Friday, January 10, 2014

Making due, praying for snow

November, December and part of January, 2014

How do I even begin to write about the torture that has been our ski season this year? I've had one pow day (cue the angels singing):


And other than that, nada. My days of hitting rocks on groomers and working on my ginger bro tan (read: more freckles on the bottom half of my face) were getting a bit monotonous, so I found a few other things to do with my time:

I decided to fully embrace my status as an aspiring ski bum by transforming my truck into a Glamper...

Cute assistant, right?

... and christened it at Summer Lake Hot Springs, my favorite place to go when there isn't enough snow!

Splashing around in a 100° pool can be fun too...

It got cold enough to get in some novelty ice climbing at Paulina Creek Falls, for the second year in a row!

Andy killing it in tele boots

Me trying to look good

Ian working on his bloody face

Hanging out in Tahoe at the end of December was interesting. Not enough snow to ski, but not warm enough to comfortably climb either. Oh well, the company was excellent!

Yes, this really happened. Thanks, Court!

Jasmyn and Skylyn, the dynamic sister duo! Oh yeah, and Nacho!

I got to drive past Mt. Shasta four times in about as many weeks, and stopped in town on my last time through. I was trying not to look too much at my spirit mountain while it was missing its layer of white. So Kaya and I enjoyed some of the local culture:

Free spirit fluffy!

Fortunately for all of us it is snowing again! It's time to stop screwing around. Bring it on, 2013 - 2014 ski season!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Record Start for the 2013/14 Ski Season!

October 4th, 2013

Roll call: Enrique Casablanca, Kaya the Ski Dog, and Lindsey Clark

I caught wind of some chatter about a winter storm coming our way during the last week of September. Skiable snow in early fall? It couldn't be true! But it was... multiple feet fell at higher elevations in the few days spanning the end of September and beginning of October.

I absolutely had to be at work from Monday to Thursday, and I figured that a handful of people would get into the mountains, ski the new snow while it was around, and then it would be gone. But NO! The weather gods were smiling on all of us. The storm ended, and the sun came out... but the temperatures stayed cold! That meant that the skiing got even better as the thin snowpack consolidated on top of our lava rock slopes and inspired confident, early-season turns!

Enrique testing out the snow:

 Kaya laughing at all who lag behind her:

Kaya and I enjoying the sunshine up top:

Broken Top looking almost skiable in the distance:

Enrique topping out on another lap:

Not bad for early October!

So there you have it. All smiles and sunshine for my earliest start to a ski season ever! I really hope this is a sign of a cold, dark, and stormy winter season ahead!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bring On the Girly Fun Ski Time!

Have you heard of SheJumps? We are a national organization with the goal of increasing female participation in outdoor activities. SheJumps offers a variety of programs around the country, including outdoor education, youth initiatives, and lots of fun activities to get the girls out!

I had the opportunity to host two Get the Girls Out events in Oregon last season: winter and spring ski days at Mt Bachelor. They were both incredible! Fun, empowering, colorful, giggly, and amazing. Read all about them here:

Winter '13 Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor
Spring '13 Get the Girls Out Mt Bachelor

For the next year, I'm taking my involvement with the organization even further by being a SheJumps/Isis ambassador for 2013! I am SO HONORED to be a part of this new ambassador program, and look forward to planning more great events for the ladies of central Oregon!

I have lots of ideas up my sleeve, including some ladies' backcountry ski days! Counting down the days until the snow starts flying again : )