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Another Weekend in Mammoth: Skiing in the Storm

You’ve seen some of the pictures from the rather treacherous drive, but now to talk about the actual weekend.

Friday night we got set up in the condo and cooked. I made garlic bread, rancher’s pasta and salad, then we settled in to play a game of Trival Pursuit against Caroline and Paul.

Saturday, we didn’t try hard enough to get to the mountain early ad got there in time for long lines at the ticket booth and even longer lines at the lifts. I’d never seen so many people trying to get on at Canyon before.

We decided to head over to a quieter part of the mountain, so we ended up over at Chair 25, enjoying the nice, long, powdery runs, and trying to stay somewhat sheltered from the wind. It was sunny, but it was cold and blustery and there were quite a few chairs out of commission because of the weather.

That night, our friend Ian came, and we had a dinner of my veggie stew, guacamole and salsa, then played music trivia game Riff (which my parents apparently found at the 99 cent store).

Sunday we woke up to even more snow. Thankfully it wasn’t too windy, and it wasn’t much colder than the day before, so we headed out to the mountain. The lines were a little shorter and some more of the lifts were open, including Cloud 9 Express, which goes to some beautiful runs on the far side of the mountain.

We played in the deep powder and challenging runs on Cloud 9, then headed to the opposite side of the mountain, to chairs 12 and 13, where it was very quiet and peaceful. By the end of the day, the sun had even started to peek out a bit, and we were exhausted from our day.

We went out for a nice dinner at Skadi, where apparently the chef is crazy (it says so on the menu!) but the food is very good. Then we went home to make brownies and compete at movie trivia in Scene It? (Go team popcorn!).

By Monday morning the snow was coming down pretty hard, so we just packed up and headed home — little did we know how long it would be snowing.

You can check out more photos from the weekend in my Facebook album.


Family Vacation in Mammoth

At the end of December, my family went to Mammoth to go skiing, enjoy the snow and spend some time together.


Dad and Michelle competing in the Partini cup game

Our first night there, a week ago Friday, we went to dinner at the Mogul then went home to play some games. We tried out a new game my sister got called Partini, which was a lot of fun, though some categories were a bit hard — like the one where you had to describe something by what it isn’t, and one where you had to hum two of four songs and have your team guess them within 30 seconds. Other categories were a lot of fun, like the miming/charades one, a competitive ball-and-cup game and a sentence-finishing activity, which led to lots of funny answers to “I like” and “I have” phrases pertaining to the roller.


Mom trying to figure out a Canadian Trivia answer

Then my parents pulled out their new Canadian Trivia game, which they got as a gift. It was basically Trivial Pursuit, Canadian edition, and nobody other than my mom and dad got many questions. I got a few entertainment questions about Avril Lavigne and Michael Buble.


June Lake (turned out pretty well from a moving car and on my iPhone)

Saturday was our first day snowboarding and we decided to check out June Mountain instead of going to Mammoth Mountain, which we knew would be crowded. None of us had ever been to June Mountain before, and it ended up being a nice surprise. The conditions were beautiful, there were no lines and we felt like we had the hill to ourselves. The runs were a bit easy for my liking and it didn’t have the variety Mammoth has, but it still made for a beautiful day of skiing and snowboarding, and the view of June Lake was quite beautiful.

That night, we played Catchphrase, a new family favorite since we played it in Hawaii during the summer. It always ends up with a lot of yelling, though — somehow giving clues louder makes it seem like you’re giving them faster.


Me and Mom at the top of Mammoth Mountain

Sunday we finally went up to Mammoth Mountain. It was one of the most beautiful days I’d ever seen there — warm but not too hot, blue skies, very little wind and great snow. It was only my mom, Danny (my sister’s boyfriend) and me on the hill, and we had a great day, sticking towards the top of the mountain to avoid the crowds and taking lots of beautiful runs. It wasn’t anywhere near as crowded as we expected, and when we took the gondola up to the top, it wasn’t even windy, so we go to take a bunch of photos.


One of my favorite runs at Mammoth — Dry Creek

I felt comfortable on my snowboard, though it had been about two years since I’d been boarding, and I can’t wait until Evan and I head up again in a few weeks.

Check out more photos in my Facebook Album and Danny’s Facebook Albums, Mammoth Part 1 and Mammoth Part 2.

Christmas With the Kanes

I don’t usually have much to do on Christmas. This year I was planning on doing some work and cleaning my apartment. Thrilling, I know. Evan’s out of town and my family doesn’t celebrate the holiday, so I hadn’t planned on the day being any different from any other weekday. But I ended up with an invite to spend the day with one of my best friends’ families, playing games, eating tons of food, and feeling like part of the family. Thanks, Kacie!

We played a trivia game called Fact or Crap, which I wasn’t terribly good at–I wasn’t usually fast enough to judge whether a statement was true or false, and I often had to guess. It was quite a bit of fun, though we wished the game would actually give us the real answer instead of just saying what we read was “crap.”

We ate tons of food, of course–from cheese dip and olive spread appetizers to a delicious salad, cheesy potatoes, roasted vegetables, ham (which I can’t really comment on since I didn’t eat), as well as pie, See’s Candy chocolates and homemade caramels. There was a fire going in the fireplace all night, and they’d occasionally throw in pine cones which made the house smell even more festive.

After dinner, we played a dice game called Left, Right or Center, where everyone at the table was competing to be the last one with coins in front of them to win $20. Every time you roll the dice, you risk losing your coins to the person on your left, the person on the right or the center pot. If you’re lucky, you get to keep them–or your neighbor passes you one so you can stay in the game. The first round went to Kacie’s grandfather. He said he didn’t want the money and that we should play again. So we did, but he won again.

It was great to have something fun to do for Christmas other than sit at home and mope about all my friends being occupied with their families. Thanks again, Kace and crew, for making me feel like a party of your family.

You can check out a few more photos from my Christmas with the Kanes in my Facebook album.