Sunday, April 20, 2014

Remember: Every adversity is a challenge!

If there's one element life is filled with, it's adversity. This pesky reality can be found everywhere and it's up to us to see in it a wonderful challenge in disguise. We only have to think: “How can I overcome it?” It's that simple.

We just don' remember often enough to see it that way, and if we did, our lives would literally be transformed. We just need to get that notion embedded into our own psyche so we never forget it and it can become second nature.

Bad stuff is plentiful and the opportunity to challenge ourselves is endless!

Another end of season in Park City

No much snow left, that's all I can say in this closing ski weekend at Park City. Shadow Lake at Jupiter is showing up through the snow, with its remaining ice ready to break or melt away.

The snow is dirty and melts fast. Another lackluster season is moving behind us. Skiing was great though, but I shouldn't write this. Skiing is always great, regardless of the circumstances...

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Vail-Park City conflict

Today, as a personal challenge, I'll attempt to put in a few words my take about the leaders of Park City Mountain Resort, that about 4 years ago missed a deadline to exercise an option to renew their ridiculously cheap lease on thousands of acres of ski terrain.

Even though these folks were clearly at fault, they thought that the best defense would be some form of offense or some kind of bullying, took their dispute with their landlord to the court of public opinion and ended up with eggs on their face instead.

Those leaders, rich kids with a super rich dad, have been milking the resort they bought in the mid-90s without making any significant investments and have now lost their battle. Now, Vail Resort has become their de-facto landlord. The new operator is big, knows the business well and will be much better than the greedy, egoistical investor-family for the long term of the community.

Time to be reasonable, realistic and bow to the victors, guys if you are better business people than stubborn egomaniacs!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Perseverance, priceless ingredient!

As a follow-up to yesterday's blog, I wanted to expand a bit on the virtue of perseverance. Doing something new, different, not just for fun and that, on top, demands learning, is a toll order that no one really takes lightly or even enjoys.

Like disgusting medicine, it must be taken in small doses, get assimilated by the body and eventually it may (no guarantees!) grow on you. Let's see if my personal terrain is still capable of nurturing something new and different!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learning to landscape in 3D...

Back to school and back to learning. Not my favorite endeavor, but someone has to do it, right? After drawing architecture interior plans in 3D, I'm ready to do it again with landscaping now.
No, it's not easy and the video tutorials have turn from great to awful. I guess I just need to persevere!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The mighty avalanche

This morning I received a video from a friend of mine, showing a monster, slow moving avalanche that happened on February 6, somewhere in South Tyrol, and that was captured by a local fellow who was busy shoveling his own roof...

Even today is tax day in America, I can vividly go back forty-four years ago, day-for-day, to remember witnessing a similar avalanche ripping off houses in my French home village of Montriond...

Times change, but avalanches remain as potent as ever...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring skiing surprises

Skiing in the spring is chock full of surprises. It can either be terrible or glorious in just 24 hours. For a few hours, today fell into the “glory” category.
A surprising 2 inches of powder snow had fallen the night, creating a micro-miracle and – as usual – contributed to making that day super special at my favorite Park City ski spots. Elusive, but priceless moments!