Looking through my packing list and preparations for the trip, I realize that I will never truly feel prepared. How can anyone prepare for something they have never experience or attempted prior? On that realization, I decided to take matters in to my own hands and start creating ideas and questions rather than depending simply on lists. I also figured another little nugget of knowledge. Stop always preparing and enjoy the now! This life I get to lead in Park City is just as new as Argentina will be!
On that note…
It’s been a wild couple of weeks. Deciding to up and move to Park City in the middle of February seemed crazy at the time, but turned out to be the most rewarding decisions that I could have made. I got a unique experience of living with someone who has become one of my closest friends, while being able to ski to work each day from my back door. Even in Tahoe, I have never experienced skiing like this and I have definitely never experienced a social environment such as this. This is one for the history books, my friends.
2 weeks left: I am six weeks in and I have two weeks left of living in America. Six weeks is an eternity, but also will never be enough time. In the last six weeks, I have skied the same 5 runs in ski school more than 100 times. Yet, I am still happy anytime I am on skis! On top of that, my form has become noticeably better than the beginning of the season. Working at a ski shop in Reno, as well as in Park City, allowed me to demo over 30 pairs of skis, of all types. The skiing part of this experience alone has given me years worth of knowledge that I am blessed to have received the opportunity to earn. Not a lot of people get to be a paid ski bum, and it is certainly something I never expected to get to do! On the other end of the spectrum, the social community in Park City is fascinating. First off, 98% of the people are the nicest people I have ever met! From the locals to the guests that come year after year, Park City is a smaller town nestled near a large city. I get the small community feel with access to the amenities of a larger city 45 minutes away. However, the population is very transient. Most of the friends I have met come from other states or even countries, and have places to go and things to do for the summer. I leave for Argentina, my roommate leaves for France, and my good friends leave for Texas, Maine, and North Carolina! Everyone is here to appreciate the beauty and fun of ski season, then move on to another adventure. This creates an atmosphere of easy-going, positive people that become family over a short period of time. It is always sad to leave, but the beauty of this experience and of the industry is that we get to do it all over again in the next location. It is hard to pack an experience in to any amount of words and do it justice, but I try. Good skiing, good friends, good people, good food, incredible memories. The longer I stay, the more I experience, and every day that I live this incredible life, I learn a little bit more about myself and what I want. Note to self, major decisions are not meant for young kids/teenagers, my parents were certainly right about that. I don’t know as much as I think I do… 😉
Well, this is my last week in the beautiful Park City. Chase and I drive to Reno on Monday, then to Gardnerville on Thursday, then to San Francisco on Saturday. Monday the 20th, we fly to Argentina. 14 days left in America, 4 cities, and then off to the next adventure. We have all of our gear together, a plane ticket, and a sense of adventure. Let’s see where the wind blows us…
From somewhere new,