Looks sweet but bites: skiing Alpine Meadows today

Alpine Meadows, California. 9:30 AM, temp around 22 F, 7 inches fresh snow.

Skiing on these (love my lady Samurais):

Big Girls

Just enough snow to cover icy bumps and make The Face look tasty:

The Face

The trees in the D chutes under the chair really were tasty, no shark bumps:

Trees D Chutes

Followed by lower 3 Sisters:

Early morning 3 Sisters

Bumps beneath on 3 Sisters were okay.

It was a tad chilly at the top in the morning:

Frosty morning

The highly variable weather turned to this after lunch:

Snowy chairlift

Weather change

It turned so dark they had to turn on the lights!


The best part of the day: seeing the Alpine Meadows Adaptive Ski school in action:

Adaptive skiing

Love Abides “…as soon as there’s light in the morning, I go outside…” and Other Words to Live By

Note: My brother died of suicide a little less than two years ago. The man in these photos was one of his best friends. That makes us suicide survivors. This post is dedicated to suicide survivors everywhere and is intended to show you that you can feel good again. It takes love to get there. Let it in.

Note: All quotes in this post are things my friend said today.

Squaw Valley, USA, January 9, 2013:

Temp: cold. Windy, storm coming in from Alaska.

  1. Lift: KT22; Run: Horse Trails.
  2. Lift: Headwall, closed, wind hold.
  3. Lift: Funitel, ride to the top, meet another local. Friend introduces me as late brother’s sister.
  4. Lift: Shirley Lake; Run: tree runs on the main slope (multiple). Sweet.
  5. Lift: Broken Arrow, CLOSED:


From top of Shirley Lake, ski across Links, cross land bridge, hike to top of Broken Arrow lift.



  • Quote: “I thank [Nia’s late brother] every day for giving me this friendship with you.”
  • Quote: “You can’t be creative unless your spirit is at peace.
    Being out here with you puts my spirit at peace.”


Love abides.

Can Skiing with Family Fix a Pain in the Backside?

Problem: Twisting to look over shoulder while taking a step up stairs causes sudden pain in lower back that shoots down to… ahem… gluteus maximus… into back of leg.
Cure: Relaxed skiing with family.

Alpine Meadows yesterday: Temp high 40s, sunny.

  • Roundhouse chair, Charity run
  • Scott Peak chair, Ridge Run
  • Lakeview chair, main run, skier’s right
  • Sherwood chair, pause for picture
    Pause for picmain run.
  • Return to condo.
  • Back all better.
  • Share Gordon Bierschs.
  • Visit from old family friend.

    Old friend
    He’s shy
  • Many laughs.
  • Not only better, new high.

How do you fix a pain in the back side?