Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter, Friends, and Family

I've added a snorkel to my Christmas wishlist (not really, Mom - please don't buy me a snorkel). 40 inches in the last week - that's waist to chest for the average person. Living here sure is fun. I had probably the best riding day of my life yesterday, with the exception of every day on the MMC2P4 (the Mighty Mighty Coast To Coast Peak To Peak Pow Palooza) trip (that will NEVER be duplicated), and am looking forward to raising the bar with CB3 (the Crested Butte Boarding Bonanza) in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS (!).

Winter seems to be here (lots of snow and subzero temperatures), and I couldn't be more thrilled. Every day I ride here I'm finding new lines, crazy new features, exiting new zones, and some of the coolest glade runs I've ever ridden. This whole mountain is below the tree line (almost), which means when the goods open up in the coming weeks that I'll be playing in some sweet stuff. If you're coming to visit - get excited. If you're not - get out here.

My family is going to be here in less than a week, which is the coolest feeling ever. I'm incredibly excited to show all of them this place, and to celebrate a (hopefully) white Christmas with them here in Colorado. I've got the town pretty mapped at this point, and have a nice collection of things to do and places to go with the fam. I think they'll really like this town - there's something for everyone for sure.

Exciting news: Lila and I (she's the lovely girl I've been playing music with the last few weeks here in town) landed a house gig at the Princess (the historic wine and coffee bar here in CB) every Thursday night, which is going to be a lot of fun and a great way to spend a night each week through the winter. She's got an angelic voice (she'd hate me for writing that) and a very god sense of songwriting - I'm really enjoying playing with her. And the free wine doesn't hurt.

Here's to friends and family coming to visit in the coming weeks.

Things to do with the family when they're here:
- show them the gym and all the plans I've got in store
- dinner at Maxwell's (definitely my bar here in town), where my dad (the cyclist) and my grandfather (the Marine) can talk with Peter, the owner, who is a cyclist and Marine
- a Christmas Eve show at the Princess
- riding with the dad and brother (first time in way too long)
- a martini with my Papou (still one of my favorite things in the whole world)
- spinning with my Dad (I'm hoping to take advantage of the altitude and hammer the old man)
- (maybe, if I can shelf my ego for the sake of my mom's company) some Nordic skiing with my mom
- teach a core and flexibility class with my mom in attendance (I can't wait)
- coffee at Camp 4 with the whole family - I know my dad has been looking forward to that one

Things to do with the CB3 Crew and my brother (the PG rated list):
- ride like crazy on Mt. CB - I'm going to show the east coasters what's what
- build a gnarly backcountry booter and spend a low key bluebird day hucking ourselves into the white stuff. The less adventurous of the group can play in the snow and watch us get reckless
- get some legit backcountry riding done up at Monarch or Kebler. Again, show the east coasters what's what
- hot tub party at Le Chateaux
- a show at the Princess
- midnight hike up to the Ice Bar follow by some true night runs in the moonlight down to the base. So excited for this. The best part? The moon is full on December 31. What a way to ring in the new year.
- compete in the New Years Eve Rail Jam. Amped.
- dinner at Slogar (you can't understand unless you've been)
- Canadian Polar Bears at the Ice Bar followed by a ride up to the High Lift and some ridiculous turns first thing in the morning
- adult tubing on the CB tubing hill
- adult sledding on the ridiculous hill right behind my house. We may even build a jump - watch out
- whatever the team decides is the next rad thing we all get into. It's gonna be good

Keep your tips up.

Currently listening to: Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
Currently reading: The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering The Lost Arts Of Leisure And Pleasure by Michael Flocker

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