Posted by ARR
As you can see from our last web entry, Paul and I spent the weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our good friend Courtney now lives there and has a house nestled snug in between the base of Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. This visit to see Courtney was long overdue, so we really packed in the fun with a few days in the mountains, riding the deep powder of the ski resort, Snowbird.
As all good trips do, we were of course bummed to have this fun weekend end. We were just getting used to riding in the powder (we’re from the East), and the forecast was showing more snow to come. We don’t want to go home! But alas, we had a flight back to Tucson, Arizona scheduled for Sunday night, 7:30pm.
….or so we thought. By chance, we decide to check our flight status mid-Sunday afternoon (we usually never check our flight status – maybe we should start). And low and behold, we realize for the first time that the return date on our itinerary reads Sunday, *March* 25th….not Sunday, February 25th. Hmmm. Whoops.
We laugh and blame this mistake on each other of course, then try waiting on hold for over one hour 30 min with the airline to try to fix this mistake (an extra $437.00 EACH to fly home tonight???!!!! No thanks), then consider renting a car and driving home instead (12 hour drive…not too excited about this option either), then finally decide to say heck with it – we’ll just buy one-way plane tickets that will get us home the next night (which was considerably cheaper than getting our flight rescheduled – stupid airlines – go figure). Oh yeah, and one more decision: Stranded one extra day in Salt Lake, shall we hit the slopes again? Hell yeah! And we all live happily ever after….
Arizona is the best!
Last weekend was part 2 of April’s parents’ Arizona visit. Paul, Vicki, April and I all traveled to Sedona for some beautiful sightseeing. We spent Friday touring the town and then headed up to Flagstaff for two days of skiing at Snowbowl. We didn’t expect much. In fact, it is very hard to imagine how good skiing could be in April. But, to our surprise, it snowed Saturday and we managed to ride in what we considered the best conditions we’ve ever experienced.
We arrived at the Sunrise parking lot at about 9:00AM on Saturday morning, stepped out of the car in T-shirts and sandals, got our snowboards and skis together and hit the slopes. The conditions were really awesome for the first part of the day. The snow was mostly packed powder and later became a tiny bit slushy because of the intense sun. Temperatures were very comfortable. In fact, I wore a T-shirt all day. I’d recommend it but don’t get broke…cuz it ain’t pretty. Check out the pics below. You wouldn’t believe how black and blue my arms were after crashing in the snowboard park…
April and I were really impressed this weekend! We never thought that snowboarding in Arizona could be SOOOO much fun. It was awesome! The conditions were perfect and the scenery was beautiful. Our biggest problem is trying to figure out if we should go back to Sunrise every weekend or go climbing at Hueco. Tough decisions…
Check out a few of our pics from the weekend.