A Great Start: Amber's Trip Diary Day One

Posted by Amber on December 29, 2010

frosty (frosty)I knew it was going to be a great day at Park City Mountain Resort from the get-go. As my husband Jamie and I strapped on our boots, mountain host Debbie approached us to see if we would participate in a survey. A few seconds into it, I mentioned my involvement with the resort.

“YOU’RE A SNOWMAMA? You’re the first one I’ve ever met!!!!” She then proceeded to pepper me with questions about our community.

It was the closest I’ve ever come to feeling like a celebrity.

But it will hopefully not be my last.

Next on the agenda was to take our two children to their Signature 3 and 5 ski school classes. My 4-year-old son Bode was delighted to meet THE “Frosty the Snowman” (he had the nametag to prove it) while my 6-year-old daughter Hadley was greeted by a fun-loving instructor:

“Hadley, I am going to be your butler today. Do you know what a butler is?”
She shook her head.
“I will do anything you want and will also bring you hot cocoa.”

He has hereby set the bar too high for all future suitors.

With the children happily in their classes, my husband Jamie and I braced ourselves for the onslaught of holiday skiers but were shocked to practically have the mountain to ourselves for the first two hours.

Around 11 a.m., the lines started picking up but we didn’t care. We had found some great stashes of untracked powder that the resort had received in the last 24 hours and marveled at the unprecedented 84-inch base that early in the season.

haddieski (haddieski)We knew it was time to go in for lunch to have our favorite Legends Burger and nachos as we stood in the long line at the Silverlode lift. Some funky music was blasting and my husband muttered something to me.

Me:  “What did you say? You want to sing the blues?”
Jamie “No, I said ‘I want to see the Boos!” (Our nickname for the children).

I blamed it on the helmet…and blonde hair underneath it.

At the end of the day, we retrieved two very jubilant children whose instructors had filled out a thorough progress report for us to track. Bode’s teacher said he had a great attitude and was working on stopping with a wedge (though he excelled at going straight). This was not a surprise.

We did, after all, name him after ski racing legend Bode Miller.

As for Hadley, she learned how to skate ski across flat terrain and mastered linking her wedge turns. She is apparently already plotting her escape from us.

“Mommy, how old do I have to be to ski without you and Daddy?”

If she sticks with Park City Mountain Resort’s Signature 5 program, it won’t be long.


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