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How To Be In Love. Really, Truly In Love.

How To Be In Love. Really, Truly In Love.

Posted by Kate Howe on Saturday, August 18, 2012

In love without attachment. How can I be really truly in love without being attached?

I've been wandering around this question for years, reluctant to let go of the idea of “being in love” for the more noble goal of developing Bodhicitta. I felt often at war with these concepts, unwilling to let go of my desire to be in a loving relationship, to feel and to be loved, while developing compassion for all sentient beings.

I don’t think that these things are mutually exclusive. I think that you can love and be loved while being free from attachment to the person you love and to the concept of love itself.

And once you are there, the act of loving and being loved is pure, free from wanting and taking. I think in order to get there, you have to examine closely what it means to be loved, to give love. What love is and why it is necessary.

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Balance is Found Right on the Edge of Risk.

Balance is Found Right on the Edge of Risk.

Posted by Kate Howe on June 6, 2013

Today, I was in class, and I was working on balancing my body up on my hands in this ridiculous posture, bhudjipidasana. Dylan, the teacher, is helping me progress from the first step to the second step. The lovely thing about this posture is that while it takes strength to stay up there on your hands, the posture is more about balance as you move from one position to another.

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Skiing the Failed Mountain

Skiing the Failed Mountain

Posted by Kate Howe on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

(note: Several people have commented that they don't like the name of this post... and I have to agree. But every time I try to title it, I can't really come up with something better. I think of failure not as a bad thing, but as a diagnostic tool. I did fail here in the overall picture, I didn't make the team. But along the way, there were so many successes... not the least of which was coming back and loving this place even more now. So I suppose "failed" in this instance would be with a wink and a nod.)

I'm in Utah right now, skiing in Snowbird. It wasn't until I stood in the tram and watched the terrain rolling away below me that I realized I haven't been here since tryouts two years ago. As the tram rocked and swayed, I couldn't help but think of all of the memories I have made at this place and all of the wonderful people I have skied with on this mountain. All the times I've tried really hard, booted out, crashed, got stuck...

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How Do I Move My Edge Forward So I'm Always Pushing Myself?

How Do I Move My Edge Forward So I'm Always Pushing Myself?

Posted by Kate Howe on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

You might have to take a running leap off your emotional or mental edge to make a change, like getting to class in the first place.

I had a friend email me the other day after I wrote the post about looking over your edge but not jumping off of it.

He asked to some extent, "What about moving your edge, so you are always pushing yourself?" Another friend asked something like "What about re-evaluating your boundaries and deciding if you want to move your edge?"

I thought those were good questions. And I think they have the same answer.

If you practice the right way, your edge moves itself.

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Make a Different Choice

Make a Different Choice

Posted by Kate Howe - Friday, November 30, 2012

This morning, I ran into a friend of mine. She is feeling sad and stressed. She made a big life decision to move to Aspen and try something adventurous and difficult. (She's in the wellness industry).

Its not working out as well as she had imagined. She imagined that coming here by invitation, she would have a safe space to land, to plant roots and begin to forge relationships and grow.

Aspen is a tough place. Its expensive, its a super small town with an international and nomadic population. The wellness industry is saturated here. There are SO many practitioners of all kinds of wellness here, and many of that huge population are also really talented at what they do. Because of that it takes a REALLY long time, even if you are super talented, to make a living with steady clientele, even if you work at it full time.

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Following Ernest Shackelton's Footsteps... on Skis!

Following Ernest Shackelton's Footsteps... on Skis!

Two years ago, I became obsessed with Ernest Shackleton and the incredible journey he undertook to save the stranded crew of his doomed trans-antarctic expedition.

As we drove from Santiago to Ushuaia on a ski mountaineering trip in 2015, scouting locations for this year's Chile/Argentina Volcano Road Trip Madness (Happening this September 16-28, 2017 (sign up now!), my partner and I read aloud obsessively from Shackleton’s diary, “South”, devouring the story, and becoming more and more inspired by the perseverance and dedication to survival these men displayed.

Today, I am excited to have been selected as a member of the South Georgia Island Ski Expedition.

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Through The Bottle Neck of Frustration and into Understanding.

Through The Bottle Neck of Frustration and into Understanding.

Posted by Kate Howe - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This is my favorite part. The deadline is near, the training is intense. The opportunities for lessons learned are everywhere. The vehicle to those lessons is the skiing. But the lessons learned are all round the skiing.

I have been working on something specific, trying to make a change in my skiing that is apparently really hard for me to make. It's been three months of work to try to deepen my understanding.

I really enjoy this part of the learning process, and I was lucky enough to have about three weeks of dedicated training in which to diagnose the problem, train towards changing the movement, check my understanding, refocus my diagnosis, refine the movement. This meant drilling at slow speeds on groomed easy runs, which for me is the fun part! Yay!

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First in a new video series is LIVE!

First in a new video series is LIVE!

Hi !
It's done, it's done! Inspired by the awesome, dedicated, hard working Level One Candidates I've been working with this season as an Examiner at PSIA-RM, I've been working on this new video series for weeks, and the first one is up!

Fundamentals of Skiing: Fore/Aft Balance, Part One: Stance is finished filming, editing and is now up on my website! Parts two and three coming soon!

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You Hereby Have Permission To Forgive Yourself.

You Hereby Have Permission To Forgive Yourself.

Published on 12/11/12 - Skiing in the Shower - Kate Howe

I was working with some pros the other day in early season training, and we were talking about the idea of meeting someone where they needed to be met.

One of the people in the clinic, (we'll call him Fred, but that's not his name) has been teaching on Aspen Mountain for almost forty years. He has a depth of experience with customers that is awesome, he builds relationships beautifully, he is well respected in the ski school.

One day, about twenty five years ago, Fred had a customer whom he couldn't connect with. He tried several different things, and none of them seemed to work. He passed the client on to another pro, who was very successful with her.

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Come to Exotic Switzerland where it's DUMPING snow

Come to Exotic Switzerland where it's DUMPING snow

Hi there, intrepid Skiing Enthusiast!

Weems Westfeldt and I just finished coaching with Tom Crumb at his amazing camp, the Magic of Skiing, and, as usual, it was an incredibly transformative week. Trip report and information for next season coming on that one. If you've never been to Magic, it is a ski experience like none other!

During Magic, our Swiss trip grew! We have a group of wonderful folks who have decided to come along with us to Switzerland, and all that's missing is YOU!

With just a little over four weeks to go, it's exciting to know that it is DUMPING in Wengen, and there is more BIG SNOW in the forecast! Wengen and the Jungfrau region are simply magical no matter the snow conditions, and it looks like Old Man Winter is making up for lost time in Switzerland, despite the slow start this year, it looks like we may be in for some all time epic conditions.

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The Luge Run of Death and other Whistler Adventures.

The Luge Run of Death and other Whistler Adventures.

While I was up in Whistler, I had the wonderful opportunity to go out touring with Marilyn Manso, an incredible local legend who has been touring the back and side country long enough to know every tree shot and aspect from Flute all the way to Cowboy Ridge and probably beyond.

I love to go out touring! It is the strangest experience, usually, we are in for a mixed bag of weird goods that you are not sure you will ski well because your legs are toast from walking up the mountain.

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Skiing on a Trampoline, off of a Cat in B.C... my life is charmed, I'm pretty sure.

Skiing on a Trampoline, off of a Cat in B.C... my life is charmed, I'm pretty sure.

Gettin' my bounce on in Squamish. (photo by Powder Mountain. Gear by Strafe, POC, Leki)

At the very end of my trip, I got to go cat skiing with Powder Mountain. And one of the best parts was... I got to take a friend! We were close to going in the helicopter... but the reason I had extended the trip was because of this huge storm that was coming in. The temperature plummeted and the snow started piling up, 20-40cm a night for several nights in a row.

Because of the cold temps, the snow was epically light and very very deep. Since my friend Blayne lives there and has his own truck, we opted out of the shuttle that leaves right from the Gone Bakery in Whistler Village. My big fat powder skis hadn't come yet, so I demoed a pair of Rossignol Super 7s just to see what other companies are doing in ski design. I had heard a lot about these skis, so I was eager to try them out.

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Jordan's Story: Learning to Ski Powder in BC

Jordan's Story: Learning to Ski Powder in BC

Hi there !

It's been dumping in Aspen for two weeks, the trees are entombed and the powder is deep! It can be so tempting and so frustrating at the same time. Newsfeeds on social media are full of people bouncing effortlessly through the epic powder. But for those who haven't spent time in powder, who haven't had a couple of powder lessons, it can be intensely intimidating and frustrating.

I wanted to share with you some experiences of some of the folks I ski with who are determined to ski their way to bliss, to overcome their frustrations and fears in the powder.

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What's Holding YOU Back: Cindy's Story

What's Holding YOU Back: Cindy's Story

Hi! Happy 2017, What a season it’s been… and it’s only January! Aspen woke up this morning to almost three feet of cold, light, fluffy, fresh snow! We are buried here and loving it!

It’s been a whirlwind season already and there’s so much more to come. Over the course of the season, I’d like to share with you moments that happen which really impact myself and the folks I ski with. The big wow, I call it. It happened again yesterday when Cindy Cornett finally overcome her fear of powder. Here's her story:

In 2009, Cindy broke her ankle skiing in powder. Ever since then, she’s been really afraid that lurking under every bump or powder pillow there is another injury waiting for her. Here’s the kicker:

That means that this avid adventurous woman suddenly found herself relegated to groomed slopes on days when it was easier to see. And she was sad about it.

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katehowe.com launches!

katehowe.com launches!

Hi there!

Thanks for being a reader at skiingintheshower.com! Things are evolving, and I'm excited to continue sharing the journey from a new platform.

At katehowe.com you will find this blog, as well as links to NEW and exciting materials as they become available! Videos, tips, tricks, stories, text books and more are at the new site, and everything is going to be updated from there moving forward. Please sign up at the new website to continue receiving posts directly to your inbox!

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