On Saturday, December 14th (I know, I know, it’s
FEBRUARY oh jeez, MARCH) we celebrated International Women’s Ski Day out at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in conjunction with SheJumps. The day was intended to bring women together into a unified group to celebrate girls in the mountains.
“We believe that by encouraging girls and women of all ages and abilities to storm mountains on 12/14/13 we are supporting a strong, healthy, and vibrant community of women in the mountains,” says Tamra Geryk of SheJumps.
It’s pretty difficult to have a bad day on the mountain when you’re shredding with a posse of strong amazing women. To all the ladies who were with me that day, sorry it took me so long to get to the photos.
Missed the event and want to join in on the fun?
Keep an eye on the Pacific Coast Events Page for SheJumps. There are Get the Girls’ Out Days every month in the Tahoe Basin at various local resorts and they are a great way to find new friends to ski with.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad that Tahoe just got an epic amount of snow that turned us into full fledged winterland and I’m not there to shred with my friends.
I know, my life is SO ROUGH.
Sometimes you need some girl action.
Or as Vanessa said afterwards, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
Either way, you can’t go wrong with a posse of shredding ladies.
I’m not going to lie: I was both overjoyed and nervous at the prospect of photographing Kenny’s planned proposal to his longtime girlfriend Rebeccah. The stakes are high for a proposal: there’s only the briefest of seconds to capture that initial reaction and you can’t recreate it. Combine that with the fact that you are either hiding in bushes or pretending to be doing something else and the entire situation was enough to make my adrenaline rush.
When Kenny first approached me, I knew exactly what he wanted: the gorgeous Lake Tahoe in the background, the sun out, the snow of Heavenly Mountain Resort and him down on one knee. Instead, the weekend of the proposal brought us 8 feet of snow, swirling winds and a veritable white out. We shifted gears, slightly changed plans, conspired together and with the help of Meghan Kelly, surprised Rebeccah in the best way possible.
After a full day of lessons, Kenny managed to convince Rebeccah to brave the resort, snow and cold temps one last time at 3:45 PM. Meghan and I were waiting about half way down Patsy’s Run at the top of the face. Kenny told Rebeccah that he was going to ski half way down and stop and take photos of her showing off what she learned in her snowboard lesson. Meanwhile, Megs and I were prepared, waiting on the side of the run, pretending to take photos. When Rebeccah snowboarded up to Kenny, he told her to take her goggles and mask off so they could take a photo together with his iPhone. She said in hindsight, she noticed us with my camera and thought, “That’s a really nice camera, maybe they’ll take a photo for us.” When they finished taking their selfie, Kenny got down on one knee and I swung my camera onto them.
Shooting a proposal was so thrilling. I’m super happy for these two fellow Texans. Thanks so much Kenny for choosing me as his Tahoe Engagement Photographer. I feel super lucky that I was the one who captured this awesome and inspiring moment. Also, thanks for sharing a beer with us at Himmel Haus afterwards!
Did you hear the cacophonous eruption yesterday on social media as the locals of Tahoe saw something that here-to only hear about in the world of our Never Winter: mystical powdery white cold fluff “they” call snow.
While most of Tahoe was treated to a delicious pow day, I dreamed about it from Texas, where it’s oddly just as cold.
Last week, all we could do was carve on groomers and yesterday, all people could do was complain about how much their legs hurt.
Hopefully this is the start of something big because one snow does not a winter make. We have zero base at most of the tops of the resorts and we need a few more solid versions of what happened yesterday to get our actual Winter started.
Boyfriend and I are pretty jazzed to have access to RAMP skis and he took out a pair of the Frenzy 169s last week to test on the groomers so I could test out some shots. With a narrow 80mm waist, the Frenzy is the ultimate carving ski: light, fast, and fun. Boyfriend is also a ski coach and instructor and after one afternoon he was sold on them as the “perfect” coaching ski.
In a completely unrelated note, if you tried to send in a request to me via the contact form on my website in the last week or so, it was brought to my attention by a new client (that I am very excited to work with because we’re going to be BFFs forever) that it was not working. Consequently, if you sent me a message and are currently thinking I’m a jerk, I’m only a jerk because my website failed me (sheesh, get it together girl), not because I was intentionally being a jerk (“How rude!”). If this sounds familiar, please shoot me an email at LCLindley@gmail.com and I will happily respond.
Although winter seems to have forsaken us all, I am hopeful it will return with feet and feet of snow. While I spend most of my days right now pining and moaning over the lack of fresh pow, or really, any pow at all, this was at least a nice little reminder that the snow was here before and that, most importantly, it will come back.
I’m pretty jazzed to announce that I’m a contributing photographer to Ski Lake Tahoe for the 2012-13 season. This means that starting in the 2013-14 season you might see some of the photos I took for them on their website, facebook page, or blog. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be like LOOK THERE’S MY PHOTO if one ever shows up somewhere and I know, a whole year is an awfully long time to wait but wait we shall. In the meantime, peek at these images, which I consider to be some of my best adventure photography of 2013. Accompanying my favorite ski and snowboard photos is a handful of images from the Tahoe Kids Tri and Fun Runs Series, all of which make me smile.