Thursday, January 15, 2009

Black Butte

Mieke and I stayed with the beautiful James and Kricken and their two blond boys, Liam and Riley, at Black Butte Ranch in the high volcano country of the West Cascades. Marc and Jackie were with us. Max the dog kept the floors clean. We got lots of sun and skied two glorious days at Hoodoo. Fresh snow, no lift lines and plenty of steep runs to get the heart pumping. Nothing like East Coast ice. Great surface and deep, heavy fresh on the ungroomed pistes. Apres ski, the saloon in Sisters had fresh too. Local Deschutes Pale Ale, IPA and Luscious Porter. Later we cooked steak and drank my favorite wine in the world, Amaranthe, Marc and Jackie's immortal creation. The fire crackled, the snow geese honked, we slept good. This is why we travel. This is what we think about in the fast city.

Here's the Favorites:
Food - Mountain Fries, Deschutes Pale Ale
Exercise - Ungroomed Black Diamonds

Gear - Mieke loved her Salomon Instinct CS Boots, EZ loved his Kjus Pikes Jacket and Formula Pants and we both got off on our faux fur-lined black Crocs.