I do not profess to know how one goes about writing horoscopes, but here's what mine must have been for today.
Today the cosmos will align for your benefit. Go outside and reap your rewards.
And so it was, the moon, stars, and sun we all perfectly aligned and I was rewarded. In this case the elements in order included:
Our waking up at 10,000' less than a football field's length away from the lift.
A cloudless bluebird sky.
And this snow report:
Summit Base Depth : 110 inches
Last 24 Hours : 5 inches
Last 48 Hours : 34 inches
Last 72 Hours : 43 inches
This is what the view from the first chair looks like.
There is one other element that made this morning perfect. Wolf Creek Ski Area is situated at the top of Wolf Creek Pass. The pass is avalanche prone. When the mountain receives a lot of snow in a short time (say almost 4' in 3 days) the Colorado Department of Transportation will close the pass to drop bombs and trigger slides thus making the pass safe for travel. As such if one were to have camped in the parking lot of said ski area, and the ski area received enough snow that the pass was closed all morning, then one might be able to ski waste deep, 3% powder virtually alone! This was such a day.
We skied for hours and never crossed another track. It was a hero day, when you feel like you could be a pro and every turn feels like you are floating. There is something absolutely amazing about skiing and snowboarding. Here you are outside in the cold and snow, enjoying the silence and beauty of your surroundings, while most people huddle in their homes during the winter. I don't think I could ever be a snowbird, days like today are too special to me.
Dan skiing The Peak.
Wolf Creek still uses old fashioned tickets, we loved that today's word was DEEP, how appropriate!
Scott "Captain" Kay, Wolf Creek's Ski Patrol Director and Dan's boss.
The view from atop the Treasure Lift.
After a day of riding some fantastic powder my legs were throbbing. But wait the perfect day mustn't include leg cramps, what ever could we do? Well folks Pagosa Springs is a mere 30-ish miles from the ski area and what a Spring Pagosa has.
The Springs is the worlds deepest and largest hot spring. It has 17 pools all situated alongside the San Juan River. We were met at The Springs by Paula Miser who treated us to a tour, and a soak. I have been to many hot springs and The Springs is quite possibly my favorite, at least I can say it is my favorite commercial spring.
The Springs is a full fledged resort, complete with spa, salon and hotel. Unfortunately they do not have RV accommodations but it is worth a splurge to stay here for a night. Guests get unlimited access to the hot springs as well as a nice room which is heated by the great spring itself.
Ever seem a palapa with snow on it before?
After our soak my legs had just enough burn left to remind me how great my day was and I melted back into our rig for the drive to Durango.
My perfect day even included working on our blog, which has become such a treat for me.
Thanks to all of you who replied to the last post and if you haven't already please take a moment and add a comment.
Note: Darn! I return every email we get and so I have been sitting here replying to all of your posts. Finally while replying to Peggy from Ridgecrest, CA, I noticed that the return email was to "firstname.lastname@example.org", so I am gonna go out on a limb here and bet that none of you got my replies. This is a shame because they were all fantastically witty, literary, masterpieces!
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