WOW Moments

WOW at 8260'

There’s nothing quite like standing at the top of a mountain, being surrounded by extraordinary beauty. At least not for me.  Knowing that I am about to have the rush of skiing down the slope, makes the moment that much more exhilarating. Skiing with my family in Lake Tahoe this weekend gave me many of those moments. But this time what struck me even more was the WOW of empowerment and independence as my 9 year old and 11 year old spent hours on the mountain by themselves. They felt so cool, so proud, so independent - mapping out their routes, trying new things, making their own paths through the trees…

I remember years ago visiting friends in Canada, whose 7, 9, and 11 year old girls were zipping in and out of the lodge while we grown ups did our own thing. It struck me then, as it struck me this weekend, how rare it is for kids today to experience that kind of freedom.  I wish they had more such opportunities!