Whitetail opened on Dec. 30. We were there Dec. 31-Jan. 2, and as luck would have it, so were a few of the ski patrol’s ski-and-toboggan instructors. So after months of waiting and weeks of obsessing about the stubbornly warm weather, I actually started the remainder of my ski patrol training, which I will finally finish this winter after an ACL tear derailed my training last winter.
There weren’t many runs open, so I basically spent three days doing various drills—such as skiing on one leg to force myself to stop sitting back during my turns—on the slope pictured above. Much like running, it’s actually easier to practice good form when you’re going faster. So despite the fact that only beginner terrain was open, I left Whitetail feeling happily exhausted and sore—and ready to get into the meat of the training next weekend.
How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?