Are you a strong skier who mainly sticks to the groomed trails? Perhaps I can tempt you to explore Deer Valley’s trees, where you will find beauty beyond your wildest dreams. I’m serious… in less than 60 seconds you can shift from being surrounded by people to being surrounded by nature.
● Make it fun
● Let Melissa control the pace
● Be willing to quit or rest at any time
● Offer advice, but only when she welcomed it
Here’s a step-by-step recap of our remarkable day, with maps and photos:
1. Warm up run: We started with a warm-up run from the top of Bald Mountain. Melissa, who loves cruisers, smoked me. That was wonderful, because I discovered she was skiing well and feeling good.
2. Very easy woods: Next stop was Flagstaff Mountain, where we continued our warm-up along skier’s right side of Sidewinder ski run. At no point were we more than 100 yards from the trail, just in case Melissa was uncomfortable. Actually, the opposite happened. Melissa was skiing a bit too fast, and I warned her to slow down. In the woods, you always have to be in control. She got the message.
3. More challenging woods: We went over to the Hidden Treasure ski run, and went skier’s right into the woods next to the ski run (known as D’s Trees). These woods are significantly more challenging than the first group, and much longer. But Hidden Treasure runs along the side all the way down, so it’s still easy to bail out. I offered a few tips, but mostly just skied slowly enough that Melissa could follow me without feeling pressured.
4. The fun begins: This is where the dynamic shifted. Melissa realized that all of her skiing techniques actually worked well in the woods, and she wanted to explore. So we headed over to Ontario Bowl, which is a little bit of a hike off of the Ontario beginner’s ski run. This was a big step, because there is no quick and easy way out of Ontario Bowl.
It was a little intimidating for Melissa to face a wall of trees on a steep slope with moguls, but we just slowed down and kept going. She did great, and the run was a superb confidence builder!
Bruce is the author of numerous books including How to Self-Promote without Being a Jerk, a little book about doing well by doing good. He conducts regular online workshops about Growing Your Career with Social Media.