We as a family were recognized this past weekend at the annual dinner at Stowe Mountain where all seasonal and part time employees are recognized for their years of service (5 year increments). “Team Cook” as I love to call our family of ski pros – has had an amazing experience working on this amazing team of snow pros with Dave Merriam at the Stowe Ski and Ride School.
I remember the day that Steve came home and we made the decision to leave Mt Snow, after more than 20 years he needed a change of pace, a bigger steeper mountain and a place to call home. We found an amazing house off South Main street knew that this would be the place as we drove up the Mountain Road that fall. It was tough to leave so many long time friends and kids we had coached through the years, but the new experience was so exciting! Our niece Amanda Peck became a snowboard instructor and was so much fun to have around those first couple years before she moved to Vail to keep teaching in the beauty of the west!
Schuyler joined MMSC that first year to race for 2 more years and we got a locker at the club during that time. We all have made some good friends at the club and now at the ski school. I am so proud of “Sky” for his dedication to his first job, being so kind and personable to his fellow coaches while having fun with the kids!
Fast forward 5 years – we are truly ingrained in the life at Stowe, loving our clients, teaching private lessons, adult line-up and kids programs at the Adventure Center. Schuyler is an assistant for his 2nd year and comes home each day with fun stories of his experiences!
5 years is a great time to reflect… why I love ski teaching and why I love Stowe…..
Why I love teaching… Teaching skiing gives me the opportunity to share my love of this sport. Watching my students eyes light up every new experience growing their skills in a new sport and expanding their skill and comfort level is w! When a young eight year old girl proclaims “This is my new favorite sport!” you know you “nailed it”!
A great teaching moment…
When asking an adult client what her goals are and her response was “I want to look like you Nancy… “ I realized just how important the demo, modeling the turn, and my work in being the best skier I can be reflects in the eyes of my clients and they come back to me to strive to reach that level of skiing. It makes me proud and excited to share my skills and my love of skiing with each and every one of them.
Vermont is our “winter home” and Stowe is the best of the best for our family! A great skiing community and an amazing mountain town! What better place to make our winters memorable and the best they can be! Team Cook is so very happy to be here!
My great co-workers…
Are truly the A team – from sharing their experiences so we all can learn and grow together as snow pros— And…. to help me decide what layers to wear in the locker room! My family working together as ski pros at Stowe has been truly a bonding experience that no other sport can offer. Thank you!
My amazing students…
Listen so intently – truly inspired to learn! They make me beam with pride every turn! On every trail they ski they get improve their skills – Success shines through with drills and spills !
A moment I will never forget…
During February break it was time for an adventure Four days with one of my all-time favorite students! – “Sydney” & I hiked over to the “big” mountain and I smiled as I watched her beam with delight as we floated on the Forerunner Quad over all the double black diamonds moguls and steeps… once getting to the top of the lift she looks at the “Nose” with big eyes and a huge smile and says “Wow! This is just SO beautiful”! This moment repeats itself each time I am able to bring a beginner over to Mt Mansfield and experience her greatness! #blessed
I sent my reflection to Sydney’s dad and I was beaming with pride when he responded —
Thank you so much for sharing! I can tell you that Sydney had the best 4 days of skiing she has ever had and she is still beaming from it! It’s amazing what skiing a double black will do for a kids confidence. It’s spread to all aspect of her life! Hope you have a couple more weeks of solid skiing and thanks again! Hopefully we will see you next year! Be well!
Looking forward to the next 5 years! Family time at the mountain skiing and spending quality time is truly a treasure for a lifetime! We love Stowe!
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Where is your favorite mountain? Do you have a special teaching moment that you will never forget? Please share and thanks for stopping by!