Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Perfect Powder Day

Snow. Cold. Slopes. These would be the perfect words to describe the winter vacation. As I woke up early in the morning all I could think about was the mountain waiting for me, begging me to visit and see the ski conditions for myself. The day before was a horrible one: people pushing, shouting, arguing, and getting more and more impatient with the ever growing queues. But today was going to be different. Of course I am talking about Bansko and the glorious days of the winter break of 2009-2010. The thing that made this day so special was that it was the first of the New Year. And because it was the 1st there were not going to be any people on the slopes as they were all going to sleep in, tired from last night.
By far the most difficult thing you can do after New Year’s Eve is to try to get up from bed. However, I had to do it as I had promised I would go skiing that day and it was the only chance we had to have the mountain all to ourselves. So I stumbled across the dark room, knocking half the furniture down and tried to find my jacket and ski boots. It was an incredible adventure for another story. Finally when I managed to pull myself together I met up with my friends and due to the fact that the gondola was going to open later today we drove all the way up to the tracks. We waited a little longer and the lifts opened for business. It was incredible. I have been going to that resort for all my life and I had never seen it empty. It was as though the slopes were trimmed and taken care of just for us. As a whole there were maybe fifteen people for the during the morning hours. We were able to enjoy perfect conditions, undisturbed, untroubled and uncontrolled. It had been snowing for the past two days so there was some new snow for us to explore. The feeling of being the first to go through the so-called powder is one of a kind. It is truly unbelievable and it makes skiing and snowboarding the more worthwhile.
By the end of the day we were exhausted since we didn’t get any sleep last night and had been skiing the whole day. It was the most incredible day of the entire vacation and one the best days of my life so far. We turned in pretty early for a goodnight sleep and to recharge our batteries for the next day which was going to be a little less magical but reminding us of this one nevertheless.