Douglas Greenberg Hits the Slopes!
Douglas Greenberg, based in Portland, Oregon, is an accomplished financial advisor with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Economics, Banking, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Dallas. Douglas acts in a Fiduciary capacity and has developed a stellar reputation for his extensive expertise in investment planning, retirement planning, and risk management. He is committed to delivering personalized financial solutions that align with his clients’ unique goals and values. In his leisure time, Douglas enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his family through skiing, boating, hiking, and beachside relaxation, as well as volunteering at local charities.
What is your hobby?
I really enjoy downhill skiing and have skied all over the world. I still have yet to ski in Europe or New Zealand!
How did you get started with it?
As a family, we frequently took ski vacations while I was growing up. However, I went many years without skiing until I moved to the Pacific Northwest, where I discovered several fantastic ski resorts just 90 minutes away. I reintroduced skiing into my life, and as my two boys grew up, I also introduced them to this exhilarating sport, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Now that my boys are older, our annual ski trip has become a cherished tradition that we all look forward to each year.
Tell us what you love about it
It is the freedom of floating on air, surrounded by beautiful scenery while breathing in the fresh mountain air. And the mountain is only 90 minutes from my house! I have been fortunate that my career has allowed me the opportunity to be able to ski.
What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?
There is a minimum amount of equipment that is necessary to get started skiing. Skis, poles, a helmet, ski boots, and goggles for the gear. I keep it simple by wearing layers given the weather conditions. My ski bib and jacket are both a shell, with layers below.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?
REI, Arcteryx, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Evo, Portland Outdoors, Amazon, Mountain Shop
How much money have you invested into it, and how much should a beginner invest to get started?
There is a minimum amount of equipment that is necessary to get started skiing. Skis, poles, a helmet, ski boots, and goggles for the gear. I keep it simple by managing the clothes layers given the weather conditions. My ski bib and jacket are both a shell, with layers below. The first layer is a Capilene baselayer that wicks moisture and stays dry, Next is a wool midweight jersey. Then a heavier wool sweater. I normally also include an Arcteryx vest to make sure my core stays warm. Under my helmet, I wear a balaclava to stay warm and protect my face from the cold and wind. And, finally, I use a pair of Black Diamond gloves that have a Gore-Tex lining.
Are there any good books for beginners interested in your hobby?
“The Skier’s Edge” by Ron LeMaster
“The All-Mountain Skier” by R. Mark Elling
“Ultimate Skiing” by Ron LeMaster
“Skiing for Dummies” by Allen St. John
“Skiing: A Beginner’s Guide” by Vivienne Crow
“Skiing Without Fear: For Beginners, Intermediates and Experts
Are there any online videos you recommend to help beginners?
“Learn How to Ski Basics Beginner Tutorial” by SkiAddiction
“Ski School – Beginner – Turn Basics” by Elate Media
“How to Stop on Skis for Beginners” by Ski.com
“Skiing Tips for Beginners: Get Up Like a Pro” by Ski School App
“10 Beginner Ski Tips – First Time Skiing” by Ski School App
And, of course, any film by Warren Miller is a must-see!
How has your hobby changed your life?
Skiing is an exhilarating outdoor activity that can provide a sense of freedom, challenge, and adventure. It can offer an opportunity to disconnect from daily routines and immerse oneself in nature while also developing physical fitness and technical skills.
Skiing can also offer mental benefits such as reducing stress, boosting mood, and increasing self-confidence. The sense of accomplishment and overcoming challenges, such as mastering a new technique or tackling a difficult run, can provide a sense of satisfaction and pride.
I have found that skiing can be a transformative experience that enhances physical, mental, and social well-being. It can help to foster a love of nature and the outdoors, and provide opportunities for personal growth and adventure.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Just do it!
1. Take lessons: It is important to learn the correct technique and form from the beginning to prevent injuries and build a solid foundation for your skiing skills. Consider taking lessons from a certified ski instructor who can teach you the basics and guide you through your progress.
2. Start small: Begin with easier slopes and gradually work your way up to more challenging terrain as you gain confidence and improve your skills. Don’t be afraid to take breaks and rest when you need it.
3. Dress appropriately: Dress in layers and wear waterproof and windproof outerwear to stay warm and dry. Wear a helmet to protect your head in case of falls.
4. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to other skiers and snowboarders around you, follow the rules of the mountain, and be aware of potential hazards such as trees, rocks, and icy patches.
5. Stay hydrated and fueled: Skiing is a physically demanding activity, so make sure to drink plenty of water and eat nutritious snacks or meals to keep your energy levels up.
6. Have fun: Skiing is an enjoyable activity that can provide a sense of adventure and freedom. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes or fall, and remember to enjoy the experience.