My journey through skiing has taken me from my first days at Sundance, to the perceived pinnacle of Vail, and back to the simple slopes of Nordic Valley which I now call my home mountain.
Along the way I’ve thought of my relationship with skiing in the form of a handful of words. Among those would be challenge, exploration, and progression. But skiing 100-ish acres for the last few years has taught me that, yeah, those things are great. But the thing I want the most?
The interesting thing about having fun is that you can have just as much fun on a couple trails as you can on a couple hundred. And you can have just as much fun in the flats of the base areas as you can on the steeps of the upper mountain.
All it takes is a little creativity and the right mindset. Take this event from Liberty, for example.
The Ollie Contest jumps back to Liberty this Saturday at 3pm during our Base Bonanza! This time we'll also be doing a Limbo Contest so if you can't jump it, duck it! Great prizes from Rockstar Energy for both! Registration is free and starts at 2pm at the Rockstar tent. 🤘 pic.twitter.com/RN4GINnY5a
— Liberty Mountain Resort (@skilibertymtn) March 22, 2019
Do you need cats or snowmaking to make this happen? No.
Do you need steep slopes or deep snow? No.
Do you need fast lifts? No.
Do you need a fancy, renovated lodge? No.
But check out the people in the video recap from the previous year. They’re smiling, they’re loving it, they’re having a completely awesome time.
There are times when capital improvements or steep slopes may be required to move the needle.
But I do think that oftentimes we forget that even if you take away the heated bubbles and slopeside lodging and thousands of acres, skiing is still fun.
And something as simple as an ollie contest in the base area is all it takes to achieve that goal.
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