Have you heard the song by Sia called Unstoppable? On my way up to Sundance Ladies Day today, I head this song for the first time. Call it fate, but that prepared me for something big. In the words of the song, I put my armor on, I’m unstoppable today.
Sundance ‘s longest Black Diamond is called Bishop’s Bowl. It is intimidating because when you start at the top, you can’t see the bottom. It’s not the length, but the slope of the mountain that is intimidating.
But thanks to my totally awesome Sundance Ladies Day instructor Lisa who would not listen to our whines of “I can’t do that,” our entire group of ladies conquered our fear and were unstoppable today! She let us know that we would be doing Bishop’s early on in the lesson and some of us were hesitant, others were down-right against it.
Before the run of our lives, we had some good runs working on our technique and we had almost forgotten about Bishops. Sitting on a lift, we passed over an extremely scary track only wide enough for 2 skis (if you fall, you fall down a double black diamond run). Several of us said out loud, “I am NEVER doing that.” Lisa just smiled. Then when we got to the summit, she announced we were skiing Bishops. Two ladies were excited and two ladies were terrified (guess which group I was in with my leg in a brace still from my daughter’s panic attack getting off a lift a month ago)?
As we were skiing over to the top of Bishop’s, one of the other ladies said, “I’ll just go over and look at the run with you and then I am walking back. You can ski it and I will meet you at the bottom.” She was determined that there was no way she was going to ski this monster.
So in typical Sundance Ladies Day fashion, we all grouped together to help her overcome her fears. And, believe me, it is intimidating to look over the side of a mountain and see nothing below you and THEN decide you will ski off of it. Lisa explained that we did not need to ski the entire thing at once–just a bit at a time like eating an elephant. That got me down past the slope of no return. Then we waited for the other ladies.
The woman who was determined to walk back, was stuck at the top. Another woman said to her, “I’ll stay behind you because if I go and you are last, you will walk back and you can’t do that.” She sacrificed her first run of Bishop’s to help her Ladies Day friend. The rest of us stood clinging to the side of Bishop’s cheering her on.
We made it to the bottom and then we had to traverse a section of the run on a track–the same one we had seen from the lift and had said we would never ski. Together, we all conquered our fears and made it through the track.
The track runs into another black diamond run actually steeper than Bishop’s (but shorter and you can see the end). By that time, I figured I had survived the worst,I could complete the run. The woman who had encouraged our struggling friend had her own issues on this run. But we all encouraged her and helped her and we all did something amazing! We were Unstoppable Today!
That’s the magic of Sundance Ladies Day . It can’t be duplicated with private or group lessons. When we came together in January, we were a group of women who didn’t know each other. Our skiing abilities were similar with each of us having strengths and weaknesses. But over the course of Ladies Day, we bonded and we were able to help each other. When our greatest fear faced us, we were unstoppable because we trusted our instructor and we trusted each other. Lisa christened us The Bishop’s Bowl Babes! We took this picture AFTER the run and see we are all smiling!
So in the words of Sia: I put my Ladies Day armor on, show you how strong how I am, I’ll show you that I am Unstoppable today! Chicks on Sticks Rock! I feel powerful and invincible and ready for the next life challenge on or off the slope.
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