A New Year Filled with Mountains of Fun

Posted by Andrea on January 10, 2012

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Lose 10 pounds. Quit smoking. Drink less. Do any of these sound like your New Year's resolutions?  I don't know about you, but I'm tired of resolutions that limit life's pleasures. This year I'm taking a different approach.

I've vowed to try something new this year.  I want to experience a new adventure, and becoming a better skier is at the top of this year's list. I've skied a couple times in my life, but not in the last decade.  When my 'tween was an infant I tried skiing, and ended up being called back to the child care center within an hour to pick up my crying child. Sometimes skiing just seemed like a hassle.

"That means it's time for me to hit the slopes."

But skiing also comes with a lot of fond memories for me, like watching my husband skiing backwards down a mountain to teach my sons to ski. Those 2 boys, ages 11 and 13, have long flown past my ski skills. Now it's time for their 3 year old sister to hit the slopes.  I want her to be able to ski right alongside her dad and brother. I don't want her left out in the cold as the men conquer the mountain. But once she learns to ski, I'll no longer have the excuse of "sorry, I'm taking care of baby" to prevent me from skiing. That means it's time for me to hit the slopes.

When I do hit the slopes, I won't be alone. In fact, so many (okay, I'm just going to use the M word) middle-aged women like myself are eager to take up skiing or become better, that Park City has a special program called the Ladies Club

Mary Flinn Ware, Park City Mountain Resort kid's ski school manager and (so sorry, Mary) a middle-aged mom herself, helped form the Ladies Club. She wanted to create a supportive and social program that allowed women a few hours of "me time" on the slopes.  Taught by female instructors, it's a 2 hour lesson that starts at 10am. So there's enough time for me to drop off my youngest at ski school and then meet up with the guys for lunch.   

True, becoming a better skier will take some effort. I'll fall down, but I plan to pick myself right back up and get on the mountain, just like I hope my kids always will in life.

Happy New Year everyone! Here's hoping it's one filled with new adventures and mountains of fun!




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Comment posted by Elizabeth on January 10, 2012 10:23 AM MST

Take Lessons! Form is key to getting better. Take them in the beginning of the season and then just ski your ass off. I've become 50% better each of the last two seasons with lessons and lots of ski time (after not skiing for 6 years). Good luck!

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Comment posted by Amber on January 10, 2012 9:18 AM MST

I'm IN!!!! Here's for doing something that REALLY scares me this year. No more comfort zone in 2012.

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Comment posted by Kristen on January 10, 2012 7:16 AM MST

Great post, Andrea! I'm going to share with my friends to inspire them to come back and ski!

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