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Tales from the Lift Line

Tales from the Lift Line X: Letting Them Run

March 20, 2014

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“Your skis want to run,” said Michael as I sat in the snow digging my ski free so I could stand up again. “You’re holding them back.”

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Tales from the Lift Line IX: Nickels and Dimes Part II

March 13, 2014

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Next to lift tickets, the biggest skiing expense is keeping growing kids in gear.

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Tales from the Lift Line VIII: Nickels and Dimes

March 6, 2014

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Unfortunately, with any kid’s plans to “do this for the rest of my life” comes a problem that all skiing families face: Sticker Shock.

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Tales from the Lift Line VII: Emergence

February 27, 2014

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The storm blanketing Mt. Bachelor had cut visibility down to my own skis and the fuzzy blobs that were the skiers within a few yards of me.

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Tales from the Lift Line VI: Olympians

February 13, 2014

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When we originally booked the trip to Whistler, B.C., it didn’t even cross my mind that we’d be at the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Tales from the Lift Line V: What kind of parents let their kids…?

February 6, 2014

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What kind of parents let their kids engage in activities so dangerous they have to sign waivers against liability?

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Tales from the Lift Line IV: Vittels

January 30, 2014

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I could have made a New Year’s resolution that we’d become the family that packs cut-up fruit, artisanal sandwiches on home-baked bread…

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Tales from the Lift Line III: The Poles You Save May Be Your Own

January 23, 2014

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The ski instructor, his yellow jacket bright against the icy slope, waved his arms at me. I was at the top of the run

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Tales from the Lift Line II: Dorothy and Oz

January 16, 2014

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At the end of The Wizard of Oz there’s the famous scene in which Dorothy awakens to see her friends and family surrounding her . . .

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Tales from the Lift Line I: Waiting for Winter

January 10, 2014

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Welcome to the second annual installment of our ski blog series, Tales from the Lift Line.

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Tales from the Lift Line X: Known/Unknown

March 28, 2013

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It was my first big powder run and my rental ski had completely disappeared under the snow. Two terrible thoughts swirled in my mind . . .

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Tales From the Lift Line IX: The Sounds of Silence

March 14, 2013

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My first snowshoe experience was on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. It was a tame excursion, but I had never been so immersed in a deep winter environment.

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Tales From the Lift Line VIII: Don’t Cry in the Trees

March 7, 2013

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On a weekend cross-country ski trip to the Methow Valley, we decided to spend a day alpine skiing at Loup Loup Ski Bowl, just outside of Winthrop, Wash.

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Tales from the Lift Line VI: Dude

February 14, 2013

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One of the snowboarders sitting on the run yelled to me, “Dude! Are you okay?” “Yes, thanks!” I called back. I was on my back, sliding down the slope in a slow-motion rotation,

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Tales from the Lift Line V: Pack Rat

February 5, 2013

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“I wish you had a backpack!” We’d stopped to get rid of some layers. It was January, but we were hot. As I unzipped my daughter’s jacket, I realized she had three layers beneath her lined jacket.

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Tales from the Lift Line IV: Velocity

January 31, 2013

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“I just knocked down a little kid,” laughed the snowboarder to his friends when he slid to a stop. They had come, one-by-one, across the single green run at Alpental to the parking lot.

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Tales from the Lift Line III: Expeditionary Forces

January 18, 2013

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After a decade of strategizing, with much trial and error, we have developed a system for the most dreaded chore of the weekend: packing.

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Tales from the Lift Line II: Seeing is Believing

January 16, 2013

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As our chair passed over the run, we heard a little boy’s wail across the mountain, “I. Can’t. See. ANYTHING!” Heavy fog shrouded the ski area, muffling every sound . . .

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