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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Traveling to Tahoe, Whistler, Oregon and Vegas

Last fall, I got pretty burned out from traveling so much. Not only did I fly out to Mountain View monthly for LinkedIn, I also attended JavaZone, Colorado Software Summit and ApacheCon US (fun was had by all). In addition, I spent a week in New York teaching a class for GE.

Lake Tahoe, Skiing on Diamond Peak, North Shore Lake Tahoe
Photo from Webshots

At the end of the year, I resolved to travel less and so far I've been quite successful. However, something happened in the last week and now I'm traveling like mad for the next 2 months. This time, I don't think I'll get burned out though. Why? Because this time the travel is more for pleasure than for work - with two trips booked to help satisfy my New Years Resolution (ski more). In addition to a couple trips to Mountain View, I'll be spending President's Day weekend in Lake Tahoe. Two weeks later, I'll be meeting up with some friends at Whistler. Two weeks later, I'll be working remotely at my parent's house in Salem, Oregon. I'll end the whirlwind of traveling in Vegas for TSSJS at the end of March.

I'm really looking forward both ski trips. I've never been to Tahoe or Whistler before.

Posted in General at Jan 26 2008, 09:12:46 AM MST 7 Comments
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Just spent the day up at SkiBowl on Mt Hood. Snow was falling like crazy. The base at all the area hills is great, so don't skip if it you can help it.

Posted by Brian Mars on January 26, 2008 at 08:35 PM MST #

I didn't even think of bringing my skis to Oregon. Thanks for the reminder Brian - I'd love to ski Mt. Hood again. I haven't skied there in almost 15 years!

Posted by Matt Raible on January 26, 2008 at 09:43 PM MST #

This will actually be my 3rd year riding at Whistler/Blackcomb. I'd recommend picking up the Ski & Snowboard Guide To Whistler/Blackcomb here, http://www.whistlerguidebooks.com/. Pickup the Advanced/Expert edition. It's got a lot of great trails that you'd never really find just by using the paper trail map. One of my favorite spots would have to be Blackcomb Glacier. The sign reads: "It is just over 10.5km/6.5 mile(s) to the Excelerator Chair from the top of Blackcomb Glacier." To me it just speaks to the amount of terrain that is available on these 2 mountains. It's an amazing experience. If you want specific recommendations on areas to hit, let me know.

Posted by David Czarnecki on January 27, 2008 at 03:18 PM MST #

Our travel schedules are damn near the same... I'll be in Tahoe the weekend before you, and then in Vegas 3/13-3/16. Don't worry, I know I'll leave plenty of money behind in Vegas for you. :)

Posted by erik weibust on January 27, 2008 at 09:59 PM MST #

Unfortunate timing for Tahoe! Presidents weekend is usually a total zoo. Maybe you could stay a few extra days and catch some nice midweek skiing on Wednesday? Where are you going to ski?

Posted by Mick Huisking on January 28, 2008 at 01:41 PM MST #

Yeah, I expect it'll be a zoo at most resorts on President's weekend. However, I'm hoping if I ski the hard stuff (chutes, bumps, etc.), it won't be so bad. I don't know where I'll ski - I've never been there before.

Posted by Matt Raible on January 28, 2008 at 01:44 PM MST #

Was in Whistler over NYE. Amazing. Was crowded, but still not atrocious.....the mountain is a class act.... Peak to Creek is simply an epic run!....

Also check out the glacier chair over on blackcomb....I had fun on rock and roll(gets bumpy) and backstage pace......

cheers....

Posted by DanielHonig on January 30, 2008 at 01:22 PM MST #

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