December 27, 2010. Instead of a vacation, we're saving money this year by just taking our kids up to the mountains a few times to go snowboarding. We can be up at the slopes in about an hour, and sleep in our own beds. My wife and I just hang out in the ski lodge and drink coffee. She reads while I sketch what's going on around me. The kids come back now and then to report on their latest adventure, get a hot cocoa, or just warm up. The Feldberg ski area was packed today. I took a good long walk up the mountain to enjoy the fresh cold air and watch the kids go down. Beautiful day.