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Friday, January 13, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

BLOG is short for Bike LOG

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Colorado Snow Ski

I've been snow skiing this week, hence the dearth of blogging entries. My son flies down the trails faster than me. "Hey Dad, this trail's called Death by Gravity. It looks fun. Let's go!" He disappears over a ridge, I shush up to it and peer down into a chasm with rock ledges hanging out and my son is disappearing into the murky fog far far below.

My son started skiing Black terrain at the end of last ski season. This is the year that Blue runs have become boring for my son. I've done more Black runs today than I have in my previous 25 years of skiing. I also feel the same pain today than in my previous 25 years of skiing, combined.

If you're not into skiing, trails with a "Green" rating are for beginners. These have a shallow slope and are groomed to be nice and smooth. "Blue" trails are for intermediate skiers. They're a little steeper and offer more challenge. "Black" runs feature terrain for advanced skiers: steeps, bumps, powder and trees. Truth be told, I enjoy the easier Black trails, though my knees like well-groomed wide paths.

In Colorado, we also have Double Black Diamond runs. These are the ungroomed, powdery, death-defying cliffs with moguls, trees and the occasional man-eating monster that invincible ten-year-olds love and 40-year-old knees hate.

When we weren't destroying my legs on steep bumpy runs, my son and I were killing ourselves in the freestyle park. Or, more accurately, my son was grinding rails and flying from ramps with the greatest of ease, while I killed myself. I think it's time to censor those Warren Miller extreme skiing videos. I think I'll also pass on the group bike ride tomorrow morning.

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