WARREN, Vermont ??вЂќ The color of hope is white, according to Ann Taylor. When the 53-year-old physical therapist and ski instructor was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1994 she discovered one way to fight the disease was to continue skiing the mountains surrounding her Salt Lake City home.
“I just continued skiing,” said Taylor who now lives in Burlington and is a ski instructor at Sugarbush. (Skiing) is such a joyful experience; I call it fun therapy.”
Taylor’s experience fighting the disease using skiing as a way to overcome the depression that comes with the diagnosis is the crux of her “Adventures in Living” weekend being held this Saturday and Sunday at Sugarbush Resort. The two-day event is open to all who have been touched by cancer and is a weekend devoted to fun, adventure, sharing, love and support. It includes skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and meditation sessions lead by a Shambhala Tibetan Buddhist. There will also be coaching sessions from world-renowned adventure skier John Egan.
“It’s that empowerment process; that’s what the weekend is about,” says Taylor about Adventures in Living. “We use the mountain as a metaphor for overcoming fear, finding our joys and passions, and discovering the healing power of the outdoors.”
The Adventures in Living weekend kicks-off this Friday night with a welcome reception at the Sugarbush Inn and runs through Sunday evening. The cost for the entire weekend, including lodging, lifts and coaching, is $399. Call 800_53_SUGAR to reserve a space.