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Killington Freshie Hunt with the Family

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Spent the morning on a Freshie Hunt with my family :) perfectly groomed snow with a half a foot of the light & fluffy stuff on top!!May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains With You, Merisa

Snowmaker's Sunrise

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I tried for a gorgeous sunrise for my Friday morning dawn patrol, but the big dark cloud was emanating from the Guns of Superstar.  Bummer.  But I will take an army of K3000s over a stunning sunrise any day of the week!  Love playing in the manpow -- hopefully until June!! 

May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You, Merisa

Serenity in the Mountains

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"Do not seek to have everything that happens as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene." -Epictetus

May You Find the Spirit of the Mountains Within You, Merisa

Trip Report: When Mother Nature Sends Ice...Go Ice Climbing!

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I don't tune my skis.
I don't know why, but I have been thinking about it a lot lately.
Trying to figure out why I choose the challenge of dull edges instead of razor sharp 3 degree tunes that can slice your palm open if you carry them wrong.
Been there, Done that.

It has definitely changed my technique - but also how I look at the mountain.

Since Christmas, the skiing in Vermont had been solid.
Ugh.
Don't get me wrong, I love fast and hard in all facets of life.
But when mother nature brings ice,
One should go ice climbing!! And that is why I ski with dull edges.
Because it forces my very narrowly focused ski brain
To look to what else Vermont has to offer in the winter.
And since I know what locked on edges feel like,
I am convinced that I know when my axes are solidly in the ice.
Well, I am trying to convince myself of that anyways.

I am a horrible ice climber.
I am petrified of heights,
Have absolutely no trust in the system - no matter who sets it up,
My forearms are straining to swi…

Over a Foot of Powder at Killington (After the Rain Stopped)

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A Peaceful Dawn Patrol this morning for the 14" of snow that fell last night - after the rain stopped, that is.  Pitch Black until I was pretty much atop RamsHead.  I guess that's what happens when you're up at 5:30 waiting for the plow guy to finish making a space for you in the parking lot.  But, in the end, it was just me and the freshly fallen snow.  

A Quick Sunset Schuss

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It is so nice that Pico is closed on Wednesdays - Fresh tracks on a sunset schuss with good friends make for an awesome evening :). Here's to beauty of Earning Your Turns!

A New Adventure: the Future of FemaleSkiBum™

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This blog was originally a project designated for me and my Golden Retriever, Vespi.
It was an opportunity for the two of us to turn small daily walks into bigger and bigger adventures. To find interesting and exciting from the mundane life that is every day.
In the beginning, it was amazing.
V and I traveled everywhere, venturing deeper and deeper into the woods beyond our home, as well as the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondacks in New York.

But then Vespi got sick.

What were once multi day adventures turned into 30 minute tours around the pond or up the local ski hill. I took as many photographs of her as I could, cherishing these final moments that we could find ourselves, together, outside. Somedays were amazing and we would venture around like she was a puppy, others she would look at me with eyes that said she would go if she could.

And then, just two weeks after an ascent of Killington Peak,
Vespi was gone.

I hear the adventures calling and I try to find the …

Cold January Sunset

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I could be convinced that
the butt ass cold snow of January
produces the most glorious
sunrises and sunsets
of them all.