Heidi Voelker’s 2010/2011 Season in Review

As we are approaching closing day this Sunday, April 10 I thought I should write about some of the highlights from this season. Always at this time of year I say, “I can’t believe how fast the season has flown by! It goes by faster and faster even after 14 years!”  Maybe it has to do with age? As my mom said, “as you get older each year seems to fly by faster, so you better keep up!”  Ah this is where my “pacesetting” comes from. Kudos Mom!

Well I’ll start in the beginning of the season but not necessarily going to stay in order of favorite highlights. I’m finishing my 14thseason at Deer Valley and since I can remember opening weekend we always have the Celebrity SkiFest. Most recently a made-for-TV race that benefits the WaterKeeper Alliance. This brings together TV personalities and former racers (i.e. the Phil & Steve Mahre, Tommy Moe, AJ Kitt and luckily  myself) for a weekend of ski racing and entertainment.  It’s a fun-filled weekend that raises money for a great cause and I get to visit with old (I use this term loosely) teammates. The “boys” can still ski and sometimes I can ski too. It’s always fun to reminisce and talk about the good old days on tour.  Still when I ski with all of them I’m in awe that I get to share the days with them but most importantly have them as friends. I must confess by being able to spend time with the great skiers listed above I still learn and try to bring it into my skiing.

We then moved into the Christmas season and my family starts to arrive for the holidays. Being the sibling that lives in the mountains I’m expected to have snow whenever they come to visit. Well Mother Nature certainly did answer their requests this year! Skiing with my family in the snow storms of Christmas and after was great. The snow was so deep at times for my youngest, I would tell him I had to stay behind him to make sure I didn’t loose him.

But one of my biggest memories this year will be getting first tracks down Daily Bowl after one of our February snow storms. I have had plenty of fresh powder shots but nothing will beat this. Maybe Heli skiing? I was with clients who were ready to seek out the best lines. We were riding up Empire Express chairlift looking over to Daily Bowl, no tracks? We were not first chair. I poked my head into the ski patrol house and asked if Daily Bowl was open? They said yes and I asked, “Why aren’t there any tracks?” They said nobody has cut the traverse. I guess we’ll do it. I must say the true meaning of  “no friends on a powder day” came out. As we enter the traverse to start plowing through the snow about half through there were three guys making the path. We stayed behind them until the opening then we all raced to the top of the cornice my group still with me. As we all peered over the edge to observe this untracked snow it was so pristine nobody was making the move even the skiers that cut the track. (By the way if you’re reading this… “Thank you”) I surveyed the situation and realized I was the only girl. I took full advantage of the situation and jumped into the bowl saying the “playground is open.”  To be the only one in such a big bowl was as good as it gets. It was so quiet. I came to the second pitch where I usually stop and regroup but nope, not on that day! There was so much snow it didn’t matter where you pointed them. As everyone else finished their epic run in the bowl, I announced at the bottom “That was so good I could be done for the season!”  (Or not…)

I also enjoyed bringing most my groups into X-files. If you don’t know where this is I can’t tell you. You’ll have to come ski with me or search back to a blog post by JF Lanvers earlier this season.  The best part of X-files is when there is a storm there’s still great skiing a few days after. As you see throughout the Deer Valley blog people talk about X-files. It’s intimidating to get to because you’re on top of all the Daly Chutes. But the best part is your nowhere near the cornice, but as close as you’ll get without actually skiing them. You traverse all the way over to our boundary and enter a beautiful gladded area. This area is intermediate. Why I like bringing my clients there? Because it makes them feel like they have accomplished a huge goal. They have! The approach and visual makes your heart beat a bit faster.

Another highlight this season was to watch my boy’s race. I didn’t get to watch them all season. I’m not complaining, just the way things worked out. I did plan to watch their last races. As they had some great year end races, people ask will they be ski racers. I just hope I can provide them with good tools to be gracious competitors and just want to ski with me especially when they come home from college.

The best highlight of the season was this was my busiest season yet!  This is a little like making a speech in front of a crowd. You’ll forget someone or something. So I’m taking this moment to say “Thank You to everyone, Deer Valley, my clients, my sponsors, every corporate group, press group, Powder Girls & Boys and Nastar that have come to ski Deer Valley”. We’ll see you next year and maybe more!

Cheers!

Leave your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Feed

Today's #DeerValleyMoment | Photo Credit: Emily Summers ... See MoreSee Less

Todays #DeerValleyMoment  | Photo Credit: Emily Summers

Today's #DeerValleyMoment ... See MoreSee Less

Luz Resendiz, Stacy Hale and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Atanacio MartinezAmazingly beautiful love the snow

1 day ago   ·  1
Avatar

Andy SimmonsLooks great to me.

1 day ago   ·  1
Avatar

Alexis PavlovOlivia Flores can you believe this?! We were just there in 60 degree weather!

1 day ago   ·  2

1 Reply

Avatar

Mitch MannHoward Greenberg looking at the size of these flakes...best be bringing a shell to stay dry.

1 day ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Ali Elner RomeroAlready hot where I live, so can't wait to be in #DeerValley next week!

16 hours ago
Avatar

Cory HaagensonNeed to go to Keystone Colorado for one ski trip together Hayden Haagenson ..

6 hours ago
Avatar

Lindsay Mehrtens-BedwellTaylor Griffin, Matt Bedwell and Dean Griffin, can you believe this??!! It was so hot and sunny last week!

9 hours ago
Avatar

Teri HoenstineSilver Strike Lodge

8 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Glenn RiversHi Madonna Marron , miss you and all my park city friends

8 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Dave AndrzejewskiHold the snow! We are coming on Saturday

12 hours ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Kathleen Cooney CammarataBe there Monday! Can't wait🎿

2 hours ago
Avatar

Eric PikePlenty of snow

1 day ago
Avatar

Nic ReneeI really do wish I was there!!!

15 hours ago
Avatar

Corinne Nunez O'HaraSee y'all very soon! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

24 hours ago
Avatar

Roberta StoutAmazing ❄️.

24 hours ago
Avatar

Gloria DuncanBeautiful! Wish I was there!

13 hours ago
Avatar

Nancy SchiltzBeen there many times love it! Have fun!

14 hours ago
Avatar

Adi DeOltNot today! It's too warm for skiing now

9 hours ago
Avatar

David HoldenLooks like fun!

4 hours ago
Avatar

Matthew VerrandoWish I was there.

4 hours ago
Avatar

Rosemary SpiveyLove it!

3 hours ago
Avatar

Rex MartinMan I miss skiing so bad

22 hours ago
Avatar

Lisa GoreWas a great day!

1 day ago
Avatar

Michael LanganYes please..

14 hours ago
Avatar

John WhiteAnother day at Deer Valley, lovi'n it!

17 hours ago
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Deer Valley Resort shared Visit Park City's event.

Thin Air Concert: Magic! with Special Guests MarchFourth
... See MoreSee Less

Thin Air Concert: Magic! with Special Guests MarchFourth

April 7, 2017, 6:00pm

Main Street, Downtown Park City, UT

2017 Thin Air Park City closes out with a concert on Historic Main Street featuring the reggae fusion sounds of MAGIC! with special guests MarchFourth. Presented by Park City Mountain and Deer Valley ...

Thin Air Concert: Magic! with Special Guests MarchFourth

Twitter Feed @Deer_Valley