Saturday, December 27, 2014

3 Days, 5 Snowsports

In the past 3 days of Christmassy wonder we have managed to cram in 5 different snow sports. It's a Merry Christmas indeed!

Day 1: Christmas Day

Alpine and Telemark skiing - our Christmas tradition

Day 2: Boxing Day

More alpine skiing with the Sundance Ski Team and Nordic skiing up at the Sundance Nordic Center.

Sasha was approved to use poles at her next team practice - she is so excited!
Grammy and WanYing gear up and enjoy the Nordic Center. And the good folks at the Sundance Nordic Center kept WanYing's adaptive poles all ready for her!
WanYing would have gladly skied more, but after the first mile it was time to go adult-speed so WanYing kindly agreed to hop in the pulk.

Day 3: The day after Boxing Day (does 12/27 have a name?)

Snowshoeing and sliding snowshoeing at the Sundance Nordic Center.
For the uninitiated (don't feel bad, very few people have heard of sliding snowshoes - they're kind of a niche thing for people who need an excuse to buy more winter gear), sliding snowshoes are relatively short (130 cm) wide skis with a snowshoe binding, a metal edge up the middle half of the ski, and scales on the base for grip when going uphill.

There's nobody who really needs snowshoes, cross country skis, and sliding snowshoes, so clearly they were a must-have for our arsenal and I purchased them for Steve last Valentine's Day. The snow was fluffy enough today that he decided to pull them out and we had a blast (that is, he fell down a lot and I laughed from the secure post of my snowshoes. I tried to laugh quietly and when that failed made sure I was out of pole-stabbing distance).

But Steve definitely had the last laugh once we got up the hill and he got to make graceful tele turns down while I ran down the trail behind him and mostly succeeded in not tripping headlong into the snow.

So there you go, 5 snowsports in 3 days - alpine skiing, telemark skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and sliding snowshoeing!

So grateful for our adventurous family, for Utah's natural beauty, for snow, and for time together to enjoy it all!

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