February 13, 2009

Skiing Day 2

Well my husband is sick as a big dog and missed today's skiing. He is hoping to make it up tomorrow morning.

He stayed at the condo sleeping all day, slightly feverish too most likely, while I took the three crazy boys to the slopes.


I spent my morning with an absolutely amazing ski instructor, the oldest out here in Steamboat... 78 years old and fit like I have never seen. An amazing man with vast quantities of knowledge and patience, I think I lucked out having him.

And so he took us on the green slopes, with a small jaunt into some blues, my requesting to stick with him as he didn't seem like the aggressive type. The other instructors seemed like they were all about pushing into the darker blue by the end of the day, and while at first that seemed appealing, I realized, I was cool hanging back and taking it slow.

I decided I enjoy the easier slopes. I can watch more scenery without worrying, its not so much pressure on my knees, and I don't have to worry about my skills being too new... over my head.

I suspect I'll hit some blues on Sunday, but I went over the entire mountain map with my eldest today and you can really hit some nice slopes doing the greens here at Steamboat.

I had kind of an eye opening moment this afternoon.

I'd spent all day on the slopes with my instructor and my class and I was pretty much beat to hell. I was tired and went to get the kids who were jumping all over, "Mom! Mom! Mom! Let's go some more!"

Thank the Good Lord that the lifts close at 4. It meant I was limited as to how much more I'd have to take.

But they didn't want to do the lower greens over and over, they wanted to ride the Gondola up midway and repeat a run they'd done with their instructor, one I'd done with mine as well.

It's not a bad run, but its not easy for folks who have only been skiing two days. It takes about... an hour.

Nine minutes to get up there... an hour to come down.

And so I said yes, and found myself on the Gondola with three crazy boys, had our picture taken as the sign for the green run we were going to do, and started down the mountain.

We were all tired. Their souls and hearts were crying, MORE! MORE! MORE!, but their bodies were tired as was mine.

We set up rules... I was always last as I don't leave anyone on the mountain. They were to stop at certain areas we were familiar with so we could constantly regroup.

But the eye opening moment came as my achy knees led me to the Gondola with my boys.

I was standing behind them thinking, "How many Moms say to their three boys, 'OK, lets' go. Up the mountain. I'll take you down"? I've taken my boys camping... alone, taken them skiing... alone, and its not that its anything amazing, but its the fact that I look back on my life and if you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd be a mother with three boys, doing all this crap and thinking nothing of it, more of a "Sure! Let's go!" attitude, even if it was pushing past my personal comfort zone... I'd have told you to pound sand.

But instead every day its something new. Every year its some new experience. Some of them... suck... and some of them are wonderful, but its always something new.

And... I'm realizing... that I'd have it no other way.

Tomorrow is snowmobiling in which *I* will be driving one.

We will also snow tube.

Its going to be a big day full of new experiences and... I'd have it no other way.

We're happy.

Posted by Boudicca at February 13, 2009 11:08 PM | TrackBack

Wait til they are doing black diamonds- you'll become an expert skier. It's amazing what you can do when you can't send the sons off by themselves.
If all else fails- pay a hot dogger teen to take them down one tough trail while you wait at the junction. The sons will be obedient to anything with the hope of one crud run, the teen will be vigilant & attentive to them to pick up a couple fins, and the bonus is- you get to film them coming down the bumps.
Ain't life grand?:)

Posted by: Anfa at February 14, 2009 12:04 AM

Very cool

Posted by: vw bug at February 14, 2009 06:28 AM

Sucks that your hubby is sick on vacation. Hope he's able at some point to join you and the boys for some of the fun.

Posted by: diamond dave at February 14, 2009 10:46 AM

Anfa- If we come again, I suspect they'll be at that level. And you're right, I can pay someone ot take them down! I'm very in touch with my mortality... ;-)

VW- They have never slept so well...

Dave- It does suck. He's going to catch up on a lesson this morning and then we'll all go out together tomorrow. I got him a good decongestant at the grocery store and he's getting better just enough that its taking an edge off.

I want him to enjoy this because... we paid for this trip in advance, in installments, and we'd not have come if we hadn't due to the economy. (And we used ff points for our flights.) I want to come back and if we save for the next 3-4 years we might be able to... so I want him to have fun so if I start putting little bits of cash away here and there, he's game.

Posted by: Bou at February 14, 2009 11:02 AM

Enjoy! The kids fly away before you know it.

Posted by: Bob at February 14, 2009 11:22 AM

Wonderful post! Love your "let's do it" attitude! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Posted by: JihadGene at February 14, 2009 02:33 PM

Welcome to the Yampa River Valley! Steamboat is fine town and Mt. Werner a delight to ski.

Picked a dang good time to come. Plenty of snow storms all along the Rockies have left a legacy of steep'n'deep champagne powder.

DW....over at SondraK suggested I check in and read your blog. Glad I did. Welcome to Colorado!
Hope your hubby isn't suffering from altitude sickness.

Posted by: Sven in Colorado at February 14, 2009 11:17 PM


Oh it is BEAUTIFUL here and the folks are so nice.

You are right, lots of snow storms and today we snowmobiled in one. THAT was interesting. Clear as a bell when we left and then BLAM, it was crazy snowy.

Its not altitude sickness, thankfully. Its just a nasty nasty cold. He works with the general public a lot and I think he caught it at work... it just kicked in here.

Posted by: Bou at February 14, 2009 11:59 PM