Elkins Dental - February 2020




Family Time on the Slopes

I started snowboarding a few years ago, so as everyone else clips into their skis, I’m strapping on my snowboard to navigate the slopes. My brother, Russ, inspired me to give snowboarding a try a few years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. I’ll admit that the first couple of seasons involved a lot of face-planting.The first time I went with Russ, he wanted to give my snowboard a try. We swapped, and I caught an edge almost immediately and went into the snow face first. Wrist protectors were, and still are, a must to avoid any injuries. (That wouldn’t be good in my line of work!)

W ith 2020 being a leap year, we’re gifted with an “extra” day in February, and I know just how I’m going to spend it: hitting the slopes at Bogus Basin with Beth and our kids. It’s something we try to do at least once a year as a family, and now that all the kids are old enough to hop on skis or snowboards, it’s a fun way to spend quality time together. Beth and I usually start the day off with the kids on the bunny slopes, then I’ll venture out to some of the bigger runs. Russell and Anna have gotten good enough on their skis to where they want to go on more challenging runs, so it’ll be fun to show them some new sections of the mountain and see them progress. Beth skis as well, and she has been pretty content to stay with the kids on the bunny slopes, though she has mentioned that she wants to start venturing on some of the other runs this year. Now that the kids are good enough, she’s ready for the next challenge herself.

Thankfully, I’ve learned a bit since those first few times and can do a proper fall and mostly stay out of my own way. It’s been a fun learning experience, and I really enjoy the views from the top of the mountain. At this point in my life, I’m not much of a daredevil, so while I don’t think I’ll ever seek out big air on the jumps, it feels great to be more confident on a snowboard. I’m looking forward to getting better this year and going on some of the bigger runs. It sounds like it’s going to be a growing year for all of us as far as our ski and snowboarding skills are concerned, doesn’t it? It’s pretty great that we have a mountain so close by to practice on. I love seeing our whole family have fun outside and share an activity that brings us all joy. So, what will you do with your extra 24 hours this month? Whatever it is, I hope you make the most of it! –Dr. Elkins

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