This could have been our last visit to Whitetail this season (sadly), but we went out with a bang. All trails were open, the cloudless sky was a bright blue, and the temperature around 40 in the sun. All trails had been groomed, except for the enormous moguls on Exhibition. Bold Decision was the easier one today. Angel Drop and Drop In were a challenge worthy of any mountain in the world. But the downside - the snow was heavy, and the work was hard. All of us talked about burning thighs after a few runs.
In addition to free skiing, I had an excellent lesson with Marcene Kipe, who tried to improve my turning mistakes. She was patient and understanding. I also talked to our friend Bill Dietrich, who heads the Adaptive and Wounded Warrior Sports programs. He said Whitetail provided 140 Adaptive lessons this season, and instructed 19 Wounded Warriors. All are free and donations are welcome.
This was an exceptionally happy day at Whitetail - one that capped off one of their best seasons in years. It was Springfest Weekend, with the different departments dressed to represent various movies. A spirited band played outside, and lots of people enjoyed the sun, music, dancing, and outside food. It was also the birthday of General Manager Don Macaskill; a happy one for him.
One other note about Whitetail - we solved the mystery of the lady bugs. There are always an abundance of the beautiful bugs at Whitetail. Someone told me they were imported to kill gyspy moths, and they proliferated. Even if not true, it is a nice story. Ladybugs are supposed to bring good luck, and this was no exception!
When she wasn't skiing, Connie Lawn covered the White House as a reporter since 1968.
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