At the beginning of March, B checked a "first" off his personal life list, and went downhill skiing for the very first time. He's been wanting to try it out for a long time, and he took it upon himself to organize a ski weekend in Granite Peak for the two of us, plus 6 other close friends from here in Minne and from our former Chitown hood.
B was a natural, and by the end of day two, he was showing some good control, snowplowing and stem christie-ing his way down the mountainside. He accomplished more in a day in a half than many new skiers do during their first 10 times skiing.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to more or less get back into the groove without getting too banged up. I split my time with B on the blues and greens, and with some of the more advanced group on a handful of black diamonds without getting into too much trouble. Hooray for muscle memory!
Here's a shot of our dapper ski group! And, lest I forget to mention it later, I can check off "go down hill skiing" from my 2013 list! B and I are in the matching lime green helmets. Awwww, how cute are we in our matchy-matchy helmets!
In fact, B enjoyed skiing so much, shortly after the trip he went out and bought himsel!f this pair of badass Technica ski boots. And he literally JUST ordered a pair of skis while I update this post. He's a few steps ahead of me now on gear -- my existing gear is a good ~15 years old (not to mention taking residence in my Mom's house in MI), so I'm likely due to invest in some new boots and skis some time soon, since it seems we'll be enjoying more of this sport in the future. Next winter, we'll definitely have to plan a few more trips to make the investment worth while. In fact, there's talk of heading to Jackson Hole for NYE, 2013/14 (we'll see...that's a pretty big leap from the dinky hills of WI!).
We rented a house for our Wisco ski weekend, and had a great time imbibing and playing board games, like our old fave Telestrations (previously enjoyed during our weekend at Spicer Castle Inn), so I believe this counts for another item off the list -- #87 "host a game night"
All in all, a weekend of great fun AND two more items checked off my list!