Thursday, January 31, 2013

My happy place

11 years ago, this month, I strapped into a snowboard for the first time. This past weekend, I once again was back at my happy place: on my board on a mountain!
Having a car makes it so easy for me to now to take advantage of all the amazing mountains around here. Just two hours in the car and there was 3,000 vertical feet of awesome-ness in front of me. 
Mt. Sunapee was such a winner. 40 open trails, high speed lifts (what did we do without them?), and amazing conditions.
I think I had my best showing ever. I've always been tentative about connecting my s-turns (especially on steep terrain) and this time I was flying down the slopes on both edges!
It was so sunny (thank goodness for good goggles) and the mountain wasn't half as crowded as I thought it would be. I got in 12 runs (my goal for the day), including a double-black. I didn't realize it until I got to the bottom. It explained why it was so darn steep, but I made it down with no issues!
Honestly, I am just so darn happy on the slopes. My mind is actually 100% clear at times. Which, for my mind is huge since I usually have an insane number of ideas racing in my brain! I just take in the sights, the sounds, and the rush of the wind around me.
Sunday, we had perfect conditions. Minimal wind, temperatures above freezing (an improvement on past days), and recently fallen fresh powder. I think it was the ample powder that helped my form, having some powder to cut into helped me feel confident switching onto the front edge - it's all about traction on the board!
Now that I have hit the slopes once this season, I am chomping at the bit to get back out there again! So many mountains in the region to tackle!

Thanks Sunapee for a perfect day!!
Little by Little

21 thoughts on the matter:

Nicky @ said... {Reply}

VERY nice! I've never been snowboarding but sooooo want to try!!

Pieni Lintu said... {Reply}

I've not tried that, just skiing and that's fun too. :)

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

looks fun - but just for you! hee hee - I am not a fan of cold or snow - so no SNOW skiing for me!

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

You are so brave! I think I would be scared to death. It looks so fun!

Cindy P said... {Reply}

Wow! I don't think I would be brave enough to try snow boarding! I've never even tried to ski!

Pride In Photos said... {Reply}

You are a brave woman...snowboarding? I bet that keeps you in shape. Your images are so crisp...makes me want to come visit...well almost still a little cold☺ BTW...thanks for your encouraging words today on the memorial post. I so appreciate it.

Renae at simple sequins said... {Reply}

Tamar! wow! Great views and great photos! But you know that Utah has the greatest snow on earth, right? No, just kidding. It just the slogan around here to get the Olympic bid. I hope you get to go on those slopes more and more!!!!

Sian said... {Reply}

This looks so amazing!

Andrea Dawn said... {Reply}

Glad you got to spend some time in your happy place, Tamar. It is so not my cup of tea but I love your enthusiasm.

Deanna said... {Reply}

you go girl...what a great day to spend a day!!

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

I'm afraid I'm not suited for this kind of activity anymore, but it sure does sound fun and freeing.

Elaine A. said... {Reply}

Wow, you're amazing! I would be pretty scared to to that. And those views - stunning!

Karen said... {Reply}

Oh my goodness...I got so nervous just looking at that last photo! I'm in awe of your bravery, your youth and your clear mind :) You look so happy through your goggles!

Patrice said... {Reply}

Wow, Tamar, what an adventure!

Kathy said... {Reply}

So where did a Jersey Shore girl learn this talent?

Anonymous said... {Reply}

These are wonderful shots! It certainly is a beautiful place.

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

I can tell I am much older than you. 10 years ago my husband and I took snowboard lessons in Colorado, but after a few hours we were done...sore backs, sore legs and sore wrists from falling. It didn't help that our kids would go flying by on their boards to check on us. Beautiful pictures, glad you found your happy place!

Kimberly said... {Reply}

Sounds and looks like a wonderful way to spend a day!

Unknown said... {Reply}

What a cool experience! I love the idea of snowboarding, but usually spend most of the time on my tush. Glad you had such a great time!!!
~Sarah of Sarah Hulbert Style

Nancy Claeys said... {Reply}

That looks like so much fun!

Shoshanah said... {Reply}

I haven't gone skiing since college. And unfortunately, being in Louisiana they're aren't really mountains in driving distance. I would absolutely love to take a vacation up to the mountains, but unfortunately my husband isn't a huge fan of cold weather. So we'll see if we ever get that to happen.