Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Aaaahhhhhhhhh I'm soooo excited!!! I went snowboarding today for the first time in six years. I stopped snowboarding my junior year of high school because I didn't want to risk getting injured for swimming.

Originally I had planned on going skiing with my family this winter in Vail. When I was younger we went to Vail and it was literally my favorite vacation EVER!!! There were several reasons Vail was so amazing...I learned to snowboard, there was fresh powder every day and the Packers won the Superbowl while we were there. Unbelievable:)

Today my sister and I went to a small private ski hill in Wisconsin that our family used to be members of many years ago. Luckily we still know the man who runs the ski hill so he let us come ski for free!

We put our gear on and successfully got on and off the chairlift. We really didn't know what to expect because it had been a long time since we had gone.

Before I continue this story (That's us at left in Vail.) I must give ya'll some background info. Snowboarding has been the biggest thing I have given up for my swimming. Every winter I miss it. Every winter I dream about it and imagine what it would be like. Sometimes when I can't fall asleep or am at a meet and need to relax I close my eyes and picture myself carving down the mountain. As you can see, I love it. To me, there is nothing better than cruising down the mountain with snow falling all around and just enjoying the great outdoors!

As my sister and I prepared ourselves for the first run I was so excited I was about to jump out of my boots. I was standing at the top of the hill about to make my first descent. How many times had I dreamt about this? How long had I wanted this to become a reality? Answers: many and long. My face was grinning from ear to ear and I was screaming at my sister to clip her bindings faster so we could go! This was it. Here I go... The run was absolutely perfect. I was making great turns and felt like a million bucks:) seriously I think I visualized this so many times that I was just ready to go. It felt like I had gone last week not six years ago. This goes to show how powerful visualization can be.

The rest of the day was outstanding. I was carving all over the place with my sister. My heart was content...but now I want to go again...now I want to go to a bigger place and ski longer runs haha. My dream is to one day have a house in Vail and spend time with my family and friends skiing, snowboarding and playing in the snow. I know this can become a reality if it's what I really want! Wow life is so great!


Anonymous said...

We can see you love it....it posted three times. I know the feeling your talking about just not with snowboarding. For me it was believe it or not working at the amusement park we had here. every summer getting to do one of the funnest and easiest jobs ever. Good times.

Miss B said...

I love Vail, I went for the first time three years ago and I never wanted to leave. Living in New England I have so many places I can go and ski but they don’t compare to CO.

We skied all over- Veil, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge. I was in heaven, I didn’t want to leave. The altitude was a little tough for me at first but what an amazing trip I had. I took some outstanding pictures. I went in February and it was so cold and they had so much snow. There is nothing like skiing on powder~

Isa said...

You sound like a kid at christmas morning with all the excitement....lol
Glad you had fun....I don´t have snow where I live...:(

Merry christmas to all....

Nicole said...

I love snow! I have never tried snowboarding, I am not sure I would like my feet being strapped to one board. However, I do LOVE skiing. I went skiing last year and unfortunately had icy snow and hard winds. I wish I could go somewhere that the temperature is nice, the snow is powder, and I had friends to go with me! Sounds so good I wish I was there now.

Carla said...

Snowboarding is so much fun! I find that it works a whole different set of muscles than swimming and other exercise.
I'm going on Sunday and totally psyched about it!

Garrett said...

Ya I think it is pretty easy to see how excited I was...I just get really excited about tons of things and snowboarding is definitely one of them:)

Vail truly is unbelievable. I can't wait to go back.

Sorry you don't have snow where you live:(

Snowboarding definitely gives your entire body a good workout.

Sjtientje said...

LOL...you sound like my 11 year old son. His greatest wish? A snowboard.....and a surf ski and a rescue surf board...and and and....
We're still hoping for snow in the Netherlands.But there is the possibility of ice that is thick enough to skate on next week.

Did you follow our Dutch swimmers lately?

gr. Christina

Mark said...

Christina: It's snowing AGAIN here in Wiscsonsin. Crazy.

Do you know of any good Dutch swimmer blogs to follow?

Merry Christmas all.

Donna Binkholder said...

Sweet action!! Finally got to go snowboarding. Glad you had a good time. 6 years that's a long time?? O I love snowboarding it's my favorite thing to do. I go alot now that Hidden Valley is open. It's weird I can snowboard grea, but skiing no...lol.. Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading it.

Soly said...

Sweet! Sounds like you have plenty fun. :o)

Lauren Ashley said...

Is that you in the red in the picture???

Garrett said...

I hope you get your snow in the Netherlands!

I am the little guy in the red in the picture.

I went snowboarding again today...it was great...tons of powder:)

Anonymous said...

I noticed you put up pictures earlier but couldn't see them on my phone. Glad you are enjoying the snow. White christmas for you for sure. We will be having a hot christmas of 74 tomorrow. Course I will be @ work so it should be a busy day for me. Hope santa leaves you a great gift under your tree.
Happy Holidays everyone.

Lauren Ashley said...

Aw, you're cute in that pic, Garret. :)

And I'm assuming that's you looming in the one at the top of the page, too?? :)

Glad you're having a blast snowboarding... I said this on my comment on one of the many snowboarding blogs that were posted yesterday, but it got deleted... anyway - I'm terrified of snowboarding, but when explaining "Thelema" yesterday, I used this example:

"Thelema is used to represent the desire to do something, as in "I love to snowboard" or something to that effect."

Imagine my surprise when I went to check my feed and you were blogging about snowboarding! lol!

Garrett said...

I'm sorry your not having a white Christmas:( I would send some your way if I could.

I did read your comments about snowboarding and Thelema yesterday...thanks!

Lauren Ashley said...

Yay! Merry Christmas!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks but i'm ok without a white christmas. I think that would cause a small panic in our town. I mean come on florida is not know for snow. Well I'm off to get ready for work. No rest for the wicked here lol. Have a Merry Christmas everyone. I will check on my phone later.

Donna Binkholder said...

Wish we had a white christmas but nope and it's calling for snow soon...yay!! i'm lookin forward to sledding...but went out snowboarding again this time a taught my friend she was getting angry she couldn't balance...lol..but she eventually got it. Snowboarding really does work out your body.

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