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Tahoe 2012

The people: Eric, Alicia, Nolan, Meg, Shea, Kortnee, Dan, Liz

The location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Synopsis: This year's (mostly) annual ski trip took us to South Lake Tahoe.  Unfortunately, the Lake Tahoe area had received very little snow this year (an employee told us it was the 2nd worst December revenue ever at Heavenly resort), but we did receive a nice storm giving us 12-24 inches of new snow depending how high up you go.  Add in a prime house rental, skiing, new snow, a hot tub, and it ended up being a great trip in spite of the lack of terrain open.

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Lake Tahoe

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Hm, which skis to pack?

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Skiing Day 1: Kirkwood

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Kirkwood

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Day 2: New Snow!

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Snowing, and my practically brand new rental Suburban :)

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Heavenly

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Heavenly

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Behind the house

Pepper mill
We stayed in Reno the last evening to catch an early flight the next morning

Can't wait for Ski Trip 2013!

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Skijoring (for real!)

The midwest finally received a decent snow on Thursday, with Madison receiving about 5 inches of the fluffy stuff.  This was great as we can finally start ski joring on snow (as opposed to the training).  Overall I'd say it went pretty well.  He seems to love running in the snow and doesn't seem to mind dragging some extra weight behind him.  Only once did he pull me to the side and make me fall :)  I think skijoring is definitely going to be part of our winters!

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More pictures after the jump...

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Snoqualmie Pass Backcountry

The first weekend in January brought me back to Washington state, as the spouse was interviewing for a position at PNNL in the Tri-Cities of Richland, Pasco, Kennewick WA.  Conveniently located only about 2.5 hours from Snoqualmie Pass, we decided to take a trip to the Cascades for a weekend of backcountry skiing.  FYI for the uninitiated - backcountry skiing involves skiing outside of a ski area, and generally propelling yourself up the mountain (no ski lifts).

An assortment of our pictures from the weekend.  Apparently I need to remember to take more pictures of the actual skiing.

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Alpental Valley

More pictures after the jump.

 

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A Very Purdue Christmas

Over the holidays we went to my in-laws place in (relatively) Central Indiana.  My alma mater, Purdue, had both a football game and a basketball game during the break so I thought I'd make the most of my time back in Indiana and attend both the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in Detroit on December 27th and the basketball game against Illinois on Purdue's campus in West Lafayette on New Years Eve.  I had forgotten how much fun college sports are (especially when your team wins)!


Alumni Tailgate with Purdue Pete!

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