Wow! We didn't know getting away for a holiday could be so much fun. If we could be guaranteed snow every year, we would make a ski trip for Thanksgiving one of our new traditions. The roads were clear, the weather was perfect, we took some fun pictures, and wildlife appeared on cue: a herd of buffalo greeted us at the "T" in the road near Pendroy, we saw beaver dams and deer on Highway 2, and at a gas station somewhere near Essex, we chatted with a bizarre looking but friendly store clerk.
The lodge was quiet at Big Mountain, so we shared theThanksgiving dinner we had packed with a night security guard and the hotel clerk. In the comfy lobby, we put together a puzzle (well, Nancy did. The rest of us failed), and lounged in front of the fireplace.
The next morning, we had a GREAT time navigating the long runs on the back side of the mountain and riding the very fast chair lifts. Quite different from our local ski area! In retrospect, it might have been a bad decision to ski the last run of the day down to the Village at the mountain's base. We were overtired but didn't want to look wimpy and ride the lift DOWN from the summit, so we took the "Moe-mentum" run leading to an easier road. Think, under-groomed, over-skiied, and patchy snow. The guy at the top had said, "Oh, you'll be fine, just carve your way down." I looked at Bob then he looked at me, then we both looked at the lift attendant and repeated, "Carve?" Pointing those tips down the slope of Moe-mentum was tough after that little exchange. But we did learn to carve - the hard way. And we learned that wipeouts aren't so bad if you fall just right. Plus, there's that little element of fun to body surfing face down and wondering where your legs are and if you'll be within walking distance of your skis when you come to a stop. It does take a few days to work out the soreness, though.
We will keep skiing, and we'll get better -- AFTER some squats, weight training, and time spent on the treadmill. A recreational Thanksgiving is a good idea. It may not be as relaxing as watching football and munching leftovers all day, but it is certainly more memorable. Happy Thanksgiving!