What goes down must come up: Life lessons learned while skiing

What goes down...

Learning to ski is a humbling experience.

Fall, get up. Fall, get up.
Poles and skis slip and slide and get tangled up in the weirdest of ways.

That’s  pretty much how it goes for first-timers,
especially as they learn to maneuver hills.

I can’t think of a better metaphor for life.
If kids can get past the initial frustrations, they learn so much. That’s why we ask kids to make an 8-week commitment to ski club. That way, they have to work through their frustration. The end result is always a joyful celebration on the last day.

In the mean time, there’s more agony of defeat than the thrill of victory, but the victory is so very sweet.

Check out these photos from this week’s lesson at Black Hawk Ski Club. They really do say it all.

...must come up.

The whole gang and instructors from Blackhawk Ski Club, February 9, 2012. The kids are in grades third-fifth grade and enrolled in Goodman Community Center's after school program.

A student gets a pep talk after his umpteenth fall and then....

…has a moment of success.

Having fun apres ski.

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