We went skiing! It was Mikey's first time skiing, he had only tried snowboarding previously, and it was Julie's first time in about five years snowboarding! Julie bought a new snowboard in Vail last fall, and we only need to use it 4 more times to save over renting! Some friends asked us if we wanted to spend a weekend in Salida to go to Monarch ski area, which sounded like a great idea! On Friday it was snowing pretty good when we left and they were calling for a good amount of snow to fall. Once we got to Salida the roads were almost all snow packed and it was still snowing. On Saturday morning we had a very snowy drive up to Monarch and they said that they got almost a foot and a half of fresh snow from Friday. The conditions were great, nice powder all over the place! Mikey took a lesson in the morning, and Julie took off with our friends. She wasn't quite up to their speed and let them take off without her. She did a few blue runs and it all started to come back. We all met up again when Mikey's lesson was over for lunch. Mikey practiced a few more bunny trail runs and then we headed off for his first green! He did really well and only fell a few times. He really liked skiing better than snowboarding! At about 3 o'clock we all met up again and were all just wiped, so we decided to call it a day! We returned our rented equipment and headed back to Salida for some dinner and Trivial Pursuit. We lost, but we think we can blame it on being exhausted. We had a great time and here are a few pictures from the day!