Over the weekend, I took a trip up to Boyne Falls, Michigan to go skiing with a group of friends.
I had not been skiing in 8 years. The last time was my freshman year spring break with my dad in Park City, Utah.
My dad and I at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah
Since it has been so long, I was a bit nervous. Fortunately, it all came right back, just like riding a bike.
My skiing skills were not the only thing that came right back to me over the weekend.
While riding the chairlift, we noticed a number of items that had been dropped on the run below. Sometimes it’s a single glove, a hat, maybe even a ski, but we actually started noticing a lot of beer cans.
I have cleaned up beaches before, but never a mountain (Is it acceptable to call them mountains in Michigan? Asking for a friend). Suddenly I was on a mission to pick up the pieces that did not belong on the pristine powder, and I was not alone!
Here is my friend Eric and I completely staging this beer can collection. We had picked it up on the way down a run and since it’s not super easy to take a picture mid-ski, we chose to recreate the moment on some flatter terrain.
I stuffed each can into my coat pocket until we got down to the chairlift, where I handed it off to the attendant, who would then give me a super quizzical look. (AKA, Why are you giving me a beer can?)
Hey, garbage cans and recycling bins are not super common on mountains/hills! What else am I supposed to do with it?!
I am fully aware that each time we took a picture with a beer can or handed it off to the attendant, it looked like we were the ones doing the drinking.
That is a bottle of Fireball.
But in reality, we were being the good guys who picked up after everyone else. I do not condone drinking while operating skis or snowboards, but if you are going to do it, at least get a reusable flask and stop leaving your trash where you are about to go ski!