I took L skiing on Tuesday up at Summit at Snoqualmie. Schools are all out this week in the Seattle area. As a result, it was mobbed with kids who were mostly beginning skiers.
The resort had ONE green run open, and that one green run was a very short run. (The place has something like eight green runs in total.) The lift line was extremely long and chaotic, since it spilled outside the railings organizing it. In addition, since this was the easiest run, the lift was constantly stopping as kids fell getting on or off. They had no liftie helping get people on or off – they were all huddled in their little buildings.
It was 15 degrees. Two runs in, I was frozen and asked L how many runs she wanted to do. She said three more, and I thought privately we could maybe manage a couple more, but after the three runs (five in total), we were so frozen we could barely make it back to the car. It was BRUTAL and just not all that much fun.
(With that said, L did a great job skiing the green run. She is definitely capable of skiing easy greens at this point. I know some kids get there in a day, but we move a little slower in our family. I’m proud of her progress.)
Today, L was at a sleepover, so I took B down to Crystal. Crystal is 90 minutes away compared to Summit’s 45 minutes. It’s also more expensive and just generally more everything. But it’s just so much better. It had three lifts open supporting green runs, but the lifts were high speed lifts, and the runs were more like 900 ft instead of 250 ft, so you spent way more time skiing. And despite lots of people and kids skiing – minimal lines. It was just night and day. We had a great time. B mostly skied the bunny hill, but did have one successful run down the mountain on a green run. The greens are much tougher at Crystal than Summit, so I do think she’s making progress. And, most importantly, she had a great time.
I also had a great time. Crystal has the hardest green run I’ve ever skied – Queen’s Run. On my last trip, I mainly skied the easier runs and tried Queen’s once, and it was a bit hairy. Today I skied it several times and felt quite confident by the end. I think with one more full day I might be able to try the easy blues at Crystal. When I last skied, before L was born, I was able to ski the easy blues at Crystal, so I feel like I’m getting closer to where I used to be. I’m definitely not there yet, but I’m getting there.
But mostly, it was just so fun going down the mountain in the sun and fresh snow and just enjoying the spectacular scenery. It’s a good distraction from the various other things stressing me out in my life.