Winter & My Traumatic Skiing Trip

Winter & My Traumatic Skiing Trip

It’s that time of year again! Cold. And argh! I already know what you’re gonna say. “Jaiden, you live in Arizona, you don’t get to complain about the cold!” And… you’re right (laugh) People in the rest of country are trying to shovel 3 feet of snow off their car and get to work with out slippin’ off the road, While all we have to do is put on a jacket, and not turn on the AC. The hottest setting in the shower gets barely not warm enough anymore. That’s probably the most inconvenient part of winter here. So I say bravo, and tip of the hat to all you snow penguins out there Who have to bundle up like that little brother in A Christmas Story just to go out and get your mail But just so you know, this only works if you don’t complain about your summers, alright? Deal. So, growing up in Arizona means I haven’t really experienced “winter” – or any seasons for that matter. Everything’s hot, and then everything dies – that’s our seasons I’ve always wanted to be in a place where all the leaves get really pretty and colorful.. …Before they die. So anyway, our winter is based more on the “holiday seasonal” feeling Personally, my family celebrates Christmas, so instead of thinking of winter as being “snowy” and all that jazz. I think of it as Christmas trees, and pretty lights, and really good smelling candles. Like REALLY good smelling candles. I LOVE candles! (laughs) I like to go into shops like Yankee Candles, or Bath & Body Works, or any type of candle store just to smell all the candles. MMMM And the titles are so sweet-sounding too, like “Warm Vanilla Sugar”, and “Maple Cinnamon Pancake” and “A Thousand Wishes” (laughs) I don’t even know what “a thousand wishes” would smell like, but MAN DOES IT GET ME IN THE JINGLE MOOD! Off-topic: some titles aren’t good. Like one time I went into the shop, and they had a candle called “Man Town” Like, dude, that doesn’t seem like the type of smell that people would want… in a candle. “Hmm, I’m just so stuck between ‘Magical Frosted Forest’, and… ‘Man Town’.” And also, “Mmm, Bacon…” “MMM BACON???” C’mon, candles are supposed to make a room smell good and fresh, not like greasy pig flesh! UGH! By the way I did smell them and was not pleasantly surprised. Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. We’re moving on So if I wanted to have a genuine, white, Christmas-ee Winter experience, I have to travel some place other then where I live, and luckily I have family that lives in snowy places My mom’s side of the family lives up in Canada, and my dad’s sister’s family lives over in South Lake Tahoe. Both places are hardcore snow area’s. I’ll talk about Canada first. It’s been awhile since I visited my Canada family durning winter, which I mean makes sense. I normally visit them durning the summer, because compared to Arizona, their weather during that time is frickin’ perfect But one year, when I was younger we visited them for Christmas. It was the first time I got to play in snow, and I had a blast just running around with my cousins. We even made our first snowman! Well, my first snowman. We didn’t have a top hat, so we used our grandpa’s golf hat, but we forgot about it, and it blew away and we never found it.. Sorry, grandpa I hope you forgive us. Rest in peace… golf hat. Over all, that winter was really great, 10/10, would white Christmas in Canada again. Now let’s talk about South Lake Tahoe. My parent’s really like skiing, and Tahoe is a great place to do that. Like everyone there LOVES winter. Everyone! You’re not allowed to not like it if you live there. My aunt and her friends even do the crazy stuff. Like jump outta helicopters and barrel down snowy mountains and say “gnarly”. Props to them – they’re really cool. So we visit them maybe once every year or two for a couple of days to ski and stuff. I get kinda nervous with skiing, but it’s still really enjoyable. And the more you do it, the more comfortable you get throughout the day. Just do the pizza french fry thing, and you’re good. But I didn’t bring up skiing in Lake Tahoe for no reason here. Most times we visited were really awesome, but one year was… traumatic. I was maybe 10 or so. We were all skiing together, everything was good it was a nice day of pleasant winter fun. Near the end we decided to do one last run before we head back. My dad – y-yes, my dad. I’ve seen a few comments saying “Jaiden, you haven’t talked about you’re dad before, is there some deep depressing story behind that?” No, you’re just looking to much into it. He’s right here. Hi dad. So my dad takes my younger brother Jackson and me to go on one last hill, and while we were waiting in line, I looked up in the mountain and thought: “Uhh, this trail seems a little big compared to the other’s we’ve gone on today.” But being a naive little kid, I didn’t say anything – because I just trusted my dad knew what he was doing. We got to the front and we were waiting for the lift to sweep us up, and I noticed this chalkboard that said: “ADVANCED TRAIL! JUST LOOK AT IT!!!” And that made me go “hmm” even more. “Dad, that chalkboard says advanced-” scwhoop – too late now! We were sitting on the ski lift, and it seemed like it was taking forever to get to the end. Hint: because it was. Our dad ended up accidentally taking us to the very top of the mountain. Like, the runs we were on during the day were beginner and intermediate ones at the base. We went to the very TOP! And yes, to all you ski, snowboard language people. It was labelled a ‘double black diamond’! The iconic graph for trails goes easy, intermediate, expert, you will DIE if you go on here as a child! Well, shoot! I looked down at the hill, and it was almost vertical, downward, death. With a bunch of moguls. Moguls are those intense snow bumps that pros go over. “What in the world did you expect from us?”
Also, turns out the trail is literally called “The Wall.” Beautiful. My dad realised he made a mistake, and was in the middle of trying to figure out what we should do, when suddenly, my brother just starts going. Like he just starts going straight down the mountain! And my dad just starts freaking out and screaming at him, “FALL, FAAALL!!” ‘Cause that’s what you’re supposed to do, just slow down when you’re going that fast – you can’t really do anything else. (laughs) So my dad’s screaming “FALL, FAAALL” at my brother, as he’s going Sonic down this frickin’ mountain. He eventually does, and starts doing this sprawled spinning motion. Like imagine if you took a starfish and frisbeed it. (laugh) I think that’s a good visual representation. He then starts slowing down, and people on the hill go to help him. So you think that’s scary. Imagine what I was thinking during that time! HELLO! I just watched my brother starfish down this mountain, and now it’s literally my turn! Nowhere to go but down! Like what-what? That’s like the ultimate stuck! As I was preparing my last thoughts until imminent disaster, a nice bystander came up to me and said: “Here, we’re gonna get you down from here. Let me help you.” I end up inching down this frickin’ wall of a mountain on my butt in skis, with this stranger helping me. It must’ve looked really weird if you were just skiing by like “What the what, why is there a little girl on this trail?” “And why does she have the look of childhood trauma in her eyes?” Eventually, we got to the bottom, safely. It took a long time. My brother was alright too. My uncle actually caught to him and Jaxen got to stand on his ski’s and pretty much be escorted down. And I remember being really jealous, because I had to tough it out and go down manually, while he pretty much got a free ride. After it all, my parent’s were like “Oh, we’re so sorry, oh my gosh, but – oh, you did so well! We’re so proud you got through it!” But I was really mad. My dad wanted to get us shirts from the gift shop that said: “I survived the WALL” But I was too salty to want anything. So yeah, that was that. (laugh) We were lucky not to have gotten really hurt or anything. Like, I literally thought my brother passed out during his starfish moment – but he’s all good. And also when I was animating the story, I realised the way I presented the guy that helped me kinda sounds like: “Oh my gosh, Jaiden, stranger danger! You could’ve been took!” so I should probably clear up that my dad was like there, so he would’ve seen if the guy just… decided to pick me up and be like “I’m gonna walk away.” Plus, kidnapping a kid on the top of a mountain isn’t the most ideal location to do that… I think? Um, so, yeah he wasn’t the danger of the story, if you were thinking that. Happy Christmahanikwansa.

Antonio Breitenberg

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33 thoughts on “Winter & My Traumatic Skiing Trip

  1. pijana skola pijana djeca svi su ludi i pijani lol says:

    I found the comment but it say that it's a mistake

  2. The Fox Bro’s says:

    Im a snowboarder

  3. Zilong Nez - The Terrible Science Video Maker says:

    New Mexico doesn't have too much snow either. Really only happens where I live like twice a year and it only on the mountains where the snow Is deep

  4. Blue Professor says:

    I live in Pennsylvania, therefore I am able to complain about summer AND winter. I had 2feet of snow at the beginning of the year and this summer reached 108 f. what kind of hell scape does this to people?

  5. Viviana Moreno says:

    If you want to go to see the pretty leaf's then go were I am Texas

  6. Corrin says:

    I live in Arizona and this is true

  7. Ivy Queen says:

    This is why you take skiing lessons kids.

  8. Josiah Bitsue says:

    go to new mexico the leaves are nice

  9. mink kinm says:

    3:26 triggered me as a fellow hardcore skiier

  10. JV De Jesus says:

    I live in hawaii how dare you

  11. Cam Plays says:

    Seasons in utah
    Summer: hot
    Spring: cool
    Fall: cold
    Winter: Very cold
    We are a desert /: utah has the normalest weather ever /:

  12. Jerath Lawson says:

    Me if I tried to go skiing: so, this is how I die huh? I had fun but now I'm falling off of a mountain to my death. A great day all in all. But this is where my adventure ends.

  13. Hawk Feather says:

    I once found a candle that was named “Butt Crack”

  14. TeMmIe vIlLaGe says:

    I am in Texas so I don’t have snow at all

  15. Jansiri Kietburanakul says:

    In Jaiden's mind: I hate you

  16. Bobby Cyrus says:

    Hey…. HEY!… Oh good i got your attention i would like to say that Arizona get snow…. I you can see it at the upper part where the Indian nations are. You can find window rock that has tons of snow during the winter

  17. GachaStar says:

    Australian emojis must look like this. 🙃

  18. Mr. Spider Web says:

    Hey I have Cousins in Lake Tahoe

  19. Tzu Chun Gina Tinsley says:

    I like skiing a lot!!!!!!!!!

  20. Doge Minecraftiano says:

    I live in Texas but in winter there’s barely snow

  21. Jayden Au Yeung says:

    In Australia

    Spring : rainy and hot

    Autumn : cold and dry

    Winter : cold

    Christmas : 43 degrees !!! 🥵

    We do not even do many snow sports 🏈

  22. The Avenger says:

    Lol I forget that Tahoe is actually a place people travel to as like a tourist destination, unlike Reno. One time I was skiing as a kid and I jumped off the lift cause I didn't get off when I was supposed to and got scared that I would fall or something so I just jumped. I survived though! Thanks for the cool story

  23. LOL 2.0 says:

    Seasons in sweden winter (cold spring(normal summer(death

  24. Flawless yoshi47 Cool vids says:

    Texas doesn’t get snow STUPID

  25. Sarcastic Kitten_96 says:

    eNgLaNd SeAsOnS



  26. donnakenleek says:

    I hav fawns your comment

  27. Forever Timeless says:

    Jaiden you forgot Winter Haven in Tucson Arizona Festival of Lights it’s amazing every December ❤️🙏🏻

  28. Christine Cao says:

    I have the hand sanatizersof A thousand wishies and warm vinalla surgar and O bot O boy the an amazing!

  29. Caelen Li says:

    I am from canada land

  30. Hussein Sahli says:


    – jaiden

  31. Tanya Castanon says:

    Come to Michigan

  32. Jake Chen says:

    I’m Canadian so consider ur self lucky James or Jaiden that live in ARIZONA BUT US CANADIANS DIE OF FROSTBITE EVErY YEAR

  33. Frisk da Salty Child Animates says:

    1:17 I thought that was her mouth

  34. floating phantom says:

    Other seasons in other countries: extremely hot or extremely cold
    Seasons of India: 😏😏

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