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Skiing - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 17th, 2006

03:04 pm - Skiing

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I went skiing for the first time in my life this weekend. I went with hecateuse and the_sween. They had also not been skiing before.

We stayed in the luxurious Cottage 11 at Superior Shores. Superior Shores has been my family's favorite place to stay in the UP for maybe a decade. The current owners of the place are the nicest people imaginable. They are the ones who had the initial idea and really pushed for the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival.

Here's some words I emailed to apoxoncaptivity about the trip:

Our adventures up north were fantastic. I am VERY achey now. I've learned all the muscle groups that I need to strengthen. We foolishly denied lessons. We learned that hard packed ice snow with no powder is the worst possible kind of snow to learn to ski on. Multiple people told us laughingly multiple times "This is your first time? *chuckle* Well if you can learn to ski on this, you'll be experts when there's real snow." Basically since the snow was so hard there was no real way to dig the skis in and control the fall. So you just go faster and faster and faster and can only steer in the widest of curves. I never figured out to stop but I learned how to safely fall on my ass and pop the skis off. After a few hours of falling down the bunny hill we decided that although we weren't very good yet that we might be able to handle the beginner's slope. We didn't realize that the slopes at the porkies have the biggest vertical drop of any ski hill in Michigan or Wisconsin. The chair lift seemed to go up and up and up forever. We tumbled off the lift at the top (others were impressed that on our first time up the lift we didn't get bonked by the chairs behind us which is the usual newbie mistake). We enjoyed the view from the top, checked cell phone signals for fun, and then took the plunge. I started out going about 20 feet at a time and then falling on my ass (and this is a 600' drop). Eventually I got the hang of staying up and going REALLY FUCKING FAST until I panicked about the speed and purposely fell on my ass to stop myself. hecateuse was using the same strategy but one of her falls knocked out her knee. Until she got hurt she really was showing the most control and skill with the skis. She was capable of keeping her fall slower than the_sween or I. The ski patrol picked her up on a snow mobile and whisked her to comfort. the_sween was more of a daredevil/natural and really zipped down the hill without falling nearly as much. It was terrifying not knowing when we'd be at the bottom. We kept coming to ever steeper drops and couldn't see the end until we got there.

herbivorous drove me up to Madison but couldn't join us in the UP because she had to work on Monday. It was good to chat with her for a few hours during the drive though.

When we returned we ate at a fancy restaurant named "Firefly" in Madison. Then I took the bus home.

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From:assclouds
Date:January 17th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Nuh. I ran into the Boss-man at the Pig on Sunday night after the radio show -- only to have him tell me not to show up to work on Monday because it was MLK day. SFKHJBLSB LJKSBNLJK:WEHJNLSBF. If he'd told me that two weeks ago, and with the recognition that the "first day of the new schedule" would be a vacation day that I didn't have to work, well, I might have been able to break myself on the slopes with you guys. Did you grill in the snow? I really wanted to grill in the snow.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 17th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Nah. We just cooked brats on the stove in the cabin. We thought about grilling in the snow but it would have been both in the snow and in the dark and we weren't up to it.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 17th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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If you had been there you could easily have tipped the scales in favor of snow grilling as the_sween was all gung ho to do it.
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From:the_sween
Date:January 18th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was definitely up for grilling, but Don and Linda had already put the grills in storage for the winter anyway, so cooking inside was probably for the best.
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From:hecateuse
Date:January 18th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *crunch*

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:)
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From:poppins17
Date:January 18th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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There's a restaurant called Firefly?!?!?!?! Shiny! I must go. Any chance they serve chinese food? Man, if I ate meat, it'd be so awesome to go there and order 'fresh bau'!

Oh, and your trip sounds awesome too ;)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 18th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
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They serve asianish fusion food. They seem completely unaware of the irony.
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From:poppins17
Date:January 18th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
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mmmmmmmm... Mango and spinach risotto with pineapple relish! *swoon* Must..go...now.

I <3 irony.
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From:marezcharz
Date:January 18th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Glad you guys had fun! I had the same experience - learned on ice. Skiing sux (bad knee), snowboarding on the other hand rox!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 18th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
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I don't like the idea of not being able to escape the board. Having my feet strapped together while I hurtle down a hill is somehow scarier than being able to freely flail.

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From:marezcharz
Date:January 20th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
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you can still stop when you fall, not much difference to me

it's easier to turn and stop for me on a board - feels very much like surfing or skateboarding
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From:erikforperson
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
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Did you look up Annie while you were in Madison? I think she's still up there.....
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
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No, I was only in Madison in time to sleep on Friday and in time to eat dinner and catch a bus home on Sunday. The skiing was all done in UP Michigan. I'm going to go back to Madison in mid-February though to ski at a Madison ski hill...I'll definitely drop her a line about it.
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