Was in Vail last weekend. Skiied the Talons Challenge – what a great time. Thirteen black and double black runs in one day, 23,000 feet of vertical. Was quite sore and slept really well that night. Got a free beer, brat, hat and pin, plus got my name on a plaque for all eternity. Did the event with two fraternity brothers. We had a great time.
I had my skis tuned the night before, and they actually de-tuned them, so they were like skiing on rounded edges, no purchase on ice whatsoever. Made for some extra challenges. I’ve been skiing since I was seven, lived in Colorado for five years, and raced on the ski team in high school, so can get around all right on the slopes. Had a discussion on religion in the bar after, my good friend Paul is very liberal and a great debater, always have terrific discussions with him. Stayed in my buddy Brinks’ (known as Stinks or stinky all through college-his wife isn’t too enamored with the nickname, however it is appropriate, especially at altitude) in-laws place in Edwards, several million dollar joint and wonderful people to stay with, warm friendly and generous. The fellow Rich is 62 and did the Talons Challenge with us – actually faster than us as he did it with his buddy. Amazing. good to live in a ski town! The event was cool – they had people at the bottom of the runs to punch your card around your neck after each run. Also a tent with marathon-like snacks and gatorade, plus music pumping. Was very cool, glad I got to go, have been talking about it for years. Also was great to hang out with Stinky. Gave him a new name, The Stink Machine, which in my opinion and his, is hilarious. He pictures a machine with a giant crank that emits odor as you crank it, so he insists that when you call him that you make a big cranking motion.
I booked the flight on miles – and accidentally booked out of Rockford Illinois! Whoops. 1.5 hours from chicago by car. Actually less, an hour twenty – and free parking. I got a spot 50 feet from the check-in. I think I saved money over cab fare – and the blue line to Ohare from dontown is an hour, plus the walk to the check-in is forever and then to the gate is forever, draggin skis and a heavy bag – so I think it is actually a wash – with 5 gates total at Rockford international, I was seated and ready to board in one hour forty minutes after I left my home. And had to carry my bags and skis just a short distance. Very cool, I’d do it again.