The Winter Olympic Events I Want to See

I don’t have Olympic fever because I’m not that interested in the headline events. My tastes are a bit quirkier.

I hate ice skating. The downhill events are boring, except for the crashes. The snowboard halfpipe is fun, but I can’t tell when one person is doing better than the other.

These are the events I want to see:

Preview: Women's 7.5km sprint Women’s Biathalon
7.5km Sprint
Sat, Feb 13
Preview: Men's 10km sprint
Men’s Biathalon
10km Sprint
Sun, Feb 14
Men's snowboard cross final Snowboard Cross
Men’s Qualifier
Mon, Feb 15
Men's snowboard cross final Snowboard Cross
Men’s Medal Round
Mon, Feb 15
Women's snowboard cross qualification Snowboard Cross
Women’s Qualifier
Tue, Feb 16
Women's snowboard cross final Snowboard Cross
Women’s Medal Round
Tue, Feb 16
Preview: Women's 10km pursuit Women’s Biathalon
10km Pursuit
Tue, Feb 16
Preview: Women's 10km pursuit Men’s Biathalon
12.5km Pursuit
Tue, Feb 16
Preview: Women's 10km pursuit Women’s Biathalon
4 x 6km Relay
Tue, Feb 23
Preview: Women's 10km pursuit Men’s Biathalon
4 x 7.5km Relay
Fri, Feb 26
Curling Basics Women’s Curling
Bronze Medal Game
Fri, Feb 26
U.S. team rock solid behind revitalized captain Women’s Curling
Gold Medal Game
Fri, Feb 26
Curling Basics Men’s Curling
Bronze Medal Game
Sat, Feb 27
Debbie McCormick's photos Men’s Curling
Gold Medal Game
Sat, Feb 27

All images are blatantly stolen from the NBC Olympics webpage.

Snowboarding Tuckerman Ravine

After years of thinking about it, we finally decided to snowboard Tuckerman Ravine.

We got lucky and turned out to be a beautiful April day, with a bluebird sky. It was downright balmy, especially in the bowl itself with all of the sunlight being reflected off the snow. But, the temperature dropped very quickly when the sun went down behind the ridge.

We hiked for several hours up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to get to the bowl. We had a late start so we only managed to get in one snowboard. Several hours of hard work for one run.

It was worth it.

Reading the avalanche danger sign
Jeff and Connie, starting the hike up
Nattie and Connie, getting close to Tucks
Jeff and Connie, getting closer
Jeff and Connie, entering the bowl
Lunch rocks and the line of hikers climbing up the slope
Jeff and Connie strapping on their snowboards
Jeff riding down the Headwall
Yes, this guy chose to ski naked