Hitting the Slopes with the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol

vaseline mission

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.

aspen town 2

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.

aspen town

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.

aspen mountain

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.

aspen kai

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?

aspen wendie

aspen team

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.

aspen 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.

aspen instructors

aspen ski

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.

aspen course
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.

aspen team 2

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!

Go Team Vaseline!

aspen backs

Follow along with the Dry Skin Patrol on the Official Vaseline Facebook page. While you’re there enter to  win a trip to one of these amazing places!

I am being compensated by Vaseline for my travel time.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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12 Responses to “Hitting the Slopes with the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol”
  1. 1

    Go Kailani!!!!! I live in Maine, yet I’ve never been skiing. Tubing is scary enough for me!
    .-= groovyoldlady´s last blog ..Mediocrity Strikes Again =-.

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    Oh my, it looks like you had quite the adventure. So glad that I finally met you in NYC at BlogHer. Can not wait to see what they have in store for you during the Polar Bear Plunge.
    .-= TheAngelForever´s last blog ..A serious note to my readers =-.

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    xenia says:

    Yay for Kailani! I have been patiently waiting for an update, I’m so glad to hear that this stop on the trip went well, too. Even though I’ve spent plenty of time in snow, skiing definitely isn’t one of my things, so I’m highly impressed that you managed to accomplish what you did on your first time out. You’re just an all-weather gal… except I’m sure the Hawaii temps are calling you.

    Good luck on the Polar Bear Plunge, that’s going to be a crazy experience!
    .-= xenia´s last blog ..RedEnvelope Night Before Christmas Activity Kit Review =-.

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    Krista says:

    Oh, I’m so jealous of you getting to ski in Colorado!!! Glad you had so much fun!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Oh Christmas Tree =-.

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    Franziska says:

    Cool pictures and a nice blog. very interesting stories. is it kind of a promotion job you were doing in aspen for vaseline?
    .-= Franziska´s last blog ..Mobilfunk Highlights im Oktober =-.

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    Lauralee Hensley says:

    Colorado air is usually drying on the skin. We don’t have the humidity like the costal states do.
    We age here faster, really we do. We’re closer to the sun and we get wind.

  7. 7

    I love skiing. I’m scared to death of heights, but for some reason, I love skiing. Sadly, my condition prevents me from going up to the mountains to ski, so I can’t do it anymore. :( I’m glad you got to try this. New and exciting things are always great to do as we get “older” – take risks and don’t worry about “failing.” Learning is the key, and that always makes it a “win-win” situation. Looking forwarding to reading about your polar bear plunge!
    .-= Desert Songbird´s last blog ..She Lives! =-.

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    @kariellen says:

    What you didn’t say was that you were the ONLY one to complete the course! How’s that for someone who has only seen snow once and claims to be so not athletic. You missed your calling – but it is never too late. I know you want to run with me in Central Park… I know you do… I know you do… (if I say it enough times will you actually do it with me?
    Love you!
    .-= @kariellen´s last blog ..Timex Timeless Originals Review &amp Giveaway =-.

  9. 9
    lei says:

    Wow laulau, you go girl! When you get to NYC, you have to kaukau at Clinton St. Baking Company and get the pancakes!!!!! :)

  10. 10
    jessie says:

    Skiing is the one I luv. As going through your blog you are more eventful lady in an island… good posts

  11. 11
    Tom Ewer says:

    Reading that has made me miss skiing! Looks like you had good fun though. By the way, if you don’t fall over, you’re not trying hard enough ;-)

  12. 12
    Daly says:

    We used to have enough snow around here, but this year has been absolutely dry. I remember playing in the snow all day long, and today – all we get is a little bit of morning frost. I sure miss it when I see your pictures.

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