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Last Blog

This will be my last posting on Brittany’s Blog. However, I will be continuing to post about our adventures on our blog. Frank and I were married in June, and it makes sense to now marry our blogs. We’ve also decided to merge our blogs to help our readers as having entries in multiple places can dilute our presence and hinder conversations that appear as post responses. We feel that posting our blog entries in one place will help 14erskiers become more self-sufficient and will help create an even stronger presence for us on the Internet.

I’d like to thank my readers for their ongoing support. Please continue to follow me at our blog!

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What we’ve got

We’ve been waiting for this. We’ve been waiting for far too long. On Saturday morning, we were awakened by the sound of a snow plow. The building shook as the mighty machine scraped the two inches of snow off the parking lot pavement and dumped it on top of our tiny snow banks. It’s been a bad snow year so far. There’s no debate about it. And while last year two inches of fresh felt like dust on crust, this year’s dry spell has made two inches feel more like two feet. It was declared a powder day.

We grabbed our skis and headed to the ski area. Yelps and smiles and shouts of elation were everywhere. Two inches became three inches and three inches became five as snow continued to fall throughout the day. I felt my edges carving through the newly fallen snow as if they were razor sharp, something I rarely feel on the man-made frozen congealed slop.

We made our way to the East River lift. “Scrape, scrape, brush, brush,” was the sound our skis made as we glazed over rock after rock and blasted through the small trees and bushes. The coverage was thin, but it was natural snow- natural snow with fresh snow on top of it. And that made it fantastic.

Last year we were spoiled. We would have either laughed or cried at the desperation we find ourselves in today, where skiing a black diamond bump run laden with rocks and bushes has been the highlight of our lift-served experience, where two inches of fresh is declared a pow-day. But, no skier on the mountain yesterday could deny that it wasn’t a good day. Because it WAS a good day!

Sometimes the best days are the ones that remind you what you’ve got :)

Good-bye 2011!

Happy New Year to everyone! While we welcome 2012, but at the same time, I’m sad to say good-bye to 2011. The past year has been full of some of the greatest and most memorable adventures. From a fantastic winter to finishing my 14er project, a spring full of fantastic skiing, our wonderful wedding followed by the perfect honeymoon, a fall full of fun riding and a few early-season pow-days. 2011 was simply a fantastic year for us. In tribute to the past year, I’ve put together a slideshow video showcasing the year’s highlights. Enjoy it :)

TR: Berthoud Pass Flashbacks (28 Dec 2011)

There is no doubt that the skiing conditions are uninspiring due to the season’s general lack of snow. But Frank and I are in the Front Range area visiting family for the holidays, and we decided to head to our old stomping ground – Berthoud Pass.
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As we made a quick stop in Downieville, wind blasted ice and gravel in our faces. I won’t deny that I nearly gave up just then. “Maybe we should just turn around and go back now.” But, we were almost there. Why not just stick it out and at least check out the actual conditions on Berthoud Pass? We were pleasantly surprised when we stepped out of the car on top of the pass- the hurricane we’d felt down valley was a mere breeze up high.

Frank and I last skied Berthoud Pass prior to the days of the warming hut. Ah, the memories of changing in the exposed parking lot, with snow and wind blowing all around, trying to buckle icy boots with frozen hands. Today, we decided to reap the benefits of this new shelter.
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So, the flashbacks of our old stomping ground continued as we began skinning.
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The views were beautiful despite the clouds and lack of snow.
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Belated Azores Slideshow Video

In continuation from our previous entry where we posted a slideshow video from the first part of our honeymoon in Spain, here is Part II of our honeymoon. We spent the second half of our honeymoon in the Azores, which are a group of volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These islands belong to Portugal. Enjoy the video!

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