Athletes set goals. Not just high-level generic goals but specific, measurable, relevant goals with a quantifiable deadline. They may implement the “Kaizen” practice of continuous improvement; significant results can come from many small changes accumulated over time.
However, the problem is that my goals didn’t seem to fit in the traditional goal setting model and certainly not using the term “athlete.” You see, this season I don’t particularly want to shave off any time. I am perfectly content to enjoy my nice easy turns on the beautifully groomed runs at Deer Valley Resort.
I simply love skiing at Deer Valley. Don’t get me wrong, I have set goals the past three seasons of my serious skiing career (I was a beginner in 2012.) Now if a run has a blue square next to it, I am on it!
This year, enjoyment is the only goal I can think of. Well unless you count “skiing as often as I can.” Anything wrong with that? I don’t think so.
Athletes set goals and I completely respect that, but I am wondering if this year I should simply set enjoyment and happiness as my ski goals?
Seems perfectly reasonable to me. If I did set some happiness targets, these would be on my list:
- Eat more Turkey Chili – not all at one sitting. “Eat Turkey Chili more often” would be how I should word it
- Sit on “The Beach” at Silver Lake Lodge while basking in the sun with a beverage in my hand more often
- Enjoy each one of Deer Valley’s restaurants (not all in one day of course)
- Ski with a beginner
- Ski with an 80+ year old
- Try out new Rossignol skis at the Yurt at Empire Lodge
- Enjoy S’mores at the Montage and pet Monty the Bernese Mountain dog
- Invite more friends to ski with me
- Wear my ski pants to Mass on Sunday mornings and then go directly to Snow Park Lodge
- Put on my Ibex or Smartwool layers and ski when its 5 degrees outside so I can experience the frozen air sparkling like diamonds from the lift
- Take more selfies and post them with #SkiTheDifference on social media
- Sign up for the Women’s Weekend with a friend who has similar ability
- Ski backwards
- Listen to more music during Aprés Ski on the upper deck at Snow Park Lodge
- Stand on top of (and ski down) Little Baldy, Bald Eagle, Bald Mountain, Flagstaff, Lady Morgan, and Empire mountains all in one day
- Ask a mountain host to map out a “suggested ski day” for me based on my ability
- Take the hosted ski tour with other intermediate skiers
- And so on…
If you are more serious about setting goals than I am, here is a resource for goal setting from the U.S. Olympic Training Center; Setting Smart Goals – resource U.S. Olympic Training Tips for Athletes and Kankyo Kaizen Starter Kit – Simpleology
Deer Valley Resort is honored to be ranked the #1 ski resort in the United States by the readers of SKI Magazine in 2015 and to be voted #1 in the categories of Access, Guest Service, Family Programs, Dining, On-mountain Food, Lodging and Grooming.
Deer Valley Resort revolutionized the ski industry by providing the first-class service one would receive at a five-star hotel. The resort offers 21 chairlifts, 101 ski runs, six bowls, 12 restaurants, 300 annual inches of powder, three elegant day lodges, 2,026 acres of alpine skiing, hundreds of luxury accommodations and a renowned Ski School and Children’s Center.
JF: How long have you been renting ski equipment, Todd, and how have you seen this activity evolve over the years?
Todd Daines: I’ve been here for 31 years in Deer Valley. I’ve seen quantum changes in terms of ski shapes, lengths, composite materials and of course performance! Predictably, at the same time, I’ve seen our rental activity grow exponentially with the resort and as our rental equipment has gotten better and better!
JF: As you are gearing up for a new ski season, are you renewing your fleet of rental equipment?
Todd Daines: New is the name of the game with us, as we change our equipment every year. We have five categories of skis that we renew either yearly or bi-yearly. As a full-line Rossignol shop, we focus on their Premier products which are the high-end Rossignol skis and boots, with something for everyone, from Junior to Adult!
JF: So, what’s new this winter?
Todd Daines: Skis continue to improve in terms of shapes and construction materials. The new ski that will probably be the most popular this year, the one that’s also the most versatile, is the Rossignol Soul 7, we have those in our Premier line.
JF: Let’s say, that I’m a skier who loves groomed runs, what ski do you have for me?
Todd Daines: I’d get you on the Rossignol Pursuit. It’s a wonderful ski for making large, arcing turns!
JF: The buzz today seems to be all about “rocker skis;” what do you have in this category?
Todd Daines: The rocker technology is build into almost all of the skis that we offer, here at Deer Valley. Some are more extreme than others in terms of the shape they take while some are more qualified for different type of skiing; for instance, we have rocker skis more geared towards groomed runs, other for tree skiing and of course, powder snow.
JF: Do you offer gender-specific skis?
Todd Daines: We certainly do. We offer both women and men specific skis. When women skiers come in and want to try a lighter ski or something more suited to their style, we have it for them.
JF: What are the options for kids and juniors?
Todd Daines: We see kids coming to us at the age of two and a half, three years old, and we get these new skiers on ski length starting at 67 cm and into boots starting at size 7 that are just perfect for them. We have a full line of brand new Rossignol skis, boots and bindings that covers all needs from toddlers to teens, all the way to 140 or 150 cm skis.
JF: What happens if, during my stay, I needed to change gear, from say hard-pack skis to powder boards; is there a way I could switch?
Todd Daines: Most definitely, we have two locations on the mountain, you can just sneak into one of our shops and swap your skis for something that works better for you or the snow conditions at that time. There’s no additional charge to the customer, there may only be a short waiting time, but since we have all your information on file, you’ll be on your way before you know it!
JF: Besides skis, boots and poles, what else do you rent?
Todd Daines: We also rent helmets, of course, and those are designed to fit the smallest child the the full size adult!
JF: If I’ve never rented ski equipment with Deer Valley Resort before, what are my options?
Todd Daines: You can call in or register on line, give us or fill up the information and submit it to us. Depending on how early you make your reservation, you’ll be sent a bar-coded ticket, which contains all your information. Just bring it into one of our rental locations, you can bypass all the lines, go straight to your gear and you’ll be out of the door. If you didn’t have time to get your bar-coded information, you come in, we print out a small ticket, you receive your skis and boots and you’re done.
JF: How long does the process take?
Todd Daines: Since we have such a large fleet of equipment and so many fitting stations, the rental process can be as short as 5 minutes if you have your ticket ready. It might take you up to 15 to 20 minutes if you rent a new pair of boots and want them to fit you perfectly. If you’ve rented before with us, that time can be much shorter because we have your information on file. We also have what we call a “Grab and Ski”, where you can call in, give us all your information and agree to the size of the gear you want. Since it’s all preset, you just come in, okay your rental paperwork and you’re off the door. You only need to take one single step into the rental shop, you bypass all the lines and your skis are ready to go!
JF: So why should I rent skis from you instead of bringing my own equipment?
Todd Daines: It’s such an easy process! When you rent with us, you don’t have to worry about carrying your equipment ever. You can walk up to the shop in your tennis shoes, grab your gear, leave your shoes in the locker and slide on the snow. So once you’re here, you don’t have to leave the resort, you don’t have to call a room delivery service to come bring the gear to you in a van. We’ll take care of it all, right here!
JF: What do I do with my equipment at the end of the day?
Todd Daines: After you’re done with your ski day, you can leave your skis in the coral; likewise, you can leave the boots with us in our boot check. Then, you can then either go to your car, walk to your hotel or take the bus back to your condo. Today, with the breadth of inventory we offer and the kind of high performance equipment we have available, you can experience with us the latest technology in skis and boots and never have the need to purchase anything!
I have a theory as to why you feel so revitalized after a massage. A massage can be much more than simply relaxing and having a trained massage therapist knead away the tension in your muscles. Certainly, the body feels great after a massage but the mind and spirit can be rejuvenated, too.
My theory has to do with “what’s behind the knot”; something caused you to tense up and create a knot in the first place. Granted, sometimes you may have tension in your lower back because of the way you sit at your desk or you may have tightness in your calves because you are a runner. Most knots, I believe, are due to some tense event that caused you to tighten up, possibly without even realizing it. There is a reason people call someone or something a “pain in the neck.” The problem you had may be long solved or the person long removed from your life but the knot is still there.
As your massage therapist works on the knot, you often think about that tense event. When you let it go in your mind as you let it go in your body, the whole thing revives your spirit. When I booked a couple’s massage for my husband Jay and me at the Remède Spa at the St. Regis, I’d forgotten all about my theory. We’d never had side-by-side massages before and the anticipation of the experience was all I was thinking about.
Once the massage started, I remembered. You see, I told my massage therapist, that I really didn’t have any knots in my back so she didn’t need to spend much time there. But when she started working between my shoulder blades, she found a couple of knots hiding there. These knots gently reminded me of some unfinished business, some residual tension that I still needed to let go. With her help, I did.
After the massage, Jay and I relaxed together on our serene private patio listening to the sounds of the waterfall from the massive rock sculpture in front of us. As we took in the breathtaking views of the mountains, he mentioned a few things he was thinking about during the massage. Turns out, he’d had the same experience with some knots he didn’t even realize he had and some unfinished business he had a chance to let go of too.
I have another theory. The reason it was so easy to let go of the tension and revitalize the mind, body and spirit was the sanctuary at the Remède Spa. The treatment room was more like a retreat than a room so we felt peaceful. We had our own private space to relax before the massage with a Jacuzzi tub, private shower and our own outdoor patio so we felt at home.
The therapists spoiled us. We were treated to a warm oil foot massage and paraffin wax treatment for starters. During the massage, there were no distractions by feeling too warm or too cold or the pressure being too strong or too soft. The state- of-the-art massage tables bent gently at our knees and raised our heads slightly adding to our comfort. Our needs were met before we had to ask so we were able to relax.
Since our massages were side-by-side and we happened to choose the same type, we had a shared experience like none other. Some people might come to the Remède Spa to let their mind and body escape reality, but in our case, I think the peacefulness of the experience helped us each to let go of an old reality and embrace a new one together.
Now that the leaves are changing color and we know that snow if just around the corner I hope everyone is thinking winter. One of my favorite things to look forward to on those blistery days if I am not on the slopes is having a glass of wine in front of the fire. I had the pleasure of staying at one of our properties this summer called The Lodges with my family. Since then I keep thinking how I should book us a room during the winter so we can either hit the slopes or cozy in to one of their beautiful units.
Weather you are thinking of coming out on a girl’s weekend, all the boys or with the family, Deer Valley has some great lodging deals. They are so good that I am encouraging all of my friends to come out and they don’t have to stay at my house. So I am encouraging anyone looking to come out this winter to check out the specials. I have listed them below but you can always check out our website!
Maximum Value Package
Get one night free along with one free day of skiing. To qualify, purchase our special three-night lodging/three-day lift pass package and you’ll get one night’s lodging and ski for a fourth day absolutely free. Offer valid December 4 – 17, 2010 and March 27 – April 10, 2011.
Exceptional Value Package
Save 25% on lodging and Deer Valley Resort lift tickets at a wide range of accommodations! Package includes lodging at participating properties and daily lift tickets for each adult in your party. Offer is valid resort opening December 4 – 17, 2010; January 3 – 13, 2011; January19 – February 9, 2011; March 27 – April 10, 2011 (resort closing). Package is also available february 27 – March 05, 2011 at a 15% discount. (Children’s two-day or longer lift tickets are also available for purchase at a discount).
The Lodges at Deer Valley Exceptional Family Package
Kids ski free and save 25% on ski rentals! With family friendly amenities including an outdoor pool and hot tub, free continental breakfast, on-site Deer Valley ski rental shop, comfortable and cozy rooms and complimentary in-town shuttle. The Lodges, located in close proximity to Snow Park Lodge and ski school, is the perfect choice for families vacationing at Deer Valley Resort. Offer is valid resort opening: 12/4 – 17/10; 1/3 – 13/11; 1/19–2/9/11; 3/27 – 4/10/11, resort closing.
Receive up to two complimentary lift tickets for children 12 and under with the purchase of two adult lift tickets. Receive up to two ski rental vouchers valid at any Deer Valley owned and operated rental shop valid for children 12 and under. Based on availability and not valid with any other offer. Minimum three nights lodging is required.
$99-175 a night*
Save 25% on lodging at select properties Resort managed properties for stays between December 8 – 25, 2010.
Sundance Film Festival Special!
Buy 3, Get the 4th Night Free
Buy three nights, get the fourth free at select resort managed properties during the Sundance Film Festival, January 19 – 31, 2011.