Last year I got to know Kristen Lummis, the wizard behind Brave Ski Mom. She’s a mom, blogger, and skier, and her kids are much, much older than mine, which makes her something of a mentor to me. I was flattered when she asked if I would be willing to write a piece about skiing at Silverton. Naturally I said yes, and she published it today!. Here’s a teaser:
When I first skied Silverton Mountain many years ago, I left in an ambulance. Until now, I haven’t told many people that. It’s kind of embarrassing. At the time I was an editor at Skiing magazine and on assignment for a different publication. The ski journalist is not supposed to get rescued by ski patrol and carted out to the town’s shiny new emergency vehicle.
Yet that’s exactly what happened after I took an unfortunate tumble. I came out of my binding in manky snow, and as I fell, I twisted and my ribs landed—bang!—on a stump. Hard. I’d later get X-rays that showed no breaks, and the ER doc would diagnose bruised ribs. Bruised or broken, they hurt like hell, and I was left feeling pummeled by the mountain but pledging to return.
In the ensuing years, I got married, got pregnant and had a baby boy, waited a bit and then repeated the cycle, giving birth to my second son 25 months after I had his brother. As I juggled the responsibilities of new motherhood and my freelance writing career, driving to the other end of the state to ski one of the hardest mountains in the west kept dropping on my priority list.
But last season, when my sons were three and one years old, I reorganized that list. I was looking for a challenge, something that would decidedly have nothing to do with parenthood, marriage, or anything domestic. Anyone who’s been immersed in the 24-7 cycle of life with young ‘uns will understand—and hopefully appreciate—that sensation of needing to pretend for a (short) period of time that life as a parent is not completely different from the pre-kid version.
In my world, that meant planning a trip to Silverton….
Want to hear how the story ends? Click on over to Kristen’s blog and read it there!