Staying young on the slopes
After nearly 40 years of skiing, Sunlight Mountain Resort instructor Larry Eggers is still learning a thing or two from his students.”I enjoy teaching children – they’re open to anything,” said Eggers, a 60-year-old Glenwood Springs resident who also teaches computer courses part-time at Colorado Mountain College. “I was teaching one kid and I told him, ‘you’re doing perfect,” and another boy said ‘He can’t be perfect. Only Jesus Christ is.'”A father and grandfather, Eggers knows the effect children can have on a person. He and his wife, Linda, moved to Colorado from California in the early ’80s so their kids could experience life in the mountains.
“We lived in Parker when we first moved to Colorado,” said Eggers, who married his wife in 1968. “Mostly we wanted the kids to go to better schools.”Before majoring in computers at the University of Washington, Eggers served in the Air Force and was stationed in Everett, Wash. The Elmhurst, Ill., native, who retired from the Glenwood software development company CQG in 1999, now spends most of his time outdoors.”I bike big time in the summer – I’m more of a road bicyclist,” said Eggers, who has taught both skiing and snowboarding at Sunlight for the last seven years. “Hiking and biking is great cross-training for skiing. Get those legs in shape and just keep fit.” Eggers said he has been skiing since his early 20s, but likes to snowboard just as much.
“I love them both,” he said. “I enjoy variety.”Teaching is also a passion for Eggers.”I look for people with positive attitudes,” he said. “That’s who I enjoy teaching.”Andrew Heltzel, Sunlight’s marketing and sales director, said life experience is what makes Eggers, and the 10 percent of instructors at the local mountain over 50, valuable.
“We like that because of all the experience and local knowledge they bring to the table,” Heltzel said. “That’s the kind of information you can’t buy.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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