Eat it Up

We gathered as soon as I had dropped off my kids at day one of Children’s Sunday Ski Experience. There were seven of us, and we dove into the day’s powder with gusto. My friend Stacey, who I met four years ago during Women’s Weekend, was first to say, “I am a Powder Day Plus One Skier.” Meaning she likes a good powder dump as much as anyone, but prefers to ski on it after the groomers have had their way with it, the next day, thank you very much.

My friend Kellie and I were fresh off our first Women on Wednesdays lesson, so we were eager to see if we remembered all the mad skills we’d picked up on that day. Our group also contained two Miriams (one I’ll call Mir, to keep them straight), Catherine, who skis DV only occasionally, and Sue. We were all of compatible levels, but Mir and Sue are likely the most experienced and confident skiers, and Catherine is a good, gutsy skier. Mind you, in the days leading up to this outing, I got comments from several of my friends, saying they were a little nervous to ski with me—which made me laugh. “We are skiing for lunch, people,” I reminded them. “It’s social and fun.”

What followed was exactly that. A fun, social day, laughing as hard as we skied—which is to say, plenty. I couldn’t get away with copping out of much, since Kellie and I had just skied together on Wednesday, and she knew what I could do. Which is, of course, how I wound up taking Square Deal ski run from the top, rather than snaking around to the trees on skier’s left of Hidden Treasure and cutting in below the first long pitch. I was so pleased with myself that whenever I answered a question from my kids, that night, I simply said, “Square Deal. From the Top.” It wasn’t always the answer they were looking for—or, rather, it wasn’t ever the answer they were looking for—but, they got the message: Mama is hardcore, now.

Fresh Tracks under Quincy Lift

Of course, I couldn’t resist finding a path to hike through the glade between Hidden Treasure and Square Deal, a few hours later. Kellie was kind enough to snap some photos of me, and of Stacey, as we stopped to admire the gorgeous surroundings.

We skied a little of everything that day—those who were tired, nursing injuries or wanting an easier run felt no pressure to do what the bumps-and-powder-chasers were doing. One of my favorite runs of the day was suggested by Stacey: Orion to Solace, off of Empire Express chairlift. It left me feeling like I could ski anything, even though I had passed on the opportunity to take Daly Chutes with Mir and Sue.

Powder from Stacey

As I suspected, it mattered not which terrain each of us skied that day, but rather that we encouraged each other to eat it up, and take in as much powder and as many turns as we could, before the promised lunch. Ah, yes. Lunch,

Royal Street Café did not disappoint. Mulled Wine, and Blueberry Vodka Hot Chocolate—honestly, we could have stopped there. But with such a delicious menu, why would we? We split a few appetizers, and enjoyed our entrees. Mostly, though, we enjoyed each other’s company—no one in the group, aside from me, knew everyone in the group when we started the day. But after a day of riding chair lifts, together, the lunch conversation flowed easily. By day’s end, I was floating down to ski school pickup, on Stacey’s words: “Powder Plus Zero!”

Food

Leave your Comment

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

Facebook Feed

Deer Valley Resort's Global Athlete Ambassador, Ted Ligety, is back on skis after 10 weeks of recovering from microdiscectomy surgery. Welcome back Ted! | #DeerValleyMoment ... See MoreSee Less

Doug Barker, Bjorn Eriksen and 1133 others like this

View previous comments

Eric HandMore impressed by the steady camera work of whoever was following him

2 days ago   ·  17

2 Replies

Avatar

Matthew LivingstonShredd!! You're the best. Same run I fractured my tibial plateau on last year. Glad to see you're back. Hope I can do the same next year.

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Lori Mencarelli WalshWELCOME BACK!!! I'm 15 months post op discectomy/laminectomy and last week was my first time on skis since :)) It felt GREAT!!! Best wishes to you and your recovery'!!! Pain free is the BEST!!!

6 hours ago
Avatar

Mitch MannWe wore the same color jacket and skied DV today as well, but our skiing form was a tad different.

2 days ago
Avatar

Bill PidwellAnd he even slowed down for the slow signs bottom Wasatch -- what a stud!

1 day ago   ·  1
Avatar

Rod WoodGreat vid... Almost felt like I was on skiis just bebind him. Luv the speed Luv the feeling

1 day ago
Avatar

Priscilla GrahamSitting in Florida in 85 degree weather...you have no idea how good this looks!!

2 days ago   ·  2
Avatar

Justin IrishDidn't get to see you at nationals in Colorado but I'm glad your back man !!!

1 day ago
Avatar

John TredentTrue carve turn, Ted is one of the best in the world.

2 days ago   ·  2
Avatar

Tess TeurlingsTyler Teurlings they finally got around to posting this video of me from spring break

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Stephen PohlmanWizard

2 days ago   ·  2
Avatar

Larry WeiderThat's what I look like in my head when I ski. It's better I never know what I actually look like.

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Kelly DetweilerLooks good to me ☺

2 days ago
Avatar

Ron ReillySmooth

2 days ago
Avatar

Justin BrownThat guy knows his way around an edge! Awesome!! Steve Levitas Lauren Stone

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Max ScottPaul Stu Herlan you guys just missed ripping some runs with Ted

2 days ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Jeff PetersonHe recovered well! He listened to and followed the instructions of his surgery team!

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Wendy Lynne Castle SimkinsLooking good! ⛷Glad to see you are back on skis!

1 day ago
Avatar

Dennis BressGreat run and great camera work. :-) Kerry Rutherford

2 days ago

1 Reply

Avatar

Octavio BarreraEmilio Fernandez our next level of skiing for next winter 💪🏽

2 days ago

1 Reply

Avatar

Scott DillmanGo Ted. I am sure it feels really good to be carving some turns. Enjoy your regained freedom.

2 days ago
Avatar

Karen-Cecil ThompsonBeautiful to watch.

1 day ago
Avatar

Rod Wood

Attachment1 day ago
Avatar

Davey ClementMust be closed or no one else can afford to be there.

1 day ago
Avatar

Andrew NolandMichael Riley] ... I think he makes a few more turns than us... 😂

1 day ago
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Deer Valley Resort has recieved over 400 inches of snow this season and still has a 101" base. You can only #SkiTheDifference for three more weeks. | Skier: Jillian Vogtli Video: Chris Morgan / Two Sherpas LLC on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
... See MoreSee Less

Yoli Nafarrete Anderson, Rebecca Marchand and 657 others like this

View previous comments

Rose JutrasGo Jillian!! What an Ambassador!!

3 days ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Adi DeOltManon Mbd she has the same color equipment like me. And I skied there. Could it be me? 😂😂😂

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Claine CowdrickWhy end the season if there is still enough snow to ski on? Extend the season maximize profits

2 days ago
Avatar

Sue Mcjamesgo girl!

5 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Steve ZebrowskiSure didn't look anywhere near 101 inch base Saturday

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Marcela MrugalaIt was a fantastic day of skiing yesterday!

3 days ago
Avatar

Ken RuanoMaybe I should come up?

1 day ago
Avatar

Brandon BenallyCute but can she ski MOGULS as fast?

3 days ago
Avatar

Lori Mencarelli WalshI look just like that skiing!!! ( in my head ; )

7 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Lou KaltensteinWatched her cut her teeth at Holiday Valley! Go girl!

2 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Indy BaileyVery cool!!

3 days ago   ·  1
Avatar

Nic ReneeAwesome skiing this year

3 days ago
Avatar

Sheila RoseBobby Quinn and friends!! We are still getting snow!

1 day ago
Avatar

Tia Allison Mittelstadt"Received"

1 day ago
Avatar

Elaine Lawrencer u having a good time

3 days ago
Avatar

Larry TallmanWhat a year and still coming.

4 hours ago
Avatar

Kathy Meindel PalmerBeautiful. Have fun

2 days ago
Avatar

Tai RobinsonYeah Jillian Vogtli!

3 days ago   ·  1

1 Reply

Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Twitter Feed @Deer_Valley