That ‘I Got It’ Moment When Learning To Ski

I can’t really explain it properly. That moment when you learn to ski downhill, you just know it when you feel it.  

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You certainly know when you don’t have it:

  • You feel awkward and unstable
  • You lean back when you should lean forward
  • Your skis cross and you can’t get them straight
  • You can turn on one side but not the other
  • Your instructor says one thing and your body does another  
  • You are exhausted after one run

Like riding a bike, once you know how, your mind and body remember and there is no going back.   All of the sudden you realize, “I get it now. I can ski!”

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My “got it” experience happened during a Max-4 lesson a few years ago at Deer Valley Resort. The instructor skied behind me in lockstep, turn for turn. He called out queues so I could feel the rhythm. The coaching was comforting, like my Dad running right beside me as I learned to ride my bike, guiding me until I pedaled on by myself.

I forget the exact words my instructor called out. It was something like “stand” (up like you are making a free throw),  “plant” (my pole),  and “turn,” gently prompting me over and over again.

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I’ll never forget the cadence though. Every single time I ski the bottom of the Ontario run, I remember that moment.

My husband Jay had a similar experience yesterday. He had a Max-4 lesson with a Deer Valley Ski Instructor, Doug from Encinitas, CA, who has been teaching skiing for 45 years.  

When Jay walked in the front door, I could see it in his eyes. He said, “I got it!” Maybe it was shifting his weight from ski to ski or relaxing while simply enjoying sliding around on the snow.

Whatever his moment was, that’s fantastic; I know the feeling.

What about you? When was your “I got this” ski moment?

For more information on ski lessons for adults and children at Deer Valley Resort, click here.

Nancy L. Anderson, CFP is a financial planner in Park City, Utah. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, her blog NancyLAnderson.com, and for tips on Transitioning to Retirement on Forbes.com.

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65 Is Not Too Old To Try Skiing If You Have Grandchildren

You can’t change your past but you can certainly change your future.

When Jay learned to ski at age 65, he was a man with a mission to change his life. He wanted to be the grandfather with the kids out on the slopes creating memories.

Learning to ski at his age isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s counterintuitive. To gain control you have to do the opposite of what your instincts tell you, lean your body straight downhill.

After 65 years of life experience, you aren’t as fearless as you were as a kid. Strains, sprains, and bruises hurt; you want to avoid injury. You love the feel of the wind in your hair, so controlled speed is great. However, you want to avoid a wrong turn onto a steep black diamond run that you have no business taking.

Jay pressed on and overcame all those fears so he could be granted one simple wish. He wanted to ski with his granddaughter.

His dream just came true. Norah (age 7) just learned how to break out of the wedge and ski parallel turns. Jay didn’t hear about it later; he got to see her first parallel turns with his own eyes as he skied behind her.

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On our family ski day, as we waited in the lift line, we asked her, “Okay kid, what’s the order?”

She chose me first, then her, then her mother and then her grandfather. You see, she wanted them to watch her. She’d had a Reindeer Club lesson the day before and learned new skills.

“We did an obstacle course, parallel turns, and the J stop,” Norah shared. “I want to show you everything I learned!”

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With me first-in-line as leader and trailblazer, Norah focused on her form and her Mom and Grandfather observed her newfound skills. To our delight, her skis stayed (mostly) parallel as she executed nice, wide S-turns over and over again.

Later in the lodge as we celebrated with hot chocolate and cookies, Jay leaned into me and quietly whispered, “I am so glad I learned to ski.”

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All of his hard work paid off.  

Do you ski with your grandchildren? What memories have you created from your adventures?

Nancy L. Anderson, CFP is a financial planner in Park City, Utah. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, her blog NancyLAnderson.com, and for tips on Transitioning to Retirement on Forbes.com.

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