As the gondola approached 10,000 feet I knew I had made a mistake. I had been to the top of the mountain before, but familiarity did little to abate my fear.

The top of Mammoth Mountain is spectacular. The view of pine trees across the caldera and snow covered mountains on the horizon is almost too much for the mind to handle.

I strapped into my board and began carving cautiously along the ridge. To my left and right were vertical into double black diamond territory. I made my way over to Cornice, as I approached the lip of the slope I attempted to sit down to examine what I was about to do. But it was too late, I took off down the mountain. I attempted to sit back and slow down but I was out of control. I slid for a few hundred feet over mounds of snow and ice before coming to a stop.

Needless to say I was a bit shook up and I made my way down the rest of the mountain using a safe heel side slide. When we got to the bottom, I hesitated and then decided to try it again. As an entrepreneur I am only to familiar with the concept of failing until you succeed.

Back to the top of the mountain, over to the lip of slope and…………………………swoosh I took of again, falling harder and sliding further than the last time. I did not attempt Cornice again, but there is always next time.

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