Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2012«

Here Comes the Rain Again

January 31, 2012


  It has warmed up to the mid to high 30’s in Juneau with rain and I am having difficulty motivating myself to go for a ski. The Mendenhall Campground is probably still okay for a skate ski, but getting rained on while skiing is not very much fun. It is better than not skiing […]

Earning My Turns (with a little help from others)

January 30, 2012


Today was another day that skiers dream of and wish for. It snowed pretty much all night and it was still snowing when I left the house this morning. However, while backing out of my driveway, on my way to Eaglecrest, I got stuck in the stiff and icy berm that the City and Borough […]

Girdwood Transported

January 29, 2012


Last night we were graciously hosted by dear friends in Juneau and treated to a recipe direct from The Double Musky Inn cookbook. The restaurant is billed as “Alaska’s Mountain Cajun Cuisine” and Girdwood is the pre-eminent ski resort town in the state. Alyeska Ski Resort is likely one of the only places in the […]

One of Those Days

January 28, 2012


  Great temperature, good kick, good glide, fine rhythm, beautiful light, deep and even breaths, happy face meeting happy faces. A good day to be alive and out on the snow. As perfect as a big day of fishing. As perfect as a wine hitting your taste buds in just the right way. Mel

Red, White and Bubbly

January 27, 2012


Organic Chicken soup is on the menu tonight and I am not sure if our guests lean toward red or white wines and I think an evening with friends starts off well with a few bubbles, but I don’t know if they like bubbles, so I am leaving our options open. Here are the wines […]

Powder, Pizza, and Pleiades XIX

January 26, 2012


  Eaglecrest opened after a two-day hiatus and it has been snowing steadily during its closure. It snowed through most of my runs today and every time I re-entered the lift line there was evidence of powder splash on my shellpants. Ooooh yeah! There were plenty of times that I could not see my skis, […]

If I Had a Wine Club…

January 25, 2012


I try to buy wines that I think will fill out my tasting experience, but it is difficult to be very methodical about it. I sometimes wish that I were part of a group that I could share wine experiences with on a regular basis. When we have friends over for dinner, on occasion I […]

Breaking Trail

January 24, 2012


It snowed well into the night last night in Juneau and I thought it would be a good time to go check out a trail that I have never been on when it’s snowy. A seven-minute drive got me to the head of the Dan Moller trail on Douglas Island across Gastineau Channel from Juneau. […]

A Day of Fish, Wine and Skiing

January 23, 2012


I made it out on my downhill boards today and the snow was falling hard the whole time I was on the mountain. Each run was a freshy with crud chunks mixed in, and all in all a good day. I rode up with a woman who is preparing to go to Alta for a […]

In Search of the Perfect Stride

January 22, 2012


  When you are in the rhythm and glide of a good ski, every stride can seem like a miracle, as simple and pure as breathing. The motion is much like walking, but with extension and glide. Classical nordic skiing is a form and practice where, in order to excel, you have to find the […]

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