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First Day of Skiing

Sunday, November 11, 2012

 

Ski season is finally here!

The Breckenridge and Keystone resorts opened this past weekend, and Arapahoe Basin opened a few weeks ago. Vail and the other resorts will follow in the coming weeks, and I’m going to ski them all. I got to go for the first time this weekend thanks to my friend who has that house in Vail (remember from about a month ago?). We went up on Friday night and then went early Saturday morning to hit the slopes at Keystone. There were only a few runs open from the only lift that was running, but that’s better than nothing! We went for maybe 3 hours and then decided to call it a day. The snow was great. Almost entirely man made, but frozen water is frozen water, right? And in that short amount of time we were up there, I still managed to fall on my butt when I hit some ice, but such is snowboarding. Please enjoy the few photos I managed to snag of the mountain and of the group that are posted below.

After skiing half the day away, we rushed back to Boulder, because my fraternity had our initiation ceremony for our pledges. We initiated 15 of them at our house that evening in a ceremony I always enjoy. I can’t divulge the secrets of initiation, of course, but it’s definitely a special experience. It’s especially special for me, as a senior who has seen the ups and downs of this chapter, to see us welcome in new men who are about to have the same experiences I have and grow in the same ways I grew. With those 15 new brothers, we’re at 52 brothers total, which is the largest our chapter has ever been (since 1977!). I won’t get too sentimental on you, but it’s so cool to see all of my hard work pay off in the form of a larger, stronger, more successful fraternity.

Anyway, that was my weekend, and I hope yours was good too!

The crew at the top of Keystone.

Pretty sweet view from midway down the slope.

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas

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