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Ski Mom Conquers Fear of Heights by Skiing Whistler Blackcomb’s Gnarliest Steeps

Age — and a fear of heights — don't stop this ski mom from shredding some of Whistler Blackcomb's steepest lines in this feel-good edit.

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This one’s for all the ski moms out there.

I suspect YouTuber James Pavelick (a.k.a. Rise & Alpine) knew what he was doing when he took his 60-year-old mother, Sally, for a trip to the slopes. Despite her fear of heights, Sally has decided to finally try some of the more precipitous slopes at Whistler Blackcomb.

She manages Saudan Couloir (45-degree steeps) with aplomb, Spanky’s Ladder with not-great vis, and hardly a hint of the fear that supposedly kept her away from it for so long. Between the frequent cries of jubilation and “I love it!” shrieks, Sally certainly seems to enjoy herself. “That was a great run,” she concludes matter-of-factly after making it down Saudan’s.

“It goes to show that you can continue to improve and challenge yourself at any age,” Pavelick wrote. “Way to go, mom!”

Watching this, you’ll feel the joy, too — and probably want to hit the slopes immediately.

Runtime: 11 minutes

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