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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

Fun in the Snow

24 Jan
Grace Voss skiing down Assessment Trail on a snowy morning

Grace Voss skiing down Assessment Trail on a snowy January morning

(Park City, Utah, January 24, 2013) We awoke to a snowy morning, which meant only one thing to avid skiers – fresh powder! Being the polite Road Scholars that we are, no one wolfed down breakfast or rushed to line up before the lifts opened, but you could sense the enthusiasm for getting outside.

Libbie Brunsvold decided to take in one of the Sundance Film Festival's many offerings

Libbie Brunsvold decided to take in one of the Sundance Film Festival’s many offerings

But because this is Park City and Sundance Week, there was at least one compelling alternative, and several of us opted for some of the early offerings in the Egyptian Theater, the Library, or any of the other venues where movies started as early as 8 am. Needless to say, by 9 am, there wasn’t anyone left in the lodge.

Grace Voss in front of the old Park Consolidated Mining Company building near Bonanza Lift

Grace Voss in front of the old Park Consolidated Mining Company building near Bonanza Lift

Grace Voss and Craig Moyer were generous enough to ride the lifts with us. The snow added magic to the trailside scenery, including the green spruces and white aspens that line the slopes. But it also sparked the imagination as it fell on old mining structures the resort has left standing, softening them, and reminding us of the people who lived here a century ago.

What must it have been like to climb this mountain only to work underground? When did the miners start to ski? And which of them was first to think about building a ski resort when the mines began to fail?

Craig Moyer during a run down Park City's snowy slopes

Craig Moyer during a run down Park City’s snowy slopes

Thinking about history at the top of a ski lift inevitably gives way to other questions – which trail to ride next, or how to take Park City’s intricate web of chair lifts to a new corner of its 3,300 acres of winter fun. Riding lifts whose tops were hidden in snow only added to the anticipation, and the fun, of this amazing program.

No wonder why so many people come back year after year.

 

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.