In my last post, Learning, Part 1, we looked at learning to ski, and the obstacles that you have to overcome in learning. In this post, I want to look into what it takes to step it up a notch, and maybe ski like you didn't think was possible.
I would like to introduce all of the readers to my dad, Ken Spurlock. Ken is a good guy, he has six boys, and works hard every day. He is a principal at Hillcrest High, and is in good favor with the students there, (unless you are in trouble). A few times every winter, he likes to get on the hill with the boys and take a few runs. This year we have had a lot of fun cat skiing at Powder Mountain, ripping groomers at Deer Valley and spending time with his kids at PCMR. Last Saturday, we headed up to PCMR for a day of ripping, little did he know, he was going to be stepping it up.
After cruising all over the mountain, we headed down to Pick and Shovel park. Now, I often describe Pick and Shovel as the "beginner" park, with Jonesey as the intermediate, and Kings Crown as the super park. With Park City being hailed as the best park for four years in a row now by Transworld, a beginner park is still offering some big ups to normal parks elsewhere.
As we side stepped up into the park, I pointed at a few boxes and offered advice to hit them straight, and that he would be fine. He dropped in, without my lead, and hammered through the top part of the park nailing every feature that he could set his eyes on. At the top of the mini pipe (btw, since when do mini pipes have 15 foot walls?) there is a nice little booter with about a six foot transition. I showed him the jump, and the little groms that were boosting off of it, and he dropped it. With really no consequences, he hit it with ease, and even offered a little tweaking as he sailed through the air.
To the right of the mini pipe, there are a few long flat boxes, and a flat-down, which my dad didn't think twice about before hitting it. The video is posted below, and if you look closely after nailing the flat-down, he throws a thumbs up, and offers a big grin.
We hit everything the park could offer. As we looked to the kickers, and I could tell that my dad had the confidence, and was ready to drop in. We scoped the jump, and I offered the simple advice to drop in, give a simple speed check, and a nice jump and he would own the jump. The first time, he needed a little more speed, and came down on the knuckle. Not being content with the results, we tried again. We dropped in again, and this time he had the speed, he had the pop, and this time rode out clean. He came up to me, and with a big smile, "That was awesome!... I am never going to do that again!."
It was great, he was happy, and did things that he never thought would be possible. A lot like Spencer in the last post, he was empowered, and experienced joy from skiing.
What is it that you never thought you would be able to do? What obstacle stands in your way. My dad is 50 years old, but was hanging at a world class terrain park riding some amazing terrain, having the time of his life.