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Take a lesson

Francine and I have been skiing for over 20 years, the last 17 here in Snowmass, and had not taken a ski lesson in a few years, in part due to the increase in cost but also because we felt that our days of getting better on skis were over.

As a typical aging (53 and counting) boomer with arthritic knees and one surgery behind me, my first day skiing this year (last Friday) was painful and discouraging. Plus, Francine (boomer with great legs!) was skiing rings around me ? bummer.

I decided to “bite the bullet” and take a group lesson. Our instructor, Tom Rich, who is relatively new to the Snowmass Ski School, told us there was a new method of teaching that was easier on the knees and required less effort. The only thing that sounded better than that was beer, but then we were already on the slopes.

I won’t get into the details, but it was the best ski lesson we’ve ever had. As I recall from my past ski instruction, lessons are like sex ? some are better than others but even the worst is great. Tom’s instruction was the best ever.

We skied all over the mountain and at the end of the day I could STILL walk without needing a Heineken arm drip. The best is that we’ve gotten better every day and have none of the exhaustion of past years.

Thanks to Tom Rich and Snowmass for a great experience! If you haven’t taken a lesson in a while, or even if you have, it really is worth a few dollars to make your visit much more enjoyable.

I might even make it to 70 for the free lift tickets. Oh, they’ve already dumped that ? bummer.

Jim Riley

Francine Lessard

Muskegon, Mich.


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