Ken Karasawa getting back on 43 things!
wow… today was amazing. my FIRST EVER time doing double black diamond trail. this was my 3rd time skiing in my life! it was CRAZY!!
so i had never ever gone to Crystal Mountains to do a real trail before. i had done like a bunny hill and that was it. that was my very first time at Crystal Mountains skiing & i was taking a 4 hour lesson. but today…. i hit all 4 types of trails – green, blue, black diamond, and double black diamond. and at the end of the day, i decided to do a double black diamond trail that has part 1 as black diamond and part 2 as double black diamond and part 3 was back to black diamond. yikes, it was scary.
part 1: black diamond. i started off doing semi okay because i was just making huge wide turns that spanned the entire basin. i just simply didn’t know how else to get down the damn hill because it started off as like a 45 degree incline. i also tried to stick my pole to slow my speed down, but i just couldn’t help it because of the fact that since it was powder day, i was forced to follow along with the other peoples’ previous trails (otherwise i could end up being stuck knee deep in snow). Needless to say, i fell a ton of times because i was trying to keep the same trail as the pros that actually knew what the heck they were doing. the snow was also just scary at this point. a few times, i had to stop and i just got stuck. i had to lift my foot way up in the air to get it out of the knee-deep snow. but somehow, by miracle, i made it to:
part 2: this was just insane. now i know why people post signs that say “expert only”. there were so many damn trees around and if you slip for just 1 extra second, you can hit a tree going over 30 mph. i heard there were also ponds and cliffs that you can freeze/die from. what’s messed up is that at one point, there was ONLY 1 opening that was 10 meters wide, going down a 60 degrees inclincation. so needless to say, you had to know what the hell you were doing. if you weren’t super good with controlling your precision, you would definitely hit a tree. at this point i kind of just gave up mentally and physically. i would start falling more often because it was easier to fall than to actually steer my skis. i was just so exhausted, i was actually wondering if i was going to die. 1 small mistake and i could end up blazing through a forest. i was so sick of skiing down this thing… my pants were frozen, my leg muscles were so sore, and at one point, i remember trying to sit still but i couldn’t even sit still because i still kept sliding down EVEN WHEN I WAS SITTING. it was just so scary, knowing that i couldn’t stop no matter what i did
part 3: i didn’t even know when the double black diamond part was over, really.. i mean i guess towards the end i saw less trees, but still… this was just… insane… and at the end (as if it wasn’t hard enough already) there was a cliff that lead on to the street (so you had to do a sharp stop if you were going fast)
but wow… i can’t believe… i just finished a double black diamond trail… and i didn’t die… or injury myself badly… just wow… that was amazing… i definitely felt like i had lived a piece of my life today to the fullest when i was up there in the mountain…
P.S. needless to say, finishing the double black diamond trail ment my body was all sore and i was just so exhausted. at this point, i had missed my bus – the only transportation i had to go back to the city (2 hours away)... i had to fucking hitch hike all the way back to Seattle… though it turned out okay because i finally found someone who actually drove me back (she was headed the same way and was actually willing to take me). it was a cool 2 hour drive back to town. i even got her phone number. she’s a really nice and sweet blonde. i guess this whole hitch hiking experience was just too new to me. i was super dazzled someone would be so kind and trusting.