Talk about going out of my comfort zone!
This past weekend I was in Aspen Colorado on our 2nd stop as a part of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol. It took me 17 hours to get there and I thought I would freeze to death as I walked off the tiny DASH-8 aircraft at the Aspen Airport. However, my thoughts about catching hypothermia quickly disappeared as I took a look around and saw how beautiful it was! It was like something out of a movie or post card.
There’s something to be said about being in a small town. Everyone was so nice and accommodating . . . from the hotel shuttle driver who helped me track down my lost luggage, to the food delivery guy who had to make two separate food runs to our hotel because I just couldn’t make up my mind, to the very happy front desk clerk who just returned from his very first Hawaiian vacation.
As you know, I’ve only had one “snow” experience in my lifetime when we took the family to Lake Tahoe three years ago. Since then I haven’t had any desire to go back. I like the idea of snow (sitting my with laptop by the fireplace as the snow falls outside) but actually being in it is another thing all together. So when I found out that the temperatures in the mountain could be in the negatives, I started having second thoughts.
When I woke up on the morning of the video shoot, I noticed two things . . . that I had a massive headache (probably due to the altitude) and that my skin felt really tight (probably due to the extreme cold). I think my warm weather skin was going into shock. Of course, I had lots of Vaseline Intensive Rescue on hand so I made sure I covered myself before I left the room.
Then we headed to Snowmass where we met up with actress Wendie Malick and celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I haven’t really met anyone famous so up close and personal. However, both of these amazing ladies were the nicest and most down to earth people you could ever hope to meet. Ms. Malick was so personable and took a real interest in our lives and how we were chosen to be a part of the Dry Skin Patrol. Dr. Wu has the most beautiful complexion in person and gave me some great skin care advice to help with my age spots. She’s even emailed me to let me know that she’s sending me some of her skin care products to try out for myself. How cool is that?
Then it was time to hit the slopes. My ambitious goal was to be able to glide down the mountain and come to a stop on the bottom by spraying everyone with snow with my graceful turn. Uh yeah . . . in my dreams. Once I actually got my skis on, all I wanted was to not fall and break a leg in front of the camera.
Luckily, we were treated to an hour-long ski lesson by some very patient ski instructors. I tried really hard to follow what they were doing, however, they wanted me to move my legs in ways that they just weren’t meant move. I can still hear them yelling to me as I went down the hill, “Pizza Wedge! Shin to boot!” We took several runs down the kiddie hill with 4 year olds whizzing past us until it was finally time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we had a real treat waiting for us. An obstacle course was set up on a little steeper hill with 4 flags that we had to maneuver around. At first I thought it was a joke. I mean, I could barely go down the hill in a straight line without taking out anyone along the way. Now I had to go side to side? I could totally see myself crashing into one of those flags and rolling down the hill into a huge snowball.
However, believe it or not I actually made several runs down the course without falling once! I was in shock! I started to think that maybe I have some kind of hidden ski talent that I just never knew about. I could see myself on the Black Diamond hill as I make the vertical trek and jumping a mogul along the way. US Ski Team . . . here I come! And then my bubble burst when I started to slip backward down the hill with no way of stopping. I helpless screamed for help until our still cameraman, Patrick, came to my rescue. As far as I was concerned, my Olympic dreams were over.
Seriously, being on the slopes was the most coolest experience ever. I am so glad that I decided to step out of my comfort zone and participate in the Dry Skin Patrol’s mission to deliver one million great skin days this winter. The kindness of everyone on the production team – Unilever, Alcone, M Booth, Rocket XL, EventNet, Time Inc, and the film crew – has been amazing. The beauty of Aspen was breathtaking. And my skin has never looked or felt better – warm weather or cold.
Michael (Rocket XL), Me, Brian (Unilever), Laurie (Guessing All The Way), Stephanie (Alcone), Katie (M Booth)
So what’s next? We’re off to the Polar Bear Plunge in NYC on New Year’s Day to brave the icy cold waters at Coney Island! Send warm thoughts!
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I am being compensated by Vaseline for my travel time.
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