Sub-zero temperatures freeze the air while a foot of hard-packed, back-breaking snow blankets the driveway. As you grab the shovel from the garage your eyes catch a glimpse of that old wooden O'Brien collecting dust in the rafters. Maybe it's time to escape this reality and enter someone else's. Ken and Kathy Terheggen's, for instance.
Imagine 80-degree air and 75-degree glass. Throw into the backdrop crashing surf, sandy beaches and lush, green tropics. This is Kauai Island, home to the only freshwater river in the chain of Hawaiian islands and the ideal break from cabin fever.
For 25 years, the Terheggens have owned and operated the Kauai Water Ski and Surf Company in Kapaa. Located at the mouth of the Wailua River, guests can either surf the ocean or walk across the sand bar and ski the river behind one of the MasterCraft ProStars.
While the Ski and Surf Company is equipped for wakeboarding, kneeboarding, barefooting or the Air Chair, it's the four-ball slalom course that attracted us up the river to a nicely protected cove. “It's not like you have to always ski in one area,” says Ken Terheggen. As the 1990 Hawaiian state slalom champion, Ken uses his experience to work one on one with guests of any level of skiing ability.
For a party of two, the Terheggens rent the Surf and Ski Cottage, a self-contained studio set on the Wailua Stream and surrounded by coconut groves. A discount on outdoor equipment and activities is given to guests of the cottage. There also are a slew of resorts within minutes of the Ski and Surf Company.
The important thing to remember, as the snow mounts back home, is that the shovel is what's collecting dust now.
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