05/06 Season Wrap Up
It's been a month since I returned from the Paralympics in Italy. I recently spent a long weekend in Vail for a team fundraiser called Ski Tam. The event doubles as a huge conference for the cable industry. All of the money from registration fees (ranging from Bronze to Platinum) as well as a silent auction (with items donated from the companies themselves as well as US Ski Team gear donated by the athletes) goes to the US Disabled Ski Team. This is the event where three years ago I connected with the people at NBC Universal Cable that sponsor me individually. It's support like this that allows me and my teammates to be able to do what we do without having to worry so much about money. Ski Tam happens every spring after all of our competitions are over which makes it a fun time.
After Ski Tam I spent several days skiing with friends here at home in Winter Park. It has been a beautiful spring with many days of sunshine and perfectly blue Colorado skies. And getting the chance to free ski without coaches or race courses is incredibly refreshing and fun; a reminder of why I ever pursued skiing in the first place. There's nothing like having a mountain all too yourself (most skiers have abandoned skiing for their summer hobbies, like biking) on a warm day in April. But all good things come to an end and so did the ski season last Sunday when Winter Park closed for the summer. Not to worry, however, I plan to be on snow again in June at Mt. Hood in Oregon and I'm also working on getting down to Chile in August. So I guess the season never really ends, at least not for me.