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Wasatch Powder Flu

Who cares what the weather forecast says, it seems if I blog about skiing, the storms keep coming. Last Sunday, we were exhausted after another amazing weekend of powder, then woke up Monday to a surprise storm. Although I'm in the same state this afternoon and temps are nearing 40F, I'm hoping a blog full of ski love does the trick.

So, back to Monday morning and the sleeper storm. I went out to snowblow and got a little touch of the Wasatch Powder Flu when I realized we had over 6" overnight and it was still coming down. I quickly came inside, confirmed almost a foot on the mountain, then infected Terry. We took care of emails, made a few excuses, and headed out to look for a cure.

Just need a few "sick" hours to try & shake off the Wasatch Powder Flu

Responsibility kicked in just in time for me to catch a lunch meeting and then we both worked into the night, but the powder shots that morning were worth it. I only had one day of travel this week compared to the prior three weeks of craziness. It still wasn't a simple 8-5, but at least I slept in my own bed every night and stuck to my training plan. I shifted my schedule to support a colleague in Australia through Wednesday and then spent all day Thursday in Seattle.

Groundhog Day - at least 6 more weeks of shoveling camp
So many vegan options in Seattle, including these Banana Pancakes topped off at the fruit bar!
Sending silly photos back to the office

Saturday was not only our regular rendezvous with Team Green & Red, but there were several events to keep us occupied. There were a couple kid's races and the Snowboard Grand Prix at Park City, then the FIS Dual Moguls at Deer Valley. The first two involved Team G&R VIPs, while the last two brought out Olympic level athletes from around the world. We are fortunate to have a "stay-cation" every single weekend, which easily outweighs our frustration at Vail Corp, tourists, and traffic. Plus we've lived here long enough to know the secrets to avoiding the crowds and chaos.

Team G & R plus Hazel (the smallest singles rider ever)
Same trees from Monday's powder day pic. Still some fresh turns to be found on Saturday, but had to work for them.
Team Elise
Elise on her way to a Cookie Medal
Berkley on Blue Course going for the win
Grand Prix Superpipe - final prep work before competition starts
Check out Chloe Kim's history making run here.
FIS Dual Moguls - Preliminary Rounds about to start

We decided to leave the powder skis in the truck today and let the carvers run. We moved around the mountain as the crowds grew, cranking turns and smiling in the sunshine. We had several interesting lift rides. Many were with locals lamenting the new ownership, but at the same time we were all on their mountain enjoying the day with no intention of "striking" so there was really no point grumbling. Our favorite conversation was with an older couple from the UK, both civil engineers. He's working on a PhD, had never met a person from Montana (until me), and they were just lovely. Looking back, we missed an opportunity to invite them to dinner and learn more about their achievements. Moments like this, fun with friends every Saturday, and Olympic caliber events are just a few reasons we live here and will never shake the Wasatch Powder Flu.

Carver Day
Silver King Smiles


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