Sunday, 31 March 2013

Let it snow

After two very sunny days it's finally snowing hard today,  so I've decided to stay in the warm while Robert and my Dad brave the blistering cold to go skiing.

My mom and I stayed behind today and we went to Moonlight Lodge to have a look at their shops and a light bite. It's great relaxing here, there is a huge fireplace in the centre of the room that makes you feel instantly like an ant,  and there are also big leather lounge chairs that you can sink into with a cup of hot chocolate.




At 4pm Robert and my Dad came home and told me that Justin Timberlake was out skiing today. If you remember I mentioned in my last blog about the black runs you can take if you get on the tram to go to the very top. The weather was so bad today that everyone who went up there had to sign out on a form, and they would only allow 2 people out at a time. Robert and my Dad had only missed them by 2 minutes cos their names were right under Justin's.

I knew Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel had a place here in Big Sky, but I never thought we would ever run into them. This only means one thing...tomorrow I will be doing some serious stalking on the slopes.

Here are some photos from the snowfall today..










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Saturday, 30 March 2013

On The Slopes With My Family

As some of you know, I am spending my easter break skiing in Montana with my family. The last time I skied in Big Sky ski resort I came over the Christmas and New Year holidays and remembered it being sooo cold (-20) to the point that I didn't even enjoy the skiing itself. I was constantly grumpy and moaning that I couldn't feel my fingers and toes anymore. I grew up in Phuket, so I really hate feeling freezing.

This time I am here in March, and oh boy, what a difference 2 months make! The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and it's so warm while I am skiing that I feel the need to take off a layer and ski with out gloves. Reminds me of skiing in Spain again.

The early riser Robert shows off his multitasking skills by doing warm ups and having breakfast before we hit the slopes...


Starting point: skiing out of the house

Starting point
Daddy ski, Julia ski, Robert ski
I am obsessed with Robert's goggles!! 

Robert and I
Daddy on his telemark, and Robert on his GS skis

The great thing about skiing in America are the trees. This is something that Europe lacks. It is so beautiful when you ski through the trees, and so much fun when you play spot the animal footprints in the snow :)





Mommy and I

Got the whole run to myself :)
Life is good
Later in the afternoon I met up with Robert and my Dad (who had been skiing off piste all morning) to go up the Tram to 11,000ft, the highest point of the resort. The queue is a little tedious but it's all worth it when you get up there. Great if you are bored and have done all of the other runs available. There are only black runs down from here and I really felt my muscles starting to ache, badly. So unfit I am.

Been in line for 20 minutes and getting bored
Here comes our tram! 
View from the very top
Legs shaking and wobbling after that last run, I am determined to go back with stronger quadriceps and rip it. Good thing I have another week here. 

The beautiful Lone Peak

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Friday, 29 March 2013

A Ski Worthy Breakfast

If you are going to be skiing hard for 4-5 hours a day, it is essential that you get in a good breakfast full of carbs and sugar. Or at least that's what I tell myself to justify my love for a big sugary breakfast. 

On my first morning I tried some of my dad's homemade marmalade with a croissant. He went obsessed with making his own marmalade this year because he wanted a low sugar variety and didn't trust any of the ones available at the supermarket. Click here for the recipe.


My dad's homemade marmalade


The marmalade was good, sweet with a hint of sour and bitter but it's not what I have been craving for. This morning Robert (my brother) and I decided to make waffles. Oh yeah. I frickin love waffles and there aren't many places in London that serves them, that's why I am going to take full advantage while I am here. I tried to buy a waffle machine in London a few years ago but the cheapest available was around 50 pounds! It's only around $20 here in the US. 


It is so easy especially that we have the ready mix batter. All you need to make 3 waffles are:
1 Egg
3 tablespoon of oil
3/4 cups of water
1.5 cups of waffle mix

Main Ingredients
Mix it up
Pour it in

While the waffle mix cooks, Robert starts chopping up whatever fruit we can find in the fridge.  You can also use strawberries, blueberries, pineapple or whatever you have..


We used watermelon, banana, apple and almonds
When the waffle looks golden brown you know it's ready
Pour the maple syrup

Pour in the syrup and it's ready to eat! If you have whipping cream too, even better. Unfortunately we were out of cream, but if I had some, there would be a dollop on there. 


Mmmmmmmm.....

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Home For Easter - Big Sky, Montana

After 16 hours of flight time, 2 hours of driving time, 5 hours of transit time, 2 plane changes, 3 flights, and 2 disgusting airplane food, an airport burrito (best part of the journey), I finally am home. This time I've come home to Big Sky, Montana to visit my parents whom spend their winter months here skiing. Big Sky is a ski resort less well known than the ones in Denver, which also means that it is much quieter and perfect if you don't care about 'being seen'.


 My instagram moment up in the air: Washington DC-->Denver

Bozeman Airport, MT
Landing in Bozeman
Seeing the surroundings makes me remember that the long and horrific flight is worth it after all...

driving home
Arrive
View from living room
Backyard

Robert (my brother) and my dad wasted no time and they started making adjustments to our ski bindings so that they would be ready to ski the next day. I don't know, all these tools look the same to me but this is my dad's favourite corner of the house.



 After some lunch Robert and I decided to go for a walk...





We dropped by the ski shop because both him and I wanted to buy new skis. It is all too overwhelming for me so I went home empty handed..





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