You know those days when all you want to do is be at home, drinking coffee with your love and watching the weather out the window? Well, if I was at home on Saturday I’m sure that’s how I would have felt. But I was in Utah, burnt after a week on the road to the Sundance Film Festival and the Outdoor Retailer show. I missed my wife, my French Press and any amount of humidity (good thing chapstick falls from the sky like manna at the OR show). I was not at home. Lucky for me, however, Utah in January just happens to have a seriously good cure for homesickness: Alta powder.
So, while the coffee and air quality may not be stellar, that’s irrelevant when you wake up early, beat the crowds (mostly) and score first tracks on Ballroom and the Devil’s Castle traverse and generally ski yourself silly in fresh snow under blue skies. I laughed out loud more than once on Saturday, skiing with an old friend and pushing myself as hard as I could, finding untracked stashes and just burning out the crud of travel and trade show lighting. Home now, I’m rejuvenated by a day in the mountains followed by day of cooking and couch time with my girl. Today, my thoughts turn to the coming storm, and what it has in store for Mt. Hood. Funny how the mountains can do that you.