What on earth does Avon, Colorado have to do with an amusement park? Well it actually has quite a bit to do with an amusement park. Avon is home to Beaver Creek Ski Resort, which is part of Vail resorts. Ski Resorts are like amusement parks but for the off-season. They have many of the same challenges, such as when the weather is great everyone wants to go and when it’s not well…people would rather stay in.
Vail Resorts also boast a super cool application for your iPhone called EPIC Mix, which allows users to upload photos and it also keeps track of your “stats” such as the lifts and runs you visit and how many feet you ski. The app is so cool that we started to talk about the fact that we’d really like to have an app some day for the piers, so we just had to go check it out. Well first things first, I thought, let me go get some intel on what is going on. I quickly learned that you really can’t see what’s going on; you have to experience it.
This is where it gets interesting because I have NEVER been skiing before in my life, but how hard could it be? Jack said he would teach me (this could have possibly been a mistake in hindsight).
So the next day, Jack and I took Rory for a walk just up the mountain a bit. It was great and had some pretty amazing views, so I was pumped to ski down, but I didnt know what I was getting myself into. Rory tried to knock me down…
We got all the gear on (which I had to rent, borrow and steal). Sean came down in his Spyder outfit, so of course Jack says, “Oh Spyder… makes you go faaaast!” and we all had a little laugh, then off to the mountain we went. I was under the impression that Jack was going to teach me on the ground, but nope… let’s go to the top of the mountain. Jack, Karen, Sean and myself ventured up the lift to the top of Arrowhead (at this point I saw my life flash before my eyes, but after all Jack is my boss so I just kept reminding myself, I trust him, I trust him, I think). So I made it off the ski lift and looked pretty good at the top of the mountain. See exhibit A.
We got off to a rough start, which got a little rougher, but both Jack and Sean are patient teachers. I kept falling down or nearly running into trees (see exhibit B). But we kept trying over and over again, and eventually I learned how to get myself back up and I became pretty good at falling…
At some point, Jack gave up and said, I’ll be right back I’m just going to take a few runs with Karen.
We never saw him again. I tried for a bit longer and, after making almost no progress down the hill and seeing my life flash before my eyes for the third time as a did a head over heels flip, I decided skiing may not be for me (maybe snowboarding).
I was going to walk down the rest of the way when a very nice and petite early 20ish woman, pulling a sled with a 3 year old in it stopped and asked if i needed a ride down to which I replied, “I’m fine.” She informed me that she received several calls from Ski patrol that I may need help down, so I got in the back of the sled and rode down the mountain in shame pretending to have an injury to save face. For my own ego I didn’t take any pics of the ride down.
All in all, I almost died, learned that apparently I am not good at skiing, and with the right technology any activity can make a pretty cool app. So I took away some ideas, but my question to you is, if Morey’s had an app, what would you want it to do?