Celebrating Life's Milestones in a Ski Town
There are many milestones parents celebrate. Their child’s first word, first step, learning to read, going to kindergarten, first lost tooth and many more. And of course when you live in a ski town like Telluride, the moment your child hits the slopes is cause to break out the Veuve. That fist day on the magic carpet is marked by hundreds of photos and video. More moments are captured by the lens as your little skier ventures off to the beginner terrain on Lift 1 and 10. A whole new universe opens up when you graduate to the intermediate terrain on Lift 4. You blink and before you know it, you are enjoying ski dates with your daughter on Lift 9 and Revelation Bowl. You have always dreamed of this day, but you didn’t envision your 9 yr. old daughter beating you down the mountain. You think to yourself “How did this happen, I am a decent skier and she is only 9. I should be able to keep up with her.”
Thanks to the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club (TSSC) and the Ski PE program (where local children hit the slopes one day a week for 6 weeks each winter), my daughter has learned to ski. TSSC is an amazing organization that has inspired and coached thousands of kids since its inception in 1985. The Club has nurtured and produced many great athlettes through the years, like Gus Kenworthy, who won silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Men's Freestyle Skiing.
As my daughter flies past me making beautiful GS turns down a perfectly groomed Bushwacker, I think how lucky she is to grow up in a town like Telluride where skiing for PE is the norm. I smile as the small spec in my vision stops and waits for her mom to catch up.