Best (& Sweetest) 12 Weeks of Summer Ever #3
3. Ski the Highland Lakes
With refreshing breezes and cool water, Texas lakes are a summer getaway for many who want to venture outdoors when weather conditions otherwise suggests holing up in air-conditioned confines. If you’re fortunate enough to have a motorboat at your disposal, one of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to go waterskiing (or wakeboarding, tubing, etc.). Just imagine: How can it be stultifyingly hot when you’re dripping wet and whipping across the lake at 25 miles per hour?
The chain of Colorado River reservoirs that comprise the Texas Highland Lakes—Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, and Austin—are among the state’s best for waterskiing. Not only does the river cut through the scenic Hill Country, but also its winding nature gives the lakes a variety of pockets for skiing. While one area may be windy and choppy, another will be glassy smooth with protection from surrounding hills or cliffs.
Ryan Huie, owner of the SKI L.I.F.E ACADEMY ski school on Lake Austin, learned how to ski when he was five years old, behind his grandfather’s bass boat on Lake LBJ. His advice is to hit the lake at sunrise, before boat traffic and wind chop up the water; and to bend at the knees—not the hips—and keep your elbows straight. “I think the first thing is to always make sure you’re having fun, and if at some point it isn’t fun, take a break and let the beauty of the lake bring you back to center.”
From the May 2013 issue.