My great plan a few weeks ago:
I thought it would be fun to go out for brunch with the family, ski a couple of runs before Breckenridge closed for the day, and then relax at night. A complete shutdown at Breck and skiing Keystone didn’t come close to niggling my wild imagination.
The day started out sunny and warm with a light breeze. After waiting an hour for a table, we enjoyed a leisurely meal and then headed for the gondola. As we were about to board, it ground to a halt. We were forced into waiting mode again. What now?
The lift operators talked amongst themselves. Then one of them turned to face the growing crowd. “The mountain has closed due to high winds!”
I looked at her with raised eyebrows. Dang! It was too late to drive to another mountain. All kinds of woulda- coulda-shouldas came to mind.
Then I remembered Keystone is open until 8:00 PM for night skiing!
I hadn’t skied at night for a long time but recalled the excitement of it. While looming shadows swallowed the landscape, the crisp air and contrast of dark and light made an otherwise easy slope, a decent challenge.
It came as no surprise that so many lined up at the base. Some of them must have driven over in the afternoon when Breckenridge closed. I took this photo around 5:00 PM. It looks like the middle of the night!
I’ve always enjoyed the lighting while night skiing. Sometimes it’s easier to see the shadows pop from the snow.
It’s important to see where you’re going!
That said, after an almost blind run while wearing goggles, I took them off. The lenses were too dark. Then the wind howled and my sight blurred.
It didn’t take long until my eyes adjusted, but my camera didn’t. Ha!
Even in the chilly wind, we found time to relax with my son, Kelly, and his girlfriend, Leksy…
And to take the obligatory selfie!
We had a blast!
It’s always fun to try something different when plans change. It forces you to step out of your routine and experience something new. It became a very memorable day!
How do you handle change? Are you up for experiencing something new? Have you ever skied at night?
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