gotta start em young
February 23, 2009
I took Holden and his friend Jake to Snowbird Saturday. Bluebird day, warm, very Spring like. All very nice.
Yada yada yada.
Mid afternoon, I asked them if they wanted to try a little hiking. Holden was immediately game, although Jake was a bit skeptical. So we took the Baldy lift up and got a good look at the relatively easy (considering it dropped off the top of High Baldy) run dropping back down into the Mineral Basin side, off the High Baldy traverse.
This run, which they call “Living the Dream,” is almost never open until later in the year, when the snowpack has consolidated and the avalanche danger is pretty much gone. Well, since the snowpack has consolidated, and the avalanche danger was pretty much gone Saturday, almost everything was open.
But they wouldn’t let us hike it from the top of Baldy, because it isn’t an official Snowbird exit. Only Alta skiers can hike from there. So we had to go back down and take the Mineral lift up, ski down to the saddle, and hike the longer, but mellower route from above Peruvian.
No big deal, really.
The boys DUG it.
Neither had ever hiked for turns before, but we had been skiing since the lifts opened, and hiking was a good chance to shake things up a bit.
They were troopers. It was hot, and we were overdressed for hiking. But the top offered certain amenities.
And nice views:
The run was a bit mellow, but unlike anything they had ever been down. Apart from being exactly like other stuff they had ever been down. You know. Except for the hiking part.
Both boys immediately declared it the best run of their lives. If it hadn’t been so late in the day, I think I could have gotten them to hike it several more times.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.