Jonesy is not backing down. He’s facing cancer head on, albeit with a dose of humility.
Yesterday we skied GoGo Gully, aka Y3. I got the sign last year but hadn’t skied it yet. The danger sign isn’t window dressing. GoGo Gully is the steepest line I’ve ever skied. Freaking steep. I was nervous starting out. But then I saw Jonesy looking up at me. He’s always given me a sense of calm in steep and gnarly terrain. I got nervous later down the line, but it helped knowing he wasn’t far ahead of me.
Watch him ski Eden in this video. They opened Eden last year, it’s super steep. The snow is deep — which makes it even more challenging. You can tell how steep it is by how far he drops when he makes a turn. Does this look like a guy who’s giving in, who’s afraid? Not to me it doesn’t. This is a guy who’s living, who’s looking at cancer and saying, “not today, hombre”.
Jonesy showed me how to ski with my hands. It’s a great hack, but skiing is wide of the mark in the big picture of life.
The hacks I’m getting from him now have more depth, they’re deeply meaningful — like how to be brave and strong. That when you have a weak hand, double down. I’m watching, I’m listening.