Losing Fear Off the Beaten Path
By SkiMum Nicole
February 25 was another Monday not to be missed at Snowbird with Skimums. The weekend snowstorms produced over 18 inches of fresh powder. Skimums was in luck to have a lesson organized for the morning with our awesome instructor, Emelia, from the Snowbird Mountain School. Being in a lesson on a powder day has its advantages, including, breezing through the growing lines at Mineral Basin, which offered some nice powder turns first thing in the morning.
One of the ladies laughed as she told me, “Our instructor was clearly trying to scare us.” I knew that she was extremely nervous. This was no joke as I waited for everyone to enter the trees. Then she said to me, “So, what are you waiting for. You can ski anything!” She was right. I could ski most runs at the resort (although it may not look pretty). However, skinny traverses with bumps that drop 4 feet around tree roots on steep terrain with little margin for error truly scare me. If my husband was with us, he would say, “Just go faster and you will hardly feel the bumps.”
After my friends vanished over the next bump, I cautiously entered the trees. With no room to snow plow, I just went for it. I was amazed that I stayed on the traverse as I brushed several 100-year-old pines trees. This was truly the craziest traverse that I had been on in years. It would definitely scare away most skiers because you could not see where it would end. Coming out of the trees was an amazing sight, a beautiful run full of knee deep super soft powder completely boxed in by steep cliffs and trees. There were no rocks or crusty moguls, just plenty of room for nice powder turns. The tram passed overhead. This was definitely the better snow on the mountain today. Everyone agreed that it was so great we would try it again. I did not even hesitate on the second entry in the trees. The traverse, like so many things, was so much easier the second time.