Last night I attended the inaugural meeting of the Park City Wine Club. The club’s organizer is a sommelier who intends to educate and entertain us each month while we sample a variety of wine from around the world. I love wine but I have a lot to learn. Have you ever been overwhelmed in a liquor store and selected a bottle of wine just because you were drawn to the label? I try not to “judge a book by its cover” but cool wine labels are sometimes hard to resist. Check out some of these unique designs!
There is so much to love about Utah in the summertime and for me the Park City Farmers’ Market tops the list. Every Wednesday at the base of the Canyons Resort you’ll find locally grown food, artisan baked goods, beautiful flowers, and unique arts and crafts. Bring plenty of cash along with a hat and a bag to carry your bounty. And since mountain summers are much too beautiful to spend in the kitchen, here are a few simple ways to prepare your fresh seasonal finds.
The Farmers’ Market Margarita – Recipe: Shape Magazine
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Lady Peas – Recipe: Southern Living
Farmers’ Market Pasta – Recipe: 33 Shades of Green
Crispy Kale Chips – Recipe: Ask Georgie
Cool Cucumber and Dill Soup – Recipe: Whole Living
Berry “Pizza” – Recipe: Whole Living
If your mother is a voracious reader like mine then she probably already owns a Kindle or a Nook. Which is why a beautiful, tactile book makes such a cool gift. A well-executed coffee table book invites conversation and breathes life into a room. And if the book reflects the passion of the recipient it will have a lot more longevity than a flower bouquet. Is your Mom into gardening, food, ballet, hockey, cats, travel, architecture, cars, politics, music, cartoons… big butts? Have fun hunting in your local, independent bookstore for the perfect treasure. Lovingly inscribe and date the inside cover and you’ll have a happy mamma this Sunday.
Here are some stunning coffee table books – a few from my own collection and others I’m sure many Moms would love to own. I’m not linking these images to an online store as I normally do because I’m hoping you’ll shop local this year. I think Amazon is surviving this economy just fine, wouldn’t you agree?
Moonlight Camp on the Blackfoot River in Montana: The Resort at Paws Up
How do I spell camping? D-I-V-O-R-C-E. Just kidding! I love my Man-Versus-Wild-Wannabe husband. And I like sleeping under the stars. I just don’t want to wake up on the damp ground with melted marshmallows in my hair and dirt under my fingernails. It’s not that I require five-star accommodations – I’m just a girl who would prefer to connect to the great outdoors with my creature comforts intact.
Well apparently I’m not the only one. “Glamping”, aka glamorous camping, is a burgeoning industry thanks to widespread media coverage and the evolution of high-tech tents, gear and accessories catering to the upscale camper. The concept of grandeur in the wild dates back to African safaris of the late 1800s with white hunters like Teddy Roosevelt sipping tea from bone china in sumptuously appointed ”tents” with oriental rugs underfoot. In fact, adventurers in Africa, Asia and Europe have been glamping for decades, but North America is catching up. Believe it or not, the United States now has its own official National Glamping Weekend – June 2 -3, 2012!
Glamping trailblazer Ernest Hemingway on safari in East Africa circa 1947.
Mary Jane Farms in Moscow, Idaho. Mary Jane is a pioneer of the glamping epedemic and originator of National Glamping Weekend.
Want to plan your own glamping adventure? Check out Glamping Girl for a list of great destinations in the United States including the fabulous Fireside Resort outside of Jackson Hole. And check out my Pinterest board for more suggestions. If you have some favorite glamping spots please post them here!
Photos on POPSUGAR of Prince William and Kate Middleton skiing in France this month reveal that they are FINALLY wearing ski helmets! It was surprising (at least to me) when photos of their trip to Klosters, Switzerland a few years ago showed the famous couple helmet-less. I wonder if their PR people advised them to set a better example on this trip? With so many girls around the world trying to emulate Kate’s effortless style, photos of the duchess rocking a helmet on the slopes of Courchevel sends the right message: look great and stay safe!
What’s wrong with this picture?
Klosters, Switzerland 2008
Much better guys!
Courchevel, France April 2012
Pippa’s on board too!
Carol Middleton is wearing what looks very much like a Helmet Band-It!
Apparently the furry band decorating Carol’s helmet (see an earlier post about Helmet Band-Its) was sent to Kate who lent it to her mother for the trip. Another victory for smart PR people and skier safety!
Aren’t bunk rooms the best? They take me back to my childhood. I can almost hear the revelry bugle on chilly summer mornings at Camp Greystone in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Bunk rooms also remind me of Colorado ski vacations with my cousins, we were always giggling instead of sleeping …”Goodnight, John-Boy…Goodnight Jim-Bob”… When I was a kid, falling asleep in a bunk room full of happy snores ALWAYS meant that something pretty great was going to happen the next day.
Check out these cozy lodge-style bunk rooms from Pinterest. They make me want to organize a slumber party! And be sure to visit our Pinterest boards for more great mountain interiors. Sweet dreams…
I’m a little bit obsessed with the charm bracelet lately. While its popularity ebbs and flows, this classic piece of jewelry never seems to go out of style. In fact, the humble, recession-proof charm bracelet has recently experienced a revival as females of all ages and tastes gravitate towards more emotionally significant and personal jewelry.
In her book Charmed Bracelets, jewelry designer Tracey Zabar refers to the charm bracelet as “history on a wrist” and explores its colorful origins dating back to the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Charm bracelets have always been a lovely way to spark conversation and tell the story of a life. They make a unique and meaningful gift for a mother, daughter, friend or significant other.
Park City Jewelers on Main Street has unique charms to commemorate a ski trip or capture a passion for winter sports. And I was surprised to discover exquisite bracelets and charms at Overstock.com (pictured below).
Starting a charm bracelet for someone you love is as easy as 1-2-3…
1) Choose a classic bracelet.
2) Select a few meaningful charms to launch her collection.
3) Enjoy her charmed expression when she opens this thoughtful gift!
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day we’ve researched some great end-of-season deals on kids clothing and gear at Peter Glenn. Check out these lucky prices!
On December 31, 1997, approximately 25 Kennedy family members and friends gathered for their last run of the day atop Aspen Mountain’s Copper Bowl. As the mountain emptied and the light grew flat, the high-spirited group organized into teams and packed a water-bottle with snow in preparation for their customary game of ski-football.
Eyewitnesses have said that the group set off at a high rate of speed down Copper Bowl, tossing the “football” back and forth between the teams, using trees and sign posts as goals. The game turned tragic when 39-year old Michael Kennedy, said to be the most gifted skier and athlete in the family, looked up for a pass just as his ski caught an edge on the icy slope and he slammed headfirst into a tree. His sister Rory immediately began to administer CPR while Michael’s relatives, including his three young children, looked on in disbelief. Ski patrol was on the scene four minutes after the accident and performed lifesaving methods all the way down to a waiting ambulance, but Michael’s head and neck injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead 90 minutes after impact.
The Kennedy family had allegedly received several friendly requests over the years from Aspen ski patrol to stop the reckless ski-football game. An official from Aspen mountain had supposedly phoned Ethel Kennedy to caution the family about their risky behavior on the slopes. The Kennedy family denied receiving any warnings.
There is no evidence that a helmet would have saved the life of Michael Kennedy but his highly publicized skiing accident, along with Sonny Bono’s deadly collision at Heavenly Ski Resort the very same month, highlighted the importance of protective headgear and ski helmets soon became commonplace on ski mountains in North America.
The Kennedy family has impacted the sport of skiing, just as they’ve influenced so many aspects of American policy and culture:
- The aptitude and appreciation that Edward, Robert and Jack Kennedy shared for skiing brought national attention to the sport.
- The rambunctious Kennedy brood glamorized ski vacations with their pilgrimages to Colorado and Idaho and the scandals that followed in their wake – Did Ethel really refuse to pay her Christmas catering bill? Did the Kennedy children actually put cherry bombs in the toilets of their Aspen condominium? And did Jackie (whose stylish stretch pants from Saks Fifth Avenue will forever be chronicled in the history of ski fashion) seek more than solace in the arms of brother-in-law Bobby at his Sun Valley home after Jack’s assassination?
- Teddy Jr. became a poster child for adaptive skiing when he was photographed skiing with outrigger poles after losing a leg to cancer.
- And finally, Michael’s tragic accident marked the start of helmets becoming a mainstream gear staple.
Wondering how to communicate skier safety guidelines to your child before they hit the slopes? This is an excerpt from a recent guest post I wrote for Park City Snowmamas.
What could be cuter than the sight of little kids zipping down the slopes on their itty-bitty skis and boards? I could hardly wait to get my daughters on the mountain for the first time, and my husband and I wanted their skiing debut to be absolutely perfect. Preparing for the big day went something like this:
- Book ski school reservation – Check
- Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water – Check
- Apply sunscreen and zip up snazzy ski suit – Check
- Click into tiny skis and fasten pink helmet – Check
- Observe, memorize, and adhere to the seven-point “Your Responsibility” Skier Safety Code – Um…What?
My kids get an earful of rules from me on a daily basis. Wash your hands, buckle your car seat, eat your vegetables…but on the slopes I wanted to be a fun ski mom, not a safety warden! Besides, teaching the Skier Safety Code is the instructor’s job, not mine – right? Wrong. It is up to us as parents to make sure that our children are following the same rules and etiquette of the mountain as everybody else.
Click over to Park City Snowmamas to read my tips about how to talk to your children about mountain safety. The Snowmamas website is a one-stop resource for vacationing with kids in Park City, UT.
Edward M. Kennedy “Teddy Kennedy, Junior” spent his childhood on ski slopes with his father Senator Ted Kennedy and other members of the boisterous Kennedy clan. At the age of 12, Teddy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, which led to the surgical amputation of his right leg. News of the child’s amputation reignited public discourse about the Kennedy family curse, but months after his operation the handsome boy appeared on the slopes of Vail with a single ski on his leg and a big smile on his face. The images of Teddy skiing on one leg, with the aid of outrigger poles, helped to raise awareness about adaptive skiing possibilities for people with disabilities.
Teddy, who prefers the term “physically challenged”, later became a medal-winning member of the U.S. Handicapped Ski Team and a disability advocate attorney. His daughter Kiley is a competitive snowboarder.
Click on the image below to read People Magazine’s 1974 article about Teddy Jr. and his ski instructor Blair Ammons, who specialized in ski instruction for amputees.
The Kennedy family caused a stir in Park City last month when they arrived for the Sundance film premiere of Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary Ethel - a portrayal of her famously private 83 year-old mother. Rory Kennedy, a prolific independent film maker (Ghosts of Abu Ghraib), is is the youngest of Ethel and Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 11 children. The film documents Ethel’s recollection of the civil rights movement, the Cuban missile crisis, and other pivotal events in world history. Ethel reveals on camera that she fell in love “at first sight” with Robert F. Kennedy on a ski trip to Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec in 1945.
It’s not surprising that Ethel began her romance with Bobby Kennedy at a ski resort. Skiing has always been a Kennedy tradition and over the years the family has attracted a great deal of media attention to the sport.
Bobby and Ted were both expert skiers and proponents of skiing – both were named in SKI Magazine’s 1964 list of the most influential people in the ski industry.
Jackie Kennedy, a novice skier compared to the rest of the family, loved to ski and was photographed on the slopes of Vermont, Idaho and Switzerland. She reportedly took John and Caroline to stay with brother-in-law Bobby in Sun Valley after her husband’s assassination, in order to maintain normalcy for their children.
The following images of the Kennedy family at ski resorts are culled from the archives of The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Aspen Sojourner, IHeartTheKennedys.com and People Magazine.
Has Valentine’s Day crept up on you again? I’m usually late to the table for “Hallmark Holidays” and often scrambling to find last minute gifts. Zappos always helps out in a pinch with super fast shipping and a 365 day return policy. While some girls hope for a little robin’s egg blue box on Valentine’s Day, a Zappos.com box on the doorstep is enough to get my pulse rate up! Check out some of these cool gifts for mountain resort lovers and click on the images to check Valentine’s Day off your list.
Living in a ski resort town means lots of house guests, particularly in February and March when families start arriving for spring skiing. I enjoy guests and never expect a gift but it is nice when people express appreciation for hospitality. Over the years I have given and received board games, flowers, coffee table books, olive oil, and tea towels. I’m always on the hunt for original and useful hostess presents and when I came across Spoonful of Comfort, a personable online company that ships delicious homemade chicken noodle soup care packages, I knew I’d found a winner.
Spoonful of Comfort was launched by Park City-based entrepreneur Marti Wymer in honor of her beloved mother Mona Bowes, who passed away from cancer in 2007. Marti was living miles away with her young children when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and she wrestled with how she could comfort her from afar – flowers just didn’t feel right and she wanted to send soup but she couldn’t find a company that shipped fresh soup. This sparked the idea for Spoonful of Comfort and Marti eventually developed the soup she knew her mother would have loved.
Marti’s soup is delicious, healthy, and preservative-free. Her recipe contains all natural ingredients – sea salt, parsley, chicken stock, celery, carrots and fresh pasta – charmingly presented in a keepsake mason jar with a cheerful ribbon and custom card. She also designed special packaging to ensure the soup would stay chilled in transit and arrive ready to enjoy or freeze within two to three days.
Spoonful of Comfort is a thoughtful gift for someone who is ill or in need of comfort, and it also makes a wonderful house present because it’s a pre-made crowd pleasing meal which easily fits in the fridge. A gallon jar of soup is $34 and serves four to six people. Each care package can be tailored with soft, made-from-scratch rolls (my mother-in-law declared them the best she’s ever tasted), yummy oatmeal cookies, and spa socks and blankets.
Tragically, Marti’s mother lost her battle with cancer and she wasn’t able to taste her daughter’s soup or see it featured on the Today Show as “the ultimate of chicken soup.” The loving memory of Mona Bowes lives on through Spoonful of Comfort and a portion of the proceeds from each soup order go directly towards research at the American Cancer Society.
So the next time you want to say “Thinking of you” or “Congratulations on your new baby” or “Thank you for hosting our family of five people for eight days and letting us borrow your car” …consider saying it with the gift of soup!
Skiing has an uncanny ability to awaken muscles you’d forgotten existed. Even people in superb physical shape can find themselves hobbling for the nearest jacuzzi and hot toddy after a day on the slopes. Advil used to be my best friend on a ski day, particularly early in the season when the joints were still creaking back to life. But lately I’ve been enjoying long ski days without any aches or pains, and since I’m not aging in reverse I attribute this new stamina to the power vinyasa yoga I’ve been practicing several times a week for the past 12 months.
Yoga strengthens all of the essential skiing muscles – hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, glutes, lower back and core. It’s not surprising that winter athletes like gold medalist ski jumper Lindsey Van and Olympic freestyle skier Emily Cook incorporate yoga into their training. Yoga not only prepares the body for skiing and other agility sports, it also helps to reduce injuries and minimize recovery time.
But the correlation between yoga and skiing is not limited to flexibility and physical conditioning. Both sports revolve around mindfulness, focus, balance, body alignment, gravity, breath control, movement, and flow. Yoga teaches athletes to listen to their bodies and respect their limits, an important philosophy that extends to the mountain. And yoga and skiing deliver powerful spiritual benefits through a combination of physical exertion, mental clarity, and a restorative connection with the outdoors.
If you’re in Park City come out of the cold and take a challenging heated Bikram or Power Vinyasa class at Tadasana. The owner, Gwen Fellin and her talented team of instructors will help you tone, center and detoxify in ways you never dreamed possible. And as you’re sweating through 10 rounds of Utkatasana Chair Pose, picture yourself gracefully floating though fresh powder on a bluebird day. Your quads may burn but your soul will smile.
Puffer coats, furry duck boots, press badges, and cell phones. The Sundance Film Festival is back in town and the people-watching is as entertaining as the indie films. At Sundance premieres you’re more likely to find denim and down than sequins and silk. Celebrities blend right in with other film goers because everyone in Park City is wearing some variation on the same uniform: cozy mountain chic.
I saw three dramedy (I’m told that this is in fact a word) screenings this week and caught a glimpse of Rashida Jones, Chris Rock, Emma Roberts, Alison Brie, Elijah Wood, and Andy Samberg all bundled in cool ski town attire.
A few trendsetters at Polyvore have really nailed this winter-ready look. Click on the sets below to shop for Sundance inspired fashion.
Have you ever been cruising down a ski slope when something amazing suddenly happens? Perhaps your child finally transitions from “pizza wedge” to “french fries” for the first time. Maybe you see a ski outfit so outrageous that it warrants a Facebook update. Or your 42 year old buddy crashes a kiddie jump in such spectacular fashion that you know it would have been an instant You Tube sensation… if only you could have caught it on film. But that would have required stopping, taking off your gloves, digging your camera or iPhone out of one of your nine pockets, or activating your helmet camera with fumbling frozen fingers, and by then… your Kodak moment is gone.
That scenario is changing with advancements in goggle technology. This week at Outdoor Retailer in Utah, Zeal Optics, the leader in GPS goggle technology, unveiled iON – a new goggle with an embedded high-definition wide-angle camera that enables you to capture HD photos and videos while standing still or in motion. You can operate the camera without removing your ski gloves by just tapping buttons on the side of the goggles. It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with an approximate six hour run time – the perfect bandwidth for capturing the highlights from your ski day. The polarized lens is built to withstand extreme temperatures and block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Read the Zeal Optics press release for more information about this new product which retails for $399.
Places tend to be more interesting when they’re unexpected and out of the ordinary and a whiskey distillery-restaurant in Utah is a definite departure from the norm. Located in Old Town Park City, High West Distillery & Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. If you’re skiing at Park City Mountain you can ski right into High West for drinks or lunch. I usually bring out-of-town guests for dinner because it’s a unique dining experience that they won’t find elsewhere.
Housed in a renovated century-old livery stable and an adjoining Victorian mining-era home, High West’s location is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re waiting for your table – and if you haven’t made a reservation you will probably have to wait – you can admire their 250-gallon copper pot still and learn about the distillation process. Or take a moment to browse in their gift shop for masculine hand-blown sipping glasses and interesting collectables. Their artistic bottles are beautiful and I always save them after the liquid is gone.
Unique whiskies and creative cocktails have earned High West multiple awards but if you don’t drink you will still enjoy the food. Last week I devoured one of their “small plate” specials – Whiskey Cider Braised Short Rib and polished off a quarter of my husband’s Gruyere Mac n’ Cheese while he was distracted by a Dead Man’s Boots cocktail (High West Rendezvous Rye, tequila and ginger beer with fresh lime). We had a large group from Texas with us that night and our table service was a bit slow, so if you go there during peak season try to bring your patience along with your appetite. It’s worth the wait!
I don’t usually take my kids to High West but the restaurant does not discourage children. Children are not allowed in the bar area but in the dining room they’ll have their own menu featuring petite steak and Buckaroo Mocktails.
Snow. Where is it? Why isn’t it here yet? When is it coming? With last year’s epic snow accumulations still fresh on our minds, skiers everywhere are hoping to awaken the snow gods. The superstitious amongst us will try anything to summon the snow. We wash our cars. We sleep with our pajamas inside out. We throw ice cubes in the air. We lick spoons and put them under our pillow at bedtime.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with a new ritual of my own invention. I pulled out all of the books about snow – a surprisingly large number – from my daughters’ bookshelves and we’ve been reading one each night before bed. And although the heavens haven’t opened – yet – my girls have been drifting off to sleep with snowy-white dreams.
Here’s a list of 20 books about snow:
Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
The Story of the Snow Children, by Sibylle Von Olfers
Family ski trips require careful planning, herculean effort, and infinite amounts of patience. Bulky gear, freezing temperatures, sticker shock, and perils both real and imagined can transform even the most lovely, easy-going family into guest contenders for the Jerry Springer Show. As a ski resort employee I’ve witnessed some epic slope-side meltdowns and as a “ski mom” of strong-willed girls I’ve been on the receiving and giving end of a few Hall of Famer tantrums. But anyone lucky enough to experience a family ski vacation will tell you that the memories make it all worthwhile. Invigorating exercise, hilarious mishaps, spectacular scenery, and multi-generational camaraderie are just a few reasons why adventurous families return to the mountains year after year.
Last month The New York Times published an eloquent piece by David Carr exploring why families take ski vacations. This is a wonderful read: The Family Ski Trip: Why Do We Do It?
Park City’s beloved java shop Park City Coffee Roaster now serves – drumroll please – beer and wine! The owners recently completed the arduous process of obtaining a Utah liquor license and now, from 11:30am to 6pm you can enjoy a libation with your coffee-talk. The menu offers an excellent list of premium brands including Smoked & Oaked, Brainless Belgian Ale and Sonoma-Cutrer. I’m blogging from Park City Roasters right now and of course I’m not sipping chardonnay before carpool, but on a Saturday late-afternoon with some girlfriends after skiing? Hell-to-the-yes!
Helmets are a hot topic in the ski industry. The National Ski Areas Association 2010/11 National Demographic Study shows that 60 percent of skiers and snowboarders are now wearing helmets, up from only 25 percent during the 2002/03 season. That’s a big leap, yet I still see plenty of helmet-less heads on the slopes. Last season a coiffed woman on the chairlift at Deer Valley told me that although her husband purchased her a top-of-the-line helmet, she never wears it because it makes her feel like a geek. And she’s not alone – some people just feel plain dorky in a helmet. Well, now there’s a new accessory that enables fashion-conscious helmet resisters to go from “geek-to-chic”…Helmet Band-Its!
Robin Dorman, an interior designer who owns a vacation home in Park City, became a helmet convert a few years ago after taking a spill on the slopes which left her uninjured but rattled. Dorman embraced helmets from that day forward but as a fashion careerist she wasn’t thrilled with the utilitarian vibe of her brain bucket. So the crafty style-maven whipped out a hot glue gun and doctored her helmet with a band of faux fur and viola! – a business was born. Her glamorous new accessory line features a variety of styles for women, men and kids to choose from including colored bandanas, faux and real fur, and silver or bronze nail heads.
My personal taste tends to be sporty and simple so when I first heard about this concept I’ll admit that it struck me as a bit ‘Bond girl meets Ivana Trump.’ I needed to see these bands for myself so I popped into Vida, a sophisticated Park City boutique that has been carrying Helmet Band-Its since November. The bands and matching cuffs on center display in the shop were visually stunning, well-crafted and beautifully packaged. Vida’s owner Luz Emma Holmes told me that there’s a great deal of excitement about Helmet Band-Its and sales are strong. I believe that any product that convinces someone to wear a helmet is worth buzzing about!
Robin hopes that by marrying style with safety, the bands will help to raise awareness about the importance of helmet usage and encourage more people to wear them on the slopes. She plans to launch her product on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival and I’m guessing that she’ll have a great response! Helmet Band-Its are one-size-fits-all. They can be purchased online or at Vida, Bjorn Stova Boutique, Flight and ColeSport in Park City .
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97. Sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. ~ Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement address to the 1997 graduating class at MIT
Mr. Vonnegut was a genius but this advice about sunscreen did not come from him. In fact, he never gave a commencement address at MIT. This was an Internet hoax that spread like wildfire across the worldwide web duping everyone in its path, including Vonnegut’s own wife.
I don’t know who actually wrote the speech but I sure wish they’d delivered it to me when I was teenager frying myself with baby oil in the South Florida sun. Now, in damage-reversal mode, I’ve become positively religious about sunscreen. After trying just about every brand on the market I’m devoted to a product called Celazome Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30. I wear it every day and I slather it on my squirming children while we’re getting dressed for skiing. Celazome doesn’t sting our eyes the way other brands do and one application literally lasts all day.
You can find Celazome in many dermatologist offices but I buy it on Amazon.
And now back to Kurt Vonnegut and the clever speech that he never gave. Here it is in its entirety. Enjoy!
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Henry Ford once said “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” This is certainly true for a ski day. One forgotten glove or the wrong kind of socks can spoil your entire day. My active kids have an amazing ability to stay warm while skiing, but once they do become cold or unhappy it is off to the lodge we go. Dressing in layers is essential and cotton must be avoided at all cost. Here’s a good bottom-to-top clothing checklist for a ski day
Ski socks. I recommend lightweight merino wool ski socks from Darn Tough Vermont or Smart Wool. Their socks are specially cushioned in all the right places and the fine gauge knit blocks moisture to keep tootsies dry and warm.
Long underwear. Polypropylene top and bottom base layers are crucial for a comfortable ski day. Base layers should be form fitting and worn next to the skin to wick away sweat and insulate heat. I’m a fan of Hot Chillys.
Ski bibs/pants and jacket. Outerwear should be waterproof and wind-resistant. There is a wide array of style and budgets for ski outerwear, just be sure to pick a style that your child will want to wear again and again. The North Face is a good place to start.
Gaiter or balaclava. These items will keep necks warm and protect little faces from windburn. They are light and easy to carry in your pocket.
Goggles. Well fitting goggles are much more effective than sunglasses. Oakley and Smith are good brands to try.
Helmet - Lucky Bums and Giros produce excellent ski helmets for kids.