Canada: Ski Trip!

My man-friend and I try to make it a point to see each other once a month… Long distance relationship, ya know? Since he’s lucky enough to live near some amazing skiing, and since my Sipinski* buds and I try to plan a ski trip every year, we decided this year’s destination would be Canada. Two birds. One stone. We had a blast skiing, they got to view some sweet Canadian scenery, and we all got to watch the start of the Winter Olympics.  Here are some photos:

Left to Right:
Abby, Uncle Doug, Mariah, Eric, Me, Man-Friend, and T & R
(Side note: my Man-Friend has 2 awesome little boys).  [Read more…]

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My Big, Fat Canadian Holiday

My man-friend is a Canuck and lives in Alberta, Canada. (That’s the province north of Montana for all those that had no clue where Alberta was and that it was actually a province. I’ll admit that I didn’t really pay much attention to Canadian geography until we started dating… It’s sad, but true.) I’ve been up to visit a few times now, but this particular trip was the most “Canadian” of them all. Here’s what we did:

Monday: Skate Skiing

OK, so cross-country skiing is very linear. Skate skiing is very ridiculous. When you see people do it, it looks really easy. Rhythmic. Fluid. It’s kind of like ice skating (gliding side to side with your feet) while pushing yourself with poles in your hands. Skate skiing on a level area is one thing. Skate skiing uphill is impossible… for beginners anyway. We did this for a while, then I was ready to be done. Skate skiing will be way more fun when I can actually do it and travel forward, not just flail around trying to remain upright.

Me coming back downhill… thankfully.

Tuesday: Cruising Banff and Climbing – things I’m considerably better at…

OK, the climbing is not so Canadian, but this climbing gym with 5.14 routes
speaks to the level of climbers and athletes in this area. #damngina
*somebody that can climb 5.14 is somebody that basically climb the wall in the room you’re sitting in. it’s no joke.

Wednesday: Skiing and Hockey

I watched. They played.

Thursday: Ice Skating Lesson

Note the hockey pants I’m sporting…
So HUGE, but so padded. They were glorious.

Friday: More ice skating

Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Saturday: More skiing.

Words like “toque” and “balaclava” are normal… and necessary.
Sunday: Back to the airport. In this weather:
That’s really effing cold -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any Canadians reading this blog?
You impress me.

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Things That Were My Jam Last Week…

This new blue coat that’s incredibly warm:

Skiing for the first time in a year,

with some of my favorite peeps
This fireplace, which was the first thing I turned on 
when I arrived in my room every day. 
Getting to hang in NYC with my TRX buds
and a dancer bud (Annie)
This piece of chocolate cake: 
This book (which caused me to cry in Toys R Us)
If you’ve never read it, you should. Just maybe not in public…

My friend, Mariah
who is still TRX Bootcampin’ it at 34 weeks. 
This cool way to check the weather on the hotel
hallway mirror before heading outside
And this Super Bowl ad: 
Yep… that about sums it up. 
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Work Hard, Play Hard, DON’T cross your tips

This week I’m skiing at Mammoth Mountain, in California. 
I used to come here a couple times a year when I lived in San Diego, 
but it’s been about 3 years since I’ve visited. 
I’m here with Ted & Ann! 
They drove up, I flew over, my man-friend flew down. 
You could say that I’m in a great mood this week..
On the Gondola 

Aprés Ski
And trying to remember the basics, 
’cause this is like my 6th day ever on skis
But believe you me, I’m shreddin’ the gnar…
*photos taken before my man-friend got here… you’ll see him… eventually ; ) 
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