Things to do in Steamboat When You’re Stranded

February 28, 2007

1. Go dogsledding in the frozen Colorado tundra in the middle of a powder storm.

Enjoy friendlying up the sweet-natured husky-mixes as they are hooked up in their halters. Watch as said doggies become crazy-excited in anticipation of getting to pull a sled, barking and yapping and jumping for joy.

Talk to professional mushers about the ride ahead, discuss their experiences participating in the Iditarod, wish you could ask the dogs what it was like for them. Hope and assume it was as good for them as it was for the humans.

Have husbands go skiing while moms and kids dogsled, both to cut the weight of the sleds and to avoid resentment from disinterested dads (okay, okay, I know you said you were into it, but come on, we get it, we do). It was blizzarding, after all. Cut a deal with own husband such that he would hang with kids after dogsledding, allowing a private excursion into the virgin powder.

Note: smiling husband. Priceless.

2. Prepare for, and execute, two totally unplanned days of powder skiing. As in serious, champagne powder, as the locals call it, and believe it, they know of what they speak. Laugh when you can’t get your skis to move on the flatter terrain. Laugh some more when immediately after yelling out, “Check it out! Untouched powder!”, you feel your skis come to a screeching halt while you contine to careen forward. It’s called a “face plant” for a reason.

Be happy that you have really flexible achilles tendons and hamstrings, and continue on your way.

Since the extra ski days were icing on the ice cream cake, enjoy the first ever opportunity to sleep late on a ski vacation, eat a protein-rich, late breakfast and still get a heft portion of quality skiing in without ever having to break for lunch. Study trail maps in order to hit all trails that were begging to be skiied but would not have been skiied but for a serendipitous extended stay.

Be happy that the sun seems to always come out in the afternoon after the sky is done dumping two feet of powder. Be happy also for the fact that lift tickets go two-for-one at exactly 12 noon. Be happy not to be a morning person.


Be excited for your husband and friends’ safe return from that double black diamond run that requires a hike up a long, steep snow-covered trail because there’s no lift to take them there. Acknowledge their bravery.

Laugh good heartedly over the photos of them sliding down the steeps on their butts. That’s what butts are for.

3. Take kids to hot tub. Again.

Not that it is exactly a hardship. Be happy when you realize that no matter what time you start skiing, the lifts always close at 4 (some earlier, depending on how high up), and there is always time for a dip. Wonder, what is it about skiing and hot tubs? Why do they always seem to go together, especially outdoor hot tubs? Then ask why ask why.

Regarding the little ones and the outdoor tub: recognize that in order to provide the busy little hands with something to do other than throw snowballs into the hot water, provide plenty of empty water, soda and gatorade bottles for creative play.

4. Take that group portrait you had been meaning to take but hadn’t gotten around to.


(but try to get someone outside of the group to do it, or someone will get left out, like in this case, the husband)


That family portrait is a must as well.

Who knew there would be time for such things?

Oh, and don’t forget to get one of all the kids.

5. Enter (and win a gold medal in) the NASTAR (National Association of something or other having to do with skiing and racing) ski race.

6. Visit Steamboat’s downtown.

Wonder how it was that you didn’t have time to make it downtown the whole week you were there, and only found the time when you were given an extra two days, thanks to airline incompetence and extreme weather.

Eat Chinese food served by a midwesterner, drink hot sake without worrying about the high altitude hangover because tomorrow, you can sleep late and STILL get some “icing on the cake” skiing in.

7. Go back downtown the next day to take a dip in the Steamboat Hot Springs.

8. Practice your flute while getting a break from the sun and the wind. The folks back home don’t quite understand a goggle tan.

YC


Ego Trumping Vanity

February 28, 2007

Yeah, it’s not pretty to see the bare, untanned legs of a 40-something shrimp squashing down over her shoulders, hands splayed, feet flexed, dark roots showing beneath her braids, lighting so flat that any semblance of muscularity is obscured. And yet. I am so pleased with my progress in getting to a chest-down, chin-forward, flat-out Kurmasana, that I can’t help but show it off here.

Ego over vanity.

The pic was taken during one of our Ashtanga practice sessions during our 11-day Colorado excursion. Getting your flight cancelled is way underrated. The key is accepting the inconvenience and making it into a boondoggle.

More later.

YC


Stranded

February 26, 2007

Saturday:

Well, so much for the best laid plans. All flights out of steamboat have been cancelled due to inclement weather, which means we have to fly out of denver. Trouble is, we can’t get a flight until tuesday. Sigh.

At least we get another day or two of fresh powder (it snowed two feet last night and this morning). This morning we went dog-sledding while it snowed. Then Brian and I spent the afternoon skiing together. He introduced me to the vestibularly stimulating terrain park experience. And I prodded him to love the deep powder. Strangely enough, he prefers it packed.

Later…..

Sunday:

Well, it’s sunday mornings, and we would have been on our flight home right now but for the flight cancellation. One would think we would take advantage of our rotten luck and spend another day skiing. If it were up to me, we would. Unfortunately, we are instead looking for a flight out of steamboat so that we don’t have to drive four hours to denver in order to get a flight home. So far, the entire day has been one long “please hold for the next available agent”.

Oh, and we have to pay for two more nights at our condo, which everyone is bummed about. The kids are all chaotic, asking us to take them to a movie, to the candy store, to the hot springs. I say make the best of it. But no one else is really on board with that until we find a flight that doesn’t entail a four hour drive southeast to Denver.

And so it goes.

YC


Stranded

February 25, 2007

Well, so much for the best laid plans. All flights out of steamboat have been cancelled due to inclement weather, which means we have to fly out of denver. Trouble is, we can't get a flight until tuesday. Sigh.

At least we get another day or two of fresh powder (it snowed two feet last night and this morning). This morning we went dog-sledding while it snowed. Then Brian and I spent the afternoon skiing together. He introduced me to the vestibularly stimulating terrain park experience. And I prodded him to love the deep powder. Strangely enough, he prefers it packed.

Later…..

Well, it's sunday mornings, and we would have been on our flight home right now but for the flight cancellation. One would think we would take advantage of our rotten luck and spend another day skiing. If it were up to me, we would. Unfortunately, we are instead looking for a flight out of steamboat so that we don't have to drive four hours to denver in order to get a flight home. So far, the entire day has been one long "please hold for the next available agent".

Oh, and we have to pay for two more nights at our condo, which everyone is bummed about. The kids are all chaotic, asking us to take them to a movie, to the candy store, to the hot springs. I say make the best of it. But no one else is really on board with that until we find a flight that doesn't entail a four hour drive southeast to Denver.

And so it goes.

Yc

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Oh, and a bit of news, HOT off the presses

February 23, 2007

Greg will be teaching the 10-12 noon Mysore at Yoga Sutra starting a week from Monday.

So, all you Gregophiles….you can still have morning practice with Greg (just not as early).

YC