Long long ago my baby-time ski hill was Arapahoe Basin or “A” Basin in Dillon, Colorado. Isn’t it beautiful in the Fall? A Basin is where I learned to fall and get up, then turn and finally ski like a bandit. Time spent on this hill with my Dad and family created lots of fun memories in my heart. I remember a one armed lift operator there which I realize is a strange childhood memory.
I am so utterly grateful that my folks did what it took to allow me to learn this wonderful sport. Because, the mountains are still my favorite place during any season. Truthfully, the possibility of skiing makes me look forward to snow arriving every winter.
I recently discovered an added caveat while having some extensive heart and vascular repair surgery. The doctors commented on the unexpected strength and size of my heart muscle. Well, while standing at the base of “A” Basin the sign says 10,000 foot elevation. No wonder my heart muscle grew so big and strong. I spent my winters above 10,000 quite a bit of the time skiing my heart into shape. Wow. Skiing may be what saved my life this year, along with a great team of doctors. Just saying.