|Me, Jules, Patty, and Joan on the Elk Camp Gondola, Snowmass Mtn. in Aspen Colorado|
Skiing is challenging for me, especially learning it in my 40's, but damn it is fun. I think this is my third year skiing, but I really caught the ski bug this year and have been taking a break from winter paddling. In Snowmass I was pleased to find many lush blue groomers covered in fresh powder. It was incredible snow and the whole mountain has forgiving wide blue trails. I was intimidated before I got there; fell in love with the place when I got on the slopes. The champagne powder snow, so remarkable. We were told it was a 20 year snowfall. Feb 3 was a bluebird day and I took a good group lesson from a Snowmass instructor. My advice for anyone looking to step up is to get your own boots. It's been a game-changer for me. Another bit of advice - take a lesson at least once per season.
I am also continuing to learn to appreciate and enjoy jazz, particularly on the piano. In that spirit, enjoy this: