Merry Christmas

Everyone is probably already tucked away in bed and I am just getting around to spreading some Christmas cheer -- ha! I hope that everyone had a fantastic day, and spent it with loved ones! 

This was my first year all alone, no family, no real friends. I was pretty bummed out -- yesterday (Friday) I got wicked bummed after I dropped Spencer off at the airport and realized that I am here in LA with nothing to do and no one to hangout with, AND that this would be my first Christmas not spent around snow. Sure, I guess you could consider that part of growing up.....but I am not ready to be that mature yet! 

After thinking about some different routes I could take in order to make sure I saw snow on Christmas I sent my dad an e-mail. Within a matter of hours he had hooked me up with 2 tickets to ski at Bear Mountain (THANK YOU SCOTT TOWSLEY) . Suddenly, I felt normal and complete again -- even if I didn't get those tickets I was going to figure out a way to get to snow. 
My friend Bo Wade and I have been talking about snow a lot lately, so this just turned out to be the perfect opportunity. Bo is a very talented professional flatland BMX rider...aka bike dancing, who I RANDOMLY met in a Vegas casino years ago during SIA. 

We left my house early, only to hit a few road closures, a hungry stomach, a gas fill-up and some silly directions with a handful of U-turns and a touch of frustration -- all that aside...WE MADE IT! I have never been so happy in my entire life to see snow. 

We got on the first chair we saw and were lucky enough to be pair with a single who was on SNOW BLADES!!! bad a**! hahaha! He sure wasn't messing around, he had a go-pro and EVERYTHING, he was even sponsored, that instance alone made my day. 

I wasn't mad that I didn't have edges, I wasn't mad that we got stuck on the chair lift, I was the most satisfied person on earth. It is amazing how comforting snow can be. It is a lifestyle -- something I am so used to, and to not be around it for a little bit can make you go silly. I sure do miss skiing a lot. I miss 'my people'. I miss the crazy antics that come with skiing. I now realize how much of a luxury it was to be able to ski 7 days a week for the last 23 years of my life if I wanted to do so. I also realize how much skiing plays a part of me -- this is something I will NEVER be able to give up. 

Bear was surprisingly fun! It reminded me of Echo, in Denver, met Boreal in Tahoe and Howlson in Steamboat and created a baby. The lines weren't bad at all, which was surprising! The features looked fun, I didn't hit any since it was my first day back on skis since good ole' March 10th -- the day my knee disagreed with me. I am a little sore, but that is expected. 

Thank you parents for making skiing possible for me this Christmas. I couldn't have asked for a better gift. I wish I would have been able to spend it with my family, but I guess it is part of growing up....right? Sometimes growing up is dumb -- I am starting to have the same mindset as Peter Pan. 
I am really looking forward to some quality time in Tahoe next weekend! 

I also enjoyed all my gifts and the friendly and love filled phone calls from everyone today! Sorry I didn't answer, my phone died. I miss everyone so much! 

I hope that you all had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! 


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