On the hill: Friends in skiing
ASPEN – I was reminded Wednesday about how friendships are formed and what makes them so unique and wonderful.
My husband runs a ski shop. He has a group of repeat clients who have become far more than customers. They are friends – of his, of mine and of our family’s. Dare I say, they are some of our closest friends who actually visit Aspen each and every year. It’s a visit we all look forward to.
On the surface, it might seem we would have little in common. They are from the Bay Area; we live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
They are all men. I, obviously, am not. And our kids are a boy and a girl.
They own businesses; we work for business owners. They travel the globe; we think a weekend trip to Denver is exciting. They eat at Aspen’s newest upscale restaurants; we might try the bar menu once in a blue moon.
They are also older than we are: Our parents’ ages, in fact. (Sorry, guys, but it speaks to my point.)
But when we ski together or go out to dinner or just hang out for a midmorning latte or apres-ski beer, we’re friends.
We talk about the ski conditions, laugh at this or that, commiserate over lost jobs or sick friends, rehash the week’s events and, more than anything, just enjoy the moment.
So on Wednesday, while skiing what was truly a perfect day up on Aspen Mountain – high temperatures, perfect snow, no crowds – it dawned on me just how unique and wonderful our friendship with Chuck, Mike, Peter, Roger and Jason really is.
It also occurred to me that it wouldn’t be so without skiing. Sure, they take our daughter shopping, buy our son a birthday gift and treat us to lunch. But there’s something about taking a few turns together that makes the friendship more. It’s like the glue that holds it all together.
So here’s to many more runs together, guys. Thanks.
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Under bluebird skies with 160 acres under their boots, hundreds of skiers and snowboarders took to Aspen Mountain for opening day Wednesday.