So I hope that you all have been wearing your sunscreen, cause it’s been absolutely beautiful up here lately. I have had the fortune of being able to get out of the office a little lately and ride around the hill with journalists and photographers. I spent the last few days following Mike Mannelin and Scott Spiker around. For those of you that don’t know Mike is an amazing skier and Scott is an amazing photographer, I quickly learned my job was to provide comic relief for both of them and make Mike look like a more amazing skier when seen next to me.
We started out our morning by finding the small powder stashes hiding around the mountain, mostly this required myself and Mike to hike up and down some short steeps and make some turns while attempting to throw some snow towards Scott. You could not have picked a better day for hiking and I need to get in shape anyway. Plus you know what the proverbial "they" say . . . "A hard day of riding is better than an easy day of work", or something like that.
We proceeded up the Tram for some more sunshine, powder and spring snow. Tore it down Liberty and dropped into Screaming Left, which was still soft and powder on the North Side. Then we decided to take Middle Road to the base for some lunch at the Whiskey Jack. You know I laways think of the Middle Road as a scenic sleigh ride aroudn the resort and with the sun on your face it really doesn't get any better, plus I had Mike and Scott to pull me through the flat part. Lunch was delicious and I returned to the office with a full belly while Mike and Scott went back kout to take advantage of the bluebird day. If it's not snowing then at least give us sunny days and clear skies, eh?
I finished the work day later with the lunar eclipse viewing, near the Tube Park. Stephanie had Dr. Daniels to interpret the stars, hot chocolate, cookies, telescope, star charts, chairs and lanterns outside to provide the perfect viewing experience. If you missed it, the next eclipse is on December 20th, 2010, so put it on your calendars. Wear your sunscreen and get out there.