The 10 Best Things About Skiing In Deer Valley, Utah

The 10 Best Things About Skiing In Deer Valley, Utah

The adventures, dance parties, and of course epic wipeouts.
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I grew up skiing the slopes of Deer Valley, Utah. I went from Fawn Club to when I was 3, to Bambi Club when I was 4, to Reindeer Club when I was 5, and then to Adventure Club when I was 7. I was a pro as a child, what can I say. I remember my parents would drop me and my older sister off for a day filled with arts and crafts, races and obstacle courses, and hot cocoa and hot dogs. Ski School was fun, don't get me wrong. But, my favorite part of the day was when my parents picked me and my sister up a little early to ski a few slopes with them.

After a day filled with skiing with people my age, there was something so refreshing about skiing with my mom and dad, or "big people" as I used to call them. Even though I wasn't quite up to their skill level, they would make me feel like I was the best little skier on the slopes. I would pizza-style down the mountain as the rest of the family used a more elegant french fry-style. But, I was still the happiest little girl in the world (besides my knees that wanted to cry from using so much pizza on the slopes).

To this day, I still pizza down the mountain. Just kidding. Well, sometimes. I love our times in Deer Valley because it's a time full of adventures, dance parties, and of course epic wipeouts that make me want to go back each and every time. Here are the 10 best things about skiing in Deer Valley, Utah...

1. The first lift ride of the day

The first lift ride of the day is something that never gets old. Just make sure you pay attention when it's your time to go or else you'll be stranded from your family. (I would know)

2. Skiing with a playlist

Haters gon hate. But, try it. There's nothing better than jamming out to High School Musical and Taylor Swift as you ski down that double blue.

3. Burning calories and not even knowing it


Did you know you can burn up to at least 2,000 calories from 5 hours of skiing?

4. Skiing down a run you didn't think you could do

Yes, yes you did Steve Urkel.

5. LUNCHTIME

This has to be one of my favorite parts of the day (I know, I know. A little sad). But, once you've been skiing for 3 hours, it's nice to take your skis off, sit by the fire, and shove french fries down like Patrick.

6. Trying to stick that jump before taking an epic wipeout

There's nothing like a Red Cross employee showing you how to stick the landing after bruising your butt and self-esteem.

7. The feeling of taking off your ski boots

Seriosuly, no better feeling.

8. The hot tub after a long day

9. #Selfies and artsy pics

10. Going to bed before 10 pm

Deer Valley, Utah has given me some of my favorite memories with my favorite people. If you ever get the chance to visit, remember these 10 things.

Have a trip filled with adventures, dance parties, & wipeouts. 


Cover Image Credit: Joanna Cotter

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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3 Tips For Saying Goodbye For The Summer

When a few months feels like forever...

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Summertime is wonderful! You get time out of school, you can do all these fun things you've been wanting to do, and you get to spend time with your friends. Sometimes, however, your friends have to go off for the summer. Whether they're visiting family, going on vacation for a while, or even just working all the time and not able to see you, it can be hard knowing that your friend isn't gonna be around during what's supposed to be the best time of the year. You know it's temporary, but it still stinks!

Well, I've had to do this a couple of times, so I know a thing or two about dealing with your friend being gone for the summer. I hope that these tips will help your friend feel a little bit closer and the wait seem a little bit shorter:

1. Set up a scheduled system of communication.

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Call, text, email, snail mail, etc. You guys chose the easiest method of communication, and you stick to it. Knowing exactly when to expect a phone call means a lot when you miss someone. It may be difficult finding time that works for both people, but even a scheduled call one time a week is better than not even knowing when you're gonna hear from someone. You can even have a unique way to communicate. Do you like games? You can do multiplayer games online and spend time together that way. Are you old fashioned and like writing letter? Send them a letter to let them know how you are. We live in a world with so many methods of communication, so find which one helps you stay in touch.

2. Stay busy.

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I have spent my fair share mopeing around, waiting for someone to call and hoping that they'd be back soon. That is the worst way to spend your time! Instead of wasting you summer waiting by the phone, go out and do something. Spend time with other friends, go to the beach, do anything you want! Don't waste your summer trying to make time go faster; it doesn't work. Do things that'll help get your mind off of your friend being gone. It'll get easier as time goes along, so make use of the time you have.

3. Don't hold it in.

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Having your friend go off can be tough, especially if it's a person you're very close with. It's okay! You aren't being silly if you feel sad. Some people may even feel hurt, like they're being left behind. That's okay too! What isn't okay is bottling it up and not talking to someone about it. What isn't okay is taking that fear and frustration out on other people, especially the friend that's gone. Talk to someone about it. Write some journal entries about how you're feeling. Don't sit around feeling sad and lonely and left behind. Get out of your own head and realize that everything will be okay. They didn't leave you behind, you're not gonna be sad forever, and everything will be okay.

Well, I hope you have a good summer! Yeah, that person has left, but they'll be back soon. Just live your summer day by day, and they'll be back before you know it!

Good luck!

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