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Stratton Skiing…Derek Style

by Meghann on February 12, 2011

Today’s recap is brought to you by yours truly, Derek, because Meghann is currently dancing in the kitchen with her blogger friends to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. A camera, the internet, and free reign of the ‘publish’ button is a powerful thing! =)

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Ok, so on to the day. After breakfast, another lazy morning, and a late start (my fault), we arrived at Stratton to kick some mountain ass. As you can see, Leslie and Meghann were in fashion show mode. I couldn’t say no…they’re just too awesome.

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Like four 18 year olds at homecoming/prom, we snapped a pic of the classic ‘shoe shot’. If you look closely, I’m the only one that has the skill for a tricky ski boot heel balance. Ok, fine. I may have been using the people to my left and right for support.

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The combination of Saturday skiing and a holiday weekend caused the lift lines to be long. We sure were spoiled yesterday. We used the singles line to counteract it and just met each other at the top.

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Luckily though, we were able to find a few lifts that weren’t so packed and rode together. Everyone but me, looking like a possible bank robbery suspect, got the memo to raise their goggles and lower their gator for a decent picture. Oh well, I’m sure there are other pictures later on in this post that will make up for my gaffe.

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If you recall from last night, Tina and Mal joined us for some weekend skiing. Mal has been snowboarding since about 10 years old and, well, I’m not sure how long Tina has been skiing. Mal has mini speakers built into the ear pieces of his helmet so he can seamlessly rock out to music while boardin’. I must have this new fangled technology. After all, who wears earbuds under 2 or 3 layers of headgear? Err, I do. Like I said, must have.

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This next series of photos I’m not exceedingly proud of but definitely laughed like crazy about. So, I’m skiing down this blue trail (I think it should be black) that has a generous degree of descent. My goggles are somewhat fogged for some reason and I hit some unexpected bumps. Imagine you’re in a school bus with no seatbelt and you start going over multiple speed bumps. It was like that but while on my feet. I don’t remember doing this but Meghann swears I began skiing on one leg. At some point, I switch back to both legs and try slowing down. It works, but far too late. Derek sees tree. Derek meets tree, intimately. Derek is OK and can’t stop laughing.

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Ah, the joys and entertainment of skiing mistakes.

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Lunch time eventually came and we met at Grizzly’s again. Clearly, don’t mess with a good thing. @Mal, are you OK? Something catch your eye? Excited? World coming to an end?

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Meghann says she wants this headband. Leslie says it’s from a mall kiosk.

Ok, I’m on it. ;-)

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Ski boozin’

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We split these nachos between 3 or 4 of us and still didn’t finish them. Personally, I’d give them an ‘eh’ rating. Pretty average nachos if you ask me.

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In edition to the nachos, I ordered clam chowder in a bread bowl. It was quite tasty, but I don’t think it compares to the clam chowder bread bowl we had in San Francisco.

On a side note, a stray nacho chip is trying to scale volcano de bread bowl. We’ll never know if it made it cause it was dipped, dunked, and consumed.

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You are now being presented with our ‘couple’ pictures. Meghann says we have “old eyes”. What do you think? I’m pushing 27 and she just turned 26. Apparently some kind of anti-aging eye cream is in our future. Kidding…kind of…not really.

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My picture timing, or lack thereof, is on display below. Either way, it’s a fun picture. And you know what? I’m pretty sure I captured the FUN in the picture.

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After lunch we headed back out onto the trails. The lines had died down which was a very welcomed thing for our afternoon ski runs.

At one point, we all attempted a double black diamond. For all you non-skiers out there, double black diamond is as hard as it gets. I know the below picture doesn’t do it justice, but we were on an approx. 75 degree hill with moguls. I fell about four times, Leslie somehow didn’t fall, Meghann (who took the ‘woosy’ way down) fell once, and I believe Leslie’s fiance fell once or twice. In all fairness, I tried to ski the hill the way it’s meant to be skied, without all the falling of course. The ice on the hill had others ideas about me staying upright.

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Meghann, Ashley, and Theodora ended the day with a waffle treat that they had been eyeing since yesterday. It had a generous drizzle of chocolate and, from what I hear, was quite a treat.

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And there you have it folks. I hope you enjoyed my recap of our second day of skiing at wonderful Stratton mountain.

This is Derek signing off. Take care of yourself…and each other. And yes, I stole that from Jerry Springer. Good night!

{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karolina February 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Looks like you all had an incredibly fun day!

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2 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Looks like SO much fun! I’ve never been skiing, but these pictures make me want to! :-)

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3 Chelsey (Cookteen) February 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

looks so fun! great photos :)

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4 Dori February 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Good job D!

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5 Caitlin T February 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I love that Derek posted this!! Awesome job obvs! It’s funny to finally hear (via internet??) his personality!

You guys are clearrrly having a blast! Have an awesome rest of the vacation!

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6 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 February 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Hahahaha Derek! Nice recap…and nice pictures!

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7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Glad you guys are having a great weekend! Yummy food!

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8 Tanya @ Vegan Faith February 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I love Derek’s recap! So fun to have him blog! He’s very fun to read.

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9 Sana February 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Nice job Derek! Maybe you will get your own section on the bloggy?

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10 Lauren February 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Looks fun! It was the perfect weekend here to ski, after a week and a half of tons of snow.

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11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

So, when are you starting your own blog? :)

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12 G February 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

I second this question!! :D

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13 jdcjdd February 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Why would she start to take the photo series of you falling before she knew you were ok? Caring.

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14 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) February 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Ha! Derek should guest post more often. Also – I have the SAME exact headband – got it from a street vendor in NYC around Christmas. If you’re headed back to FL through NYC, grab one!

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15 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Haha!!! LOVE IT! :D You need your own blog. ;)

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16 Becca February 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm

So neat that Derek gets to blog. What a great recap! Looks like fun.
I, on the other hand, have only been skiing once and failed/gave up after about ten minutes. Hah! Good for you guys for sticking it out, even with the bumps along the way! :)

My only question? School buses have seat belts for people other than the driver? Ours certainly don’t! :P

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17 Meghann February 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

This is Derek. Nope, you’re right. Just wanted to emphasize the fact of not being ‘strapped down’ in any way.

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18 Janene @ OneRun February 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Derek, you should definitely do some more posts… I loved this one! :-) Have a blast!

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19 Mom February 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Good job Bubba Bear. It seems like you r a pretty seasoned blogger. I enjoyed reading about your day.

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20 Meg's Dad February 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

WAIT A MINUTE ???? BUBBA BEAR HeHeHe LALAL Roll on the ground holding my sides OMG !!! Cant wait to see ya ?!?! PS Thanks MOM

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21 Anthony February 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

I think I smell the name of your new blog Derek. It is called “Bubba Bear”. What do you think?

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22 Derek February 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Only if you start a beer blog called “Two Many”

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23 Mari February 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Derek is so funny!

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24 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm

what an amazing post! Derek, you have a new job as a blogger!

Tik Tok…i have been known to jam out to that!

Those black diamonds, chocolate waffles, nachos..all look pretty incredible to me :)

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25 Fit Chick Britt February 13, 2011 at 12:02 am

Great post Derek! Looks like an amazing vacation! I’ve never been skiing.

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26 sarah (sarah learns) February 13, 2011 at 12:06 am

i loved hearing derek’s perspective! so much fun. also, i actually laughed out loud at the tree crash!

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27 Kristen February 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

Derek is so funny! I think you need to hire him as a consultant for your new business ;) The nacho comment had me laughing out loud!!

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28 Floey February 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

Derek you need to guest post more often!

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29 Elisabeth February 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

Nice recap, D! You should do more ‘guest’ blogging :)

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30 Jaime February 13, 2011 at 2:44 am

hahahaha…excellent job Derek. Glad that tree made you laugh and not cry. Good sport!

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31 Lara February 13, 2011 at 2:50 am

LOVED this article.

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32 RED February 13, 2011 at 5:32 am

Hehehe, funny post! It made me laugh!

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33 Caroline February 13, 2011 at 5:49 am

I love guys posts!

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34 olivia February 13, 2011 at 6:02 am

Skiing with earbuds is probably not the smartest idea… Just a thought.

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35 Little Bookworm February 13, 2011 at 6:18 am

Love this post. Really funny, and sounds like you are all having a great time!

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36 Freya February 13, 2011 at 6:28 am

This is a great post! Derek should blog more often :P

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37 natalie @ http://healthybalancingact.blogspot.com/ February 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

nice to hear from you derek! i love the snow..and snow boozing :) i think apres is one of the best parts

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38 Kara February 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

Any post that ends with a Jerry Springer reference is awesome in my book :)

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39 Allison @ OneWhiteTulip February 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

Hahaha, Derek’s guest post rocks.

Annnnd I really laughed at the “Like four 18 year olds at homecoming/prom, we snapped a pic of the classic ‘shoe shot’” because I totally have those shots from prom. Oh, Derek, you have a way with analogies…

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40 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

You, Derek, have just the sense of humor I love! Great post!

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41 Caitlin February 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

quite an amusing post! enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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42 megan @ blackberries for jam February 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

Loved this! I’m so impressed you all took on the double black diamond! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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43 Becky February 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

I don’t think you look like you have “old person” eyes, but FYI, most anti-aging creams do little other than moisturize that area. My dermatologist says they are mostly a waste of money. Once the damage is done, there’s nothing you can do about reversing it (other than plastic surgery/botox). You’re better off with a good quality regular moisturizer and high UVA/UVB protection sunscreen worn every day to prevent further damage.

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44 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

Looks like an incredible day!

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45 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

I love the men posts from yesterday!

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46 christina cadden February 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

Looks like so much fun!

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47 Lauren @ Team Giles February 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Great job blogging Derek!!

Meghann, you have a sweet man on your hands. I love the part about the headband you want. He’s on it. So sweet!! :)

The trip looks super fun too!

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48 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

So much fun!!!

Helmet with built-in speakers? That is legit!

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49 Richelle February 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

Lol! Looks like a fun day!

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50 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Great job, Derek! You’re hilarious! Can’t wait to read more of your guests posts!

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51 Mimi February 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

What a post, Derek! When can we be expecting your own blog? (:

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52 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

what a fun post! you did an excellent job recapping the day. i need to get my hubby to guest post. i’ll use this for inspiration!

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53 Jae February 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

Derek you rock! This post was awesomesauce:) meghann you’re a lucky girl!:)

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54 Clare February 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love you, Meghann, but you should let Derek blog all the time. This rocked! :)

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55 Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg February 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love this! I think Derek should blog more often ;)

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56 Allison February 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Just adding my name to those who think Derek needs to hijack the blog more often. Loved this!!

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57 Lauren February 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

LOL – Loved Derek’s post! Him hitting the tree was also hysterical (happy he didn’t get hurt though) – I’m a snowboarder so I’m allowed to laugh. Glad you guys had a great time!

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58 LauraJayne February 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I think this “guest” post rocked! I’m glad y’all had a nice vacation!

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