As we turned into Elm Creek and headed towards the parking lot we got honked at by some stoked people who knew we were coming, and with that little bit of hype we knew there would be a good turnout today. We were greeted in the parking lot by Chuck, a father of a skier who we met at Hyland, and he was stoked we made it. Him and his wife had made up some soup and other munchies for us which was very nice of them.
We went into the lodge and Chuck helped us find Wayne who was very helpful in getting us tickets and setting us up with whatever we wanted from the cafeteria. We were also able to use the employee break room as a place for us to post up and not be in the middle of the packed lodge which was also really nice. Chuck and his wife Pam set up some soups and before we went skiing we were already into a little warm snack. Some of the best creamy wild rice soup ever.
When we got out to the ski hill we noticed we were at the top which is always an awesome way to start, instead of the normal lift ride up. There was a mob of kids on this very small 100 foot vertical ski hill, a long with about 12 or more rails packed in the same small area with two rope tows.
We had fun getting in lots and lots of laps. Channel 5 news showed up so Henrik took a break and talked with them about skiing in Minnesota, and how the rope tow allows you to get so many laps in that you can get to be a real good skier out of an area like this.
Soon the wind picked up to a point that you could hardly even make it to the rail, and since the sun was going down, we figured it was a good time to stop and get warmed up. We did need to be a bit careful tonight as the windchill was supposed to get down to -30 or colder, so going in was a great idea since we hadn’t taken a break yet.
After getting some more soup we did a big poster signing since all the kids had come in from the cold also. We signed tons of posters, gave out some DVD’s and created some hype. Then we got geared back up for a shred in the freezing cold. Skier Steve came out with a megaphone and we had a moving rail jam off the rope tow were we did a mini jam on a few different features and gave out some stuff. Once the jam was over we were only able to take a few more laps before becoming freezing again, and that was the end of our night.
Thanks to everyone at Elm Creek for being so friendly and making this a real nice and laid back stop. Thanks to Wayne for the tickets and snacks, and thanks to Chuck and Pam for the soup and cookies! Thanks to all the shredders who came to ski with us! It was a blast.