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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Breck

What a great week of skiing at one of the highest resorts in the US. We arrived on MLK weekend and as expected the crowd from the front range had arrived. We caught the early lift and had most of the mountain to ourselves until around 11:30. When the slopes started being covered by rental wearing  people lying on the ground, we called it a day.
Happy legs at this point.

We skied in the clouds at the top and could hear the crunching of the snow under our feet.

Love the corduroy.

Fresh powder on  Centennial early in the day.

This one is for Krista. Chair number 1. We were #2.

She always wanted to ride chair #1 but how do you know if you in #1 are unless you know how many chairs there are.




We were in and out of the clouds with little or no lift lines.

First tracks in the Imperial Bowl in the clouds. This is the highest lift in the US.




A good way to rest the legs at the end of the day.
 
Good thing we packed the biofreeze, ibuprofen and heating pad.
 
No people here.
Or here

Great grooming never gets old
 
A day of laundry, grocery shopping and leg resting were due after 3 days of skiing. While heading to Silverthorne, my stomach started to grumble as we arrived in Frisco. Eggs Butterhorn and a sticky bun were calling. We did share.

A person can't grocery shop on an empty stomach.

On the ceiling


Another blue bird day.
 
 
 
We met with some friends from Colorado Springs. I skied with the boys until we met Renee for lunch. The boys wanted to hit some chutes. My legs were shot so the girls headed out for a nice run of our own. My last run of a fun day with nice people.
We got out early for our last day skiing with friends and were headed to Peak 10's expert runs. We had just gotten off the lift on a green run enjoying the newly groomed snow when Mike hit a divot made by the snowcats and blew out and hit that tree with his shoulder and neck. We find you relax more on the easy runs which gives you less of a chance to recover from an unseen obstacle. I was close by and was able to get to him right away and asked our friends to call the ski patrol which is right around the corner from us.  Until I could get next to him, I wasn't sure if he was unconscious or dead. We got his skis off and released his arms that were held down by the wrist loops of his poles that were under his back and released his helmet that was choking him before the patrolman arrived. After giving Mike a good head to toe assessment, he gave Mike his options for treatment. One that was to refuse treatment. I immediately said that was not an option because of the thoracic pain he was having. He opted to take the toboggan to the clinic at the bottom of the mountain for xrays. He was released with contusions after some good quick care by all.
 
The Ibuprofen, Biofreeze and massage have helped him quite a bit. But will be a few more days before we get back out on the slopes again. Now, we are enjoying just chilling out and having some quiet time. As I always say, "Life can change in a blink of an eye".
 
 
 
 

5 comments:

  1. The snow looks great and hard to believe it could be so uncrowded. Sorry about your friend and sounds like he dodged a bullet.

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  2. yep, I took a toboggan run long ago and really haven't skied since...

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  3. Thanks, Mike is actually my husband and is getting the itch to ski tomorrow since a big storm is brewing tonight. We will see how he feels. I too had my toboggan ride 10 years ago.

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  4. Well, I was reading along thoroughly enjoying your story until I came to the part about Mike hitting the tree! I'm so glad that he didn't suffer any serious injuries. Other than that, it sounds like you guys had a great time. That's a wonderful photo of you two.

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  5. It has been four days now and he was able to walk a few miles today. He is hoping for some easy skiing tomorrow since the snow has been light, fluffy and falling here in Vail.

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