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Posted on April 7, 2014 by 6 Comments

Bode hit The Cirque. This has been on his list since we got here and the day finally arrived. From the top of Parsenn Bowl, he rode a snowcat out over to the south headwall and dropped straight down.

He was with the ski team, so Angela and I didn’t make it. No photos this time.

He’s giving us tips for when we eventually go up with him: no turning, just point straight down, ignore the butterflies. Sounds easy enough. We’ve still got a few weeks to make it happen.

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Mini Snowmobiles

Posted on April 4, 2014 by 1 Comment

So these things actually exist. Miniature snow machines for kids.

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Bode and Elden got to pick their own sled and hit the track.

Apparently, the stock machines can go up to 35 mph, but these were governed at about 20 mph. Of course, it didn’t take long before we heard stories about the one guy in town who souped-up his kid’s machine and it can now break the sound barrier. All good fun.

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20 years later…

Posted on April 2, 2014 by No Comments

That was the last time Scott, Travis and I were in the same room.

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Travis came up from Dallas to do some boarding and Scott made the long haul all the way from Boulder (okay, actually Telluride this time) for a little reunion.  Funny – after 20 years, it really didn’t seem like any time had passed or much had changed. We’re still just as immature as before. Just a few gray hairs (mostly mine).

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Tricks

Posted on March 18, 2014 by 1 Comment

Most Friday afternoons in the winter involve a ‘rail jam’. All the kid’s who aren’t worn out after a full day of skiing do tricks for prizes at the base. Up until now, Bode was always worn out at the end of the day, so we never made it.

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This was the last one of the year, so his ski team buddies insisted he finally stick around.

Since he didn’t really know any tricks, it was time to learn. It’s a supportive environment and all the kids are trying to mimic what they see the other kids doing. High-fives were going around. Meanwhile, a DJ was spinning tunes and providing play-by-play commentary.

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His first attempt was a single grab. A good place to start. He doubled down on the grabs the next time and we learned it’s called a ‘truck driver.’

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The, he decided it was time to up his game. We were only 20 minutes into this thing. After a few attempts, he landed his first 180.

In less than an hour, he built a little repertoire and even won a T-shirt. If you happen to be up here with a kid on a Friday afternoon in the winter, stick around for the mini rail jam. It’s cool.

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#3

Posted on March 17, 2014 by No Comments

Since we’ll be crossing some borders in the near future, we decided to verify that we didn’t have any surprises in our passports. Surprise! Bode’s will expire this summer. The kid is 8 and is already on to passport #3. Time to go to the post office.

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The Fox and the Magpie

Posted on March 15, 2014 by No Comments

From our back porch this morning… somebody had an itch needing scratching.

I think we’ve maxed out our up-close canid encounters for the past year.

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No Escape

Posted on March 12, 2014 by 2 Comments

That day when you realize that your kid can kick your ass and there’s no way you’ll ever catch up again.

I didn’t realize it would come so soon.

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