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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.

Skiing in Colorado - it's looking good this year

The last couple of weeks have been frustrating. Actually, it's really been the last couple of years. You see, I live in Denver, Colorado - a city that's close to some of the best skiing on the planet. Furthermore, skiing here is pretty cheap. Starting about 10 years ago, all the resorts reduced their "season pass" prices from thousands to hundreds. You can get a ski pass to Keystone, Breckenridge, A-Basin, Vail and Beavercreek (5 mountains!) for a mere 350 bucks.

When Julie first moved here, we were pretty regular skiiers. We both got passes and went skiing almost every weekend. In 1999-2000, I worked for a .com that had a "9-inch" rule, where we got to go skiing whenever it snowed more than 9 inches the night before. This happened to coincide with one of the best ski seasons ever, and we managed to ski an average of 3 days per week (including weekends). Needless to say, I went from being a decent "black skier" to skiing chutes and bumbs with ease.

Then the kids came. The first year it wasn't so bad. When Abbie was first born, I had my first book deal, and I started AppFuse - so I didn't notice the winter pass me by. That was the first year I didn't buy a pass in quite a few years. The next year, I made sure to buy a season pass and barely got my money's worth (only skiing 5 times). I bought one again last year, and still only made it up 4 times. This year I didn't buy one.

For the last 2 weeks, I've gotten a 9" snow report in my inbox almost every day! It is dumping in Colorado this year and looks to be one of the best ski seasons ever. This year I'm planning on taking Abbie up with me, and getting her started on the "slopes." The problem? Why haven't I been up there yet? Work - how bad does that suck? And it's not real work IMO. It's open source and conference preparation. Ugh.

I need to get in shape, I need to find a client with a 9" rule - and I need to get to the hills! Ahhh, the good ol' days. I miss 'em.

Vail

Note to self: mountain biking and skiing should have a higher priority than any of this career mumbo jumbo. ;-)

Posted in General at Dec 02 2005, 07:54:55 AM MST 6 Comments
Comments:

I remember when I used to have time for hitting the gym three times a week and running when I wanted to (not to mention cooking healthy food). Now I hardly get to the gym at all and my fitness has paid the price. That whole "balance" thing can be tough. :)

Posted by Rob Sanheim on December 02, 2005 at 09:38 AM MST #

thanks for rubbing it in.

Posted by little burke on December 02, 2005 at 01:20 PM MST #

Amen to that! I'm hopefully going to get my first real snowboarding in three years in about three weeks and I can't wait. Must be driving you crazy to be so close yet so far away! At least, I'm on the east coast and so far, I haven't seen any of the fluffy white stuff out my window, tantalizing me!

Posted by Chris Laprun on December 02, 2005 at 05:24 PM MST #

The last time i said i normally dont read private things of bloggers, but this one is nice ;-) I am also a ski fanatic and in about 3 weeks, my ski season is starting with 8 days at Austria (Saalbach) and then in February 8 days in France (Trois Vallee - 600km of slopes) and then, 3 weeks later 7 days in Switzerland (Grindelwald). I worked hard this year and now the gratification is coming.

Posted by Marc Logemann on December 03, 2005 at 02:52 PM MST #

I like to ski but live in Indiana. *sigh* Enjoy.

Posted by Mark on December 07, 2005 at 09:19 AM MST #

Noone ever got into heaven for monkeying around with open source code...

Posted by Alonso on December 11, 2005 at 10:55 PM MST #

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