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Flying Like A Bird!

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I have something I'll share! I've been with Adaptive Ski at the Santa Fe Ski Area for 6 years now.  I had my first visually impaired student last year.  I took the assignment because someone else was afraid to do it because she stated she "had no training for that!"  Neither had I.  But I did it anyway.  We had a great time and Feliz started skiing well even though she had broken her ankle the previous year due to a bad experience.  Her parents asked for me again this year.  I also went to the Hartford Ski Spec in Breckenridge on Dec 5-9, 2010 and actually took clinics on teaching and guiding for V.I. students.  Then I came back to Santa Fe. 

 

This past week, I had a new visually impaired student to teach.  She was a 7 year old girl from Tulsa, OK.  She had one skiing experience in France at age four, so it was like starting anew.  I worked with other instructors, but was the lead instructor for this student for 6 days of lessons. I did miss 2 days of the lessons due to other commitments but on the third day with this little girl, she was skiing solo!  We were able to get her to let go and ski between us with just verbal commands to turn, slow down and stop.  She could ski the most difficult of our beginner runs without holding on to anyone or any thing and did it from top to bottom. 

 

We spent the next two days just skiing with her and also working with her dad on how to verbally guide her down the hill.  By the time she was ready to leave on Friday, her dad could talk her down the hill, making it possible for her to ski with her family in the future.  We became great friends, Annie and me!  I can't wait for her to come back again. 

 

Her folks are going to try to bring her back before this ski season ends!  The best comment she made all week was when I asked her after she solo'd the first time.  I asked her, what was it like skiing without holding on to anything?  She replied that it was like "flying like a bird!"  You just can't beat that for being rewarding!!!

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Victor, thanks for posting this.  I moved the post to a new thread since you tagged onto an old 2001 thread.  This really deserves its own. Its really wonderful what you were able to give your student, that could change her life, and what she gave back to you was even better.

 

Vic, what ski area do you teach at near Santa Fe? 

 

Tom

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Victor, welcome aboard.  Glad to have other Adaptive Instructors check in.  Your experiences sound wonderful.  Keep up the good work. icon14.gif

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Tom.  It's the Santa Fe Ski Area!  LOL!  Its about 16 miles north and east of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  It's only about 48 miles round trip for me to go up!

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I was in Santa Fe in the summer a few years back.  Nice town, with lots to do.  You could use more snow though.  How many instructors do adaptive at Santa Fe.  Are you allowed to post pictures?

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What a heartwarming story, viclioce. You gave that girl wings. That's a pretty cool accomplishment for both of you. 

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Sometimes the biggest rewards in life come in very small packages.  Thanks for sharing.

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What a great story, viclioce--thanks for sharing it. And welcome to EpicSki!

Adaptive programs--and all the people I've ever met who are involved with them--are wonderful. Congratulations on your success, and that of your fortunate students!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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Originally Posted by viclioce View Post

I have something I'll share! I've been with Adaptive Ski at the Santa Fe Ski Area for 6 years now.

 

This past week, I had a new visually impaired student to teach.  She was a 7 year old girl from Tulsa, OK.  We became great friends, Annie and me!

 

 

Beautiful, heroic, life-affirmingicon14.gif
 

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That one makes me smile. I know the elation skiing brings to me. I can only imagine what Annie felt. This is the real reason folks try to share their skiing knowledge. Thanks for sharing that with Annie and your experience with us.

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Awesome.  thanks.

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Well, we received more snow today.  They have been fiercely making snow for the past several weeks as well.  The mountain is in pretty good shape, with almost all of it open.  Fortunately for us, the basin faces northwest so it doesn't get killed by sunlight all day!   Of course more snow never hurts!!!  ;p Victor

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James, I don't know if I would go as far as to say heroic, but I surely do enjoy immensely what I do and it is it's own reward!  ;p Victor

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Our Adaptive Ski Program has a total of about 250 all volunteer instructors covering both the Santa Fe and Sandia Ski Areas, in Santa Fe and Albuquerque respectively!  Each season in our 6 week program alone, we give about 1250 lessons and additionally have bookings for private lessons throughout the season.  Bi-Ski, Mono-Ski, ski bike, 3 and 4 track, Slider, hearing and visually impaired and cognitive students.  We service anyone who applies and make safety and having fun our priorities!  I don't have any photos I can upload on my computer currently as I moved all of my last year photos off to CDs and our first non-private lessons of the season start this Tuesday!  I'll be able to post some soon!

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Thank you!  I am glad you enjoyed the story!  I am looking forward to posting more and also to reading some of the new ones posted by others on the forum!  I went to the Hartford Ski Spectacular the beginning of December.  Were any of you there?  I was in two of the offered V.I. Clinics and some others as well.  -Victor Lioce Santa Fe, New Mexico

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James, I don't know if I would go as far as to say heroic, but I surely do enjoy immensely what I do and it is it's own reward!  ;p Victor


The blind kid is heroic.  You're just beautiful.wink.gif
 

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