First day on the slopes

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

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I skied today.  It's the first time I've been on skis since I spent a month in Frisco, CO two years ago.  I got into town fairly late yesterday and then had to lug everything up three flights of stairs so I was late getting to bed as well as getting up today.  Then this morning I had to dig out the ski clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.  As a result, I didn't get started skiing until around noon.  I'm here for three weeks so I don't have to ski every minute.

The trails are covered but I can't imagine it's as deep as it normally is this time of year given how little snow there is at the bottom of the mountain.  It was somewhat crowded today, as is to be expected on a weekend.  It was sunny in the morning but had gotten cloudy by the time I hit the slopes.  The snow was quite hard.  It was a lot like typical Eastern skiing conditions.  My guess is that they've had a few days above freezing lately but today the snow stayed solid all day.  It was fairly windy all day.  Hardly ideal conditions but certainly skiable.

I went up the lift closest to my room, cut across to the gondola I've used in the past when I've had to drive to the lifts from a room in Frisco and headed for the part of  the mountain I most often ski.  As I was on what was effectively my first run, since the first two runs had just been to get to where I wanted to ski, I suddenly found myself on my side sliding down the slope.  I didn't know what had happened but, as I was sliding, I saw a ski sliding down next to me.  Since mine were still on my feet, I was sure that someone had hit my skis from behind although I didn't see or hear him either before or after he hit me.  Not the best way to start the day.  I managed to avoid falls the rest of the day. 

Keystone has something they call EpicMix for their season pass-holders that gives you a report of how many vertical feet you skied as well as the times you got on each lift.  I normally set my Suunto watch to record how many vertical feet I ski and how many runs I make.  EpicMix and my watch didn't quite agree.  It turned out that EpicMix had missed one of my lift rides.  They allow you to edit your records and, since I knew exactly which lifts I had taken, I was able to make the correction.

The corrected records showed I had only skied about 25,500 vertical feet today.  I skied for less than four hours today before I decided that my legs had had enough for the first day and headed back to my room.
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