Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Ski Week That Was

OK, this post is about a week overdue, but perhaps better late than never. This was the ninth annual trip for this group; our destination this time: Utah! Great trip; wonderful to see the gang. Special thanks to Mark for organizational efforts and achievements.

We were in a condo (specifically one of the Payday condos) that was a 5 minute walk from one of the Park City ski lifts. On Thursday we skied at Deer Valley, but all other time we were at Park City. We never did make it out to the Canyons. Thumbs up on the free bus system, including stops at the bases of the hills.

Monday: morning: rent gear; afternoon: ski.
Tuesday: morning: ski; afternoon: some skiing.
Wednesday: morning: recover; afternoon: ski.
Thursday: morning: ski; afternoon: some skiing.
Friday: morning: ski; afternoon: ski.

Consumed lots of game animal meat.
Monday dinner: buffalo (lean meat, but cooked in butter - welcome to Ruth's Chris style!).
Tuesday dinner: mixed grill (elk, wild boar, buffalo).
Wednesday dinner: lamb (OK, so that's not a game animal... still red meat though!).
Thursday lunch: buffet at Stein Eriksen on the hill at Deer Valley. OMG. Wild game chili. Other stuff too, but: OMGwildgamechiliOMG.
Friday dinner: elk.

The skiing was great. Late season, so locals not in abundance. Great snow, including fresh powder Wednesday evening through Thursday. It was fabulous to go for five days of skiing. First, it led to a relaxed approach: not trying to jam in as many hours as possible each day. Second, it allowed me to claw back a few of the minor skills I possessed a couple of years back: managed to navigate the easiest imaginable double diamond once on Friday.

Oh yes, and I unintentionally went off the designated runs on Thursday. Hey, lots of tracks led down that open section, and there was a sign nearby... how was I to know that it ended in bumps, shrubs, trees, and a ten foot drop to rejoin the marked trails? Anyhow, I'm sure friend-in-tow (and committed intermediate skier) DS will have forgiven me by the time next year's trip rolls around....


Blogger Bill said...

I was wondering about you during my long run today, Brent.

A week skiing in the Canyons is definitely a week well spent. And any time you can get wild game chili is definitely time well spent.

Glad you survived the off-piste adventure too.

3/22/2008 06:59:00 pm  
Blogger Wendy said...

Maybe next year DS should lead!

But after the OMGWildGameChiliOMG did you have some of those housemade chocolate goodies??

Glad you guys had fun!

3/22/2008 07:01:00 pm  
Blogger Jenny Davidson said...

Well worth the wait! Hmmm, that "week that was" format is hilariously versatile, I thoroughly approve...

(But I had to look up "double diamond" on Wikipedia!)

I am not sure whether to count "ten-foot drop" as salient or extraneous detail!

3/22/2008 07:26:00 pm  
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

I figured you were off having fun somewhere. Sounds like some great skiing and quite exotic eating. I notice no "return gear" was mentioned!

3/23/2008 04:00:00 am  
Blogger Coach Tammy said...

Hey, that's my home town! Well, not Park City, but I grew up in SLC. No, I don't ski... and I'm not mormon either. What was I doing in SLC? Good question. ;)

3/23/2008 01:21:00 pm  
Blogger Rainmaker said...

That sounds like an awesome trip!

Any run that goes off trail is a good run - even if ya have to hike 1-2 hours out (not that I would know anything about that...). Plus, usually the friends forgot within a year or so like you said. :)

3/23/2008 10:21:00 pm  
Blogger Bolder said...


*gazes at mountains and dreams of powder days*

3/28/2008 03:20:00 pm  

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