Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beech Update

The past couple weeks have been fun but depressing. Last year by this time, we had the entire mountain open with a hell of a base. Now, we have technically 5 runs open, but it's really just one run from top to bottom. Bare spots. Grass. Mud. Rocks. NOT FUN. But the past couple days of cold weather have allowed us to make some decent snow. We'll be lucky to have another run open by Christmas. The weather forecast calls for rain by Tuesday night. There goes all the snow we're currently making. It's 20 degrees and sunny right now, just wish it would stay like that all winter! Well, in addition to a few good snowstorms :)

My riding has definitely improved since I got my new Smokin' board. It seems so much easier to ollie and pop off of nothing. I feel more stable on rails and boxes, and even landing small jumps feels much more stable than my old board.

Currently I'm sitting on the couch guzzling hot tea and taking Zicam. Thanks to whoever exposed me to the big bad cold that I now have. Didn't work yesterday and I'm taking today off to just rest and try to get better. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, so hopefully I can get out and teach some lessons and ride tomorrow without feeling like I'm dying.

Here's some pics from the past couple weeks of riding.

^ LOVE this one!


^ locking down my frontsides

^ this waterpipe rail is fun!


^ an inspiration on my palm





Thursday, December 8, 2011

Beech Mountain Resort Re-opening

Tomorrow, Beech Mountain Resort will re-open for the season! Don't miss out on the fun!

Beech Mtn Resort Video

So the Roots Rideshop Rail Jam and Grand Opening is coming up on the 17th, and my friend Nate made this awesome vid to promote it. It's all last years footage (because Mother Nature is being a b*tch and has not given us lots of snow or snowmaking weather yet), but it's still a sick vid!



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Natural Health: Cayenne Pepper

So after stumbling upon the Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper, I remembered the bottle of organic cayenne pepper supplements I bought a few weeks ago. I had no clue what I was buying, I just saw a unique herbal supplement on sale (it really was dirt cheap) and figured 'what the hell, it can't hurt me'. It's really amazing how much natural herbs can help us with daily ailments. Instead of buying all this over-the-counter artificial bullshit, we need to revert back to our natural ways and use what Mother Nature gave us.

Seriously, check out that link, or just google 'health benefits of cayenne pepper' and prepare to be amazed. What's awesome is that there are THOUSANDS of other herbs and natural plants and things that can cure any possible disease and sickness that can affect us.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

5 More Minutes... Please?!

Lipstick Productions just dropped their first film '5 More Minutes... Please?!'

It showcases some phenomenal female riders. This European all female snowboard movie will rock your socks. Check it!



Here's a list of some of the amazing riders: 

Aimee Fuller, Ana Rumiha, Aline Bock, Tini Gruber, Julia Baumgartner, Margot Rozies, Urska Pribosic, Basa Stevulova, Jenny Jones, Lisa Filzmoser, Vera Janssen, Conny Bleicher, Sina Candrian, Diana Sadlowski, Tania Detomas and more...

Video Throwback!

Hey Beech Mountain fans... check this video out :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Roots Rideshop Skate Session

Incase you didn't know, Roots Rideshop at Beech Mountain Resort built a 5 foot half-pipe over the summer. And incase you haven't seen it, it's pretty freakin' awesome. I'd never been on a mini ramp, half-pipe, anything like that until this one. I still suck at it and bust my ass quite often just doing simple stuff, but I'm slowly getting better. I'm hoping that being able to skate in the summer now will help me with my snowboarding in the winter.

Anyways, Saturday was our staff meeting for ski school, and after the meeting a few people went to skate. The video below is our friend John skating with my GoPro. Check it.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday FUNday!

Even though it was so shitty, it was so good we had to come back for more.

Here's Sunday's footy...



Opening Day @ Sugar

Saturday Sugar Mtn Resort opened up with one whole run, and guess who was there to shred it all day! :)

Here's a vid of the action.





Friday, November 11, 2011

RACE TO OPEN

Well Sugar Mountain Resort, Cataloochee Ski Area, and App Ski Mountain are all making snow... but who will be the first to really open? Cat has announced they are opening tomorrow at 8:30am... and Sugar will also be opening tomorrow as well, although they haven't stated a specific opening time yet. I'm sure at 8am tomorrow morning Sugar will announce they are open and win the 'race to open' bragging rights. Yeah, the resorts like to play dirty too. Haven't heard anything about App yet... I don't think they really plan on opening this weekend, just maybe work on building a base for their opening date next weekend.

Anyways, I'm freaking STOKED to get to ride tomorrow! I've been waiting for this day since our spring park melted in April!

I plan on taking the GoPro, so get ready for a video of our first day of the season! :)

HAPPY SHREDDING! <3

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Yum


What do I do when I have a sweet craving and I'm thinking of snow?

Snowflake cookies of course! :) Man oh man are they yummy too.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

The End of the Boring and the Start of the FUN!

Well, tonight is my last night of work at the good ol' Beech Mountain Club. The Club is closing for the season, which means it's only a matter of weeks before Beech Mountain Resort opens and I'm once again snowboarding every day! :D

I'm SO excited. I'm getting the new board I want (Smokin' Vixen) and hopefully going to look at a new car next weekend. It's an '08 Subaru Impreza WRX. It's so pretty... and practical. The 4Runner just eats up too much gas. Subaru's were made for me. I just hope they don't sell the car before I can get to it.

It's gonna be an epic winter, and I'm freakin' PUMPED!

Bring on the snow!

Oh, and I'm getting my snowflake tat in a couple weeks! Yay!

Happy Shredding
XOXO

Sunday, October 9, 2011

2011 Seattle Downtown Throwdown

Here's YoBeat's video for the 2011 Seattle Downtown Throwdown

Pretty decent action going on. Looked like a fun set-up.
Kinda bummed that I didn't see any girl footy, if any even
entered it, which I'm sure a few did. Not even a girl division. Lame.

Anyways, check it out.






Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beech Mountain to Host Snowshoe Championships!

Into snowshoeing? Ever tried it? I haven't, but this 5k and 10k race sounds fun! Here's the article from the Mountain Times:



Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department announces that the U.S. Snowshoe Association has chosen Beech Mountain as the host location for the North Carolina State Snowshoe Championships.

Endurance athletes from across the Middle Atlantic states are invited to North Carolina’s first snowshoe race in the terrain that Beech Mountain has to offer. This event will serve as a qualifier race so that USSSA members can earn the right to compete at the 2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships in Frisco, Colo., Feb. 24 through Feb. 26.

The North Carolina State Snowshoe Championships events will take place as part of the Beech Mountain Resort Winterfest weekend. Events will include a 5K race with recreational and competitive categories, a 10K competitive state championship race and a kid’s snowshoe scramble. Previous experience is not necessary to participate and free snowshoe loaners will be available.

For more information regarding the USSSA, contact Mark Elmore, the USSSA sports director at (518) 420-6961 or via email at (usssasnowshoeguy@gmail.com)

You can also contact Brie Powell, program coordinator for the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department, at (828) 387-3003 or via email at (bpowell@townofbeechmountain.com) for information regarding the weekend’s events.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Further

Teton Gravity Research and Jeremy Jones have created yet another masterpiece.

'Further' will be one step beyond 'Deeper' and will once again highlight the amazing world of backcountry snowboarding.

Enjoy :)











Monday, October 3, 2011

October SNOW!


Wow. It's been way too long since I've updated.

A lot of stuff has been going on though.

On Sat, October 1st, it SNOWED!
Well, not much, but enough to get me pumped even more for the season. We only got a half inch, but man oh man was it good to see that white stuff coming down again. Hopefully we'll get a good snowfall soon!

Also, last weekend was the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships here at Beech Mountain Resort. The event was super fun. Although the Brew's N View's beer tasting tent almost got the best of me, I did manage to get a few pics that I will post up in a bit. Gotta run for now.

* Peace <3 Snowflakes *


Friday, September 9, 2011

S3 Supergirl Jam 2011 Video Recap

The recap is out! Check it.





The ladies were killin' it for this years S3 Supergirl Jam! I swear, I'm totally gonna make it out to watch this one of these days... The talent just keeps getting better year after year. Congrats to Laurie Currier for claiming 1st for the THIRD time since this event has been taking place!

Snow Results:

1st Laurie Currier
2nd Danyale Patterson
3rd Desiree Melancon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Words to Live By.


I know this isn't snow related, but it's life related! Some of my favorite quotes and sayings...

Enjoy!

^ LOVE this!



^ definitely a fav.






^ this made me laugh











Friday, September 2, 2011

ATTN: Kids Who Shred!

If you are a kid who shreds, or know a kid that can tear up the mountain, pass this info along and participate! Get sponsored by EternalSnow.com and get loads of free swag. Read the official press release below to get the full details. Good luck and happy shredding!


EternalSnow.com Looks To Sponsor Young Snowboard Athletes


SPARKS, Nevada (August 15, 2011) – EternalSnow.com, a snowboarding gear retailer, is looking to home video and social media to find the next rising snowboard talent, in a contest that pits prowess on the snow with savvy in the social media space, all with the hope to get sponsored by EternalSnow.com.


“Unfortunately for us, it is hard to get out on to the slopes to find new snowboard talent,” says Kyle Bihler, Web Administrator at EternalSnow.com. “We are looking for kids who have mastered snowboarding at a high level, but we are also interested in how they are connected to the world of social media and how the individual can create their own buzz.”


This contest to get sponsored by EternalSnow.com is different in that Eternal will be turning to the peers of these young athletes to find a winner. Eternal will allow anyone to vote on videos submitted by these eager snowboarders looking for sponsorship.


Entrants can even increase their chances of winning by utilizing Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other outlets. In addition to a poll, Eternal is taking in to consideration how viral the snowboarder and their video edit can be.


There will be two winners selected from two age groups, 5-13 and 14-18. The winners will receive full set-ups consisting of: snowboard, snowboard boots, snowboard bindings and plenty of other Eternal clothing and stickers. They will also begin, what Eternal hopes, is a career long relationship. Runners up in each category will receive enough Eternal swag to shake a stick at, as well as much deserved recognition.


Entries for this contest will be accepted from September 1 to November 30 2011. Of course everyone will have to complete and sign a "Consent and Waiver Form" confirming that you own the video and give Eternal full rights to its use. For complete rules for this contest go to www.EternalSnow.com/get_sponsored_contest.




The most amazing time lapse video you'll ever see...

So stunning. Everyone must watch.



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Boots, Boards, and Karma

I got new boots! They are last years model Burton Mints.



I find that staying a year behind on buying new gear really saves some money, and tech really doesn't change that much in just a year.

I do need a new board. My old faithful Burton Blender is on her last leg. My top 3 picks for new boards are the 2012 Smokin' Vixen, 2011 Burton Blender, and the 2011 Niche Minx.

Maybe if I put enough positive thought into getting a new board, karma will be on my side and the cosmos will make it happen!

I'm a firm believer in the 'Law of Attraction' and know that it does work! The positive energy and thoughts that you put out into the world will be returned to you in one way or another, usually with what you want! That's why I try to stay away from anything negative or anything that will make me sad, mad, or angry that would cause me to send out negative vibes. Ever woke up in a bad mood? The rest of the day seems to go bad as well. Nothing goes right, and little things that do go wrong pisses you off when it normally wouldn't. That's the Law of Attraction in action. So if you wake up in a bad mood, change it immediately! Think happy thoughts, do something that makes you happy before the negativity takes over for the day!

Now how this post about getting my new boots in the mail turned into a philosophical view on positive energy and good vibes is beyond me! Haha.

Hope everyone has a great, negative-vibe-free day!




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beech Mountain Gravity Nationals Qualifier Race

Beech Mountain Resort held the Gravity Nationals Qualifier Race over the weekend, and it was a huge success! Saturday was the downhill qualifying and mother nature was barely on our side. It was a lil chilly, very windy, and foggy all day. Despite the weather, everyone seemed to be having a blast and loving the new AM trail! Sunday was much better with bright sunshine and warmer temps. The Dual Slalom course was insane, and everyone was stoked on it! I didn't get to stay to see the podiums either day because I had to leave to go to work, but I got to watch most of the races both days.

USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity Nationals will be held September 22-25th at Beech Mountain Resort. This will be one hell of an event, so don't miss it!

Here's some pics from Saturday's downhill race...



Riders' meeting before the race



The finish line was the only part of the trail that wasn't foggy!


New bike trays sponsored by Monster Energy



Rider boostin' it over the final table top jump before the finish line

Section of the course before entering the High Ground Park


Rider showin' everyone how it's done


Sunday's Dual Slalom race...


Walking up to enjoy the awesome ride down


Start gate


One of the many berm sections on the course


Another technical berm section


Pro rider boostin' the last jump on the course

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spring Shred 2011

It's been a few weeks since my last post. I miss my daddy so much. He was the one I turned to when I needed advice about anything. It feels so strange when I go home... the house is just not the same without him there. But I know he's in a better place, and he'll be looking out for me for the rest of my life.

On a lighter note, I ordered snowboard boots today!! :)
So pumped. Even though I can't wear them for another 3 months
I'll be happy to wear them around the condo and pretend I'm shreddin'!
I got last years model of the Burton Mint boot. I have the same boot, but the '08 model. They are super comfy and have the perfect softness and flex.

Speaking of shredding... I can't WAIT till the first snowfall. There will DEFINITELY be a party to celebrate the first snowflake of the season. It's been wayyy to long since I've been on my board.

So... 4 months after my last shred, I've finally put some of our spring park footage together into a lil edit for everyone to enjoy. I'm still very VERY new to video editing, so please don't be too harsh lol. Hope you enjoy!








Friday, August 5, 2011

The one thing we will never escape.

Yesterday at 6:10pm, my dad left this earth for place far better than where we all are now. He fought long and hard till the end, and was the best father that I could have ever asked for. Why God took his soul away from us is beyond me, but, like my dad said, "God has a plan, and if he wants me here, he'll keep me here, and if he wants me in heaven, then he'll take me."

The infection that he had was extremely rare. Actually, he's the only lung transplant patient to ever get this type of 'mold' infection. The doctors tried everything, even experimental drugs and methods, and thought they had a cure, but the mold proved to be too strong for the drugs. At least he wasn't in pain. The docs and nurses did a good job keeping him as comfortable as possible.

He was doing so well with the recovery after the double lung transplant... his surgery went well, we had a few scares after the surgery, but he pulled through all of them with flying colors. He was weeks ahead of schedule in recovering than what they had expected. All this happened because the paramedics who tried to save his lung donor was not sterile enough. One little speck of dirt, soil, dust, whatever, got into her lungs when they were trying to save her, which then turned out to be my dads new lungs. That's all it took to spark this whole thing. Maybe because of his fate, someone down the road will be saved from the same infection. Maybe they'll try new screenings and find ways to make organs more sterile before going into surgery. Thats what he wanted... something good to come out of this. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe the person he saves will end up saving us all, or doing some kind of good in the world at least. We'll never really know.

His doctor really cared about him. When he told my family the bad news, that mold had grown stronger than the drug that was working so well, he had tears in his eyes. He said out of all the patients he's seen, my dad had the strongest will to live, was the most willing to try anything to make him better, even the experimental stuff that could've killed him then, and was so willing to participate in research studies that might help someone in the future.

The thing that saddens me the most is that my little sister, who'll be 7 years old in a few days, will grow up without a father. She'll never get to experience the things that I did with him. My parents got divorced when I was young, and I lived with my dad. I know it wasn't easy for him, but he's taught me so much over the years, and raised me the way he thought was best. I turned out ok, so he definitely did things right. He touched the lives of many, and would do anything for someone in need. He had many friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

I truly believe he's in heaven. He was a good man, strong in his faith, and was not afraid of death because he knew that where he was going would be far greater than anything we can even comprehend here on earth. I'm thankful for the time I've gotten to spend with him, and I know he's happy in heaven, and that gives me the peace and comfort I need.

Thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers.

And by the way, a friend of mine talked me into reading 'Heaven is for Real', which is an amazing book and tells the most beautiful true story of a young boy who I think really experienced heaven. If you haven't read it or heard of it... buy it. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

What I want...



...is THIS:
Not only does the graphic rock, but the tech on this board is awesome.
Seems like it would be a super fun park board!


Or THIS:



Burton Blender... just a newer version of what I've already got. The tech on this one is so amazing. Lots of goodies to make park laps fun!


So who's gonna get it for me? ;)

Just kidding. I am getting one of these boards before winter though.
A girl's gotta dream, right? :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Free stuff? Yes please.

So when I can't shred, I at least like to read about shredding. I found this blog post from City Kid On Shred about a year ago with links to free magazine subscriptions to Transworld Snowboarding AND Snowboarder Mag. It worked and I got lots of free snowboard magazines, and I was super stoked. Earlier today, I was bored and stumbled upon that same post, so I figured what the hell, I'll try it again and see what happens. Success! I now have 18 issues of Snowboarder Mag and a year subscription to Transworld Snowboarding headed my way.

Anyways, here's how to do it:
For Snowboarder Mag, CLICK HERE
*Type in your info, and for 'Snowbomb Card #' you must type in 'snow1970'

For Transworld (you can also choose Ski Magazine or Skiing Magazine if you prefer, but who wants to read that junk! Or I suppose you could subscribe to all 3 if you really want.) CLICK HERE
*This one requires no special code, so just put in your info and BAM! Free mag comin' your way!


ENJOY! :) Happy Shredding!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New addiction.

Not only am I still obsessed with True Blood (don't judge!), but I've found a new addiction when there's no snow on the ground...

Skateboarding mini ramps!

I mean, I totally suck at riding one, but it's still fun as hell! Beech Mountain Resort built an indoor 5ft. mini ramp and I finally rode it for the first time last night. I busted my ass a few good times, but I finally got the hang of 'pumping' and could ride back and forth for a good while before losing it. 5 foot seems kinda sketchy to me... I can only get about halfway up to the coping. I feel like if I could skate a 3 foot mini ramp somewhere then I'd be able to do all kinds of cool stuff! :)

This will definitely be a hang out spot in the winter as well. Now when we have those rainy days, I'll have something to do! :) Did I mention what a workout it is? After about 5 min on the ramp, my legs were on fire. Way more work than snowboarding! I'm sure it will get easier as I do it more. I have no desire to get really good at riding the mini ramp, my goal is to just be able to make it to the coping, and to do kickturns so I can keep my right foot forward all the time, instead of just riding back and forth looking all lame. ha.

Anyways, my dad is going to be moved to a normal room today! Yay! No more ICU! What a good step in the right direction. I'm sure he's so happy to be off the '8th floor'. Seems like that's practically been his home for the past couple months. I can't even imagine what it feels like to lay in a hospital bed for going on 3 months now. Hopefully no more setbacks and he can get back in shape and get the hell outta there! He wants to be at home more than ever now, and we want him home asap!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Miracles happen!!

Yes, I most certainly believe in miracles. My trip to Nashville to visit my dad was an extremely stressful one. Friday when I got there, he was in pretty bad shape. They said there was nothing else they could do, but were trying some experimental treatments. The docs said he is the only lung transplant patient out of 3,000 to ever have this infection, so they really didn't know how to treat it. Thank goodness for good doctors though!

Saturday, things got worse. They said to prepare for the worst... his organs started failing, they put him on life support, and his body was going into septic shock. They said it was just a matter of time. Thankfully, he made it through the night, and amazingly the next day, Sunday, he was getting better. He was more stable and the doctors were amazed. As of today, the new drug he is taking is killing his 'mold' infection pretty well.

He's got a long road ahead of him, but after this scare, I think he'll be just fine. If he made it through this, he'll make it through anything! Thank you everyone for the support and prayers. They definitely worked and were needed! Please continue to send good vibes our way, for my dad and my family.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why do bad things happen?

Why do bad things happen to good people? That's a question for the ages, right? I believe in karma... the energy you put into the world is what you get in return. But sometimes, it just doesn't make sense. My father is a good man, and always has been. He's stood for what he believes in, and has always been good to everyone. It's just not fair.

But now I'm heading to Nashville in the morning to visit my daddy. Got a call from my stepmom saying that the mold infection in my dads new lungs has gotten too bad to treat. They've been 'vacuuming' it out the past couple weeks by going in by surgery, but I guess it's getting so bad that it's not helping anymore. They said that it's only a matter of days before it gets into his bloodstream, and after that, it's only a matter of a few more days before it's too much for his body to handle. They've contacted other hospitals, including Duke, trying to figure out a way to cure it. Apparently medicine can't fix it at this point. I can't believe that we was doing SO well that the doctors were amazed by how fast and well he was recovering, and then this came up out of the blue. It hasn't really sunk in yet... that this might be the final straw. There's always hope... there's gotta be, right? I gotta keep my head up, and believe that miracles do still happen. My lil sister will be 7 next month. She's too young to be without a father! He's a fighter though, and I know he'll fight till the end.

They are considering bringing him back home in the next week. At least he'll be in the hospital at home, and more family and friends can come visit him and give him hope. I think that's what he would want anyways... to be closer to home.

Please say a prayer for my dad and family... this is very hard on us all...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My new obsession...

...is True Blood! Why didn't I start watching that show earlier?! I've been watching from the beginning and now I love it.

Monday night we went up to the gazebo at Beech and watched some more fireworks. All I have to say is... a.ma.zing. Probably the best time yet up there. It had rained earlier in the day, and the clouds where low in the valleys, so the fireworks were going off right above the cloud line. Good for us, but bad for the people below who could see nothing but bright flashes above the clouds! ha.

And I also have a plant obsession. I bought 2 palms, one for outside and one for inside, and a cute lil tropical plant that I have no clue what it is. I love 'em! As long as I don't kill them! I don't have a very green thumb, although I do try!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Light up the sky...

Fireworks last night were amazing <3<3<3

We were right underneath them. It's such a cool feeling to be that close... almost seems like it was our own personal fireworks show! Gotta love Beech Mountain! We rode 4wheelers up the lower part of White Lightning, right above where the lifts 3&4 unloads and also where they were shooting them from. So awesome. I think tomorrow night we're going up to the Oz rock to see if we can see any other fireworks shows in the valleys that chose to do them on the actual 4th.

I'm so glad Dustin and I were able to be off of work and go to the Pig Roast and watch the fireworks. The bbq was sooooo good by the way. It will probably be another 4 years till we're both off for this event again haha.

Anyone have any advice on riding a mini ramp?

Beech Mountain Resort is building a 5ft mini ramp in the retail shop, and it's looking awesome! Almost completed. I really wanna learn how to ride a mini ramp. I really don't skateboard that well, mainly because I never really have the chance to get on a skateboard. It would probably help if I actually purchased my own deck lol. I'm determined though... I'm gonna learn how to ride it, and ride it well!

I finally ordered the R.E.D. helmet I've been wanting forever! So excited! Probably won't get here for another week though. Now I'll have no excuse not to go balls to the wall this winter in the park!

Almost done with Phase 2 of p90x... got one more week to go until I'm on the final phase! I love it though... I can definitely tell I'm getting stronger, and I can finally fit into some of my old favorite clothes! :)

Everyone have an amazing day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Update.

I'm long overdue for an update. Alot has been going on the past few weeks and I haven't had much free time.

For starters, about 3 weeks ago my dad finally got the call and he had a double lung transplant. Everything went well for the most part and now he is recovering extremely well. It's a long road ahead though, recovering from an operation that serious take a good 6 months before normal activities can happen. I got to go to Nashville to see him for a couple days, and I plan on taking another trip to visit him very soon!

Work has gotten much busier, finally! Between catching rays at the pool before work, and trying to get back in the routine of playing tennis a few times a week, AND doing my P90X workout every day, I haven't had much time for anything else!

I need snow soon. A snowflex trip is definitely in the planning!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Birthday & Stuff

So my birthday was Saturday. I had to work on my birthday, which wasn't all that bad because my boyfriend had to work too, plus I made some money, and I couldn't go home to visit the fam till Monday, so it worked out. He treated me to a very sweet sunrise breakfast on the deck... what a sweet surprise!

The trip home was fun. I got to see my lil sis' 1st grade awards, found out that my dad is now #1 on the transplant list (hopefully that will happen soon so he can get it over with and get outside doing the things he loves again!), and I got to spend some quality time with my family and some friends.

Now I'm back on my mountain and plan on having a relaxing night with my man.

Hopefully no tornado will come sweep us away tonight... this severe weather is INSANE! Mother nature is seriously pissed at the human race. All the tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, and earthquakes that have happened in the past 10 years have GOT to be some sort of sign. That shit is just not normal.

Anyways...

Happy Shredding!
XOXO

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Random Bullshit.

I'm so ready to get back on my board... I only have 7 more months to go! *sad face*

A trip to Liberty Snowflex Center is going to happen very soon. If you live on the east coast and you want a summertime snow fix, this is the place to go. The actual college may have been funded by a crazy mofo, but at least they got something right... SNOWFLEX!

And... our internet is out. AGAIN. Well, technically not our internet.. our wonderfully kind neighbors who let us use their wifi are out of town for a while, and until the internet fairy goes into their condo to fix it, posts will be sparingly for a while. But, that just means fewer post of me ranting about how I wish it was winter again, so good for whoever reads my blog! ha.

Anyways... until next time...

Happy Shredding!
XOXO

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hello Summertime

So after my previous post full of bitching about the snow melting away,
I figured I might as well embrace the beautiful mountain I live
on and enjoy every season, even if it's snowless.

The sun and my bikini has been my best friend the past few days...
gotta fill in the fading goggle tan and my farmers tan
from our spring shred sessions, not to mention my blindingly
white legs.

Speaking of bikinis... I started my p90x routine yesterday.
I'm tired of the flab, so I'm going to make it disappear! Since yesterday
was my first workout, I knew I'd be sore today, but not THIS sore. I could barely
move my legs this morning. Instead, I'm going to dedicate this first
week as a 'warmup week' and just workout every other day.
After I work the soreness out and get used to the routines again, it's GAME ON!
Starting next Tuesday, my 90 day makeover begins.
Gotta get in super shape for shred season!

I've even gotten my fishing pole out a few times. Trout are abundant in the
lakes and rivers around here, and it makes a damn good dinner!
Homemade pecan crusted trout? Yes please!

I gotta admit, I'm a lucky girl, and I shouldn't complain about ANYTHING.
I've made my passion my job, well, at least as long as possible in this
section of the country, we all can't have snow till June!
I have a boyfriend that is awesome.
We are fortunate enough to have good health so we can
do things we love, like hiking and camping and biking and
of course, SNOWBOARDING!

I have amazing friends and family that are always there for
me when I need them.
And my cat, Winter, is the coolest kitty on the planet!

I have a fairly stress-free life... my dad is struggling with a lung
condition and is on the list for a transplant, and that scares me
to death, because I know that it's a very risky operation. My dad has been an
amazing father and I don't know what I'd do without him. I know everything
happens for a reason though and things will work out, like it always does.

Enough rambling for now.

I hope everyone has an amazing day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Where'd the Snow Go?

What the fuck.

Where did the all the snow go? It seems like yesterday I was shreddin' the
mountain, report to lineup, shred the mountain, report to lineup, shred the
mountain, finally get a lesson, shred the mountain some more, then
get off work and celebrate the daily beer:30 with a PBR at the View Haus
bar with my boyfriend and other instructors and friends.
Sleep. Repeat. Sleep. Repeat. Sleep. Repeat. From late November till mid-March.

And then... BAM!

It's May, opening day at Club I work at is tomorrow, and all the white stuff is gone.
For the next 6 months, I will slave away serving the mostly older Jewish
crowd their pork chops, have some good times, have some days I want
to scream, have some more good times and pray for snow.

Once the Club closes in October, the countdown will start till shred season!

Don't get me wrong, I do love summer, I just love winter way way more.
I love hiking, mountain biking, camping trips, and summertime bonfires,
but the whole time, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking of tree runs,
pow slashes, stomping that rail trick, and cruisin' down the mountain
with friends.

I can only dream of one day being able to have a never-ending
winter, chase the snow around the globe, and to you lucky bastards that are
doing that... cheers to you!

Happy Shredding Everyone!
XOXO

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Art Of Flight - Teaser

Watch it. Appreciate it. Wipe up the drool afterwards.

This film is gonna be EPIC! Comes out in September. Thanks Brain Farm!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day Hiking

We were celebrating May Day without even realizing it was May Day! haha. Dustin, Katie, Harper, and I ended up hiking some random different places today, and here's some pics of our adventures.




beautiful butterfly

more beautiful butterflies

and even more beautiful butterflies

myself at Elk River Falls

Dustin and I at Elk River Falls

the beautiful Elk River Falls

Dustin and Harper looking over the edge

Katie and I atop a big rock cliff

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Real Easter

Happy Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Happy Resurrection Day... Whatever you call it, I hope everyone has a splendid Sunday!

Some interesting facts about Easter I stumbled upon today...

- The word 'Easter' is derived from the deity
'Eostre', the goddess of fertility and spring

- The 'egg laying Easter bunny' comes from the pagan story of the goddess
Eostre arriving late for spring one year, which continued the
cold and snowy winter season late into the year. Upon her
arrival, she found a bird in the snow with its wings frozen.
Feeling sorry for the bird, she turned it into a
rabbit (the symbol for fertility) but it kept it's ability to lay
eggs, only for one day a year, the spring equinox (aka Easter)

- When you make an Easter basket, you put fake grass (symbolizing the 'womb'),
colored eggs (fertility), and candy or toys (offerings to the goddess)



Isn't it amazing what you can find out from the wonderful world of Google?
Haha... and it's amazing how 'modernized' Christian holidays have
become and the true meanings forgotten.

Here' some interesting links:




Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day!


Go out and plant a tree, flower, bush...
pick up some trash...
admire nature...
do SOMETHING to show Mother Nature you love her :)

One thing that kinda irks me is that there has to be a day dedicated to nature.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great thing! But... we should be
doing the things we do on Earth Day, EVERY day. People should
celebrate and admire this beautiful planet EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Not just one day a year, which most people do.

Anyways... just be thankful that the earth hasn't kicked us out
for being so mean to it in the past 100 years.