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3 Feb
Ann Lyons, Instructor Jan Zinn, Lonna Petrie, Kathryn Brown, and Jim Petrie at the start of Wednesday's lesson.

Ann Lyons, Instructor Jan Zinn, Lonna Petrie, Kathryn Brown, and Jim Petrie at the start of Wednesday’s lesson.

(Winthrop, MA, February 3, 2013) We will soon join everyone in the United States watching the Super Bowl, but first, here are some memories in photographs of our great week in Park City, Utah.

Craig Moyer skiing in Thursday's snow

Craig Moyer skiing in Thursday’s snow.

Bobbi Blake taking in the mountain rescue demonstration Wednesday afternoon.

Bobbi Blake taking in the mountain rescue demonstration Wednesday afternoon.

Our view from the top of Park City Mountain Resort.

Our view from the top of Park City Mountain Resort.

Olin "OT" Thompson at the top of Silver Lode Lift

Olin “OT” Thompson is ready for the slopes near Silver Lode Lift

Cathy Loudon practices her mountain rescue techniques.

Cathy Loudon practices her mountain rescue techniques, knee-deep in the snow.

Nick Newcombe on top of the world Wednesday morning.

Nick Newcombe is on top of the world Wednesday morning.

Stella the Rescue Dog runs back with the sweater she recovered from under the snow.

Stella the Rescue Dog runs back with the sweater she recovered from under the snow.

A unexpected local celebrity interrupts our Ghost Tour in Park City.

A unexpected local celebrity interrupts our Ghost Tour in Park City.

Instructor Karl Poplawski starting a lesson on Assessment Trail.

Instructor Karl Poplawski starting a lesson on Assessment Trail.

Street art, downtown Salt Lake City, Sunday, January 21.

Street art, downtown Salt Lake City, Sunday, January 21.

Jim Broderick conquering moguls on Monday morning.

Jim Broderick conquering moguls on Monday morning.

Ed Mattison is happy with this year's semester in Ski University.

Ed Mattison is happy with this year’s semester at Ski University.

Videographer Cameron Kirkpatrick reloading for the next shoot.

Videographer Cameron Kirkpatrick reloads for the next shoot.

Tony Cucchiara and Chet Kaplan are two men on their way up.

Tony Cucchiara and Chet Kaplan are two men on their way up.

Carol Cowgill points the way on Claim Jumper Trail.

Carol Cowgill points the way on Claim Jumper Trail.

A dramatic afternoon sky from King Con Lift.

A dramatic afternoon sky from King Con Lift.

Cowboy Poet Fred Engel weaves his magic at our final evening in the Lake Placid Room.

Cowboy Poet Fred Engel weaves his magic at our final evening in the Lake Placid Room.

The Mogul's Tom Martorelli had his hands full all week.

The Mogul’s Tom Martorelli had his hands full all week.

A trailside ore bin reminds us of Park City's mining days.

A trailside ore bin reminds us of Park City’s mining days.

Edie Dempster skis much of the Rocky Mountain West with Road Scholar.

Edie Dempster skis much of the Rocky Mountain West with Road Scholar.

There's plenty of room for learning on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

There’s plenty of room for learning on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

Jim Petrie at the start of his lesson with Jan Zinn.

Jim Petrie at the start of his lesson with Jan Zinn.

Thanks again, Gary and Sandy!

Thanks for an amazing program, Gary and Sandy!

Après Ski Stories from Park City

23 Jan
Sam Holmes and Cheryl Neeb flank ski instructor Carl Poplawski on King Con Trail

Cheryl Neeb and Sam Holmes flank ski instructor Carl Poplawski on King Con Trail

(Park City, Utah, January 23, 2013) Like every day this week, we’re certainly getting our fill of the ski slopes at Park City. But today’s schedule also included two additional activities to add some learning beyond lifting your uphill ski, or keeping your hands in front of you.

Stella the Rescue Dog demonstrates her skills

Stella the Rescue Dog demonstrates her skills

This morning, we took four lifts to the Summit Patrol Station to meet Rangers David Weiss, Bert Pacal, and Stella the Avalanche Rescue Dog. They demonstrated mountain rescue technology, from the kind that has four paws and a wet nose to state-of-the-art beacons and sensors.

Stella showed her skills at retrieving buried sweaters, followed by the tug-of-war with Bert she enjoys as her reward. But it’s not all fun and games – Stella and Bert were involved in a rescue operation a few weeks ago.

Sandy Nielsen finds a quiet place to relax before heading back to the lodge

Sandy Nielsen finds a quiet place to relax along the slopes

After lunch, we adjourned to the mountain’s many chair lifts for another in our continuing small group lessons. But a few of us opted for a short ride into town for the Sundance Film Festival, to see movies or maybe movie stars during Park City’s best week of the year. It’s a tough choice to make; either is an excellent option.

Road Scholars make the news at the Sundance Film Festival

Road Scholars make the news at the Sundance Film Festival

We added to today’s fun when twenty-six of us rode into town for a Ghost Tour Gary and Sandy had arranged for us. Before our guide arrived, a local television news crew used us for one of their glamor shots to open their evening coverage of the film festival. The least the Mogul could do was return the favor.

And then it was off on the tour, visiting actual buildings where Park City’s legendary ghosts appear in a variety of their own starring roles, including floating torsos, icy cold disembodied lips, or reasons for tenants to abandon rented apartments in record time. It was a great way to see Park City, and to share stories with each other while we did.

Zlata Kovac at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street

Zlata Kovac at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street

One of tonight’s favorites was from Zlata Kovak, who grew up in Croatia. Her father was the Chief Engineer for the Orient Express for decades, including all of World War II, and its last years of steam. She remembers climbing into the great steam locomotive to bring him a piece of bread every day before he left for work.

All this, and we’re only three days into our program. With the forecast of fresh snow tomorrow morning, we’re all anticipating another great day.

The Many Personalities of Park City

22 Jan
Tony Cucchiara, skier, historian, and amateur boxer, enjoying a perfect day at Park City

Tony Cucchiara, skier, historian, and amateur boxer, enjoying a perfect day at Park City

Chet Kaplan comes to Park City every year with his friend Tony Cucchiara

Chet Kaplan comes to Park City every year with his friend Tony Cucchiara

(Park City, Utah, January 22, 2013) Tony Cucchiara is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY. A recently retired professor at Brooklyn College, he is now teaching at Pratt University and writing a book on the history of his favorite New York borough, and how it became “cool.” He and his friend Chet Kaplan, who teaches music education at NYU, come to Road Scholar’s Park City program every winter, this year without their wives. When he’s not spending his time skiing or hiking outdoors, Tony is an amateur boxer.

Ann Lyons relaxes at the lodge after a fantastic day of skiing

Ann Lyons relaxes at the lodge after a fantastic day of skiing

Ann Lyons is a clinical social worker, now in private practice after a long career at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She is here with friends she trained in the field.  One of them, Nick Newcombe, now a social worker in Seattle, will tell you Ann taught him everything he knows. Ann is also an avid outdoors fan, and also hikes with Road Scholar. Like many participants here this week, she loves meeting like-minded people.

Jan Zinn is not only a ski instructor, she also leads our morning stretch classes

Jan Zinn is not only a ski instructor, she also leads our morning stretch classes

If yesterday was all about the lessons, today was about the people Gary and Sandy Nielsen bring together in a remarkable seasonal ski lodge – times when friends old and new come to Park City to ski and enjoy each other’s company without another care in the world. We get up, we stretch, then we venture out for a morning of pure fun under impossibly blue skies. And after lunch, we do it all again. I don’t remember such a carefree time with so many happy people.

Lynn Snyder and Jay Patchett enjoy a beautiful Park City afternoon

Lynn Snyder and Jay Patchett enjoy a beautiful Park City afternoon

Jay Patchett and Lynn Snyder, from Fairfax, VA, are here for several weeks this winter; starting next Sunday, friends of theirs will join them here. Retired educators, they’ve found a new interest in politics. In fact, Jay started this morning on the phone dealing with misbehavior among his state legislators – a story that was actually on the morning news. But it didn’t stop him from enjoying a day on the slopes.

This edition of the Mogul includes a new feature, courtesy of videographer Cameron Kirkpatrick. Click on the image below to see moving images of Road Scholars doing what they do best . And think about the fun you can have by joining them next winter.