We left Illinois for a week to spend Christmas with my parents in Colorado. While out there, we planned on simply relaxing and going skiing for a couple days. Little did my now fiancé, Allie, know that I planned on asking her to marry me on the slopes.

A couple days after we got to Colorado, we drove up to my cousin’s condo to get ready for the best day of my life. I informed my cousins of my plan so that we could have pictures to help remember the day. We all went together over to Keystone and rode the lift up to Schoolmarm. Halfway down the run, we decided to cut over to a different run in order to take another lift to go higher up. After we cut over I signaled to my cousins that it was about time and to get the cameras ready. I skied past everyone and stopped in a somewhat secluded spot on Silver Spoon. I was hoping for Allie to ski over to me and see why I stopped, but she just ignored me and kept going. With my cousins laughing at me, I skied past everyone again and found another secluded spot on the run.

This time was a success. Allie skied over to me and asked me what was going on; just what I hoped. I told her that my knee was bothering me and began to take off my skis. When I started to kneel, she assumed that I was falling towards her and backed up out of reach. Laughing, I leaned forward, grabbed her skis and pulled her back to me and told her “Stay.” She had a very confused look on her face which made me laugh even more. I started to tell her that I love her and unzipped my ski jacket. I told her that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her and began to reach into my inner pocket for the box with the ring in it.

Much to my surprise, the box was the exact same size as my pocket and I struggled to get my fingers around it. This made me worry a bit that I was going to ruin my little speech and I began to babble. It seemed like an eternity before I got the ring out, all the while I was still babbling. Her reaction of “Oh my gosh! Are you serious?! Is this really happening? I think I’m going to cry!” was priceless.

I finally managed to ask her to marry me and she said yes! As I was putting the ring on her finger, she started crying. I have never seen the love of my life so happy, and I’m glad we have pictures to relive the moment.

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Last updated February 5, 2017