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Sun Valley Idaho – Skiing Dollar Mountain

December 7, 2016
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One of my life’s ambitions has always been to be able to snow ski. This ambition has always eluded me until I visited Sun Valley Idaho in the USA.

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Learning to ski

Throughout my 73 years our global travels have taken us to some of the best ski fields in Europe, Japan, Canada, USA and Australia. Every time I attempted to ski I literally fell flat on my face or primarily, my rear end.

Finally it all came together at Sun Valley’s Quarter Dollar learner’s ski run. The Quarter Dollar run provides a three abreast chair lift and excellent well-groomed and gentle slopes.

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I commenced my skiing with a couple of disastrous runs where I fell flat on my back side trying to get off the chair lift then ended up in a crumpled heap half way down the run.

On the snow

Here I was lying on the snow at Sun Valley Idaho feeling sorry for myself and wondering why I had a slight pain on my right side, when a very young boy skied over to me to ask “sir are you hurt” obviously my halfhearted “no I am fine and thank you for asking” response did not convince him for he asked me again and offered to seek help.

I reassured him that I would be ok and not worry about me I will just lay here a little longer to catch my breath.

What I didn’t realise I had actually cracked three ribs. He had a very concerned look on his face but I finely assured him I would be ok and for him to rejoin his family and enjoy his skiing. Before he left I asked him how old he was he responded “I am nearly five years old”.

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I believe this encounter with this 5 year old boy was the stimulation I needed to get my act together.

Building up confidence

I stood up shook myself off gathered my skis, goggles and poles put them on and headed down the remaining slope to the chair lift base. After a refresher of the basics from one of the instructors off I went and didn’t look back.

This time I remembered to lean forward when departing the chair lift and when skiing, bend the knees and to lean on the left leg/ski when turning right and the opposite when turning left. I also practiced turning uphill to slow down and stop and finally perfected the snow plough.

My confidance had built up to the extent that I plucked up courage for a couple of skis down the slightly steeper Dollar Mountain short run and without crashing.

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Here I was a 73-year-old skiing down the slopes with children from the age of 2 years old and mixture of other learners.

I think it is fair to say I was certainly the one who stood out like a pimple on a pumpkin.

Irrespective I came away feeling fantastic that I had finally met the skiing challenge and beat it. It only took me 70 odd years to do it.  Thank you Sun Valley I will be back and this time hopefully I can take on the slopes of Bald Mountain??

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Roger Barrett

After 50 years in the Television Broadcasting Industry I retired in 2012 to enter the frightening and foreign world of the internet and social media.