Powder Days!

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Anna looking every bit the snowboarder. Oooo yeah look at that snow!

Snow does weird things to people! Why would someone get up at 4:30am, travel for 30hrs half way around the world dealing with airports, delays, customs, no-sleep and a loud self obsessed american woman? Well yes, the answer would indeed be snow.

Since arriving in Keystone we have been treated to almost non-stop snow which has made for some awesome snowboarding, something that occupied my mind since we began organising this RTW adventure.

Highlights so far include:
- flying over Grand Canyon
- riding powder for 3 days straight at both Keystone and Vail
- staying at Vail Lodge and being treated to an outdoor spa while it was snowing and sitting in a late night piano bar (unforgettable!!)
- experiencing the sheer enormity of Vail Mountain

Selbs has been learning to snowboard since arriving.

The tube hill in all its glory. Spin it!!
I was a little bit hesitant when I heard she wanted to snowboard and not ski (something she is already very good at), and the first hour of Huge Snowboard enterprises lesson saw me realise my fear. Trying to explain a hundred different things at once to a girl who is falling on her bum every 10 metres is probably not the right way to go about things. However after a couple of 'minor' disagreements, she started working out the whole balance and stopping thing and is doing a great job, even linking her turns today! I have managed to get in a couple of tree runs along the way, which has made all the hard yards worth it.

We are lucky enough to be staying 5 minutes bus ride from the Keystone lifts, at Sarahs, a friend of Annas who is working here for the winter. She lives with Tim and Lisa, whose house it is, both great guys and they all work on the mountain as well, affording us lots of hook-ups and inside knowledge :-).

Anna, getting accustomed to the board at the top of School Marm. She was a quick learner!
Cant thank Sarah enough for every thing she has done for us...the night in Vail was truly awesome and something that both Anna and I will never forget.

I am not sure if the town and surrounding area that we are staying is your average 'America' but basically everything is big - big cars, big buildings, big meals, big personalities (aka aforementioned lady on bus), big roads, big fruit, big vegetables and the list could go on...its just darn big. So far the people have been really friendly, only a very few are of the stereotypical type. If I had any gripes it would be LA airport - it was a shambles (Denver was much better!!)

The next couple of days are action packed with some Tubing tonight, ice-skating tomorrow, thermal springs on Friday and of course snowboarding (with a little bit of the night variety thrown in there as well).

Hope everyone is well at home, glad to hear the pink ladies are as dominant as ever!!

Ride on.

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