So I Skied In A Bikini…

Many times our funny jokes turn in to bets, that then turn in to reality.

Recently this resulted in me, who a few short years ago could barely stand up on skis, gearing up bright and early this 4th of July.

It was maybe the funniest day on skis – which is a bold statement.

I got mistaken for Vanessa Aadland (my apologies to HER), got a “pro call out”, got a souvenir T shirt, got in some great turns, got interviewed by the SLTribune.

And I did it in a bikini.

Because, really, why not?

While the idea wasn’t that crazy to me, I learned the lesson that to some people things you do will be dumb. To some people things will be funny. To some people things you do will be something that never even crossed your mind.

A Season In Cell Phone Pictures

This link is an album of all the winter pictures and ski photos I took on my cell phone this winter.

It kind of cracks me up trying to snap something quick to share. Many times the service is too in and out to upload then and there, and I forget completely about the shot from the mountain that day. I recently dumped my phone to start over  for summer – since skiing just ended – and found a ton of photos.

You can read my interview in the Salt Lake Tribune and see the crazy thing I did for the 4th of July here.

Snowbird, 4th of July

Write What You Know

The beginning of somegosoftly was all about how everyone had a blog. So I wanted one. I wasn’t the first on myspace, blogger, facebook, or twitter, but I wasn’t the last. I was super curious about social media and what it would do, where it would go.

I dropped blogger immediately, thinking it was rather hokey looking. This wordpress site is completely free, and it offers a lot, but there are also things I can’t do. Like get rich. But come on. That’s unrealistic. I wanted to journal and share not because of some unique perspective, but just because the only way to get better at writing is to write.

Writers write.

So my struggle after a funny video was my blogging over at Ski Utah. I COULD just journal, but I wanted it to be much more than that. I wanted what Copyblogger says to gain: followers (and comments!!). Using a call to action. A great headline. Great content.

It was harder than I ever imagined. I run around telling people to check out the site, and try to provide value. My gimmicky video to win aside, I am a huge defender of Utah, skiing, and trying it if you never have.

I want people that don’t have Utah or skiing on their radar to visit/even move here and fall in love.

I want to be the reason for that.

My argument was that there are 10% phenomenal skiers, 10% beginners, and everyone else is somewhere in the middle.

I wanted to reach out and connect with those people in the middle, and I gained a platform to do so. And then the work was hard.

What to you blog to get people’s attention?

I tried to educate as someone learning everything for the first time. About gear, about the resorts.

I hit a wall when I started skiing.

That might not make sense, but the truth is good writing takes so much time.

Learning how to REALLY ski took up so much of my time, every day. Then you get home, put on sweats and turn into a zombie. Until last month, when I was finally good to ski all morning, and then go workout, work, do whatever after. No tiredness. Then I hurt my foot, and that slowed me down. I got a little depressed. I realized it is a PAIN to try and take pictures, and film on the mountain. I just wanted to ski.

I learned what I know about skiing, and what I’ll never understand. I hate making videos while skiing. You miss a lot of skiing. So despite labeling myself the wordy one, well, that’s what I am. Gotta do what I know how to do!

The good news- to me-  is I’m back to writing and have posts outlined  for over the summer and into the next ski season that I can be really proud of. It just took time. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and hope to bring my love of skiing to more and more people. With exceptional content!

Snowbird Stoke

When I first heard that Snowbird was talking about adding a coaster, I thought it was an April Fools joke, in January. I’m sure PCMR would tell me that they roll in dough with people who don’t ski lining up to take a ride or throw their kids on the thing, so that’s nice and all.

I took some of my visiting family once and felt like a fool, like a caught-up-in-a-gimmick silly. That’s not what the mountain is there for. I want you to make money in the summer. On renting downhill mountain bikes and hiking gear and GOOD FOOD.  Just my opinion. Not to mention it was a short ride. And an expensive one.

So then Snowbird wants one.

To me Snowbird is Utah’s most challenging “in your face get down this hill I dare you” resort.

So maybe, if I was the marketing genius that worked there, I say “let’s get people all worked up about a coaster we don’t even WANT”. Because it’s silly.

THEN I come up with this:

Heck yes. Make the resort bigger. Get some new lifts. Change the resort, keep up with the ever-changing and competitive ski market of other states. Of other resorts like the Canyons. Right?

My fingers are beyond crossed that this works out.

Go Utah, go Snowbird! Even if they still want the coaster.


Updated to add a link to the Mountain Enthusiast view.

And some forums debating the issue:

A rather heated discussion over at TGR.

Epic Ski community thread.



Finally Hitting The Yoga Challenge!

Skiing has kinda killed me. I’m happy about it, but I’ve skied more this winter than the last two winters put together. I’ve skied harder, faster, and better. I’ve also totally repeatedly taxed my body to the point of exhaustion. I’m still wondering if what I have is a set of hairline fractured ankles.

The ‘break’ of SXSW provided not much of a break, the walking and standing didn’t give my feet, ankles, and knees the time to rest and repair I’d hoped for. Then I came home to a ton of new snow!

I’ve been trying to get back to the gym or back to yoga every day, but was just too beat. I finally started today in the basement, and thankfully there and not the gym! I had to take two ‘time outs’ on an hour long yoga workout. Sad.

If you remember me mentioning this Yoga 21 Day Challenge at the beginning of the year, I am so fortunate that all the videos are still available. You should check it out! I didn’t get to it then, but started it today.

I made it about two full months of not eating any crap. Unfortunately that kind of hurt me in the long run, eating crap in Austin made me super sick one whole night…but oh well. I’m upping the ante to no fast food and no restaurants, which will again have to wait until we get back from my Momm’s birthday vacation, although I’m going to try to force myself to either salads or small portions, haven’t quite figured that out. And again, if you ban it, then when you’re stuck with it, it hurts. Kinda curious about the appropriate balance. Thoughts?

And I have a question. I’m back to getting in shape, building flexibility, and cultivating this healthy body to ski and live with.

Do you use any supplements or swear by any product to help?

I’ve been drinking this daily and really like it, even though it’s one of those “not validated by the FDA” herbal kind of things. Any of you have something like this that you use/take/drink?

RELATED: Read this right after posting this blog, what do you think?

Celebrating Bad Timing

These national events, when they happen, can have crazy impact. Remembering every 9/11 as your wedding anniversary can’t be easy.

Much less significantly (as in I’m not so dumb I’d liken one to the other), I feel guilty celebrating today while people are talking about the far reaching reprecussions of the earthquake in Japan.

But I’m going to have to keep living life, and isn’t that a good message?

So, today we drove all the way out to Beaver Mountain, completing my mission to ski all 14 Utah resorts. Maybe I’ll tell everyone else tomorrow. Or next week. Or when Japan is better. So I don’t feel like such a brat.

Rough Stuff

Spring skiing is always a little treacherous for me, slushy snow makes me squirrly. But the views are worth it on warm bluebird days. I skied Jupiter Bowl @PCMR for the first time yesterday  – still a lot to check off my “to do” list in the last real month of ski season – WOW it’s flying by.

Check out just how miserable it was yesterday:

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President’s Day

We never ski President’s Day. It’s always a mess. East Coasters on Mid-winter’s break pack our state and ski like crazy!

But there was snow, so we woke up slowly and decided to drive out to Brighton, my go-to resort the day after the big storm, where there’s always leftover fresh lines to find.,0,5873370.story

Watch the videos for a glimpse of what some people had to deal with here.

I’m fairly sure with our late start (shame on us) we were the very last car that squeezed in the parking lot, and were able to have a lovely day.

I do feel bad for tourists that came and had to wait – but that’s why you get up early!