Saturday, February 4, 2006


I went skiing for the first time in over 10 years. I had to load sound equipment at NewSong this morning so I could only go to Snow Summit for 1/2 day of skiing. I don't think I've been to Snow Summit for over 15 years but I still remember the drive and everything looks the same. The snow was not too good today; it was too warm so the snow was pretty wet. I had only bought boots (and thermal underwear) at the ski show so I had to rent skis. The 1/2 day lift ticket was $50 which is a lot more than I remembered and the ski rentals were $18. I did get to use the snowboarding jacket I bought at the Columbia factory store in Portland.

Since I didn't get there until 1:30pm, I only got to ski for about four hours which was going down Summit Run about 8 times. I was wearing jeans so I didn't want to push my luck on black diamond runs. I did go down Miracle Mile (intermediate) once but the snow as really clumpy and I couldn't see very well since I was only wearing my glasses. There were a lot of people on the slopes and since they made Summit Run a beginner's run, there were lots of people sitting down with their snowboards. The lift lines were pretty short though so maybe it took people a long time to get down the slope. Hmm...

The drive from home only took about 90 minutes. In high school, I remember meeting at Haley's house at 4am to go skiing at Snow Summit. I also remember Carlos losing control of his car on the way up and crashing into a guardrail. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago.

View of Big Bear Lake from the upper portion of Summit Run

Looking back up the slope from the same place

Notice that there is only snow on the runs and not anywhere else. Hurray for snowmaking!


ocgal22 said...

even though it's "just" snow summit, i have only one thing to say -- i'm jealous

totochi said...

yup... 90 minute drive vs. 8 hour flight to Korea or NZ :)