I love skiing

Lake Tahoe

I spent the day skiing on the mountains of Northstar-at-Tahoe yesterday. I was happy, very happy. It was a gorgeous day – warm, crystal clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Since it was mid-week, the mountain was empty. No lines for the lifts, meaning less time waiting and more time skiing.

This was my first time skiing since knee surgery. I was nervous but once I got off the lift, everything clicked and muscle memory took over. The first turn onto the trail was like holding my breathe and plunging into a deep pool of water – stomach knotted up, anxious and excited at the same time. Then, the speed set in, followed closely by a big smile.

Northstar at Tahoe

I forgot how much I love skiing and being on the mountain – the quiet and solitude and pure beauty. I’ve been skiing for over 30 years and I know that it’s something that I want to continue to do.

I know that that means I need to make some adjustments to how I ski and what I can do. It means no more moguls and probably not more telemark skiing for me and my poor knees. It means backing off when I feel my legs and knees start to get tired; I know that’s when I’m more prone to injury.


It means that on my first day back on the mountain after more than a year, I skied very conservatively and stuck to mostly blue trails (with a few black diamonds here and there). It means that I called it a day in the early afternoon rather than trying to catch the last ride on the chair lift at the farthest part of the mountain in order to have the longest last run possible.

It means that I ski with a big old knee brace although there are some benefits to the knee brace like the gondola attendants coming out to meet me and carry my skis for me. hee hee.

But I’m willing to make those trade-offs if it means that I can continue to ski.

skiing with a knee brace

Northstar is a great mountain with a variety of terrain for all different levels of skiers. It’s a good size mountain too, smaller compared to some of its neighbors like Squaw Valley but a very manageable size. Plus, there are a lot of activities like ice skating, tubing and cross-country skiing. Most important for us, it’s a very family friendly resort.

Village at Northstar

I’m exhausted after day 1 but can’t wait to go back for more today.

Have you visited Lake Tahoe? Are there sacrifices and trade-offs you’ve made in order to continue pursuing a sport that you love?


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  1. says

    So great you are back out there and loving it! And small sacrifices, but SO worth it to do an activity that you love.

    I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t had to make any sacrifices in order to keep running…and I hope I can keep it that way!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!!
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    • admin says

      Oh my gosh!! That’s scary but glad that you are OK. I’m still a bit of a wimp and don’t like going super fast or do tricks tho’ I do miss doing moguls.

  2. says

    I am so glad you are loving it! And I definitely agree– there is nothing quite like skiing, is there?! Both my mom and Will have to wear a knee brace also (mom tore her ACL last year, Will actually has torn his same knee three times!), so I definitely understand the concern you feel. So glad you got back in the saddle!
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    • admin says

      OMG! Will tore his ACL 3 times??!! Knock on wood. I’m hoping that this ACL of mine holds up! It felt sooooo good to be back on skis. Missed it.

  3. says

    Ahhh! I’m so jealous right now. I’m glad you’re having a good time and enjoying the mountain. I love midweek skiing because of the peace and no lines! Those views are gorgeous! Tommy and I want to go west for some skiing, but so far all we’ve been to is Vermont, NY and PA. Enjoy! :)
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  4. says

    I have never been to Tahoe but it looks divine! I have cut down on my running 80% just to still be able to do it. I don’t think there will be any distance pursuits for a while…Good for you for being conservative.
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    • admin says

      It is, isn’t it?? I only wear it to ski. I don’t really need it for anything else but like having the extra protection and stability for skiing. I’ll likely get a water-specific brace for surfing when I get back in the water.

  5. Michele @ NYC Running Mama says

    Wow. It is gorgeous there!! I’ve never been skiing nor have I ever been to Tahoe. I would love to try at some point but feel like maybe it’s best to stay away since I’m getting older and am more prone to injuries…
    SO happy to hear you are having a blast and skiing your heart out ( while being smart!!!)


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