When I was little, my Dad insisted that we ski first chair to last chair if we went at all. Hill opened around 9:30 am and closed at 4:0pm, so that gave us about 6-7 hours of skiing in a good day. Most of the time was spent waiting in line or freezing on the chairlift, as the main chair was a 2 person Riblet. Lines took about 15-20 minutes, then another 15 minutes to get to the top, and then about 10 - 12 minutes down. We averaged about 1 run an hour (and what a beautiful run it was), so we'd get 7 runs in a 7 hour day. (14,000-20,000 vertical).
Today, with fast chairs and 6 person detachable lifts, I can ski 3 runs per hour at my home resort (different one than where I grew up). And our ski resort is open longer - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm gives 8 hours of skiing. If I focus, I could probably get 20 runs done in a good day.
Anyways, I usually ski 6.5-7 hours today, 8:30 am to 3 or 3:30pm today. When I leave, all of the cars around mine are different than the ones that were there in the morning, or there are a lot of empty spots. I'm thinking that 7 hours in a day of skiing is above average, and curious to know how much you ski in a day.
Edited by Montana Skier - 10/13/12 at 9:20am