>Dark Chocolate Pretzels and a Historic Snow Storm
December 20, 2010 §
I looked to my left and stopped in my tracks. Finally, I found Mammoth’s igloo. No matter that we were on our way to the lift, I ran over and inside. I had never been in an igloo before. There were two entrances but because of the amount of snow that had fallen over the past two days really only one was accessible. We giggled like little kids and snapped a few photos before coming back out and hitting the slope (only one was open due to the inclement weather). It was a light-hearted day – how could it not be when only one lift is running at each lodge with snow so thick you can barely walk? There were snowball fights and people riding around on their snowboards like they were sleds. And there were snow angels, oh yes. We were just happy to be there, in the snow.
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This weekend was historic in terms of snow fall – this is the snowiest December since 1969 with 8.5 feet to 12.5 feet of snowfall (depending on where on the mountain you are) in the past few days. The snow just kept falling falling falling – and is expected to continue doing so over the upcoming days. I feel lucky to have experienced it first hand as I know that this weekend will stand out among the others for a very long time. Most others wouldn’t agree but to me this weekend was pure bliss.
It was still early when we got in line – everyone else in town was probably still in bed. Even with only one lift running, a beginner lift at that, we knew we were in for a good one. I felt giddy with excitement as I strapped in, like a child waking up to celebrate her birthday at Disneyland – thinking back on it now, I still get butterflies of excitement. We loaded the chair and as we ascended above the ground we started pointing and cracking up. We couldn’t believe our eyes. There was so so so much new snow that there were people stuck everywhere. We made it down without too much trouble, and went up for a second go. This time, in addition to people being stuck in the snow there were groups of people unstrapping and hiking back down.
Every season, there is a run so perfect that gets ingrained into our minds. It’s one that you only need to start talking about and even before you mention it, everyone who was there already knows what you’re about to say. “Hey, remember that one run last year – ” “YES!!! It was amazing.” This season’s happened yesterday. It’s still early in the season with this being only our second trip but as soon as we cut over to take a run of untouched snow that had been dumped on, I knew that this was the dragon we will be chasing through the rest of the season. Simply put – amazing. Even with the storm being a heavy one, there was enough new snow on a hill steep enough to keep us from getting too stuck… it was like there were creamy clouds under our feet as we floated right over them.
The drive home, naturally, was a treacherous one and I’m glad that we all made it home safe and sound. I made these dark chocolate pretzels after settling back in at home. I plan on wrapping them up and giving them to co-workers. They’re quite easy to make – just place Hershey’s Kisses on pretzels and stick in an oven pre-heated to 325 for two minutes (just long enough for the kisses to soften), and then place M&Ms on top. These are special treats that were born on a very special day for me. I find them to be simple, sweet, and charming. I hope you do too.