Monday, November 30, 2009

Just the numbers

Today was so much like the last few days that I can't think of anything original to say, so I'll just give you the track and the stats: 59 minutes for 5,371 vertical ft and a season total of 23,535 vertical ft.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Deja vu all over again

With a couple of slight variations, today was a repeat of yesterday. Now I'm really hanging out for it to snow so some new terrain can be opened!

Here's the track. One hour and fourteen minutes and 6,139 vertical ft for a season total of 18,164 ft.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More of the same

No new terrain was open today, so today's skiing was very much like yesterday except not as good since it was overcast rather than sunny and being Saturday more crowded.

And if I was bored repeatedly skiing the same intermediate runs yesterday, I was even more bored today, so much so that I even skied a couple of beginner runs. Actually I have goal of skiing every named run on the mountain at least once this season. For the beginner runs, once will be enough. But hey, it's still skiing and before you know it the powder will be here and I'll be ready for it!

Here's today's track. One hour and three minutes and 4,453 vertical ft bringing the season total to an unimpressive 12,024 vertical ft.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A little more

Today the Gondola and Burgess Creek chair were opened adding a little more terrain to yesterday's very limited skiing.

Today's track consisted of three times on Rudi's/Lightning/Ego followed by a home run on Heavenly Daze and Vogue for 5,332 vertical ft in one hour and four minutes. Total vertical for 2009-10 is now 7,571 ft.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's back!

Today is opening day of the 2009-10 ski season in Steamboat.

It was cold early (9F/-13C) so I waited until mid morning when the sun had time to do its thing and it was a toasty 25F/-4C before heading out.

Only the Christie Express is running today and the only decent runs open were Vogue and See Me, so I did each once and then called it quits after a mere 38 minutes and 2,239 vertical ft, which was fine since I always intended to ease into the season. Even though I worked harder on my fitness this summer than in previous years, it's hard to fully cross-train for skiing; there are just some muscles you don't use for anything else.

The great thing about a season pass and living in a ski resort is you don't have to go flat out on day 1. There's always tomorrow (at least until the end of the season).

Word is the Gondola will open tomorrow.

Here's today's track.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Mum Visiting

My Mum arrived from Australia today.

She arrived via the Amtrak train from San Francisco, with Qantas taking care of the Sydney-San Francisco leg thanks to the miles I used to get her a business class ticket (I think she liked that a little better than flying at the back of the plane).

These long distance Amtrak trains are a black hole for taxes; but if my taxes are going to be wasted, they may as well be wasted on my Mum!

Sunday, November 01, 2009


We were out for a walk this afternoon passing by Casey's Pond when some movement in the water caught our attention.