Skye Goes To Ski School

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.

Skye and John ride the chairlift
Skye and John ride the chairlift

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.

Ski Tracks metrics for the day
Ski Tracks metrics for the day

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.

We covered most of the trails
We covered most of the trails
Notice the phases of my day?
Notice the phases of my day?
Daddy/daughter time is terrific!
Daddy/daughter time is terrific!
The falls didn't hurt in the slushy snow
The falls didn't hurt in the slushy snow
In my element
In my element
Simultaneously steady and unstable
Simultaneously steady and unstable
Skiing is Skye's new favorite sport
Skiing is Skye's new favorite sport
At the summit
At the summit
Half-wedge
Half-wedge

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.

2 Comment

  1. I LOVE this! I’m so glad you two could do this together. I have to admit that I teared up while reading the blog, looking at the pictures, and especially watching the video. Call me sentimental. ;-)

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