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Suomi 2009 - day three (and the rest).


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Our plans for "bright and early" have completely failed - Anya and Dima came late and I was making up for the sleep I lost in the weeks before vacation. So by the time we got up, had breakfast and were set to go it was already midday. Then there was a bit of problem with a lift - platter lift is very comfortable when you are on skis, but as was demonstrated by Anya, beginner snowboarders fall when try riding it up.

Once we were on the top, Dima pointed us to the slope he wanted us to use to go down. I have been on that top the day before and I knew there were several blue slopes and one red one. After telling us "This slope is a bit red it the top part but it won't be a problem for you" he sent us down. I did my best to stay on my feet and not to go too fast but I failed in last part. So it was no surprise that I got down first (scared shitless) and had to wait for quite a bit for others to catch up. I was still giggling and stuttering when Dima caught up to me and we had to wait for Anya a bit. Then on the way up I pointed to Anya how to get to blue slopes and from there on I was riding only on them.

View down a 'black' slope

View down a 'black' slope


At the top

At the top


Biggest 'blue' slope, with 'red' top

Biggest 'blue' slope, with 'red' top

In the end we weren't riding long, at about half past three we decided to go home. And that was when I ran into a second surprise - that top had only one slope going down to Ruka, a red one and harder than the one in the morning. There was of course an option to go down and then up on another top, which did have a blue slope. But it would have taken a lot of time and I was cold. So I took a risk. but not before giving my photo camera to Dima as I was not sure it would survive a trip down with me. After a small photo session we went down - Dima first to take a couple more photos. At first it was overly cautious as this slope was harder than any other I rode down before (not that I have much experience). And of course the moment I started to think "It is not that scary after all" I turned a bit too hard and caught backs of my skis on the snow (at least that's what it felt like). And went tumbling down. It was a bit tricky to get down to the less steep part with only one ski strapped to my leg and not wanting to damage the slop more than necessary. And when I looked up, the slope was so deceptively easy.

And then I tumbled down

And then I tumbled down

Back at home while we were cooking Anya managed to find some sport channel that run biathlon championship. So instead of going back to slopes after eating we got lazy and went skiing only later, closer to evening and not for long. And on the next day I have killed my photo camera - on the way back from morning riding I was slammed into a bar by some girl. I wasn't bruised but I have camera in that pocket. So here is the last photo I took with it during the trip. The worst part was that it happened before the late evening riding on Friday - there was a lot of beautiful photos I wanted to take then.

Ruka's view - my very last photo

Ruka's view - my very last photo

The rest of the vacation went pretty much the in the same way. Only I've managed to catch a cold and had to spend one day completely off slopes. I slept in, took a ride to Kuusamo shopped and cooked a bit. I have nothing to tell about my trip to Kuusamo because I got off the bus way too early and didn't get to the actual town.

Posted by Saioko 05:49 Tagged finland year_2009

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