Sunday, February 20, 2011

Backside Pivot Slips

This is not on my PSIA Level 2 exam, but is very cool.  Why do I always want to do everything backwards?  Must be the dancer in me.  This is what I'll be doing today!

ski girl

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pivot Slips

A new task on my upcoming PSIA Level 2 ski exam.  I'll be pivot slipping all over the place this weekend.  You?

ski girl

Friday, February 18, 2011

I heart My Life Outdoors

Today I'm sending a little blog love to Steven over at My Life Outdoors!  Why do I love this blog?

1. This is totally self-serving, but My Life Outdoors and Liftopia had a giveaway contest and I won!!!!!  A $50.00 gift card for Liftopia is exactly what this ski girl needs!

2. Who knew that Texas was so cool?  I know that Lance lives and trains there so it's got to  be awesome.  Steven makes it seem pretty appealing, too.

3.  He skis!

4.  It's about a lot more than Texas.  This guy travels to some cool places and he writes about his experiences, beautifully.  Makes me want to get outside and enjoy My Life Outdoors.

ski girl

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Pow is back at Mt. Hood Meadows!

I need to ski!

ski girl

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just say no to Plastic!

Just say no to plastic.  ski like a girl supports Green Sangha.

The facts from Green Sangha
Shoppers worldwide are using 500 billion to one trillion single-use plastic bags per year.
This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth.  And the number is rising.
“But plastic bags are so convenient!”
It depends on how far you are looking.  A plastic bag may be convenient for a minute or two when you carry something out of the store, but consider these costs:
  • Plastic bags are made from a non-renewable resource: oil!
    An estimated 3 million barrels of oil are required to produce the 19 billion plastic bags used annually in California.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
    Plastic manufacturing’s air pollution contributes greatly to global “weirding” (extreme weather of all sorts) we are experiencing is the result.
  • Non-biodegradable
    Plastic is food for no one.  It never completely breaks down.
  • Litter
    We see bags hanging on trees, along the roadside, slipping down the storm drain, and floating in the ocean.  Even when we do put them in the garbage, they don’t always make it to the landfill.  47% of landfill blow-away trash is plastic.
  • Toxicity
    Manufacturing plastic releases toxins in the air, as does recycling plastic.  The additives used in plastic are often toxic and can leach into our food.  The surface of plastic is chemically attractive to some of the worst toxins in our environment (e.g., PCBs and pesticide metabolites).
  • Harm to Marine Life
    More than 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, one million seabirds, and countless fish worldwide are killed by plastic rubbish each year.
  • Choking the ocean
    Beaches on every continent are littered with plastic scraps and particles.  In a recent surface trawl of the North Pacific Gyre, 46 pounds of plastic were found for every pound of zooplankton.
  • We’re eating plastic
    Fine particles of plastic are taken in by filter-feeders in the ocean.  These plastic-laden small creatures are then eaten by larger animals and plastics work their way up the food chain, all the way to our seafood menu.
Green Sangha’s Work
Since 2006, our actions have included:
  • Promoting a successful campaign to ban plastic check-out bags in Fairfax, California, which reduces eights tons of waste per year
  • Encouraging local and chain markets in California to reduce or eliminate plastic bags – produce bags as well as tote bags
  • Giving over 240 talks to over 7000 citizens
  • Publishing articles in local newspapers and magazines
  • Showing our plastics display in scores of festivals, conferences, and other public gatherings
  • Testifying before elected councils and boards
What You Can Do to support Green Sangha
  1. Be the Change
  2. Share
  3. Join the Campaign. Sign up for our Email Newsletter to read about current actions and starting one in your community.
  4. Support Our Work. Donate to help us spread the word and produce more videos, raising awareness and catalyzing real change.
Be the change you want to see in the world.

ski girl

Monday, February 14, 2011

Marry me, ski for free

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you are skiing today with your sweetheart. It may be too soon for a V-day wedding this year, there is that pesky Colorado wedding license requirement. For those of you who get engaged tomorrow, you'll have a whole year to plan for a Valentine's wedding. You may want to make sure grandma can ski before you load her on the lift. There is only one way down.

ski girl
p.s.  Click HERE to make your plans for next year. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chairway 2 Heaven

Chairway to Heaven 2.13 
On Sunday, February 13th from 12pm - 4pm, enjoy nine minutes in heaven on the Blue Chairlift with a new friend or lover!  Then join the "Meadows Mingle" at the bottom of the Blue chairlift to warm up with a fire, snacks, smooth tones, and fabulous prizes! For more details please visit the Mt. Hood Meadows  website.

Head to Mt. Hood Meadows with your special someone, or meet that special someone there.  I will be teaching, on Saturday not  Sunday, and hope to have my own pre-Chairway to Heaven moment.  I know who I want it to be with.  :)

ski girl