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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A little bit of snow

It's hard for me to believe it's really the holidays with all of this sun and warm weather! To make it hit home a little more, we headed off to the slopes the day after Thanksgiving. Sure, there were only 12 inches of snow at our SoCal ski resort (which we visited last winter), but seeing that little bit of snow made us smile. Maybe it is December after all!
It was bright, sunny, and 55 degrees that day at Mt. High. We didn't even need our coats until the sun went down on the other side of the mountain and put us in the shade. Who said snowboarding had to be freezing cold?
Since my 17-year-old brother of a snowboard instructor was two states away and we already learned that husbands are not meant to teach wives, I bought a beginner's package and made my first visit to Winter Sports School. For less than the price of three lift tickets, I got the lift tickets, rentals, AND a two-hour group lesson each day. This turned out to be an even better deal when my "group" was just me and one other girl. Needless to say, it was a rather effective lesson! I can now go both heel side and toe side, and am working on my turns. Baby steps, you know.

(PS: It turns out my instructor fully agreed with the whole "boyfriends/husbands shouldn't be teachers" thing. She was cracking me up every time we'd go on the chairlift, because she'd hear a boy give a girl instruction and then yell down and say, "No, that's not right! Do X instead!" ... from forty feet above.)
After my lesson, I graduated to higher runs and showed Matt all of my new skills.
I can make it all the way down the mountain at above a snail pace without biffing it! This is obviously a major accomplishment, and Matt was very impressed.
Of course, he's always three-upping me with his fancy tricks and such. I love watching him have so much fun. Unfortunately, I only got this one blurry picture before the camera died. I guess we'll just have to go back soon.
We stayed at the resort for a little night boarding before taking off to Fresno, where I covered the state cross country meet in pouring rain that Saturday. And just to document our trip to the middle of the California, where we may never go again, here's one of the pictures I took for the paper:
It was a great holiday weekend!


  1. Funny that your pictures of snow in California would make me homesick for Utah! Haha. California really does have it all... from the beach to ski resorts! Amazing! You look really cute while snowboarding... I could learn a thing or two from you. ;)

  2. Oh friend, you two love birds are just living the dream. I like to read your blog, then close my eyes and pretend it's me!haha
    And A journalist! Way to go. HOw fun for you, and sports on top of that, super jealous. I LOVE California, I grew up there, it's beautiful. Keep updating, so I can keep dreaming:) And good luck with your new dream job!

  3. I am a new follower!!! Saw your feature on Liv's blog!! I look forward to learning more about you!!

  4. I'm a new follower from the feature on Liv's blog -- look forward to reading more about you and getting to know you better!

    have a fab friday :)

  5. Looks like you had a great time! I am a new follower over from Olivia's blog! I can not wait to get to know you better. You and your husband have the similar but opposite jobs from my husband and me. I am a civil engineer and he is a high school coach... :)

  6. i'm dying to snowboard with my man! he's gone to a mountain this weekend. just wanted to say hi! i'm a new follower :) love your interview over at liv kits!

  7. I am your newest follower from LivKits blog!! Great pictures and your blog is super cute!! I look forward to reading more! Have an awesome day!

  8. I am a new follower as well! :) I was born and raised on the East Coast. My husband and I moved to SoCal because he is in the military as well :) Have a great day!


  9. All the pictures are great!!! How fun :)

  10. wow ashley how are you getting all these new followers? I wish i had that..i need more people to comment on my blog. Well, not need, just want. Super cute snowboarding pix! When I learned in CA I had a lesson and it def helped. I might have to take lessons when I move to Utah because I am not so skilled as I once was, since moving to Az ;-)

  11. I'm a SoCal girl too and we're planning a snow trip too. Need to get into the holiday spirit in the snow when it's so warm out!! :)

    I'm your newest follower! Congrats on 100 followers!!


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