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Finding Powder with the Family

January 8, 2011

Beginning the hike

Just call me a jet-setter.  After travelling on a milk run from North Carolina back to the West Coast, Genavieve and I got picked up from the airport and we drove directly up to Kirkwood for our family snowboard trip.  The next morning we were up early and hitting the mountain, hoping to find a few secret stashes of powder.  There was no new snow, but when you get to be in the mountains with the family, the conditions are secondary. 

After a couple of warm up runs, we took the chair lifts over to the backside of the mountain.  Above the top lift, some open powder beckoned.  It was the perfect opportunity to introduce Genavieve and Eva to hiking into the backcountry.  Like the brave and adventurous daughters that they are, they were game to give it a go.  We un-strapped our boards and began the hike

The Family so long ago.

straight up.  When the kids were little, we used to make them snowboard in blizzards.  They were totally encapsulated in protective gear, only the tips of their noses would show.  Tim and I would keep a close eye on them because when they biffed it, they might get swallowed up in the deep snow.  One of us parents would go over and pluck out the mired child, brush off the loose snow, set him on his feet and give a gentle push.  They never complained.  We had little games that we played on the lifts to stay warm.  Within a few years the kids were all fully competent powder riders.  I would ride point through the trees, the four children would follow like ducklings behind me, each picking their own line and Tim would ride sweep in the back. 

It was no surprise to me that Genavieve and Eva rose to the occasion in Kirkwood.  We have always expected them to  and they always have.

Me in front, Genavieve in rear

Me and Eva

Genavieve Pain, Tim Morley, Eva Pain

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy Waynar permalink
    January 9, 2011 2:01 am

    Nice stash TM…looks like you found some pow-pow! I am so looking forward to the day when we get to come to Mackay and ski powder in your neck of the woods…won’t that be a hoot!!!

  2. Cesar permalink
    January 16, 2011 8:06 pm

    From gaps iPad- snowboarding was so much fun! I loved going with you guys, and look forward to going again this season. I am Soooo very excited for Idaho also! Untouched powder… No crowds…

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