Friday, March 23, 2012

Almost Done

A great day yesterday skiing. It was warm again, almost 50, but the snow wasn’t too bad. A couple inches fell this week at Copper Mountain, and things were good. I took Delaney with me, and then grabbed a couple friends, meeting another friend of a friend up there.

Delaney’s grown so much, we needed to rent him boots. We went in Jan and they were tight, which is find. He’s had these for 2.5 seasons, and he’s grown into, and now out of them.

Photo Mar 22, 9 41 50 AM

Our first run was a little rough. I took Delaney down a fairly easy blue, though still blue, from halfway up the mountain. He did OK in some spots, slide down slowly on his heels in others, and was struggling with confidence. I stayed with him, went slow, and we got down.

Photo Mar 22, 12 45 37 PM

The next run we split up from the others  and I tried something new. We went down about 20-40 feet at a time, making a sharp turn and then stopping. I really wanted him to not worry about where he’d turn, but rather concentrate on stopping. At over a mile run, it was slow, but we took our time and got down. Did that again and Delaney was doing much better.

Photo Mar 22, 11 24 11 AM

The next few runs, we stuck to the same slope, but he got more and more confident. After about 6 or 7 times down, we went up to the top, and a shorter (1/2mi or so), but steeper blue section. I wanted to show him the windmills on top of the mountain. He did fine going down, following a Dean down the slope.

About 3 more runs from the top and Delaney was doing great, with the confidence he had 2 seasons ago and he was beating Dean down the mountain.

Photo Mar 22, 12 46 22 PM

Lunch on the patio, outside in the 50F sun at Copper and then a race home to get to volleyball. A great day with my middle kid.

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