A sharp wind cuts my face, numbing my lips and making it hard to talk to Jim, our instructor from the resort's Adult Ski and Ride School. As we sit three abreast on Chairlift #3, he counsels us on our next moves. I'm to ski to the right, he's to ski to the left, and my husband, perched in between us, is to ski straight ahead towards the easiest of the lift-accessible slopes that Wisp has to offer.
I slide to a halt at the base of the run, adrenaline and joy surging through my body. As we take the lift to our next set of trails, Bear Paw followed by Wisp, Jim informs us of the upcoming improvements and expansions planned for the resort.
At this moment, I can't imagine a better experience. We cut down the mountain, giggling as the biting wind chaps our cheeks and hustles us down the trails. As we approach the first steep hill on Wisp Trail, I stick to the left side, preferring a gentler grade to the drop on the right. When I pass my husband, I flash him a grin.
Jim takes his leave of us, wishing us good skiing and a happy anniversary, and we spend the next hour racing each other down the slopes. We decide to stick to the three runs with which we are familiar—while Wisp boasts 32 trails totaling something like 10 miles of skiable terrain, I am still a little too nervous to attempt the unknown without our trusted guide. B thankfully, I have plenty of time to give it another go this season.