Letters to the Editor
Vail, Colorado CO
Windisch, the teacher
Eric Windisch’s love of the mountains and his keenness to be on the slopes nearly everyday, regardless of the weather, his health or work assignment, is without precedent. Add to that the fact Eric did all this to the end of his 89 years makes it even more extraordinary. I had an opportunity to know Eric both at Arapahoe Basin and in Vail as a fellow instructor. Being 17 years younger than Eric, I continued to look upon him as a skiing oracle, even though I had been skiing for 62 years myself at the time of his recent death.
Eric brought something special to his students with his contagious smile and enthusiasm for the sport. Also, he helped fellow instructors by giving teaching tips, expounding wisdom and sharing memorable lessons to make a point.
For example, he told about one female student who came back a second season excited to tell Eric about his influence that changed her life ” causing her to lose weight and get in shape to be a better skier. He taught us not to waste the moment when skiing cat walks with students ” “there is always something to teach or work on when gliding along.” Eric was always in the wax room tending to his skis ” and encouraging other instructors to do the same to “make the skis run better.” Finally, Eric was never discouraged even with the most unmotivated or unathletic student. He felt there was always some way to connect and make things enjoyable for the guest. Eric’s legacy is in place for others to try to emulate. Eric, we will miss you.
A great Valentine’s Day
The senior citizens of Eagle want to extend their thanks to Jan, Valerie, Sheri, Joan and Michelle at the Wolcott Yacht Club and Lazy J Ranch for a wonderful Valentine’s Day luncheon. The food was absolutely fabulous and the entertainment provided by the James Armstrong Band got all of our blood pumping! All of these fine ladies earned a standing round of applause for their kindness and attention to our group.
James and his group will be back to perform on August 31. We’d recommend that everyone come to listen to them. Many of us will be there!
The Eagle County