Snow Baker (February 9)

Snow Baker, as Genevieve calls it, has enjoyed a good snow season this year, but for some reason, we just haven’t been called up to enjoy it!

But the day arrived, a sunny Tuesday, when it was, at last, time to go and visit Snow Baker!

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A short walk over a hill led to this wonderful bowl, just perfect for containing our little sledders and snowboarders in fun and safety!

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And off they went, like they owned the place!

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Asher took the walk to the far end of the bowl, to tackle the largest slope first…Look how tiny he looks!

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After that, they stuck to the smaller slopes, with a shorter ride down, but a shorter walk up as well! (It’s important to consider both when you’re trying to maximize fun 🙂 )

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The view was not bad, if you like that sort of thing! Table Mountain in the distance, well-traveled snowy slopes in the foreground…

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A silvery ribbon of river far below in the valley…

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And an endless blue sky!

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I do like that sort of thing!

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Ahhhh, snowy-mountains-in-sunglasses!

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Warm sun, bright slopes, and thick snow lead to sweaty, breathless kids, ready for a rest and a snack and a drink in the shade!

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And then it was back to fun…This time on sleds instead of snowboards…

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Gradually winding down to snow-digging and snow-ball-making…

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And snow-reclining!

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I always forget the feeling of fun in the snow…The peaceful feeling of blissful awe at the beauty of the snow, the sky, the mountains…The pleasant feeling of muscles that have worked for the rewards of sled runs and snow forts and snowballs…The drowsy feeling of contentment that slows the pace of the day, and makes an hour in the snow feel like a day on the mountain…But once I feel it, I remember it, and it’s like coming home!

Of course, there’s also the feeling that reminds you that it must be about lunchtime!

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So we said goodbye to our little snow-bowl and drove down to the ski area for lunch at the lodge, hamburgers and sodas all around, with a second-floor view of the sunny ski slopes!

After a big lunch, and a bit of leaning-back-in-chairs-and-stretching-lazily, the kids voted to wrap up the day at Picture Lake.

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It’s a long and bumpy slope down to the frozen lake! The boys greatly enjoyed it, on both snowboards and sleds…

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And even Vivi requested to go down once or twice with Daddy.

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I went down once on a sled, nicknamed it the “Spin Cycle” (i.e., ragdoll-in-a-washing-machine), and promptly decided once was enough!

I found a small nearby slope for Genevieve…

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Where she would assume the “sledding position” and I would push her down the hill and then go collect her at the bottom!

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Down and up, and down and up, and down and slower-up, and down and even-slower-up….

And…..We’re done!

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Hahaha! When your children lie scattered across the snow, it is time to pack them up and take them home!

Hot dinner, hot showers, and snuggly blankets for all, the fitting ending to a glorious day on the mountain!

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