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Willamette Pass Snowboarding

Posted by todblog on January 7, 2009

January 3, 2009

Today Jacob finally got a chance to head back to the slopes and do some snowboarding with some friends. All week long the weather forecasts singled-out this day to be pretty nice. It called for a break in the rain/snow and partial clearing of the skies. It can be difficult having faith in the weather man this time of year with systems heading our way from the Arctic and Pacific Ocean. Nonetheless, Jacob was excited to strap on a snowboard and test his snowboarding skills against Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity. I simply prayed we would all come down the mountain with body parts intact and uninjured.

We left Roseburg around 6am and pulled into the Willamette Pass parking lot at 8:15am. There was a steady flow of traffic heading to the ski resort and it seemed like lots of folks had the same New Years weekend idea. With all their gear and lift tickets acquired, the boys headed for the slopes. My only contact with them would be a Motorola 2-way radio that would give me an occasional idea of what they wanted me to know they were doing.

My parting words for Jacob were, “Don’t get stupid or I going crack your head”. He probably wasn’t too worried as he was wearing a new brain bucket (helmet). I was also a little concerned about his leg and arm bones which he might need for things like pitching, hitting, and running in a couple of months when high school baseball starts up again. For myself, an injured shoulder would prevent me from joining the boys so, I grabbed a table in the dining room with a good view of the ski area and the ski patrol/first aid station. I would call this spot home for the next seven hours as I buried myself into a “Sudoku for Dummies” book.

Every now and then I would peer over the top of my book to see what was going on outside. Then it happened- I saw a pair of Ski Patrol staff members coming down the slopes with a body basket in tow. They glided down to the first aid station and ever so slowly uncovered the accident victim bundled up in blankets. Instantly thoughts rushed through my head… Was it a skier or a snowboarder? What color jacket did the boy have on? Oh, I’m gonna slap that boy’s head…  Then a familiar face appeared in front of me, it was lunch time and the boys had made it back to the lodge.

I would only see the boys for a brief 20 minute sushi lunch and off they went again to shred more snow. They all had a blast exploring the different runs and lifts and by 4:15pm we were pulling out of the parking lot onto Hwy 58 and heading back down the mountain. The ride down was filled with chatter about “you shouldda seen ___”, “dude ___”, “wow, I biffed so hard___”, “and remember the trees…”, “next time ___”, etc.

One thing for sure, Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity is gonna make them sore for the next few days.


Jacob and fellow snowboarders Isaac, Andrew and Trevor


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