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Ski resolutions easy to keep

Bob Berwyn

Another year has come and gone. As is customary, many of us will make resolutions, mentally check-marking this tick of the cosmic clock. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always try to make ones that I can keep. Even if they aren’t exactly world-shattering, it’s a nice feeling to know that I have a chance to start into a new year with a clean slate.This year, I’m ahead of the game. I made some resolutions before the old year ended and have been doing a good job of keeping them. For one thing, I made a commitment to go skiing with my four-and-a-half-year-old son, Dylan, as often as possible, but at least twice a week. I’ve never really been a social skier. In fact my ski friends know that there’s nothing I hate more than standing at the top, TALKING about which run to take. Usually, when they see me coming, I hear them: “Uh-oh, here comes Bob. It’s time to shut up and ski.” In fact, that could be my nickname, at least on the slopes – Bob “Shut-Up-And-Ski” Berwyn. My idea of the perfect ski day is doing 15 non-stop solo laps in the Alleys, with no one to distract me or try to tell me where to go. I like choosing my own line – that’s what makes skiing different from basketball!But since I started skiing with Dylan last year, I have a whole new perspective on lazing down the bunny runs. We start out by drawing alphabet letters in the snow with my ski pole, then we have a talk about where we might find the freshest powder or the most suitable jumps. Then we check out the view, look for squirrels, or any other animal tracks that might be heading into the woods. If we manage three or four runs, that’s a good day.It feels great! This won’t be a surprise to any parents or ski instructors out there, but I don’t feel like I’m missing anything, or wasting time – to the contrary, the days that I’ve spent passing on the legacy of this incredible sport to my son have been some of the most rewarding days of my life. I’ve been having so much fun with it that I’ve decided to try and get back into teaching part time, if I can find some ski resort that will take me. So my resolution has already turned into more than originally intended, helping to give me less selfish outlook on skiing.I’ve also vowed get out on my snowboard more often during this coming year, especially on powder days, when the snow is soft and fluffy. I want to learn. I want to rip! I want to float through the deep stuff on that board and get that beautiful floaty feeling that reminds me so much of surfing. And I also want to understand even more how snowboarders use the mountain. While the cultural tension that divided the ski and snowboard tribes has ebbed, there is still the more mechanical question of how to best share the available space, and I’m frustrated by the fact that there are still some issues to be resolved in this area. For example, why do snowboarders feel like they have to sit eight abreast in the middle of a trail right in a terrain transition? I’m not trying to rag on them, I just figure that if I ride more, I may start to understand the mindset.Finally, there is still a handful of Colorado resorts that I haven’t skied at, and I am going to try and check them off my list this year. In recent seasons, I’ve made forays to Utah and California, but still haven’t been to Powderhorn or Monarch. I resolve to address this disgraceful situation before 2003 is over regardless of the sacrifice involved.Dillon-based freelancer Bob Berwyn spends his spare time thinking up easy-to-keep New Years resolutions.


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