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In the days surrounding Christmas, we attended various family gatherings and split our time between
We hit the mountain around mid morning, and kicked things off with several runs on the Snowflake Lift. The temperatures were quite nice, just a bit below freezing, and with the new snow it seemed like it would be a great day out for Dylan (and Ty for that matter). I checked the depth of the new powder and found about 4 inches in the Snowflake area. At the top of our first run, Dylan started skiing down the hill a little on his own, and Ty was so worried that he would get out of control that he threw his body in front of him to stop his progress. It looked like something that a secret service agent would do for the president, and it was nice to see that Ty was watching out for his little brother. It did work to stop Dylan, but it was also sort of comical to watch Ty flail himself on the slope. We found the trail conditions to be very nice packed powder over in the Snowflake area, with untracked powder off to the sides where they hadn’t groomed.
After our fourth trip up the Snowflake lift, Ty and I decided to head over for a run off the Vista Quad while E took Dylan in for a break. I was thinking of making the trip a little more interesting than just taking the Sprig O’ Pine trail, and with some fresh powder, I was inspired to hit a little woods shot that I’d been eyeing between Sprig O’ Pine and the
Ty and I then hopped on the Vista Quad and did a run from the
After lunch we headed up the Vista Quad again and worked our way over to make another run in the Turnpike/Wilderness Lift Line trees that we’d enjoyed before. We got to show E the route we enjoyed and everyone had a chance to get in on the powder. We finished off the day with a couple of runs from the Mid Mountain Chair because Ty wanted to try out some of the features in the Kid’s Park. We’ve decided that it is a big hassle to get over from the bottom of the Wilderness Chair up to the bottom of the Mid Mountain Chair carrying two kids and a bunch of ski gear – especially when the kids are getting tired toward the end of their day and are no help in the process. We’re not looking to repeat that any time soon. Once we got to the lift and up the hill, I took Dylan around on the Sprig O’ Pine route, while Ty and E went through the
Dylan was really cooked by the end of that day – his legs were shaking on the last run and E and I were surprised that he hadn’t wanted to quit sooner. Fortunately he was able to take a nap as soon as he got home (or he may have even fallen asleep in the car as sometimes happens). When he got up from his nap he actually had trouble walking at first because his legs were so cooked. E said it was rather comical, because when he got up from his nap and tried to stand, his legs crumpled and he crashed to the floor. So even after waking up, he needed to relax on the couch for a while. After resting for a spell, his legs recovered and he was soon running around the house with Ty. It’s interesting, but I don’t recall Ty ever pushing himself to that extent when he was Dylan’s age. Whether Ty just stopped skiing earlier, or had a different level of stamina at that point I’m not sure. I believe that Dylan skied every run with us that day except for the first one on the Vista Quad. The altimeters logged 8 runs, with 3,990’ of descent on the Avocet, and 3,970’ of descent on the Suunto, for a difference of just 0.5%. So, for Dylan, his vertical for the day would have been around 3,000’, which is probably about as much as he’s ever done. I checked back in my reports from December of 2006 to see what Ty was typically skiing for vertical at this stage, and although it doesn’t look like I was archiving my altimeter data, I can get a pretty good estimate from adding up the vertical of each lift ride. Coincidentally, while most of Ty’s skiing was done at
From reading my old reports, it looks like the roughly 3,500’ of vertical that Ty skied at Lost Trail on January 2nd, 2006 was quite a big day for him at the time, and definitely enough to tire him out. So, I guess Dylan’s ~3,000’ of vertical from December 28th was more substantial than I’d realized. In terms of ski technique, I can see from my reports that both boys were on the leash at this stage of their progression. However, from the pictures associated with the December 24th, 2005 report from
While the ski day was more than sufficient for Dylan, it certainly hadn’t tired Ty out enough because once we got back down to the house he was quickly on his new sled. The boys had received a couple of saucer-style sleds for Christmas, and Ty was anxious to get on his and use it in some of the recent powder that had fallen at the house. E and I spent some time out there with him while Dylan napped, and I shot some pictures of Ty taking some runs off a jump we’d built. It was quite a day on the snow for Ty, but at some point even he got tired and called it quits.
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