Wednesday
Jan182006

January is too busy!

I haven't had time to post anything here this month. January is always the single busiest month of the year. We've both been sick with colds, we're buying a new car, traveling to New Jersey for Maria's baby shower, and of course skiing...

I've got a bunch of stuff almost ready to post, including another segment of the Austrian Vacation Log, so check back in towards the end of next week.

Wednesday
Jan042006

New Year's Weekend

One of the nice things about living in Colorado is that you can wake up on a Tuesday morning, and decide to spend the weekend at a world-class ski resort. Saturday morning we loaded up the car with ski gear and headed for Steamboat Springs. 20 minutes later we headed back home to pick up the ski poles that I forgot to load into the car.

On Saturday afternoon we skied to Walton Peak from Rabbit Ears Pass. Walton Peak is a cross-country ski trail, but there are some nice hillsides to practice our turns. Next time we'll bring the telemark skis!


Dorinna on Walton Peak


Snow-covered trees on Walton Peak

On the way down, we took the advice of some locals by ignoring the trail and descending a scenic drainage. The snow was deep soft and silky, as we glided downhill through the trees. Cross-country nirvana.

Sunday and Monday we went telemark skiing at the resort. Apparently, everyone in Steamboat spent Saturday night drinking heavily for New Year’s, and spent Sunday morning in bed with a hangover, because the trails and lifts were empty. I think we had 8 people in front of us in the gondola line first thing in the morning, and no lift lines the rest of the day. The weather wasn’t so great, as the top of the mountain was a pea soup fog making it hard to see your ski tips. But the snow… Ahhhh…. I think the official reading was 9” at the midway station in the past 24 hours. Off-trail in the trees it was far deeper. It’s been years since I’ve had a day of lift skiing that was as good as this.

The snow wasn’t as good on Monday, and the weather had some shortcomings (actual freezing rain on the Morningside lift. In Colorado???), but the slopes were even less crowded. A late check-out at the ski-in/ski-out hotel allowed us to shower and change after skiing and before driving home. Talk about comfort!


Buddy's Run and the town of Steamboat. Note the crowd size on this popular trail.

We met some new friends on the trip. We met Malcolm and Carolyn on our shuttle bus downtown Saturday night. They’re originally from New Zealand and Australia, but now call Atlanta home. We spent some time chatting with them on the bus ride. Sunday morning we met them at breakfast, and met them again at the top of the gondola. We tried to ski a run and got separated, but fate could not be cheated. That evening they recruited the front desk staff to help track us down so that they could invite us out for dinner and drinks. We had a really great time hanging out, and our meeting was definitely a highlight of the trip.


New Friends from Down Under

Wednesday
Jan042006

Emma's Christmas Present

Another Dorinna knitting creation:

Emma wears her new poncho

Wednesday
Jan042006

Who is this mystery figure?


The answer to this baffling question is coming soon!

Tuesday
Dec272005

Christmas

Dorinna and I spent Christmas in Colorado for the first time ever. Friends Kevin, Shirley, and Kim joined us for dinner and games.

Kevin, Shirley, and Dorinna opening presents


Homemade Sachertorte- a Viennese Christmas specialty


High stakes in the Bonanza game


A gripping game of "Snakes and Ladders", which appears to be a German version of "Chutes and Ladders". After three bottles of wine, even "Snakes and Ladders" is interesting