Secret Ski Sensei.
I barely remember learning how to ski. My parents got me started when I was four. Winter weekends, we’d go to our local mountain with a bunch of my parents’ friends and their kids. We’d picnic in the lodge, leaving all of our gear and food spread out like we owned the place. In high school, my friends and I would race down the same frozen mogul run over and over again all night.
I definitely remember learning how to ski the second time. I was 23. I’d moved to Salt Lake City for grad school. As soon as I graduated, I got a job as a kid’s ski instructor at Snowbird. I got some proper training and boots that fit. I fell in love with that light Utah powder – no more laps on frozen moguls for me. I left Utah shortly after that. I moved around a bunch, and eventually settled near home – and far from any good snow or real mountains.
“I wannabe one of those hard core backcountry types hiking up the mountain, setting up camp, and doing laps all the next day.”
Which brings me to this blog. Those of us who don’t leave near great skiing, have to travel to it. I go on at least one ski vacation a year, lately more. I’ve skied in seven states and Canada. I’ve taken dirt cheap trips, and semi-luxurious ones. I’ve traveled with my friends, my family, other people’s families, some folks from the internet, and most recently with the SNOWCHASE crew.
When I go on a ski vacation, I go to ski. I’m not very interested in nightlife, spa treatments, or shopping. I don’t want to spend a lot of money. I don’t want to plan too much ahead. I want steep slopes, fresh snow, and short lift lines.
I wannabe one of those hard core backcountry types hiking up the mountain, setting up camp, and doing laps all the next day – but I’m not in that kind of shape. I’ll do a short hike if there’s fresh snow to be found, otherwise I stick to what’s accessible by chairlift. I stay inbounds, out of the terrain park, and away from those “cliff area” signs.
Wannabe and her mom. Aren’t parents who teach their kids the value of a ski vacation awesome?