Starting my Year off Right – On the Slopes Again

Windmill and Slopes at Jiminy Peak
Windmill and Slopes at Jiminy Peak

According to my Ski Tracks app, January 16 marked my 13th day on the slopes this season. Thank you Jiminy Peak! Pretty good when you consider last year I went seven times before slipping a disc in my back. And half those times were icy days that made the slopes not-so-fun.

Now, as I approach the one-year-mark of my 2017/18 season’s demise, I’m finding myself extra thankful for slope time.

Last summer I wrote about our new place in Massachusetts. We had a feeling we wouldn’t regret getting a place at Jiminy Peak, but we also didn’t realize how great it would actually be. Before we got the place, we talked with friends and locals and heard about the great grooming there. Sure enough, thanks to a bit of cold, snow guns, and grooming, we were able to hit the slopes November 17, 2018.

Since Chris and I can work from anywhere with an Internet, it’s really easy to set up an office slope-side. Check out my view as I work ๐Ÿ™‚

desk and snowy view

You can’t see it in the picture, but there are some trails we can see from our window so when I look up, I can see skiers and boarders coming down.

My job allows me to choose the hours I work so I’m trying a new schedule out. Generally I work four 10-hr days, but I’m testing a five-day week. I generally work ten hours on Saturdays and Sundays, which isn’t a problem since the slopes are busier on those days. Then I work for four hours in the morning, and three hours at night. In the morning time, you will often find me working in front of this fire:

Fireplace at Jiminy Peak
Fireplace at Jiminy Peak

In the early afternoon I hit the slopes with my favorite snowboard buddy.

Chris enjoying play time on the beautiful hills at Jiminy Peak.
Chris enjoying play time on the beautiful hills at Jiminy Peak

I work for a few more hours in the evening then either wind down in the hot tub or in front of the outdoor fire as I watch the skiers and boarders. Chris will sometimes grab extra runs then as well.

Happy Chris at slope base
Fire Pit at Jiminy
hot tub at Jiminy Peak

Of course, we aren’t always there. Often we are back in New York, enjoying the beauty of snow there as well.

Snow through Window

The east coast hasn’t had much snow this year, but the slopes have been fine. My last two days there were amazing. I didn’t want to stop. And now we have a load of fresh snow thanks to the latest storm. I can’t wait to get back out there…

10 thoughts on “Starting my Year off Right – On the Slopes Again

    1. Yes. One of our biggest surprises was how much we love it in the summer, too. Great hiking and camping around, and lots of happy families. Love it!

  1. You’re way more adventurous than I am! That fireplace sure looks like a nice place to work. It’s one of my favorite workplaces too. I sit in front of our fireplace while editing my articles.

    1. There is just something so relaxing about it, and I love hearing all the happy people around me. They have coffee/tea/cocoa in the morning and evenings, too, and sometimes cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel truly spoiled working there.

  2. The thought crossed my mind that “hitting the slopes” would have an entirely different meaning if I said it. If I were on a snowboard, I would hit the sloping ground, and it wouldn’t be pretty.

    1. I do that all the time myself. I even wear gloves with wrist guards built in to protect my hands for work :). Iโ€™m not great at boarding, but I love it so! Snow, views, fun exercise. Canโ€™t go wrong.

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