Woody Allen, in his Oscar-winning film “Annie Hall,” memorably told Diane Keaton: “Relationships are like a shark. They have to keep moving forward, or they die.” Likewise, life is a continuum, a series of events that either keep us engaged or frustrate us.
Skiing and snowboarding can be seen in the same light. Even though I’m no longer the skier I once was — yes, Father Time catches up to all of us — I still enjoy the challenge of pushing myself, to see what my body and my surgically repaired hips and back can do as I carve my way into my sixth decade. Each day out is another test, and as a favorite college professor once told me, “Another chance to excel.”
Peter “Webbie” Weber, the snowsports director at Waterville Valley Ski Resort for the past 17 years and an instructor for 34 years, said he knows how I feel.
“Because I’ve been at this for so long, and have been a teacher and lifelong learner myself, the best piece of advice is always the last one I’ve just received,” said Weber. “It’s rare that I don’t hear something or pick something up, almost on a daily basis, that sparks my inner learner and teacher and makes me feel like I’ve never skied better.”