Sunday, April 15, 2018

Last Resort

by Sasha

Finishing all the resorts for this year felt great! So this year was are goal to hit all 14 resorts in Utah with my fifth grade yeti pass.The first resort we went to was Snowbird for my first ski team race. Next was then Park City for another race then another race at Sundance then me my brother, mom, and grandparents went to Powder, Snowbasin and Nordic Valley. Then another race at Brian Head and then we went to all of the other resorts just for fun days. We mostly got powder on some of them.

My favorite resorts we went were Powder Mountain, Beaver, Sundance, and Deer Valley. Those were some of my favorites because I got to ski with my family on them and sometimes I didn't have races so we were just skiing for fun and they had good food.

Here are some pictures from the resorts (captions by Mom).

Of course, our year started at Sundance!
Happiness is kids who aren't afraid of "experts only" signs!
Sasha racing on her home turf
WanYing racing at Sundance
It was a rough season, but worth it (this is WanYing's race group hiking out of Bishop's)
Next stop: Snowbird
Sasha at a YSL GS race
And some beautiful free-skiing with Sasha afterwards
Park City
WanYing races GS
Two great-looking race gals at the bottom!
President's Day at Brighton
The snow almost stopped us from being able to get up the canyon, but we were determined to get up there!
A weekend in northern Utah. First stop, Nordic Valley
Mommy-Sasha selfie
A powder day at Powder Mountain
Sasha gets some pre-race pow
Race day at Snowbasin
Hanging out to watch the races
Sasha finishing her GS run
Ben free skiing
Deer Valley
Our namesake run
Fab Deer Valley powder
Jamie and Jonny Moseley at Deer Valley (it was a different day, but just had to throw that in!)
A southern Utah trip to Eagle Point...
...and Brian Head
WanYing finishes her slalom run at the YSL championships
Catching some runs at Brian Head
Up to Logan to check out Cherry Peak
The girls enjoyed deep fried Oreos!
Day 2 in Logan: Beaver Mountain
Fresh snow at Beaver!
Solitude
Baby's first cliff
Finishing up the season with spring skiing at Alta
Cecret Lake sure looks different in the winter!
Mom catches some turns
Ying skis the steeps
A beautiful end to a great season! If we could have this much fun in a crappy snow year, just think of how much we could have in a good year!!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Qualtrics X4 Summit 2018

I did it! I survived the Qualtrics X4 Summit 2018! And I think I'm almost recovered...

It's such a joy to be a part of a company that puts on such an astonishing, inspiring event. And such an honor to get to show off our products to 7,000 of our customers and prospects - and in the process also get to hear from Ariana Huffington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Duckworth, Tony Hawk, and so many more deep thinkers with amazing stories. It was a heck of a week up in Salt Lake City.

I know you've been wondering how big a stage and room has to be to host 7,000 people. The answer is - really big. Here's a photo of me practicing our session from only halfway back - the room was twice this deep! And the screen was simply dazzling.

Cramming in the green room the night before our mainstage presentations
It was such a joy to get to present our products to so many clients and prospects!
Qualtrics Text Analysis, my pride and joy

This year I purposed to attend all of the mainstage presentations and it was an amazing experience. Usually I'm so busy and exhausted prepping sessions that I don't get to enjoy the luminaries we bring in to learn from. This year I said - no way! Here's me and several of my close coworkers enjoying the mainstage.

And we never miss the Qualtrics concert! This year it was... Maroon 5! So fun, so entertaining, and we had such great seats. An excellent payoff for a very full week's work.


But wait, there's more! The capstone to every X4 Summit is ski day and this year's was the most amazing ever. Through some polite and persistent asking, I was able to be one of the Qualtrics ski buddies for our Future of Experience Management crew which meant...

...I got to ski all day with Jonny Moseley!!!!

Now... if you don't know who Jonny Moseley is, shame on you. We need to hang out and ski together more. Jonny is the 1998 gold medalist in Olympic Moguls and he is amazing. We skied bumps. all. day.

I'm still sore.
The faithful few who made it to the end of our amazing ski day!
We couldn't bear to break for lunch, so we had a picnic on the snow!
Check out this class act - even replying to my thank-you tweet!

It was an amazing, exhausting, fantastic, crazy week. I'm so proud of Qualtrics and the experiences we were able to give our customers - it really is an all-in effort for the whole company to pull off a conference this amazing. When the going gets tough, we show just what we're made of.

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