Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Going up - 3.27 #sol18 Story Challenge

8:04 a.m. - elevation 1,570 feet - At the bus stop in town, it's pouring rain. I'm wondering, skis in hand, "How this going to go?"

8:30 a.m. - elevation 1,680 feet - Shuffling through the gondola's crowded lift line, I notice a few tentative flakes falling amid what might otherwise be drizzle.

8:37 a.m. - elevation 2,440 feet - New gondola car now, having switched at a mid-station transfer. I can hear pecks against the windows from some manner of icy precipitation. Another passenger quips, "I wonder if we'll be able to get out. Car might be frozen shut."

8:46 a.m. - elevation 5,319 feet - The gondola doors do in fact open, and I step out into dumping snow. I drop my skis with two soft whumpfs, fasten my bindings, and head for the next lift that heads even higher up the mountain.


  1. I feel your ascent anticipatory but yet calm.

  2. How high up did you go?

    Living in Portland, Oregon, I often hear people often say "There'll be good skiing on the mountain today" on days when we have torrential downpours in town.

    Good thing you persevered to find it.

  3. But...I need to know more! How high did you go? What was it like coming down through the different kinds of precipitation? What happened!?