Jan 12, 2011

Tahoe, here I come!

Soon, like in 2 weeks, I'm headed to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a skiing expedition! Yay for vacay! Yay for vacay! I've known about this trip for months, but am officially letting myself get extremely excited and think of nothing else. I'm hoping to open my eyes in the morning and see something like this:


Also on the trip will be Manfriend and five other of our closest buddies. It's a great group. We're staying in a posh cabin near Heavenly for four nights. Now, what I've just told you about the trip is literally all I know.

I've never been skiing, and certainly never come anywhere close to encountering this much snow. I really don't know what to expect, (nervous) except I'll probably be the weakest skier there. Manfriend has promised to teach me patiently and lovingly from the bottom of his heart. Not really, he's just said something along the lines of..."you'll be fine, it's not that hard, I'll show you some stuff." ACK! I'm scared/nervous/freaking about the whole portion of the tip when I'll have to do actual skiing.

I'm a total winter vacation virgin. I think this first trip will probably be one part painful, one part awkward and lots of parts FUN! (Sounds like another kind of first time...)

Anyway, my mind is totally consumed today with vacation dreams. Please give me any tips/thoughts/tales you may have to offer as I'm preparing. Pretty much all I know to do is buy warm things and try to get in shape (but it's much to cold for that to be a serious endeavor).Help?!

10 comments:

  1. I just went on my first ski trip last week! I grew up in Florida so I was terrified of this winter vacation thing too! I took a lesson the first day and I'm so thankful I did...but I have zero athleticism inside of me. The boy was very, very patient with me but that just wasn't enough for my klutzy, uncoordinated self.

    If you have any specific questions from one newbie to another shoot me an email! Either way have so much fun and enjoy!

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  2. Wow! Wow! The snap is quite enticing! I have also never been skiing. Wish you a great winter vacation and post pictures.

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  3. You forget that we are also 5 minutes from casinos... that is an important fact.
    We can try on all the ski gear this weekend to get pumped uppppp!! :)

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  4. Ohhhh you're going to have so much fun! You'll have a love/hate relationship with skiing at first! Here are my tips (as winter vacays are my FAVORITE - ESPECIALLY when they involve fun winter ski destinations).

    -Take a lesson. Even if it is only 1/2 a day! You'll be glad you did when it's over - even if it takes you away from friends. And it will be sooo worth the $$.
    -Make sure you have a warm hat that covers your ears and stays on well. Buy a pair of goggles (I like the junior size - they fit my face best ... you can find them for a decent price at Acadamy or a sporting good store).
    -I'm a fan of a soft and comfy neckwarmer. You can pull it up over your nose and mouth, and tuck it under your goggles if it's snowy or during the frigid ride up the lifts.
    -CHAPSTICK is a must! I'm a fan of blistex silk and shine for cold days. And of course, I always keep my classic strawberry chapstick handy.

    You're going to have so much fun! Just remember that when you get really frustrated to keep at it - you'll get the hang of it, it just takes time!

    Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! -Kiley

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  5. My friend Kelly Byrd (SXSW) and her BF Ahren just moved to Tahoe! Maybe Ahren can give you a free boarding lesson :) You should get in touch with her!

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  6. I.am.so.jealoussss! You are one lucky girl. I can't wait to hear all about your trip! It's sure to be amazing :)

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  7. You are going to have a blast! I agree with a lot of the previous comments...take a lesson (even if your manfriend tries to talk you out of it...it's much easier to take advice from a perfect stranger than someone you know). As far as what to wear...wear layers, and make sure to buy some ski socks...they provide extra protection between your legs and boots. Oh and rent a helmet! (It will keep your head warm and your noggin safe). Have a fantastic time!! :) BTW...I only learned how to ski a few years ago, and I absolutely love it now.

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  8. Wool and silk are your best friends. They breathe avoiding you from getting incredibly cold.

    One of the biggest mistakes of cold virgins (har har) is to load up with lots of warm clothes that don't breathe. In the end, you get warm, start to sweat and your clothing holds the moisture next to your skin. You will get very cold, and possibly sick.

    Wear lots of layers, so you can take them off easily. Have fun!

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  9. Ellie knows every piece of skiwear that you need or don't need. You know she was packed years ago so she can help with anything I'm sure. In my experience, I always stick to the runs that are fun and easy, not too challenging because hey.. it's vacation. I also tend to quit a little after lunch time and start drinking beers on the mountain! Have fun!!!

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Thanks for the comment! I"m sending you a big cuddly warm bearhug through the interwebs....

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