Chris Burns: Learning to ski at Winter Park
December 12, 2011
To the Editor:
I enjoyed your piece on the Hall of Fame trails at Winter Park (Dec. 2 Sky-Hi News).
When I was a child I was introduced to skiing by Bill Wilson. We had moved to the Winter Park / Fraser Valley when I was 7. My mom worked in real estate for the same firm that Bill Wilson’s wife worked for. When she (her name escapes me) learned that my brother and I had never skied, even though my father worked at the ski area (and didn’t ski either), she sent us to the ski area with instructions to find Bill.
We found Bill standing outside the Balcony House, and he quickly set us up with free rental gear and lessons. For the rest of that season I sought out Bill every weekend morning that my parents would drive me to the hill and he would put me in the appropriate ski lesson.
Once I was somewhat proficient, Bill loaned my brother and I ski equipment for the next two years since my parents couldn’t afford it. I thank Bill Wilson for my love of skiing.
Mission Viejo, Calif.