I got my first turns of the year in this week at Bromley in Vermont. While visiting family for the Christmas/New Year's holidays, we took a trip to Vermont with my brother's family to do a few days of skiing. On Monday it snowed much of the day and night, and Tuesday's weather was going to be very cold with wind chills making things much worse. Three of us decided to give it a try and headed up with every inch of skin covered to protect from the wind. As we came down the first run of the day, there was a good 6+ inches of dry, soft powder on top of the groomed base. As I was heading down the run in temperatures and winds that were downright uncomfortable for humans, all of that fell to the background and I fell into the rhythm of soft snow and short turns around the sparse trees in a little stretch of trails from "Everglade" to "Glade". Sadly, that was to be the only run of the day, as my 2 cohorts decided it was just too cold and windy ... but that one run, even more so than my entire day of skiing the day before, reminded me of everything that I love about this sport! That 10 minutes or so of SHEER JOY is something that will tide me over and keep me motivated to focus on planning my next several ski trips. I can't imagine another sport that can generate these kinds of moments!!
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