One of the first things you learn when coaching young kids is the art of the People Slalom. Essentially it’s a DIY slalom course using people as gates in a somewhat orderly, snakelike procession down the hill. For kids just learning the game, a comparative grown-up goes first, marking an x where each person should ...

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One day—one great run, one satisfying race, one smiling afternoon with friends, one spirit-lifting chairlift ride when you forget your troubles on the ground—is all it takes. We are such suckers for this sport. Each of us is one run away from being out of a rut. The hard part is believing in between those runs.

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