Climb a volcano. Get the other guy elected. Perfect your chili recipe. Learn to play the oboe. Visit New Zealand. What do all these activities have in common? They are written on someone’s “bucket list.” In case you don’t know, a bucket list is a list of things you’d like to experience before you die or “kick the bucket.” (Check out bucketlist.org) This list is much different than a list of New Year’s resolutions which are simply meant to be broken – a bucket list is put together with a fair amount of contemplation and meant to be both fun and meaningful.
Sometimes plans, even bucket list plans, are meant to be changed. Ron and El DeSimoni from Kinnelon, New Jersey wrote a bucket list a few years ago to ski a different resort “out west” each year. They’d skied in Vermont their whole lives and once they got a taste of the snow out west, they wanted more. They skied in California, then Colorado and Montana – every year brought with it a new adventure. Well that WAS their plan until they came to Deer Valley last year, then they ditched their plan and came back.
That is when I met them. Though they were veteran skiers, they decided to take a refresher lesson to work on turn control and were paired up with me for a Max Four lesson. From them I learned more about my home resort than I learned anywhere else – I discovered I had stumbled onto a gem. I wanted to know why they weren’t headed off to a different resort next year. Why change the bucket list? Here is what I found out:
What is so special about Deer Valley to you?
“The mountain is beautiful and there is lots of terrain here. We like to explore the whole mountain and not stay in one place. At Deer Valley, the runs are well taken care of – all skiable.
The mountain hosts are helpful. One of them suggested the Lady Morgan lift – “there is a wonderful green run there, Pearl, and the views are amazing.” We headed out there and loved every minute of it.”
What was your favorite run?
“I’d have to say the blue runs on Flagstaff Mountain – Hawkeye and Little Boulder. They are challenging enough for us as well as nice and wide. All the runs on Flagstaff are great for us.”
Biggest surprise on the slopes?
“The parking lot was full but there were no lift lines. You never even noticed it on the mountain either – we always felt comfortable (even though it was a busy weekend.)
We also never felt lost. A mountain guide was always there to guide us. They acted like they really wanted us back. It’s great having that service. The whole experience was wonderful.”
Biggest surprise off the slopes?
“They really bent over backwards where we stayed to make it wonderful. I can’t say enough about the Silver Baron Lodge. They gave us a fabulous room – no problem. Shuttle service – no problem. They did everything for us. We were well taken care of.”
Guess what? They are booking at Deer Valley for a third straight year. Hope to see you on the mountain next year Ron and El!