Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Im so fast.

I skated 9.5 and a 9.4 sec laps in practice todaaaay!!! I was leading the laps too. Just thought everyone should know. Yay me.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Avalanche Stuff

Shannons mom Deb just sent me this awesome link to the Utah Avalanche Center . If you go to Current Conditions at the top it'll have pics, advisories, podcasts, everything! The podcast from today talks about the avalanche yesterday, why it happened, and the woman who got stuck in it. Go listen to it I wont ruin the ending. Its not that happy though. I think ive found my dream job! Fits perfect with my meteorology major. AVALANCHE CONTROL!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Racing an Avalanche

So Garrett and me...oh right, sorry grandma...GARRETT AND I were skiing at Snowbird today because we got a foot of fresh powder last night. For one of our first runs we took the Peruvian lift which is near Mt Baldy. The trail we took was right off the baldy trail where this avalanche was happening AS WE WERE SKIING IT. We didn't know this was happening so we took our time and took pictures, even took a break in the snow because it was so hard to navigate. So AS we were skiing down it they were closing it, because apparently powder up to your waist doesn't stay on shier vertical cliffs that well. When we reached the bottom we found out that this lady behind us got stuck in it and they found her a while later in critical condition.

Heres the story

And here are the pictures we took while all this was happening....
(as we were taking these pictures we heard the rescue helicopters fly in)

We weren't sinking all the way, but we wondered how deep the powder was so we stick our poles in and they were COMPLETELY buried...

Yup, I actually have my skis on in this picture, they're just buried under a foot or two of snow, haha!

Snowbird Trail Map:

Look at the far left, See the first red line? Thats the left we took. Now see Mt Baldy on the left of the lift? The very top double black off that is where we were. The avalanche happened on the white patch above it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

North American Champers (now with skating pics from Craig)

I loved seeing the ROC team as always, and I passed off the McDreamy (greys anatomy) doll (picture below) to Lily. (Were sharing custody, we switch every meet).
AND! I was placed in the Senior group which meant I had to skate against the natl team members...yikes...but it was awesome because I was in the same group as Cherise! Ive never skated her before, so I was excited to see how id hold up against her speedyness. I was like "Cherise...its goin down..." and she was like "Oh it is?" im like "Yes. You'd better get mentally prepared for this..." HAHA. I knew I couldn't even touch her but I told myself I could skate just as fast and after that gun went off for the 1000m I chased her as hard as I could, which got me a PB by 2 seconds! And I was only 2 seconds behind! Thanks for the motivation Cherise!
Mikey pulled a Bradbury and won after everyone in his heat fell in the last corner...he even threw in a dramatic kick out, haha!!


Heres McDreamy, someone decided to hide him on the wall.

Our kickass ride to the hotel.

Proof that I was on that bus too.

We had so many knocks on our door we decided to make a sign.


I am 1st on the left, Cherise is 2nd from the right in the blue.