Last month Skye went skiing for the first time. She was there with her school and had missed her lesson, but she did well and had a great time. I want her to enjoy being active and outside, plus it would be nice to have a consistent partner when I want to ride; so I encouraged her to go again and take a proper lesson. After several weekends of less-than-ideal weather, Sunday was our day.
On the drive to Shawnee Peak we had a chance to bond. I enjoyed hearing about the things on her mind and how she confronts the issues that arise in her life. I am very proud of her maturity. I digress.
After we arrived we had just enough time to get our lift tickets, rent Skye’s equipment, register for her Ski II course, and grab a quick bite to eat. Fortunately Skye was the only student in the class, so she had a private lesson for 90 minutes with her instructor, John.
While Skye was in her lesson I got in as many fast runs as I could. The conditions were warm, soft, wet, and quite uncrowded. My top speed of 36.4 miles per hour was achieved on my fourth of five runs. While snowboarding fast was a lot of fun, I was lonely and was glad to meet up with Skye for lunch.
Skye’s instructor, John, said she is a natural skier. For all I know, he says that to every skier and parent. By the end of their lesson she was comfortable skiing the blues (intermediate trails) and keeping her skis parallel.
The lesson was well worth the money. Instead of being confined to the bunny slope for the afternoon, Skye and I were able to go all over the mountain together. Skye seemed to especially like going in the trees and did so at every opportunity. She did great! I had a lot of fun, too. It was nice to spend so much uninterrupted one-on-one time with her.
I’m taking her again Monday. The snow is melting quickly, so we have to get in as many days as possible before the proverbial carriage turns back into a pumpkin.