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May 06

Photo of the Week: “Dadda…I Wanna Ski Weally Fast!”

White Mountains, NH, USA ©Emily Johnson/ EmberPhoto - All rights reserved

Since we started skiing with our daughter, Maiana Snow, when she was just ten days old, it was clear that she enjoyed being out in the mountains with us. During her first winter with us, after we mastered the backcountry diaper change, she started to “coo” a lot while skiing with us. In her second winter, around the time of her first birthday, she started to giggle when we’d ski through bumpy terrain, dips in the trail, or when we momentarily let go of gravity in powdery snow. And this past winter, with Maiana turning two, she began to vocalize an incredible repertoire of songs – often stringing together Twinkle Little Star, Old MacDonald, Bah-Bah Black Sheep, and The Farmer & the Dell in a single run down the mountain.

Yet, it wasn’t until last weekend, during a fairy tale afternoon/eve of backcountry skiing in NH’s White Mountains, that Maiana really articulated how she feels about skiing with us. While enjoying some play time on a favorite mountain top, Maiana, with a flake of shiny mica in her hand, looked up at me and said, “Dadda…I wanna ski weally fast. Can we ski?”

Apparently, it was time to ski – our last run of the day awaiting us in the warm mountain light. And with more than 3000 vertical feet of skiing below, Maiana and I slid into our first turns ever so carefully (photo above), as if to savor every kernel of delectable springtime snow…before it was all gone.

-Brian

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