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Our Sunday Magazine Section

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!

Epilogue: The Equal-Opportunity Joy of Learning to Ski

31 Jan
Zlata Kovac feels the joy of Park City skiing

Zlata Kovac feels the joy of Park City skiing

(Winthrop, MA, January 31, 2013) Lifelong learning isn’t always about the history of a place, or the culture of the people we visit. Sometimes it’s something so basic, and so much fun, as getting outside and playing in the snow – no matter what kind of skier you are. Our fellow participants were people of all abilities; some were here to conquer moguls; others were happy rookies learning the basics every day.

Alvaro Lema attacks the slopes in his own inimitable style

Alvaro Lema attacks the slopes in his own inimitable style

No matter. We all had a blast. And we all learned a lot. We learned how welcoming and wonderful a ski-in, ski-out program can be. Waking up in a trailside condo, heading downstairs to breakfast, and then putting on our boots and skis for a morning on the slopes, might be the only way to ski. And every day, this experience was available to all, from those who came for double-diamond thrills on a Winter Olympics mountain to others who were just starting out.

The Boys of Level Seven celebrate another great day of lifelong learning

The Boys of Level Seven celebrate another great day of lifelong learning

Ski University “graduate students” found twice-a-day, advanced work on their skills with demanding instructors. Other participants happily mixed three afternoon lessons with the many other pleasures of Park City. “Something for everyone” isn’t a phrase that gets much respect when it comes to business strategy, but it says here that it makes for a terrific winter vacation.

The Sundance Film Festival. Ski lessons for people of all abilities. A behind-the-scenes look at mountain rescue techniques. A walking ghost tour along Main Street in Park City. A farewell evening punctuated by a Cowboy Poet. And, through it all, the great pleasure of dining with fellow participants before and after exhilarating runs down one of the best ski resorts anywhere. Maybe best of all, the anticipation of doing it all again tomorrow.

Cowboy Poet Fred Engel autographs his book for Lynn Snyder

Cowboy Poet Fred Engel autographs his book for Lynn Snyder

We close this edition of the Mogul with two messages: one of sincere thanks to Gary and Sandy Nielsen for hosting one of the best weeks many of us have spent in a long time; and secondly, an invitation to anyone who has never been on this program to sign up for the next one.

We don’t always learn with our heads. Sometimes we learn with our ankles, shoulders, and even our “uphill little toe.” But learn we did, with the great gusto that makes everyone want to come back for more.

The smile on Karen Bareiss's face says it all

The smile on Karen Bareiss’s face says it all

Nothing But Slopes

21 Jan
Ski University Participant Karen Bareiss Conquers Park City's Slalom

Ski University Participant Karen Bareiss Conquers Park City’s Slalom

(Park City, Utah, January 21, 2013) This morning, after breakfast, twenty-seven Road Scholars skied out the door and onto Park City Mountain Resort for the first day of skiing, and – in the case of those on the Ski University Program – the first day of lessons. We spent the morning with instructor Howard Gravel and the five most advanced skiers in our group, and the afternoon with Jim Wilson and his two students. While they are all great on four edges, as they like to say, they are also some of the funniest and most welcoming people you’ll ever meet.

Instructor Howard Gravel with Alvaro Lema and Jim Broderick

Instructor Howard Gravel with Alvaro Lema and Jim Broderick

A sample of our lifelong learning lessons of the day included how to “pedal” down the mountain, which shoulder to drop and when, skiing on the balls of your feet – and to always keep your belly button facing downhill. Howard summed it up this way, “If your body tells you to do something it absolutely believes you have to do to survive, do the opposite.”

Ed Mattison on the moguls of Silver Lode Trail

Ed Mattison on the moguls of Silver Lode Trail

Park City has several historic silver mine structures on the sides of its slopes, but today we saw them as different kinds of landmarks. This afternoon, Jim told us to practice turning without poles down the hill until we came to the old ore chute on the right. It was that kind of a day – one focused on learning and improving our skills on skis.

Alvaro Lema skis all over the world, but he always attends Road Scholar's Park City Ski University

Alvaro Lema skis all over the world, but he always attends Road Scholar’s Park City Ski University

And it was a blast. Old friends teased each other about techniques that would make anyone proud. Rookies like yours truly were encouraged to have fun practicing movements that seemed “wrong” at first. Face plants were few, but they were celebrated with laughs and endless remembrances of similar moments from participants and instructors alike.

Karrie Frantz and Karen Bareiss on the way up Park City Mountain Resort

Karrie Frantz and Karen Bareiss on the way up Park City Mountain Resort

We ended the day with runs down slopes that seemed impossible just hours before, feeling more like the skiers we want to be, putting together at least half a dozen new tips into a new kind of downhill grace. The new combination of speed and control felt terrific. Or, as Howard put it, “Skiing is a thinking person’s game. That’s why I love teaching it to Road Scholars.”