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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.