Playdate on the Snow

There are things my friends who don’t live in Utah will never understand. Like how some parents willingly sign waivers for their children to learn to ski jump. Maybe you caught the viral video of a local fourth-grader who overcame her fears to conquer the K40 jump at Utah Olympic Park. She’s the daughter of a friend of mine, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her courage. Fact is, she did it as part of a program that is designed for kids to try all the sports that the amazing facilities in Park City have to offer.

And, quite frankly, maybe the fact that these kids have resorts like Deer Valley to use as a playground is part of what puts them in the mindset to try the harder stuff.

To wit: my kids have skied since they were preschoolers. The equipment is as familiar to them as their street clothes. And, in fact, they often schedule playdates that occur on the slopes.

On a recent Wednesday, my friend Heather and I rallied our four year-olds (who required zero convincing) for a playdate at Deer Valley. We lucked into a great strategy, taking each other’s child as our ski partner. They each listened much better to the other parent when it came to pointers about technique.

And these three-foot wonders took on every obstacle Wide West had to offer, plus Success and then…the bottom of Little Kate.

If you read my Birthday post, you’ll recall that Seth was eager to tackle Little Kate that day. “Let’s do it!” He’d said to me.

I’d held back—not because he didn’t have the chops for a blue, but because I worried that another skier, crossing Rosebud from the top of Little Kate, might not see him making his turns.

Intellectually, I knew that he’d be even more excited to do it when I finally acquiesced. But emotionally, I felt badly for holding him back in that moment.

Of course, my fears were unbidden. We stuck to skier’s left, and the kids took the trail with aplomb. I’m not ready to sign off on the ski jumps, yet, but if he asks me in a few years, I may just have to say yes.

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This beautiful sunset capped off the wonderful Prince tribute by the Utah Symphony this evening at Deer Valley Resort. 💜

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Cecile Rzepiejewskiwish we were there last nite amazing music and sunset in park city, utah

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Suzie GordonAfter sunset the purple comes alive!

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Suzie GordonGreat Prince Tribute Concert tonight!

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Linda EiblingIt was sooooo awsome

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Millie Ann DuffinWould love to have been there. I'll forever be a Prince fan.

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Teresa Carroll HesseniusBill, have you ever been to Red Rocks in Co? Awesome venue!

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Joy De LucaPam would you ask around When is bad allergy season/pollen in that beautiful area??

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Teresa Sanchez HowesWe were there, so good.

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Elaine MacLeanBeautiful

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Michelle WeeksMy pic! It was beautiful at Deer Valley last night!

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Susan Froberg-WintersOhhh.... wish I was there!

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Peggy BurkeTHANK YOU!! XO

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Lisa KirschenbaumBeen there. It's so much fun and beautiful

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MaryLou McCorkleYou folks are in some beautiful country !

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Debra ShaverBeautiful!

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Terri GriffithBeautiful sunset!

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Heather Hill BradfieldSo fun!!

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Peggy HasledalenOh how I miss that @ Deer Valley.

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Joyce SchillerGorgeous!

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