Monday, January 31, 2011

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse....

Back at the hospital with the little ski princess.  Seizures!  CT was good. No swelling or bruising of the brain. More tests in the morning to see what is up. Scary day but we survived.

Please keep Siena in your thoughts and prayers.

ski girl  aka siena's mom

Sunday, January 30, 2011

saturday, sunday...

yesterday at the mountain

 ready to teach?!
crazy week lead to quick nap in the hallway

note I'm still on the ground!
that's my ski and boot
snowboarders sit down, why can't skiers?
we did hit the park for hours!

yoga, swim, hang with ski princess, nap, watch x games, more nap, more x games, movie with bff, soup...sleep  :)

how's your weekend?

ski girl

Saturday, January 29, 2011

This is where I'll be today, come ski with me!

The ski princess is home from the hospital and on the mend.  I'm heading to Mt. Hood Meadows with the bff for a day of fresh air, snow and sunshine.  I've been trapped inside for 5 days!  Come ski with me! 

ski girl

p.s.  We'll be the ones in the green jackets.  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Siena is a ski ambassador!

Head over to Be a Girl Today to check out their newest ski ambassador, Siena!  Siena is thrilled with her new title and has already been handing out stickers to her ski girl friends for their helmets.  She is recovering very well from her recent surgery.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

ski girl

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gretchen Bleiler's Sustainability Talk with Aspen High students

Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen/Snowmass athlete and hometown hero took some time out of her busy X Games schedule on Jan. 26, 2011 to speak about sustainability to Aspen High School students. Bleiler, in conjunction with Protect Our Winters (POW) and Alliance For Climate Education (ACE), spoke to inspire and educate students to take action on fighting for climate change. 

ski like a girl loves Gretchen! 
ski girl

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More Denver Big Air 2011

You still have a chance to watch tonight!  It was awesome.  Don't miss it.  Click HERE for coverage.

ski girl

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Denver Big Air 2011


Can't get to Denver?

Watch the Denver Big Air 2011, LIVE, right here!

The only place to watch the Denver city big air contest is on

Bookmark this page, tell your friends and check back Tuesday night, Jan 25, at 6pm Mountain Time, to watch all the insane action go down in the heart of Denver, Colorado. 


ski girl

Monday, January 24, 2011

Siena's surgery is today

My little ski princess' surgery to remove her brain tumor is today at 7:30 am.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as you go about your day.  Siena hopes to get back to her cheer and skiing as soon as possible. I hope that it is as simple as that.  Remove the tumor and get on with life.  I have been warned that may not be the case.  Last night she said goodnight to her tumor and told it that it was the last night it was sleeping in her head.  Cute but kind of creepy.  She's like that.

Thank you for the support and continued good wishes. 

ski girl  aka Siena's Mom

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lids on Kids

Lids on Kids
With the increasing popularity and safety benefits of helmet use, many parents are purchasing helmets for their children. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), together with the help of many others in the ski industry, has developed this site to help educate parents about putting helmets on their children while they're on the slopes.
NSAA, the trade association for ski areas across the country, promotes the use of helmets. It's up to you to educate yourself about their benefits and limitations.

Wear your helmet and put a lid on your kid!!!!!

ski girl

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sundance Film Festival

I saw this on the The Huffington Post.  there are lots of great reasons to go the the Sundance Film festival but for me this one is the BEST!!!!!!!!

It's True--No One Ever Skis
If movies aren't your thing, this is the perfect time to hit the slopes, since they will be relatively empty. Try fitting in some mountain time toward the end of the festival, when things have calmed down. Park City Mountain Resort ( is the most convenient option, since you can ski right down to Main Street, but it's Canyons ( that will be buzzing, with its 300-plus acres of new terrain and a new high-speed quad lift with enclosed canopies and heated seats. Snowbasin Resort (, located 50 minutes north of Park City, is another solid option; it has a fantastic lodge that was built for the 2002 Olympics, when it hosted men's and women's downhill events.

To find out more about the festival  check out, 

An Insider's Guide to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival 

ski girl

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Thrill of Sport!

Utah Olympic Park is hosting five "Thrill of Sport" receptions! It is so awesome to see these kids (and their parents) enjoying the thrill of winter sport. The "Get Out and Play" After School Program allows kids the opportunity to try several ski disciplines on age appropriate terrain: freeride; moguls; Nordic ski jumping; Alpine ski racing and a mini skier cross course. Come check it out! See more info about Utah Olympic Park here:
Yet another reason to move to Utah!
 ski girl

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mt. Hood Meadows Adventure Park

The  new Adventure Park at Mt. Hood  Meadows!
Just $25 for the entire day gives you access to the rope tow, instruction from  freestyle coaches, video analysis, and if you bring your own flash drive you get to take home your video or for $10 you can purchase one!  Meadows does require a Lift ticket to access Adventure Park.  

 Brandon, one of the awesome coaches!

The park is equipped with a rope tow so you can lap features without hiking. For  $25, you can stay as long as you want and the hours of operation are 9:00am - 5:00pm weekends and holidays. 

 The rope tow

Adventure Park has boxes & rails as well as a small table top so whether you are experimenting with freestyle for the first time or need some coaching to get you to the next level the coaches are excited to help you improve. Helmets are required for children under 14 years of age. 

I love to spend my day in the Adventure Park.  See you there this weekend!

ski girl

 p.s.  Meadows also offer a $15 Adventure Park ticket online.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My dear, sweet Siena

Siena, age 11, on vacation in Hawaii

I haven't been doing personal on this blog lately but here goes. To say that it has been a tough week is an understatement.  It has been the hardest week I have ever experienced.  I spent it at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, with my sweet Siena.  You've known her as my little ski princess. She passed out two weeks ago at cheer practice and then again on Monday at school after jumping rope.  I took her to the ER thinking it was her heart, she has a genetic defect.  But while we were there she was complaining (screaming) about pain behind her left eye. She was diagnosed last Monday with a brain tumor.  Her neural surgeon, Dr. Wehby, will be removing it. They have decided not to biopsy first.  I'm not sure what will happen after that. The oncologist will take a look at it and we'll go from there.  She will have surgery on 1/24.   She had a horrible reaction to the anesthesia for her MRI and we spent 20 plus hours in crazy town.  She became feral child. We went through a ridiculous cycle of her becoming depressed, confused, agitated, violent, and suicidal.  Then she would be given a sedative.  She'd sleep some, wake up and the cycle would begin again. Security was called in to restrain her 2x.  It was like Girl Interrupted, I was calling her my little Angelina Jolie. It was insane but it was also a huge distraction from the real reason we were at the hospital. She has a brain tumor.

Finally, things settled down at the hospital and Siena started to have fun there. She got back to her sweet normal self.  She went to school on her unit. She played Uno with the other  6th graders. Somehow one of the teachers managed to explain the 6th math, adding and subtracting  fractions, in a way that Siena completely understood it.  Something that has been evading her all school year got fixed in one tutoring session at the hospital. She also made it through her MRA without anesthesia!!!!  I was so worried that we'd head back into the crazies after that. The anesthesiologist, Dr, Rose, bribed her with a trip to the gift shop and a new toy.  I love him!   I had somehow forgot about bribery as a parenting style to get through some of this. Not to be used too frequently of course. We are  now at home for the week so that she can rest in her own bed and play with her kitties.  Next week is going to be a big one for us. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Leilani and Siena 
aka ski girl and her little ski princess

p.s.  We really appreciate all of  the love and support from all from our friends and family.  And a very special thanks to Jesse.  I wouldn't be holding it together so well without your support, strength, and Whole Foods deliveries!  You are the best!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't try this at home

Intersection Magazine “Don’t try this at Home” #32 from julien regnier on Vimeo.

From the guys at Intersection Magazine: 
"It was harder than I thought it would be. We found a car park, not really long enough but manageable, then built a small kicker, and prepared a vague reception. Pulling Julien was easy, drifting between the kicker and the landing was easy, jumping high enough was (very) easy for Julien. It became harder when we had to do all of this together, and I had trouble drifting properly, as seen in the video. In the end we had a good chance to test the strength of black crows skis and of Nissan bodywork…"

I'm the kind of person, that when I see something ridiculous, I really want to try it.  Not so much with this. I have my limits!  Would you try it?  Let me know in the comments.  I'd love to hear from you.

ski girl

Monday, January 17, 2011

Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story

I heard he is living in Welches, Oregon now.  Any fellow hoodies know for sure?  Don't miss this movie. 

ski girl

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Ski Channel Film Festival

Do you live in Colorado?  If you do you need to go to The Ski Channel Film Festival.  If you don't live in Colorado get on a plane and get there.  The Ski Channel Film Festival with be showing over 50 films from  January 27 - 2 9 at the Colorado Film Festival in partnership with the  2011 Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center.  As part of the partnership, The Ski Channel has chosen Denver and the Snow Show for its inaugural Ski Channel Film Festival and Ski Film Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will all be televised.  Don't miss it! 

ski girl

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The 5 mile wave

It's not skiing but who cares. Wow, I want to ride a  5 mile wave.  Let's all go to Alaska.  We can ski there too.

ski girl

Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Games 2018

2018 bid process - all three Candidate Cities submit their files

The International Olympic Committee has announced that it has received the candidature files of the three Candidate Cities bidding to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (GER), Annecy (FRA) and PyeongChang (KOR) all delivered their files by the deadline of 11th January.

The IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member Gunilla Lindberg, will now analyze the Candidature Files and make site inspections as follows:

Annecy: 9th to 12th February
PyeongChang: 16th to 19th February
Munich: 1st to 4th March

The Commission will then prepare a report that will be published to coincide with the 2018 Briefing for IOC Members, which will take place in Lausanne on 18th and 19th May 2011. The election of the host city will take place on 6th July during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa.

Contributed by IOC

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Goodbye Season, Hello Broken Leg

Check out Kelly McBroom's blog.  She is a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Warning the pictures are a tad graphic and by graphic I mean just plain nasty. Best wishes Kelly and heal quickly.

ski girl

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Take the 21 Day reuseable challenge with Gretchen Bleiler

Take the challenge. I am.

ski girl

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January is Learn a Snow Sport Month !

Oregon ski areas are proud to offer affordable and easy discounted introductory programs to make learning winter sports a cinch. From what to wear, when to arrive and where to park, to renting equipment and meeting your professional instructor.

All it takes is a sense of adventure and a willingness to give it a try. Oregon's Learn to Ski / Snowboard Program:
  1. Ensures a fun and easy introduction.
  2. Guarantees proper instruction to get you started correctly.
Discover the dynamic world of skiing and snowboarding. Whether you want to get involved with your friends, your family, or by yourself, there are very few activities that provide the fun, excitement and purse sense of freedom of downhill winter sports. Get off your couch, escape from the city, and be energized by spectacular alpine scenery and fresh mountain air!

It’s always best to take lessons when learning a snow sport. For alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing it’s best to.” Go with a Pro”….a professional instructor.

Here's a list of fabulous Oregon Ski Resorts
Mt. Hood Meadows
Cooper Spur
Mt. Bachelor
Willamette Pass
Mt Ashland
Ski Anthony Lakes
Spout Springs Ski Area

For other states and ski resorts that are participating in Learn a Snow Sport Month click here.

ski girl
p.s. Hope to see you on the slopes soon!  Come to Mt. Hood Meadows if you'd like to ski like a girl with me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Win a Dream Home in Stowe, Vermont

Yes, it's another contest but it's such a gooooooooood one!
You can enter twice per day at HGTV and HGTV'S Frontdoor through February, 18, 2011.

Good luck!

ski girl

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Line guys are back at Mt. Hood!

Side Sliding is Hard from NIMBUS INDEPENDENT on Vimeo.

Dylan Hood and Eric Pollard ski a morning and then snowboard an afternoon at Mt. Hood Meadows.

I've been spending all my days in the Fun Zone with the itty bitty rippers and missing out on all of that big mountain action.

Hey Line guys, next time you're on the mountain stop by the Wonder Carpet and say hi. My little guys might not know who you are but I sure do!

ski girl
p.s. I love-love the Celebrity-100 this year!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lindsey Vonn As Sharon Stone In Basic Instinct for ESPN Magazine (Yes, THAT Scene)

I'm not sure what I really think about this. Lindsey, you were super hot in Sports Illustrated last year and you certainly are gorgeous in this ESPN Magazine cover shot, but this may be a little too much for some of your younger female fans and uummm me.

What am I talking about here? Well, you do recognize this scene from Basic Instinct? And of course you do know what happens next, don't you? In case you forgot or somehow missed this movie classic you can find a link to the original by searching, “Basic Instinct: Interrogation Scene”. Warning this is not PG13 my young ski like a girl friends. The crossing and uncrossing of Sharon Stone's legs and her lack of undergarments is burned into the memory of many a film-goer.

All I can say is this, Lindsey, I hope that you are wearing your Under Armour!

ski girl

Friday, January 7, 2011

Win a Skier's Edge!

Enter HERE for a chance to win a Skier's Edge. You know I've entered.

ski girl

p.s. They say it's the official training tool of the PSIA; Professional Ski Instructors of America. I'm a member, where is mine? Just wondering!? I'm working on my Level 2 exam this year and could use a little help. Pretty, please...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Best deal on a lift ticket!

Such a deal!  If you are in the Mt. Hood area take advantage of it.
Check out all of the cool new gear at Hillcrest Ski and Board Shop and then head up to Mt. Hood Meadows .

ski girl

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christy Mahon first women to ski all 14ers

The Aspen Times reports that Christy Mahon said "It was only fitting for an 'Aspen girl' to become the first woman to climb and ski all of Colorado's 54 peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation."

Christy's climbs and ski descents are chronicled on the Stuck in the Rockies website.

She started with Box Creek Cirque on May 7, 2004 and finished her quest on May 16, 2010 with a descent of Capitol Peak's east face.

Beside being the first woman to climb Colorado's 14ers, Christy is also in a select group of only seven people reported to have skied the high peaks. Four of whom are from Aspen - Lou Dawson, Chris Davenport, Jordan White, and her husband Ted Mahon.

Congratulations, Christy!
ski girl

GoPro win everything we make contest!

Enter HERE once a day, every day for a chance to win everything GoPro Makes.  You know I will be entering!

ski girl
p.s.  Check out the official rules.
 official rules - GoPro Official Store: Wearable Digital Cameras

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve at Mt. Hood Meadows

Happy New Year to you! 
ski girl