I’m not sure what are the words that come up in your mind first when I mention Christmas, but the keywords for my Christmas this year were COLD, SNOW, and MORE SNOW, (of course,and family).
Maybe you’ve heard, but it’s been really really cold in New England recently.
And, I decided to throw myself further into the cold.
I went up to Vermont.
Ludlow is a small town just outside the Green Mountainand Finger Lakes National Forests.
When I say small, I mean it literally just has a few pubs, a pizzeria, and a couple of ski shops, but this town is home to one of the topski and snowboard destination in New England — the Okemo Mountain.
With its 121 trails of all levels and 8 terrain parks, Okemo attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the world.
Ludlow是个小镇，在the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests旁。
我说Ludlow是个小 ▪ 镇，因为它真的是小……只有几家酒吧、一家pizza店和几家滑雪店。
As the New Yea rbrings record cold for much of the New England, it also brought inches of fresh powder to Okemo,
so, without any hesitation, I threw my board and boots intothe back of my car and headed toward Ludlow on the first day of 2018.
Christmas and New Year seem incomplete without some skiing or snowboarding.
Mountain Lodge at Okemo at 7:30 AM
The excitement for some fresh powder dragged me out of bed at 7:30.
I doubt I’ve been up this early since my kayaking trip this past September.
I was all dressed up ready to hit the slope before the lift seven started running, so we decided to grab a few things from the ski shop downtown first.
Well, that morning didn’t go quite as well as we planned.
About three minutes out, our car came to a gradual stop itself and started to scream in a shrill voice.
Pretending to know the car really well, I calmly checked all the settings and started the engine again.
When I was still fully absorbed in “my accomplishment”, the engine turned itself off again.
This time, it didn’t even get to three minutes.
I hit the start button again.
The car shook a bit and started moving.
It did move far, but far enough to get us to the middle of an intersection where it stopped again.
At this point, all my previous excitement had become anxiety and frustration.
After about an hour of constantly hitting the START button we slowly pulled the car into Chevy dealership where we learned that all the diesel had frozen and gelled because of the -15.
(Just a tip, not buying a diesel car would save you a lot trouble.)
Eventually, I got on the lift around noon after a morning full of struggles.
The snow was but finally being able to on the slope was definitely satisfying.
the blizzard brought along some gloomy weather on the last day.