A good deed on the slopes | AspenTimes.com

A good deed on the slopes

Dear Editor:

I want to thank a woman named “Wendy,” along with her friends whose names I did not get, for generous assistance they rendered on Snowmass Mountain on Wednesday, March 24.

Believing I was sticking to a powdery but manageable blue run, I somehow misguided my 8-year-old daughter, Ruby, to a powdery and somewhat less manageable black run (West Face?) that branches off of Sheer Bliss. I was nearing my wits’ end trying to figure out how to persuade Ruby she could do this, when – from out of nowhere – Wendy schussed to our side, and promptly began to cheer Ruby up. After acting on her suggestion that Dad should ski off, I observed her teaching and guiding Ruby down the slope.

She was soon joined by two or three friends – other women who pitched in and encouraged Ruby down the slope, offering the most valuable tips as they went. I understand that one of them was a ski instructor. Together, they instilled confidence in Ruby, and got her to ski out of the predicament. Due to their selflessness, friendliness, and expertise, they transformed what could have been a nightmare into a positive learning experience. Ruby and I ended up having a most excellent day. Thank you, Wendy, and friends!

Gib Marchand


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