Colorado mountain man

Snowboarding, the Rockies, and a crash

For those of you who don’t know, Sarah and I are not professional snowboarders, in fact it is quite the opposite, unless you count a week 6 years ago we have nary given it a thought throughout our travels. BUT! For some reason when our current amazing house sit in the Colorado Rocky mountains came up, we were like “Hell yeah, lets go become professional snowboarders”.

Fast forward a few months and our first day on the mountain proper, and I was really feeling like I had this shit down. Even when a lift operator told me that my snowboard was an antique and I should see if I could get some cash by selling it to a collector, I thought “Pish Posh, a good craftsman never blames his tools”, and hit the slopes with gusto.

To be fair to myself I picked it up really quickly and was flying down the mountain before my crash and burn. And when I did crash I was going pretty damn slow, and in powder! I think the nose of my board got stuck, I went over the top and my feet tried to stay where they were. Crash…

I then had to snowboard dow to the chairlift, go up the chairlift and get to the station where the first aid guys who were super (thanks dude I forgot your name!), strapped me to a coffin on wheels and took me back down to get patched up, aside from a blast of ice in the face, it was kinda fun.

Fast forward again, just over a week this time (it’s like we be time traveling up in hiah!) and the swelling has gone down, the bruises are fading, and I can walk on my tip toes, so pretty much ready to go again. We have season passes, and I have always wanted to be good at snowboarding, so I will get er dun.

As a quick side note, our house sit up in the rockies is incredible. Views like you wouldn’t believe, amazing owners, a rustic log cabin straight out of Mills and Boon, and a kitty alarm clock who comes into the room every morning at six meeoowing for breakfast. She even has a snooze function wherein if I ignore here she will go away and come back every ten minutes.

Colorado mountain man

Hanging out with my mate the mountain goat. The owners are avid hunters and I have been eating the best game meat in the world!

Colorado hunting

Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting stuffed animals…


Our backyard.


Yellow Tail, and my alarm clock…

(PS, all these photos were taken with my awesome new phone. I love her so much it hurts some times…)

This is the last stop on our American road trip, and it is an absolute doozy. This country has been a lot of fun and I have learned a lot (like why you all love football so much), as well as seen a lot (like bears, Buffalo Bills grave and the largest servings of food in the world!).

I am looking forward to putting together a video of our time here and want to give a shout out to all the cool people we have met. I think I have done more socializing in the last four months than in the rest of my adult life.

thanks for having us America, you got er dun…

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  • SOS
    Posted at 10:04h, 22 January Reply

    “Snowboarding since 2015” hahahahahhahahaa that was awesome!!!!!! And snacks at the end? Love it.
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  • Emily
    Posted at 11:36h, 22 January Reply

    I’m glad you’re on the mend. I am terrified of snowboarding…and downhill skiing (which many people find incredible since I grew up right next to the Canadian Rockies), but did appreciate the slo-mo crash in the video – haha.

    Kitty alarm clocks are the best – the cuddle and purr πŸ™‚
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      Posted at 17:27h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks Emily. The kitty alarm ain’t got no purring. She just meows until I feed her! Although this morning she fell asleep on my lap, which of course meant I couldn’t move for an hour πŸ™‚

  • Rob
    Posted at 12:15h, 22 January Reply

    Ha, the bit where you hear a mini scream from Sarah and you turn around and she is scrabbling on the floor me laugh out loud.

    Loving the beardy hair too! Snowboarding is on my list, think we might be inspired to head up one of the mountains here and fall over lots…
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      Posted at 17:28h, 23 January Reply

      Thank you, I have been practicing beard growth for about 17 years, it always feels good when someone appreciates the effort I put in.

  • Adrienne
    Posted at 12:35h, 22 January Reply

    I had a good few laughs with this “professional snowboarder” post, especially the caption at the end of the video!!!! As the mother of a snowboarder, I know your pain!!!!!!

      Posted at 17:28h, 23 January Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it Adrienne πŸ™‚ Us snowboarders are a tough lot, until we fall down, then there is just a lot of whimpering…

  • Laurie
    Posted at 20:48h, 22 January Reply

    A tip for you on riding powder (from a Coloradan who has been riding for 7 years)… Lift the nose of your board. You’ll sail right over it. It takes a little practice, but you got this. πŸ™‚ Good luck!!
    I’ve been through the area near you all but not that exact place… so lovely, I’ve got to make a trip soon!

      Posted at 17:30h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks Laurie, I think you are spot on, I was so used to “staying above the board” that I got hooked into the snow and BLAMMO! I’ll defo keep it up next time. And you should come through here if you can it is spectacular!

  • Sam
    Posted at 02:00h, 23 January Reply

    Nice video! Glad to hear you’re on the mend! Ready to go next week when I’m in town? I haven’t been on skis in 10 years! I’ll be going very slow for sure. Looking forward to seeing those amazing views in person πŸ™‚ See ya soon!
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      Posted at 17:31h, 23 January Reply

      I hope so Sam, I am almost walking on a flat foot now but it is hard to tell, if not we can go snow-shoeing in the mountains. See you soon.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:06h, 23 January Reply

    Get back out there! What a gorgeous back yard. You may not be ready to leave this house sit either :)Make sure to let us know if your route south brings you back through Portland.
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      Posted at 17:35h, 23 January Reply

      It is amazing, I woke up before the cat this morning and watche dthe sunrise over the mountains while she slept in my lap and a fire roared in the background. Pretty damn idyllic! Unfortunately we are going straight down South from here, but if you pass through Playa you know who to call!

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