Peter Shelton

The Education of a Ski Instructor, Part Four

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on November 1, 2012

Hard to believe these days – and maybe even harder to believe in the free-love years of the early 1970s – but our secret affair, mine and E.’s at Keystone, was platonic, right up until the day she drove east near the end of that winter. (more…)

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The Education of a Ski Instructor, Part Three

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on October 11, 2012

There were other gurus at Keystone that winter besides the comely E.

A ski shop employee, a lifer prone to heartfelt clichés, told me, “Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.” At the time, the metaphor was new (to me anyway), and I thought it was brilliant.

A ski-school friend, another apprentice, liked to punctuate conversation with a staccato laugh and the phrase, “Are you skidding me?” (more…)

The Education of a Ski Instructor, Part Two

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on October 4, 2012

She was the queen of the ski school. Already Stage 1 certified. Married to the supervisor. But more to the point to my apprentice-instructor’s eye, elegant.

Elegant the way she filled out her over-the-boot stretch pants. Elegant the way she arrived at lineup in the morning, rocking with that heel-and-toe motion of walking in ski boots. (more…)