Boarding a Train

Tomorrow I’m heading to Salt Lake City for a Thanksgiving weekend with my parents. I think I’ll use this weekend as an opportunity to get in a lot of training, reading, and catching up with old friends. If on top of that I could get a bit of homework done and finally finish my grad-school applications, it would be the perfect week. Typically ski trips start out with grand notions of productivity, but quickly diminish into hours of watching Law and Order re-runs between training and races. I don’t know that I’m thinking of this trip as a ski trip though. It’s more of a vacation in which I will be skiing.

Also, I’m taking the train back to SLC for the first time and am uber-excited. I’ve ridden trains before, but never quite for an extended amount of time. This one feels like a cross-country trip. I’m taking the Hogwarts Express back home for holiday. As preparation I’ve been listening to songs about trains. Here’s one of my favorites.

Finally, I got to do a couple of days of skiing last weekend. The first day was a classic adventure ski where there wasn’t much snow. The second day was a classic ski around Auburn Ski Club, which now has plenty of snow. Here’s a photo from our adventure ski:

We tucked in what elias termed "The Tip-ee"

About Gus

My full name is Gustavo, though I go by Gus. I was a member of the UNR NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010 and a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club. I have been a Far West Farm Team member for 2 seasons so far and am looking forward to my third year. I’m working my way toward being a ski coach and english teacher, while still trying to be as fast as I can be. I love mountains and canyons and rivers. My favorite place to be outside of skiing is in the Grand Canyon, though I don’t get to go there as much as I’d like. I’ve started a collaborative project called #summitsunday this year. Check it out and join the movement at