Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks – 2008

It’s been an incredibly busy fall, but we at Karhu are finding much to be thankful for as we head into a couple days off with family and friends. We wish all of you out there a happy holiday and great turns in the mountains. Signing off for the long weekend, here are a couple thoughts from Karhu folks on what we’re thankful for:

I am thankful for my amazing wife who has supported my love for mountains and encouraging my career choice in the snow sports industry! Thanks, Denise!
-Ryan Lilly

What an easy thing to do, to be thankful, yet we often take so little time to do it. I have always had a love-hate relationship with holidays, the consumption, the commercialism, the materialism, yet, when I learned to make it what is important to me I realized how great Thanksgiving and Christmas are. We take time from our busy lives to find our friends and family, spend time together, show our love, and enjoy life.

This year I am most thankful for everyone who tries a little bit to be a better person, who inspires me to want to be a better person, to give back more to impact less, to tread lightly, to meet a new culture, to live outside of my comfort zone.

I am thankful for a new era, hope, less violence and a new President.

And lastly I am thankful that it is already snowing in the mountains in Chamonix, France, and winter fun is on its way!

Hugs and happy holidays,
-Zoe Hart

Thanksgiving.... what a wonderful thing to celebrate. Here in the west we have much to be thankful for this year. A new president will soon take the reigns and hopefully guide us towards a more sustainable future, one that will still include the cold snowy days of winter that we as skiers love.

On a personal note, I am thankful that my family - mother, father, sister, and one daughter - will join Lisa and I in our remote corner of the world for the Thanksgiving holiday. There's only a dusting of snow here now but it is cold, sunny, and beautiful....
-Nils Larsen

It’s been an incredible year full of great skiing and trips, and I’m thankful that the New Year brings the opportunity to do pursue more adventures. I am thankful for having friends and family close by this holiday, and as always, for the support of my amazing fiancée, who shares the same deep love of mountains and snow.
-Graham Gephart
(Charlie Lozner, Jeremy Roper, Larry Goldie, Justin Nyberg, Steve Barnett and Nils Larsen, thankful for good turns in the North Cascades. Photo by Graham Gephart.)

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