Friday, November 25, 2011

A @SMCAlpineSki Thanksgiving

I feel I should start this post with a disclaimer: This Thanksgiving and Ski Team Camp is atypical of most years.

That being said it's been a great 3 days! Since the dining hall closes for the Thanksgiving break, I had/got to go grocery shopping and prepare to cook for a few days. I invested in my usuals: ravioli, soup, hummus, crackers, cranberry juice, eggs, and bacon. When I was done with the shopping, I picked up my teammate Shannon (meet her in the video to the below) for dinner at Don Pedros, a new Mexican food restaurant in Winooski Circle near Tiny Thai. Shannon and I were very happy with the food there. (We are both particularly spoiled in terms of great Mexican food because we are from California.) I had a California burrito with carnitas, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream! Yum :)

The next day, we woke up for opening day at Stowe Mountain Resort. As I posted on Facebook, "Nothing like the first day back on snow to make a girl feel really out of shape." It was wonderful to get back out there with Head Coach Gus, Heidi, Nate, and Shannon. We spent the morning simply getting back on our feet. For me, it was 8 months off snow and it took me all morning to get comfortable again.

Thanksgiving day was no different! The gang headed up to Stowe for a more time on the Forerunner quad. Let me tell you, that is one LONG run. My legs were pretty beat from day one and Gus had us doing one ski drills, so it was... interesting? What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Sarcasm aside, one-skiing does do wonders for my balance and it makes two skis seem like a breeze. For Thanksgiving dinner, Heidi, Shannon, Gus, and I headed to Suzanne's B&B in Cambridge, VT. Gus is good friends with Dale and Suzanne and they were kind enough to include us in their family festivities! We really can't thank them enough for feeding us amazing turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the other Thanksgiving staples.
Gus and Heidi at Stowe

Today we got lucky with some gorgeous weather. The sun was shining and temperatures were warm. So warm, in fact, that I skied in my fleece most the morning and the snow was pretty slushy. It was almost most like being back home in Tahoe. Gus had the group (Shannon, Heidi, Nate, Kevin, and I) doing one-ski and no poles skiing. I always feel ridiculous doing that especially on my right leg because I suddenly think that trying to swim with my arms is going to make it easier to turn. It doesn't Never has. Never will. Of course, when we got to put our other ski back on, I felt like a total champ. :)

I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving and an excellent start to the holiday season!

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