Certainly, the challenges are different and the sport often harder to access the more adaptation required, but the joy and the beauty are no less when someone simply skis. We can, and we should, work together to get over and around those obstacles.
My son's school was on spring break this week, so we did what any proper ski-town family is supposed to do for vacation and visited other ski towns.
"When I first came to Santa Fe, it always snowed by Halloween and the ski area always opened by the end of November," observes Michael Wigley, a local skiing legend. "Now we are lucky if we have decent snow before Christmas.
While my skiing days might be few and far between until we find a treatment for this disease, that's okay if, and only if, I realize the importance of harnessing that frustration and anger and channeling it into more valuable assets.
I must admit, I landed in Aspen with a plethora of pre-conceptions. As an avid skier, I was itching to hit the slopes -- but also warily ready to navigate some snooty fur coats and boulder-sized diamonds on every snow-lined street. Not so. My experience of this special place was the opposite.
When organized skiing began on Colorado's Snowmass Mountain in 1963, it's unlikely those early skiers, dreamers and developers could imagine how large and comprehensive the resort would become.
Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley, Pa. has gone to the dogs! It has also gone to the possums and other pets which could enjoy trying their paws on snowboarding, or just playing on the slopes with their people.
Our children are experiencing a spiraling downhill decline to winter. But there's hope!
The thing saw on Wide World of Sports became an absolute obsession: Evel Knievel. He made such a strong impact on me, that it would be an injustice to give him such brief attention. He will be the focus of an upcoming post. I can sum it up this way: some called him courageous, some called him an idiot; all questioned his sanity. I called him hero.
Visiting a new mountain range and venturing outside of the ski area boundary can be a daunting, and potentially dangerous undertaking. The key to making it safe and fun is doing your homework.
Travelers don't need to forswear alcohol to have a more grown-up spring break. With tasting rooms at wineries restricted to ages 21 and over, Wine Country is, by definition, a more adult pursuit.
Our modern warriors and family members were paired with instructors, received any needed special equipment and lift tickets, and were off to the heights.
And it's not just snow ghosts -- the towering pine trees draped in snow and encrusted by a layer of ice -- which sparkle against an unforgivingly cold blue sky.
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Riding a snowboard through fluffy pillows of powder is fun, the kind of pure fun that little kids seem to have more easily than we do. Remember when you simply wanted to go outside and play? You still can. Within LGBT culture, there's something about that sort of fun that feels extra-rare.
This winter has been among the driest in D.C. history -- just 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on the region. Luckily, there are a few places to see snow just a few hours' drive from D.C.