Alta, Utah

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“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.”

– Robert Green Ingersoll

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“It’s hard to give tips to skiers if I don’t know how they ski, but I think the most important thing in skiing is you have to be having fun. If you’re having fun, then everything else will come easy to you.”

– Lindsey Vonn

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“You walk in to Alta, and it’s just homey. There is no pretension. No judgment. There is a vibe that everyone wants to be there.”

– Walt Brown

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“Alta is what skiing is supposed to be like. It is supposed to be family, affordable, a joy.”

– Walt Brown

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Road Trip 2018 – Part 1


So, I basically decided to take a leave of absence from work for an indefinite period of time. Most people call it retirement. In order to appear conventional, I kind of went along with that definition. Ok. I’m retiring. Whatever that means. For me, it’s just an extended vacation without a particular schedule or expiration date.

To get the ball rolling, I just took off on a ski bum vacation. My wife and I hit the road, and took the long way around to Utah, via the Trans Canada Highway from Toronto. We took our time, along the way,  getting off the road before dark each day (after all, I’m not in a rush), stopping along the route in Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary.

We relaxed for a few days in Calgary (visiting with our son who currently lives there), before heading south and crossing the US border at Montana. We stopped in Whitefish, Montana for a couple of nights (a great little ski town with a lot of charm), relaxed, and then hit the road again for Utah, where we’ll be staying for a week. I’ll be skiing Alta and Snowbird.

Here are a few “snapshots” from the road so far.

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