Posted By: Jess & Brian Maness, April 20, 2016
When I met Brian in 2011 at a wedding, he told me how he was an avid snowboarder from Montana. However, he noted that he had initially learned to ski as a little boy, and made the transition to snowboarding in the early 90’s, as it was “the totally sweet” thing to do at the time. Pictures in Brian’s parents’ home tell me that he also adopted popular 90’s snowboarding hairstyles such as the awesome long bull cut, over-sized Burton shirts and pants so baggy that no belt could hold them up.
When we lived in Seattle, I would ski while he would board. Pretty simple. No problem. We tackled any and all terrain in any conditions. In bumps and trees he would beat me down the mountain. On shoots and straight-aways I would beat him. It worked out fine.
When we moved to Utah in 2013, Brian made a proclamation, “It’s time for me become a skier again.” I was surprised and assured him that there were plenty of amazing boarders in Utah, and that he shouldn’t feel pressured by the billboards and skier on the Utah license plate. In the fall I came home from work to find that he had bought a full set of boots and skis. Not only did he buy skis, but he bought the heaviest and tallest pair of backcountry skis I have ever seen. These were so far out of his league I thought for sure he would be back on the board in no time. Nonetheless, I realized that now it was up to me to teach my then boyfriend how to ski.
Posted By: Ryan Mayfield, February 3, 2016
Two Olympic skiers walk onto a nordic skate skiing track. One is an Olympic Nordic Skier and coach and the other an Olympic Mogul Skier, seeking to be a skate skier. Neither knows the others background. What are the chances of this encounter?
As I met my instructor Aram Hajiyan, I notice his tag simply stated that he was the Nordic Center Manager, which is the truth. But never did he mention during our one and half hours together that he is also an Olympian who competed for Armenia in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. In hindsight, I think it was better I didn't know that until afterwards. The following is exactly what happened at the Solitude Nordic Center.
Posted By: Nick Como, January 6, 2016
My (future) in-laws, Laura’s sister, Melissa, and her husband, Kiley, decided to come down to visit for an impromptu weekend of skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort. Neither of them had been on the slopes in well over fifteen years, and had never progressed beyond the intermediate level.
I assumed they would leave their decade-old gear at home in Idaho and take a lesson their first day at Solitude. A lot of rust can build over the years: literally on gear, but also figuratively on ski form and ability. Not only has gear dramatically improved in fifteen years, but that's a long time to be off of skis. For all intents and purposes, it’s close to having never skied - which seemed obvious to me.
“Nah, we’ll be fine,” was the response I got, “We’ll just wing it.” I’ve seen many ski trips begin and promptly end with this plan. So, I signed them both up for a three-hour private lesson and equipment rentals immediately.
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