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Special to the Daily From Laura Russette of Breckenridge: "This is my dog Heidi, she is a 6 year old Yorkshire Terrier, she is as sweet as she looks."
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wishing we were three feet tall again just for a few days.We realized recently that our endeavor of learning to telemark ski would be much easier if we still sported that agile, injury-resistant physique we had when we were about five years old. Not only would it be easier to avoid suffering pulled muscles or bruised knees while we learned our new skill, but the little details would make a big difference too.

For instance, using the beginner lifts to which we’ve been confined during our struggle to free our heels, would be a breeze. Instead of huffing and puffing while hoisting ourselves out of the two-person chair at Loveland Valley (which seems to nearly skim the ground at the loading and unloading areas), we would merely stand up and glide effortlessly off the chair.The grunt work would also be cut out of loading onto such a lift. Right now, the chair comes around right on par with our ankles, forcing our stomachs to drop during the freefall while sitting down. Once we’re on the chair, our knees and chins collide as our skis bobble along the runout in the two inches of space between the bottom of the chair and the snow.

Then comes three minutes of peace and relaxation until we see the chair’s end looming ahead, meaning it’s time for that bonus ab workout we get while trying to stand up from our sunken seat.The whole fiasco is more of an adventure than dodging side-slipping snowboarders and wedged skiers while making turns down the bunny slope.It seems the obvious solution here is just to get better at skiing, instead of drinking 17 cups of coffee per day to stunt our growth. Trust us, we’re working on it.

But, we still think falling down and smacking the snow from three feet up, instead of more than five-and-a-half feet up would be a welcome change for our limbs. ***A note to our loyal dog lovers: Even though Summit Up Land’s cutest dog contest is over, we’ll continue posting pooch photos that made it in before the deadline over the next week.

***We’re out stacking our old textbooks on top of our heads, trying to take off a couple inches.


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