A guest post from my husband, and super brave ski dad, James Lummis.
This season, I’m taking a vow. No longer am I going to let having fun take the back seat. Instead, I declare that Every Ski Day is a Great Ski Day.
As a Coloradan, there should be no shortage of fun in my life. I get incredible diversity of terrain at Aspen/Snowmass, laps on the North Face T-bar at Crested Butte and great powder days at Powderhorn,
Still even on the best days, I have a hard time ignoring other obligations. I find myself answering emails on the lift and in the lodge, cringing when the phone rings and skiing in a generally distracted manner. I’m often thinking about work when I should be lost in the joy of perfect turns.
Even when I turn off my phone, I’ve let less than perfect conditions, or less than 100% open terrain, diminish my day.
But no more! Having taken the vow – Every Ski Day is a Great Ski Day – I am committed: committed to enjoying every bit of the process. From getting to the resort, to getting on the hill, to ripping with friends and family, every ski day will be a great ski day.
No More Early Season Blues
Instead of complaining about limited early season terrain, I’ve got a new attitude. “So what if there only a few runs are open?” I will ask myself. “At least, I am skiing.”
As for early season hard pack snow? It’s actually a benefit, because it will get me to focus on edge control and technique and jump-start the year.
Nor will I complain about dings and scratches on my skis, when the conditions are less than perfect and my skis need some TLC.
“No problem,” I will say. “The skiing was worth it. Now I get to visit my favorite ski shop, hang out with passionate skiers, enjoy their company and have a beer after they fix my ski.”
A Better Ski Buddy
My vow will also help me be better company and I plan on enjoying time with my ski buddies more.
Each day, I have the choice to ski or not to ski.
Having made a choice to ski, I am going to have a great day.
Being with people who are having fun, acting like kids, riding into the sky and then skiing hard to the bottom should be smile-inducing and this season, it will be.
So, join me and take the vow.
Lead your posse with your attitude, put your phones away and expect these results: smiles all around and more ski days together, all season long.
Portions of this post originally published at Club Colorado on September 26, 2014.
A Dad’s Best Ski Season. Ever. January 2, 2014.
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