odin has discovered that he really likes downhill skiing and he’s pretty good at it. today he was on the slopes with friends for 7 hours ( he’s in the red hat and blue and black coat )!
which is all cool and everything, except WHY DOES HE PICK THE MOST EXPENSIVE SPORTS TO LIKE! the lift ticket alone is $48?!
odin has been cross country skiing for years and for years he’s been patiently waiting for us to get skis of our own. this year, he even wanted to visit santa to plea for him to bring us skis!
he delivered the skis, but didn’t bring any snow so it’s taken us awhile to get out and about.
how is it possible that i’ve never been cross country skiing before? it’s a lot of fun even though it seems to use muscles that have never been used!
and there was time for some awesome sledding too 🙂
i came back from a recent trip to find this nice article on odin’s cross county ski club clipped from our local newspaper and posted on our fridge. if you happen to have a child in the picture and didn’t see it the first time around, i think this is probably from the march 15th edition.
i wonder how that photographer ever managed to wrangle such a nice shot out such an unruly group of kids 🙂
i’m once again reminded how time flies. it seems like just yesterday that i was lamenting almost being done with another season of cross country skiing lessons. and maybe the day before yesterday was the last day of lessons last year. ah, the bittersweet moment of celebrating the last day of lessons since it means that winter fun is almost done and spring is to be sprung!
it was a pleasure and a privilege to be asked again this year to take a group photo of the crew. see if you can spot odin “hamming it up” for the shot. like father, like son 🙂
odin sports his new toothless grin.
an action shot without poles! this is a lot trickier than it looks with kids of varying proficiency going up and down the ski run. bonus points are awarded for not running into the guy the camera.
the older kids and The Young At Heart played a round of “tag”. odin eyed it with interest but passed this year. i’m sure he’ll get in on the action next year.
after and hour or so outside, it was time to go inside for a wonderful potluck including hot chocolate to warm the bones. odin and a friend are sporting the f excellent commerorative hats given out by the fine folks at mt. borah who help organize and sponsor the lessons.
and as if that wasn’t enough fun, then it was time for a bonfire with s’mores!
i have no doubt, with an ending like this, that odin will happily be back next winter for another season of lessons!
sigh. it’s hard to believe odin’s second season of cross country skiing is rapidly coming to a close and i haven’t even taken any pictures!
lots of fun times out at the snowflake ski club with friends and i’m sure we’ll be back again next year.
for a walk down memory lane check out his first day last year, one of my shots making the westby times, a few random scenes and his last day of skiing last year.
it looks like odin’s trying to take “center stage” but really he almost fell over 🙂
action shot – he has much better form than his old man!
soren is so good he doesn’t even need any poles.
as the sun sets it’s time for some post-workout stretches!