Growing Skiers

Getting ready for the first day of skiing is one of those chores I savor. With each visit to a gear shop, each waiver signed, each romp through the closet to see what still fits and what makes the shopping list, I get more and more excited. This year, though, the amount of growth in both of my boys since last season caught me off-guard.

Lance now wears a full boot size larger than I do, sporting a 23.5 to my 22.5 shell size. Pro tip: If you’re part of a seasonal rental program, as we are, taking good care of the equipment pays off. The team at Utah Ski and Golf were happy to fit Lance with brand-new, comfortable Dalbello boots ​because he returned last year’s goods in great shape.

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Both boys also jumped up a couple of ski sizes.

I had to adjust their poles to the longest settings. And, no kidding, when we got to the season pass office, Lance measured a full inch taller that day than he had six days earlier at a doctor visit. And, yes, he was wearing the same shoes.

The ladies in the ticket office even remarked upon the boys’ growth from the year before.

When Opening Day rolled around, my family started our ski season with deliberate restraint, in deference to my still-recovering post-surgical knee.

Ok, so “restraint,” isn’t exactly my strong suit. In fact, as we were having breakfast, my husband made an announcement to the kids, that “Mommy needs to take it easy, so we are going to make sure we do mellow runs.” In response, Seth piped up, “Blacks, but no bumps?” I couldn’t help but have a momentary surge of pride, as Jeff looked over at me and said, “Gee, I wonder where he gets his sense of restraint.”

The day got off to a great start, in part because we reached a critical milestone in family skiing—the youngest child confidently, and quickly, slipped into, buckled and adjusted his own boots.

Upon arriving at Deer Valley, we were welcomed, warmly, by the ski valet team.

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Then, we stopped into Jans to pick up a new helmet for Lance (all that growing, again!).

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And with that, we were ready to go. As we took our first runs, I remembered the benefit to having big kids—we can ski together, as a family. There are few better payoffs for all the years of hunched-over snowplows, all the times you had to literally bribe the kids down the hill with bits of candy from your pocket, than skiing behind your family as they make gorgeous turns.

Then again, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I still packed a stash of leftover Halloween candy.

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Which we enjoyed, al fresco…

 

 

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It’s official – the Ikon Pass launches March 6 for the 18/19 season. It comes in two tiers – the Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass –starting at $599. For full details on pass benefits and restrictions, visit: bit.ly/IkonPass_Details ... See MoreSee Less

It’s official – the Ikon Pass launches March 6 for the 18/19 season. It comes in two tiers – the Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass  –starting at $599. For full details on pass benefits and restrictions, visit: http://bit.ly/IkonPass_Details

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And here comes the crowds. Will these still count as "ticket sales" and contribute to DV selling out on busy days?

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We are Deer Valley season pass holders. Will the DV season pass for 18-19 provide us with limited access to the other resorts, or we will need to purchase two (2) different passes?

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Will there be a Deer Valley ONLY pass? I don't want to ski anywhere else. I love my Deer Valley senior pass.

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Wow! It is very affordable. How does DV limit the ticket sales on the sold out dates?

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What is the option for a full Deer Valley Season pass. They only show ikon pass with 7 days at Deer Valley.

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I enjoy skiing DV because it isn’t overly crowded. Will this add to the crowds?

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Deer Valley Resort need different options for local homeowners!

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Happy National Chili Day! Look for complimentary Deer Valley Turkey Chili around the resort today. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy National Chili Day! Look for complimentary Deer Valley Turkey Chili around the resort today.

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Complimentary?

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Austin Ethan Dan Danielle How is it possible I missed this by 9 days?! Nobody loves their turkey chili more than me! NOBODY!!!!😭

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Can’t wait to have my every year Turkey chili better than my husbands. 🙀😜

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Looks delicious with just the right amount of hallipena peppers.

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I have had their chili and it is great!!!!!

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Went really well with my Salmon Salad at Empire.

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Love jalapeño peppers in chili!

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Would go great with a Margarita for National Margarita Day!

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Looks yummy!!! And, FREE makes it even better!!!

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YUM

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Love Chili😉

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My favorite!!!! Josh Ryan

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Michael Hawks the day after I leave 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Lara Shipp Shiffman it's free today !!!

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Ryan Nelson Julie Musci Mita Euse Mita I can’t wait!!!😋🍲

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My favorite

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Yummmm! Soon!😘

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Rose Hogan a week too late!

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mmmm Nico Canaves

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It's #WeatherWednesday and a beautiful day up at Deer Valley Resort. The last week accumulated 2-4 feet of fresh snow and the skiing conditions are impeccable. See you on the slopes!

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