My long-winded Closing
Inertia: A body remains at rest or in motion unless acted on by an outside force. (UNR physics was a long time ago so bear with me).
This defines Sky Tavern Jr Ski Program exactly. It took a huge effort to get it going. Lots of sign-up days, lots of convincing, lots of orientations, lots of cleaning, some snow, and you believing. Then we ran a bunch, over three months straight. Really no breaks just go-go-go. I know I am not telling you anything new, you were all there every weekend. 400 cars was a light weekend day.
Then to stop it took another force, heat. 80 degrees in March? It is over. Today is 50 degrees and 40 mph winds. The snowcat is driving over dirt to bring the features down from the freestyle contest. It still looks good from town but ugly from the lodge. Game over.
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
Richard Bach, ‘Illusions: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah’.
Thank you for all the help, making kids smile, and doing something that is a bit of a throw-back to yesteryear, creating something as opposed to paying to play. There were so many new families that became integral to the process, and we made a lot of new friends this year. You were there to count on. Some kept it all going and some did something they never dreamed they would do, teach snowsports. I hope you all had a great time and are coming back. You helped change a kid's life. Their smiles belong to you.
How many of you return year after year for the kids? Sky Tavern would not be able to open without your leadership, experience, and passion. You are my true friends and I would not be who I am without you. Thank you all and see you soon. It is less than five months until we start back up on Labor Day! Fair warning. The boss SkyKid Moms just rolled their eyes at best but probably more animated.
Yet the end of this year has been different. Even though we ran long and fairly hard there are loads of energy about next season right now. Plans that in years past were made in October are being finished. Instructors are excited about sharing new programs that are coming. Few are walking away done and tired. Most are saying we need a glacier so we can keep going. 2023 is going to be a really great time thanks to you and your efforts. I can see it coming.
This is my last email for a while. The pro-folks take over most communications now about summer camps and concerts is the plan. During the winter season, I have always talked to you as if over coffee because of what we are to each other, friends with a common goal of kids on snow. I love being in your kitchen each week filling you in on what happened and what is coming up. I hope you let me back in for seasons to come. It matters an enormous amount to me.
I will look for you next fall when we start winter up again. Returning members will be the first to know when registration opens for 2023, our 75th season. Do not unsubscribe! Watch the Sky Tavern calendar! There is always something happening at Sky Tavern.
And buddies, thanks for the BIG birthday card. It is taking up a wall in the office. A wall. (Eric Ruud is still older than me by that slight margin. It is good to be #2)