Confusion circles the gates |

Confusion circles the gates

Allen Smith

When I first started supervising at Sun Valley, one of my pet projects was overseeing the informal races that we held for the staff and their clients.One day, an instructor approached me with a group of 5- and 6-year-olds. As an added treat, he told the class that they could “race” each other through the gates.One 5-year-old girl approached me and said, “Teacher, teacher. I don’t understand how to ski down the race course.” I said, “Sure you do. You know how to do this. Just ski down and make sure you go around every gate.”Still confused, the young girl shook her head and skied off to join the rest of the class. When it came time for the little girl to ski down the race course, she pushed off and skied 360 degrees around the first gate. She pushed herself back into the course and skied 360 degrees around the second gate, etc. She had the slowest time of the class.- Chuck Coiner, Sun ValleyMissing the essentialsA small 5-year-old boy was waiting in front of the Golden Peak Children’s Center, crying his eyes out. I went up to him and asked, “Are you OK?””Yeah,” he said, pouting. He started to cry again when I asked, “Well, what’s wrong? You look like you’ve got your skis. Can’t you go skiing?””No,” he said.”Well, why not?” I asked. He looked up at me and said, “Well, I’m here to ski with my DEVO buddies, but mom forgot my BRAIN BUCKET!”- Dave Yost, VailVail, Colorado

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