It's ironic that one of the main reasons I moved to California is to get away from snow.
But now it's one of the new major reasons I might never want to leave. I'm still amazed it took me this long of living in California before I discovered that the very thing I sought to escape would become my favorite thing about it.
Then again, it's not that odd, I've loved the Sierras for a long time and spent a lot of time exploring them -- in the summer. Motorcyclists tend to avoid snow. With varying degrees of success.
As a kid, we took ski lessons at Jiminy Peak, but I remember mostly being really really cold, and my arms feeling like they were going to fall off trying to hold onto the rope tow. I never liked the hassle, crowds and high overhead of skiing just to be cold and uncomfortable and always feel in danger from the ice.
But the snow world is completely different here. It's altitude-based, it's not that cold, it's beautiful, the snow quality is completely different for skiiers, and you don't have to live in the snow. Our first and only ski trip earlier this year was so was an amazing discovery for me.
So, today I closed in planning our first ski trip of the season!!
We'll go to a low-key, uncrowded, relatively inexpensive, beginner-friendly place called Sierra-at-Tahoe (East Coasters, map Phillips, CA to see where on the globe that'll put us).
And look where we'll be staying! OMG! SO cute!
I'm beside myself. I can't wait. The kids are all really psyched too. The only problem is that January 19 is SUCH a long time away!