Friday, November 25, 2011

Play, donít delay

Kids driving you crazy? Walls closing in 'cause it's cold outside? There's only one solution: Go play outside.

Peel the kids and yourself off the electronic devices and go do something real. Make a snowman or go snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, boarding or alpine skiing.

This may seem like a crazy admonishment in the nation's first destination ski resort and the place where a bunch of clever engineers invented the chairlift. But the Sun Valley area hasn't escaped the electronic age.

Every outdoor pursuit, from hunting and fishing to camping and skiing is facing a crisis of confidence because the pull of electronic pursuits is keeping people glued to glowing screens. But playing a game of "downhill racer" on a computer doesn't compare to being outdoors and sliding down a snow-slick course.

Computers don't offer the soft touch of snow on a shoulder, the swooshing thump of snow sliding from an evergreen or the feel of the brisk wind as it slips by. Computers will never inspire the transcendent feeling of a day in the snow capped off by a warm cup of cocoa in front of a hot fire.

The Sun Valley Resort will record its 75th birthday in December. Its birthday is occasion to celebrate our snowy heritage. Here it requires only that we step out and connect with the mountain peaks and the snow that blankets them. Rich or poor, tall or short, fat or thin, it matters not. The magic of a day in the snow is here for all.

The winter season is off to a good start, with cold temperatures and healthy early snow. So, get out there. Bring the kids. Invite your friends. Live it up. Yell "wahoo!" Life is short and time's a wastin'.

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