In addition to Aspen, She suggests Vail -- it has enormous intermediate back bowls with great tree skiing for advanced, and plenty of beginner terrain; Beaver Creek, with less crowds that mean a beginner is not intimidated and an expert isn't hampered, and North Lake Tahoe (Squaw Valley), which also has easier terrain at elevations with pretty views, and expert terrain that includes opportunity for expert-like things like cliff-jumping.

Ragged Mountain, skiers and riders have an incredible view of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding hills.

But then he did the simple smart thing: he offered to hold my hand. So I clutched his hand and we went sailing down the slope.

Adult chat hill snow video

"It's what's happening in your mind that's holding you back." I was intrigued by this theory, and so I rang up John Eliot a performance psychologist and consultant, on sabbatical from Rice University, to get his take.

You can hear more from our chat here, but he agreed with Bokrum.

Adult ski students have several hurtles to overcome -- it is simply harder to learn a new physical skill as an adult, it takes more time and more repetition to get new moves down, he said.

But a combination of a fear of death, a fear of looking like a fool, and, most damaging of all, impatience (what do you mean I can't learn this before lunch?

I noticed first that I was no longer focused on getting this over with. On the gondola on the way down at the end of the day, John pronounced me a level 2.5.

"In terms of physical ability, you're a level 3," he told me -which would mean I'd be ready to take green runs on my own.

(As an aside, readers familiar might wonder what I was doing at Snowmass, since Buttermilk has long been the "learning mountain" in those parts.

It still is, but this season Snowmass opened its Elk Camp Mountain Learner's Area, a dedicated space up in the mountain that completely isolated from the other ski runs, so there's no chance of an expert whizzing by and freaking you out.

It started creeping in a little around the edges months before, from the moment I first decided that I would learn to ski, damnit, once and for all, and put the trip on the calendar.