The Daily Focal Point

January 1, 2009

Ski Days

Filed under: Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 1:43 am

Do you want to know something about me?

I use to ski… a lot. Not just a little bit or occasionally or even frequently. I use to ski …. all …. the …. time.

Ask anyone who knew me in Jr. High, High school, College (what little there was) and beyond. It was what I lived for. And if I didn’t come home bleeding, it wasn’t a good day.

I can go through cycles of obsessiveness. I always have. But there has been two recreational obsessions that have never left. Skiing and Photography.

I grew up in one of the most desired areas to ski in the world. I spent all Jr High and High school ditching school to go up for a day. In college I built my class schedule so that I could ski ever other day in the winter.

I did the freestyle skiing, X-Games type. Half-pipes, cliffs, big mountain, terrain parks etc. At my peak I placed 2nd in the Utah Winter Games and was sponsored. I hated the culture but I loved the sport.

In Feb of 2003 I was doing a particularly difficult trick in preparation for a West Coast competition and I fell… hard. I landed on my shoulder and the back of my neck. I had some severe season ending injuries and was told I needed surgery. I had realized that I could fully recover and keep at skiing. But I had progressed to a point in the sport as far as I could go without diving into the entire culture and scene. (a lot of it was drinking and partying, not really my thing) So I walked away from it. In the last 4 years I’ve gone 6 times.

This past Saturday was my 7th time. I went with my good friend Tom and we just had a blast. I am so grateful I can still do the sport I love so much. Although, I’m very tame now, I still had a blast.

I wrote down in my journal about 4 years back the statistics of my skiing over the past 5 years.

  • 14 (Number of pair of skis I’ve broken)
  • 4 (Number of bindings I’ve broken)
  • 1 (fractured knee cap)
  • 3 (Number of fractured heals)
  • 7 (Number of Concussions)
  • 2 (Broken eye sockets)
  • 1 (Broken shoulder)
  • 50 + (Number of stitches)

For the most part on Saturday, I just took it easy. I was barely able to head down the hill without catching my breath, let alone spinning a Cork 1080. Again, I just feel grateful that I can still do the sport I love!

Here are a couple of shots:

This is the view from Little Cottonwood Canyon looking into Salt Lake City.

Can you find the helicopter?

My love for the sport has to do with being in and around such beautiful surroundings. Knowing that you’re simply a visitor in Mother Natures playground, it’s humbling being in and around Mountains so large.

Here is also a really lame video of me traversing over to a ridge line. I’m just cutting across the mountain.
When we took the video the temperature was 10 below zero…. yeah. And you might need to take some Dramamine before you watch it.

And here… I’m the tiny dot at the top of the screen.

My crazy days are over. But I’m always looking to go up to the hill with someone. Or maybe to AK and visit my friend KJ. 🙂 Right?!?



  1. Great pictures. Especially the first one. I’m not going to lie though. I only made it threw the second video. The first one did me in. It did however put a quick kibosh on me toying with the idea of going snowboarding. It’s just not going to happen… this year.

    Comment by Heather — January 1, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  2. Kinda weird how life changes on ya, huh? I was just talking to Maddie the other night about the exact same thing, dude. I have probably skied 5 times since I came home from my mission. And as much as I still enjoy it, it just isn’t really a priority in life any more and I can’t really explain why.

    Comment by Danny — January 1, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  3. Wow, Cabe you get more and more amazing! Got video of skiing. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Be careful — remember, you have a little one depending on you now.

    Comment by Kathleen — January 1, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

  4. Dude, we’ve got snow and mountains!! Those shots are stunning! My sis-in-law lives in SLC and we went for a quick visit last year…so pretty.

    Glad you didn’t break any more eye sockets, good golly!!

    Comment by 12littlefeet — January 1, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  5. beautiful

    Comment by Sugar — January 1, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

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