Sharon, Jack and I spent the day skiing at the Soda Springs Ski Resort. We left the house at about 6:40 a.m. and with a quick stop for breakfast were at the resort before 9:00 a.m.
We put Jack in a group lesson in the morning. Jack said that he enjoyed the group lesson more than the private lesson that he had last year because they got to play follow the leader. Sharon and I spent the morning exploring the runs; I had never skied at Soda Springs before.
After lunch, the fun began. Skiing with the three of us on the first run after lunch, Jack took off down the hill. He was skiing much more aggressively than he was when we saw him in the class. Jack was also skiing with more speed than control. In one of the first couple runs, he had so much speed at the bottom that I made a split second decision to cut him off and slide tackle him to keep him from plowing full speed into the lift line.
Originally, Sharon and I had thought that we would ski a few runs after lunch. We ended skiing solid the whole afternoon and stopping only when they shut down the lift. Jack got stronger and steadier as the afternoon wore on.
The weather for the whole day was great. It was sunny and clear. A storm had dropped some new snow on Saturday so the snow was perfect.
After packing up the truck, we made a quick stop at Rainbow Lodge for a snack. The traffic on the way home was slow. It started snowing about 6:00 p.m. It appeared that Caltrans was pacing the traffic to keep the speeds down to 30 to 40 mph. Additionally, there were a lot of trucks out spreading sand.
We stopped in Auburn and had dinner at Tio Pepe.
It was 8:45 p.m. by the time we got home. A long, but great, 14 hour day.