Field Report No. 20151222RC
PROCEDURES: Wake up really, really early. Meet up with one of your best friends. Drive, with good coffee, to the nearest mountain, which happens to be Mt. Spokane. They now allow uphill travel so skin up near the ski area's Lodge 1. Achieve the exercise and views of a vigorous snowshoe hike as you make your way to the top. Look out into the valleys. Talk for a moment. Then point your skis downhill and shralp the gnar, as they say.
Do a second lap before uphill travel hours are up, because this is some of the best powder you've seen 'round these parts in quite some time.
Return home for hot chocolate, and to teach your sons some ski skills in the front yard. Maybe in a couple decades, they'll meet up for a morning like this.
Follow these procedures, or a similar series of activities, and you'll be doing winter vacation correctly.