© 2016 . All rights reserved.

The Williams

I’m often asked by my American mates,  “What is ‘shenanigans’?”

Shenanigans /ʃɪˈnænɪɡən/ noun (informal) (usually pl) of unknown origin:

A social dish enjoyed by Australians.
Ingredients: Some old mates, some new mates and a kid who hasn’t seen the snow before.
Add 4 ski resorts (Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin)
Simmer in alcohol daily at 5pm.
Garnish with dog sledding, skiing, tubing and snowmobiling.

I have been looking forward to Justin, Andrea and Little T coming to visit since they booked their flights nearly 12 months ago.  It has been a great couple of weeks.  Didn’t break anyone or anything.  I have some footage to edit, a house to clean, a business to check on and a liver to cleanse.

I’ll share some more pics and video here in a week or so….. there were some great crashes caught on film which should make it fun.  Here is the first edit, I’m only about 1/3 the way through sorting the raw video.

Still a bunch more video to be added and there are some more crashes……

crash-1aussiecrew-3 crash-3crash-2 littlet-1littlet-2

Although it was cold, we did get out for some different activities that I’m not as familiar with…..

williams-5 williams-1

And there was some snowmobiling.  Tanya did scare me when she jumped on Polly and took off like a bat out of hell.  Tanya has probably had more experience on machinery than everyone I know combined so I need not have worried.

blog-williams-03

Maybe I should have been worried a little bit…..

aussiecrew-3

Justin and Tristan got a chance to molest Polly as well…..

williams-sled-2 williams-sled-6

With it being so cold (-20C most of the time these guys were in town), we needed to warm up with a hottub while the sun set.

sunset pool-1

Both Justin and Shaun are amazing when it comes to ‘family’ skiing. I think it is pretty cool that these guys are pretty unselfish considering how much they love skiing.

It might be because they are afraid of where I’ll take them….

williams-3williams-2No way I’m going to let them get away with looking good down 4th Alley, the steepest in bounds run in Summit County.

blog-williams-04

This trip was Little Ts (Tristan) first time seeing snow, the first time I saw snow was with Justin nearly 22 years go.

It was nice to be able to help out a little bit and as you can see, I have a very hands on approach to teaching people how to ski.

williams-6

It wasn’t long until Little T was tearing up the entire mountain…. No Beginners on this lift, no beginners, no problem.

blog-williams-02

I had a blast hanging out with these guys, Shawn and Tanya were a hoot and I’m sure we’ll run into each other again somewhere on the planet and I didn’t realise it has been 5 years since I last saw Justin.

williams-vail-1