|Charlotte pumping up the new raft!|
|Charlotte's 5th Fairy Birthday Party|
She started off the season by hucking a cliff. A very small kid sized cliff mind you... but a legitimate cliff. It is on the run out of one of her favorite bump runs, and one of the first days of the season, she just... went off it! I thought maybe she hadn't seen it? My heart was in my throat... she launched... and landed it! In the back seat, did a bit of a sit on the tails of her ski's maneuver, but stood up & skied it out... WOW, was I flabbergasted! "WOHOO! You Go Girl!" I screamed at the top of my lungs. She now knows the term "Huckin' Ze Gnar" and uses it proudly.
|Charlotte "Huckin' Ze Gnar!"|
We skied that run often, and worked on keeping forward in her landing. As the Winter progressed and we actually got some real snow though, her "cliff" got pretty buried & became more of a "jump" which we visited less often as she has discovered other fun little jumps all over the mountain. I have a feeling that the big cornice Mommy likes to huck will be her seasons grand finale, though we shall see...
Aside from the whole "cliff" and jumping thing, her biggest accomplishment this year has been speed. Charlotte has always been a very methodical kid, has impeccable technique and takes her sweet time using it. This year though, she started picking up some speed! I must confess that I am actually very grateful that she waited on this one... it scares the daylights out of me when I see little kids power wedging down the slope at break neck speeds! I am very glad that she took her time in getting comfortable at high speeds, glad that she took her time in utilizing proper technique, and is now in full and confidant control when going fast.
We were fortunate to recently meet another little girl just about Charlotte's age who is also a little shredder. Ericka is a fantastic little skier, and the two girls have quickly become fast friends, playing that they are following whisps through the trees and looking out for Mordu, (characters from the latest Disney movie "Brave.") Erika though has spent most of her time on groomers, while Charlotte seems to favor the bumps and trees. And while Charlotte has the upper hand when in the steeps, Ericka smokes her on the groomers! As graceful as her technique is, Charlotte is still only "just" getting comfortable with speed.
|Charlotte & new found shredder friend Ericka tearing it up!|
|Enjoying a cool, windy spring run on the Rio Grande for St. Patty's Day|