It doesn't have anything to do with skiing, but a very cool thing happened yesterday.
As I was driving out of my lane early yesterday morning, I saw some movement in the trees next to our gravel road. I stopped to look and there was a full-grown mountain lion right next to my car.
The cat was coming out of the woods and was going to cross the road, but stopped right by me in plain view. It then ducked through a buckrail fence and slowly walked parallel to the road for about twenty yards. At that point, it crossed the road and stopped for awhile, looking back at me. It was a big, healthy cat that moved with incredible gracefulness. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
There's a man who maintains the neighborhood irrigation structures who drove up behind me and also saw the lion. He and I talked for a few minutes and he said he's from New Mexico and has seen a lot of mountain lions. He said this one was very big. We live in a forested river-bottom area along the Snake River in Jackson Hole and we have a herd of several hundred elk that live in the vicinity. The theory is that this mountain lion is hanging around trying to pick off baby elk calves.
Anyway, I've never seen a live mountain lion and have always wanted to. To get that close a look at such a beautiful specimen was a real thrill.
I didn't have the camera, of course, so there's no pics.