Thursday, December 04, 2008

Photo of the week: A different kind of cabin fever.

This week's photo comes from one of our Head Tour Guides, Ken Fuhrer. It seems appropriate, as the new snow begins to fall and many of us turn our thoughts toward skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, crackling fires, hot chocolate, fondue, and more. Our local newspaper, the Daily Planet, recently interviewed a few people around town. One person commented about the recent snowfall, "There is something in snow that makes people really happy. I'm really excited about all the good energy in town."

For myself, I feel like I have more energy when it snows than when it’s sunny. Take this morning for example. I popped out of bed at 6:50. I quickly lit a fire in the woodstove. I was out in the snow by 7:15. Some people think of winter as a time to hibernate and develop cabin fever. I’m proud to admit that I have a different kind of cabin fever. It's called a burning desire to get on snow.

Examine this week’s image carefully, and pay particular attention to the three lone skiers in the middle of the photo.(You can click on it to make it bigger). That’s the sort of thing that we do in Europe with our sister company Alpenglow Ski Safaris. It’s a little known fact that many people in Europe prefer to ski on groomed runs, yet 80% of their terrain lies off piste. The result: A private powdery playground for anyone willing to explore. The best part is that you don’t have to be an expert skier or snowboarder to enjoy it. You’ll find plenty of terrain for all abilities. To add a bit of icing on the cake, a warm glass of gl├╝hwein awaits at the bottom of every run. I know that I’m plugging, but I have to. The energy that we feel during this time of year is explosive, and it’s just too difficult to ignore.

Wherever you are, I hope that you welcome the coming snows as much as we do. And for those of you that don’t get snow, maybe you should come out and visit us sometime. We’ll keep a fire in the woodstove for you. Happy Holidays!

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