Skiing with Jake at 20 months

Last April Jake was only 8 months old when I took him skiing with me on my back for the first time and he smiled the whole time.  I hiked with him on my back a lot over the following summer and he really loved it.  However he hadn’t been in the Kelty pack since November and Every time I had taken him sledding on snow this year he got scared, so I was a little unsure if he was going to be scared this time on skis.  Yesterday it was warm and sunny so I skinned up pats peak with the alpine touring gear on my feet and Jake who is now 20 months old on my back.
I couldn’t get Jake to keep his hat on, and I was afraid he was going to get sunburnt so I had to stay in the shade on the way up.  I skinned about half way up before I converted to ski mode and descended with Jake.  To my surprise he didn’t cry on the way down.  He made kind of a nervous laugh every time I would make a turn, but he was smiling, which made me happy.  I’m hoping next April he will be on his own set of skis and still smiling about it.
Going Up.

Going Down


Derry Londonderry Exit 4 Beer Detour App

This works better as a mobile app.  To open with a device use the Following Link

Exit 4 Beer Tour

I work with GIS systems for a living and most of the Breweries below are customers of the water utility I work for.  I’ve been thinking about making a story map for “The Exit 4 Beer Detour”  (I think I made that name up)for a while.  I know Mead is not beer but they are customers of ours as well and worth checking out while on the tour.

3/25/15 Okemo Ski & Board

I haven’t had too many full resort days in recent history.  Most of my lift served turns come in 2-3 hour sessions after work at Pats Peak where I have a pass.  When I was invited by my coworker Craig to go to Okemo I jumped at the chance.  Craig had won some tickets in a contest and offered me and another coworker Alan free passes for the day. Conditions were loose frozen granular and packed powder when we first got there, and as temps rose throughout the beautiful day to almost 50 the snow softened and turned to corn and mank.  Even the glades which started out as being boiler plate softened up enough to ski on our last run. I skied until lunch time and then snowboarded for the rest of the day.  It was nice to get a full day in for the first time in a while.  I ran my altimeter and logged 23’200 feet of vert.

Alan and Me

Craig and Me

View from the fire tower:

Craig and me Making some turns:
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