World Cup Weekend Mojo

World Cup Weekend knocked it out of the park. The weather was perfect—not too warm, not too cold, the mood was fun and the skiing was fantastic. It was good enough to counter my sports-mom stress levels of seeing my little ski jumper, Seth, through X-rays, ice and elevation after a bad fall during training the previous Tuesday night. (Spoiler alert, he was fine after a week or so of rest!) It was even good enough to counter the fact that the boys couldn’t come with us to watch any World Cup competitions, because there was no way to safely transport our child on crutches, up to the venue. His brother, who was offered the chance to go watch Moguls event with one parent, while the other stayed behind with the little guy—opted to hang at home out of solidarity. This made us feel proud, of course. And we wound up with an impromptu date night, with our friends Michael and Gia, on Thursday, the first night of competition.

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We were, as always, in awe of the competitors, and stoked at the chance to rub elbows with the athletes and coaches in the VIP tent. We also hung out with friends from Youth Sports Alliance, who had, just moments earlier, received a $90,000 donation from Deer Valley, toward the Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment. This is the organization that provides opportunities for young athletes of all levels to learn and improve in their sports, through great community effort. It was bittersweet, of course, in light of Stein’s recent passing, but I really can’t think of a more fitting symbol of his contributions to sport, and to our community, than this. Sweetly, the culinary crew served up one of his favorite desserts that night.

Friday night, we had to skip Aerials, for reasons that were even more emblematic of the incredible life in Park City: Seth had a competition with Park City Nordic Ski Club, which is his Nordic Ski Jumping team. Despite being sidelined with his knee injury, he didn’t want to miss the chance to cheer on his teammates. So, off we went.

Saturday night, we had friends visiting from Las Vegas, who soaked up every minute of the experience, marveling at how much fun you can have in the cold weather. (Not for nothing, but the food in the VIP tent that weekend was pretty amazing, too.)

Sunday, we wowed the crew with breakfast at Snow Park—waffles, oatmeal, eggs, and the amazing bottomless cups of coffee, and I reached out to my pal Lisa, to see if she wanted to join us on the slopes. “Sure,” she said. “And my friend Dave wants to meet up with us, too.” This friend turned out to be a member of the amazing grooming and snow making staff at Deer Valley, who was, it turned out, just coming off of a night’s work, and was interested in doing some “product testing.”

We had just a few hours before our guests had to head to the airport, and Dave helped us make the most of it, covering terrain from Northside to Lady Morgan, to Empire to Little Baldy. There’s nothing better than skiing with someone who knows the mountain grooming report of the top of his head—while soaking up some added Vitamin D, and awesome friendship vibes.

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Steve KuehnTed Ligety....one of the greatest world class skiers on earth skiing at my favorite place on earth!! Thank you!! What great technique, balance, speed, carving and weight on downhill ski!!!😀😀😀❤️❤️❤️😀😀😀😀😀

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Steve KuehnI wish I could ski that well!! I am good and focus on the basics and technique, but I am nowhere near that good....Heaven on earth to me is skiing and / or teaching people to ski every day!!

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Lisa K SimpkinsNo wonder my favorite run was closed 2 weeks ago. He was going so fast I never saw him.

11 hours ago
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Patricia Wollerok, maybe he goes a little, just a little faster than I... one think is certain, that is one of my favorite runs!

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Laura Nolle SpurlinEmily Spurlin Abby Spurlin this is my favorite run "mountaineer" !!⛷

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Tom ThomasVery impressive, Patty must be proud.

21 hours ago
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Ted ForbesBill Mitchell I think you can take him

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Hideko ShimabukuroOMG that's so fast...! Made me dizzy watching it. 😅

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Dan PeoplesBill Liguori this looks a lot like Marc D. Lewis without the aqua green, one piece jump suit.

24 hours ago
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James EvansLooks fantastic there at Deer Valley --- look forward to a Huge Season for Ted in 2017 / 2018 as well as the Winter Olympics . . .

19 hours ago
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Effie Baramso rad having the mountain totally to yourself....VIP treatment

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Nikki GraceI want to go. Just not that fast.

17 hours ago
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Miguel CamposRenzzo B Namuche ese weon skia igual a mi csm jajaja

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Barbara JonesThis is one of my favorite runs at Deer Valley!

14 hours ago
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Kirk HoffmanI've skied that, but not quite in the same way!

21 hours ago
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Joseph HamiltonJet propulsion?

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Michael O'SullivanYeah, and I would be just ahead of you 😜

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Karl ByrneThe true mountain sport, pure speed

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Arlen Gilbertpretty much how I imagine I look when I ski.

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Rachel O'SullivanMichael O'Sullivan this is what I look like on that run

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Billy GlosWayne Wilkinson is that you?!! Crazy!

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Elizabeth HaleIt even feels fun 😁😁

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Leigh Gallagher WaltersWow

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Damian Benitez VillegasAmazing race Miguel.

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Dienna Armstrong LehnerDon't forget to duck😜

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