Ancestry allows employees to check-out a pair of Ski Utah Gold passes once a year for some skiing. These are awesome passes which are pretty much good at any ski resort in the state. We missed last year, due to some unfortunate timing on my part, but got the opportunity to return to Deer Valley for the first time in a while.
It was a perfect day up on the mountain. There was not a cloud in the sky, and there was no wind. The only thing that would have made it better would have been some fresh snow — we’ve got a bunch of snow, but no storms for about a week.
Manina and I went all over the mountain. We found a really cool app that let us track all of our statistics on our Apple Watches, which led to some serious (for one of us, anyway) competition.
After a few runs, we stopped in for some lunch out on the sunny deck at the Empire Canyon Lodge. You can’t go to Deer Valley without enjoying some of their world-famous turkey chili.
Then we got back to skiing. Manina and I got separated when she made a wrong turn, but for the most part we stayed together the whole time. We braved mostly green runs, but I did a couple blues that Manina routed around, even though she easily could have managed them. She just needed a little time to warm up.
Toward the end of the day, Manina kept asking me what my stats were for my top speed for the day. She was trying to play it cool, but I noticed her trying to slow up, lag behind for a bit, then rip down a steep spot to catch up every once in a while. She’d zoom ahead, and then stop and say she wanted to take some pictures of me, but her strategy was revealed at the end of the day.
On our way down the Jordanelle Gondola back to where we had parked our car, she shared her stats with our whole family on our group iMessage — she claimed victory in the top speed competition, topping out
33.6MPH vs. my wimpy 31.9MPH.
I guess there’s always next year.