Ski instructor makes long commute

MEEKER -- Clark Urie's ancestors settled in the Meeker area, and for years, his fascination with the area caused him to dream about moving here.

Urie and his wife, Sharon, moved to Meeker in 2000 when they had the opportunity to buy a property they've transformed into what they call their Flying U guest house.

"Every year, I would travel through and plan for the day we could move here," Urie said.

Urie, a musician, composer and ski instructor, remodeled the property at 223 Main Street in Meeker to resemble a ranch.

"We came here with a five-year plan, and so far we've accomplished our goals," Urie said.

The couple did all the labor themselves including the cement and roof work. The Uries have three cottages with kitchenettes and have rooms in their house to rent to travelers. Room rates vary by season. One unique item the Uries offer their guests is a full-service gym.

"We thought it would be a nice service to share with our guests," Urie said.

Urie has been a ski instructor for 18 years at Deer Valley Resort in Utah. For 11 years, Urie was a part of the Deer Valley Synchronized Ski team and later was the coach. He traveled from there to Vail to compete for four years. His team was the top in the world. The event drew the best technical skiers from around the world.

"Swiss teams, several teams from Germany and Canada came there to compete," he said.

He describes synchronized skiing as technical, graceful and sort of like dancing on skis.

He has continued to travel to Deer Valley during the past four years to work, partly because he has built a clientele during the years and partly because of the money.

"I make my living teaching people how to ski, but it is hard to be away from my family," he said.

Sharon Urie said he is thinking of cutting back.

" He loves skiing so much, I don't see that happening for a while," she said.

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