĶ.
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    After getting used to my GS skis (I had intended on skiing them last week, but, certain, ah, circumstances *coughSkiodorcough prevented me from so doing), we took some pictures of me. This is apasted-together montage of my runs down Sunshine Bowl (I think Im not very good with names of ski runsĶ)


    Later, some pictures of me in various stages of the turn.



    A 220-degree panorama view from the top of the Eagle Quad.


    As for the snow conditions, fabulous. Great coverage every where we skied (well I skied, Gary kinda of limped, if one can do that while skiing). Their snow making crew made sure that the areas coming into their lifts were well groomed and fully covered.

    On the last run, I attempted to take some pictures of Skiodor. After extensive instruction on how to use the camera, I positioned myself at the bottom of the hill, and prepared to, well, ah, lets just let the pictures speak for themselvesĶ Please note the extreme clarity and focus of these pictures.

    Skiodor in the transition of the turn.


    Skiodor (I think) at the bottom of the turn.


    And the piece-de-resistance:


    Yeah. Um. Obviously Skiodor isnt marrying me for my photographic prowess. :oops: :wink:

    *Ahem.

    After that amazing display of Ansel-Adams-like photography, we decided to head home. It only took about 20 minutes of Skiodor having his feet under the heater in the car before he could pry open the shell of his boot enough to extract his foot. Ouch!



    After icing him up (yes, those one-use ice packs are a staple in our householdĶ Im hoping that Costco sells them by the gross), we headed back to Park City. We drove past Little Park City on the way home, and were quite happy that we had invested in the discount passes at Solitude! Im thinking its going to be a while before we are on our home turf.


    When we pulled into the garage, we could immediate tell that our children had missed us; the pitter-patter of furry feet on the floor above our heads indicated that the poods were happy to see us. Needless to say, when we released the hounds from their room, there was the proverbial Poodle-monium



    Yes, the doggies were happy to have us home againĶ.


    And I have complete faith that Skiodor will return to ski another day. (Its all that Poodle Therapy. Trust me on this one!)


    (And if you dont trust me, take it from The Man himself.)
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    Nice pics 8)
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    Park City, 11/25/04

    Glad to get out of there alive (roving packs of one brain cell creatures going 40MPH sitting on their tails straight past slow signs, god forbid any of us who can actually turn would. Great WORK PCMR Ski and Safety Patrol! :shock: ) - going back to Solitude and PAYING FOR OUR TICKETS for the rest of the holiday. I won't even go into the snow conditions (met two other Master Racers who just shook their heads).

    Enough said :cry:
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    Re: Park City, 11/25/04

    Originally posted by PlayHard
    Glad to get out of there alive (roving packs of one brain cell creatures going 40MPH sitting on their tails straight past slow signs, god forbid any of us who can actually turn would. Great WORK PCMR Ski and Safety Patrol! :shock: )
    Enough said :cry:
    Would a Taser gun help? Maybe "Spike Strips" like the Police put down to stop car-theft bandits?
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    Same mountain, a different day.

    Never let it be said that I am someone who will never recant. *Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Erm. Nevermind. Im not talking about all that Middle Ages/Renaissance stuff (although I can, if you wantĶ*:oops: sorryĶ MA in medieval history I never put the thing to good use, so I have to throw in those meaningless allusions when I canĶ :oops:) *ahem.

    Where was I?

    Oh, yeah. Skiing.

    Skiodor and I woke up this morning to the glorious sight of white flaky stuff falling from the skies. Uncertain as to whether this was a meteorological phenomenon, or hallucinations brought on by too much pumpkin pie, we sent the poodles out to investigate.


    After some extensive research, the poodles reported back that, yes, in fact, this strange occurrence really was snow. (I guess that funny aftertaste in the pumpkin pie was just ginger after allĶ :wink:) Thus ensued a little debate at the House of Skiodor (soon to be the House of Playodor). That is: do we go out in the cold, the wind, the snow, and the flat light, and make some turns, or do we stay home, in bed, watching football, and snacking on supposedly safe pie-related leftovers. Skiodor was pushing hard for the latter option, while I was really leaning toward the first. After a little cajoling, I convinced Skiodor to cave, and got him to drag his battered, broken body out into the howling winds. :wink:

    After a quick job on the driveway (Skiodors job hes more, uh, biologically suited for that taskĶ sorry, an inside joke!), we headed off to Park City. The roads were definitely looking winter-like, and the day had two possibilities: very, very good, or, very, very, very ugly.


    Despite the delay of working on the driveway, we got out shortly after 9am, and managed to get first tracks on a number of runs, including Claimjumper and Assessment. We were on GS skis, and we both have after-market knees (not to mention Skiodors store-bought neck :roll:) the appeal of trekking through wind-blown crud, and being launched by partially-covered bumps doesnt really hold for us wed rather actually enjoy ourselves! We hooked up with John Jessup who has just moved to PC to ski with the Masters, and ripped around for about 3 hours. All three hours on GS skis, flying through the crud. Powder skis? Hah! Who needs em? :twisted:

    (Oh yeah. This is where the recanting comes in.:?) I was extremely non-plussed with Park City when we skied there on Thursday. I wont rehash it, but the scary packs of twin-tippers, the inconsistent conditions, and the general apathy that defines PCMR really depressed me. Not trying to be dramatic, but that was really how I felt. :cry: A sort of Why the heck did I spend all this money to ski this place. :(

    Anyway, today was a rebirth. Getting out early, we were able to get in a bunch of runs before the holiday crowds came out, and we were able to ski until almost 1pm before it really got scary out there. (And by then, we had gotten in enough skiing to be tired, happy, and smiling. :mrgreen:)

    Wow. Really GREAT skiing. I mean, there are few things better than flying through powder and crud on GS skis, powering through the pockets of stuff, while still holding on the firmer stuff underneath. :lol: What a fun day. Even Skiodor (Mr. I dont like flat light, and powder is for people who dont know how to turn :roll:) had to admit that he had a great time. (And thats an accomplishment! :D)

    It snowed the entire time we were skiing, and it was still snowing when we left the resort. (Nice having a locker, BTW we didnt have to cart skis and poles back and forthĶ). By the time we got home, there was some question as to whether we would actually make it up our driveway. I dont have any pictures of the driveway itself, but if you think World Cup-qualifying luge run, youve got a pretty good idea of what we use to repel visitors :shock:

    We did make it up the driveway, but it was obvious that something would have to be done if we were planning on making it back down the driveway, anytime before, ah, next June. *Cough*Skiodor*Cough*. So, after a little R & R, Skiodor was dispatched to deal with the mounting snow. Being the dedicated future-spouse that I am, I documented the whole process (much easier than doing it myself, thankyouverymuch!).

    At 3pm, Skiodor started on the driveway.


    At 3:45, Skiodor started working on the track in the backyard (for the aforementioned poodles if you notice, we were only able to photograph the large one the two shorter ones found themselves in snow up to their armpits, and quickly retreated to the safety of the house).



    At 4:25, Skiodor finished cutting the track, going from the driveway to the back of the house.



    By 5:30, Skiodor had finished the driveway.


    Of course, the weather forecast calls for an additional accumulation of 10+ inches of snow, with a heavy snow warning throughout tomorrow afternoon. So, we could get a replay of this all over again. :shock:

    Of course, that will likely include ripping around the mountain again, flying through the floofy stuff, and that is decidedly a good thing!. :lol:
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    Ahh you poor poor people.. How will you ever survive. All that snow...

    Why don't you move over by me...Then you don't need to worry about all that snow. I guess I would have to move out to your house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    "All that snow"

    Originally posted by skidude
    Ahh you poor poor people.. How will you ever survive. All that snow...

    Why don't you move over by me...Then you don't need to worry about all that snow. I guess I would have to move out to your house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Mmmmmmm Snowww :D
    Hey, Dood! If you are willing to take the poodles outside in the middle of the night (every night), we've got a spare bedroom with your name on it. PCMR is 10 minutes away on a clear road, and so Mumster won't think that you are neglecting your education, the University of Utah is only a mere 30 minutes away (and, you can get university credits for taking ski classes! Oh, and have I mentioned the deals the ski resorts offer on season passes for full-time students).... The dogs are mostly low maintenance :twisted:

    Just a thought! :wink: :lol:
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    Haha, I will take your dogs out every night all ski season long :D
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    Gee, the opposite of my towns amount(EVER...or so I guess)!

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