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post #1 of 17
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Who else has this problem?

 

When the end of the ski season approaches, as it is doing now, I tend to look forward to it!  Not that I don't want to ski, but I look forward to the increased time I have to do things that I have put off, or to just sit back and relax for a minute.  I also look forward to the activities that I love but have neglected during the ski season.

 

I love to ski (obviously) to the point where I tend to put everything off that I can get away with so that I can spend more time in the mountains.  I'm a very busy person year round.  I'm on two boards and a committee, I run my own business, I play in the local symphony, and I have a swing band that has regular rehearsals and gigs.  Somewhere in there I get in about 50 days, more or less, skiing per year.

 

I feel like a junkie that is loosing his connection and has to go cold turkey; both panicked and relieved.  Amazingly, though, by the time the next season comes around I'm often not that pumped to ski again, until I hit the slopes for the first time and then the addiction is reinstated on the first run.

 

So, anyway, I'm feeling a bit of relief along with the pain of ending another season.  Am I still a good person?

post #2 of 17

You are right, Sacrilege. Shut your ***** mouth. Rules.gif

post #3 of 17

I agree with Phil.  Below is an article from the Aspen Daily News expressing my exact feelings towards the end of the season...

 

Skiing issues
by Lorenzo Semple, Aspen Daily News Columnist
Friday, April 5, 2013

When it comes to skiing, I’ve got issues. My problems have problems. Right now I’m totally depressed because the lifts are about to close. In November I was actually worried that it was never going to snow. I sat there wringing my hands over something I had no control of whatsoever — the weather. I live here to ski, and to ride bikes when the lifts aren’t running. You know what makes me even more depressed? It’s the thought of someday not being excited to ski. I can barely relate to people who live here and don’t ski.

One of the barometers I use to judge the success of my ski season is how many times I have to drive downvalley. Right now I’m having a good season — it’s only been twice, and one of those times was practically at gunpoint, the other I was clearly tricked.

When it comes to skiing I’m mega judgmental. I judge people for the way they ski, where they ski, when they ski and why they ski. I judge them by who they ski with. I judge them by the equipment they ski on. The other day I judged someone by their bindings. It felt awful.

I judge skiers by the brand of clothing they wear, and how they wear it. One of my pet peeves is when people drag the bottoms of their ski pants on the ground and they tear the cuff. It looks absolutely ridiculous. Grow up, and show your personal property and the sport of skiing some respect!

What about snowboarding? Don’t even get me started. The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Snowboarding — It was better when everybody hated us.” Well, guess what? We still do!

Something funny and telling happened at the beginning of the season. I went into a local restaurant and the owner proclaimed excitedly to a packed house that he was only telemarking this year, expecting some kind of enthusiastic reaction from his customer base. Talk about a good way to clear a room. I think I actually heard crickets. And to boot, I haven’t seen him up on the hill telemarking all year. Maybe that bumper sticker I saw this winter is right after all: “Nobody cares that you telemark.” That being said, I did see a guy on telemarks skiing backwards, so that was pretty cool.

While recently driving home from skiing I had the first near-miss of the year with a road biker — as usual riding down the street like he owns the thing. Typical. It’s nice to see natural selection is alive and well. Who needs Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil when we’ve got road bikers? Their over-eager appearance on our scenic local roadways is scientific proof that we’ll be getting tons and tons more snow this spring before the lifts close. Keep it up geeks!

Apparently I’m one of the few people in this town who still has any principles whatsoever left when it comes to road biking. I will not allow myself to do it while there are chairlifts running, ever, under any circumstances. I did, however, make several attempts to get into the spirit of biking.

I went to Carl’s and bought — not stole — a mountain bike magazine, and soon realized that I need to get on the 29er program this summer. I went into my shed and got my trainer out. It was way too dangerous to venture any further into the abyss after my road bike. I looked on the big fancy Internet at new bicycles. Then I rightfully went skiing. The bottom line is that the skiing is just too dang good right now to think of anything but.

Here’s the other thing — you know what happens when all you do is ski? That’s right, you get fat. You may be in the best ski shape of your life, but try putting on your biking clothes. I did and it looked like I was wearing a size youth-large cycling outfit. Not pretty.

My body feels like I have been beaten in a bar brawl from all of the insane spring skiing. The bad news is that there’s only 15 days left in the season, and pretty soon I’ll be out in my back yard staring down the handle of a rake. Looks like it’s time to start getting my bike stuff organized, and slowly start inching my head out of my ass.


Contact Lorenzo at suityourself@sopris.net.

post #4 of 17

Bob Marley:

 

'When one door is closed, when one door is closed, many more is opened'

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Z4PX2JI_c

 

What song is it? 

 

'Coming in from the cold';

 

the perfect song for waxing the skis and putting them away, while the birds of spring are singing in the tree outside your window

 

I'm looking forward to biking, skating, rowing, gardening and working on the 1965 Rambler I have parked in my back yard.

 

I like rollerblading circles around Summerstage in Central Park; I can hear the concert while skating, without being glued to a chair in the summer heat.

post #5 of 17

I usually transition out of ski season fairly easily.  It's a good 2+ hour drive from eastern Massachusetts (where I live) to get to "real" skiing, and after making the drive God-knows-how-many times over the past couple months -- well, it gets tiring.  I can do some pretty good road biking from my front door where my biggest decision is if I should start out by turning "left" or "right".

 

So I do pretty well once ski season comes to an end.  It's in August when the first issue of Ski magazine hits my mailbox that the jonesing begins again.  Come October when daylight starts getting scarce, the air has a definite chill in the air, and my ass just doesn't want to sit on my bike much more -- that really gets me jonesing.  And then somebody announces that they're open, and all of a sudden that 2+ hour drive to get to skiing doesn't seem so bad.

post #6 of 17

I make it my annual practice to not mow my lawn until after the area lifts close. That keeps me motivated to ski, all the while making my neighbors hate me.  Win-Win!

post #7 of 17
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Who else has this problem?

 

When the end of the ski season approaches, as it is doing now, I tend to look forward to it!  Not that I don't want to ski, but I look forward to the increased time I have to do things that I have put off, or to just sit back and relax for a minute.  I also look forward to the activities that I love but have neglected during the ski season.

 

I love to ski (obviously) to the point where I tend to put everything off that I can get away with so that I can spend more time in the mountains.  I'm a very busy person year round.  I'm on two boards and a committee, I run my own business, I play in the local symphony, and I have a swing band that has regular rehearsals and gigs.  Somewhere in there I get in about 50 days, more or less, skiing per year.

 

I feel like a junkie that is loosing his connection and has to go cold turkey; both panicked and relieved.  Amazingly, though, by the time the next season comes around I'm often not that pumped to ski again, until I hit the slopes for the first time and then the addiction is reinstated on the first run.

 

So, anyway, I'm feeling a bit of relief along with the pain of ending another season.  Am I still a good person?

Funny.  I was just thinking about all the stuff that I could do (need to do) around the house this weekend - and maybe getting in a good bike ride.  Then I saw the NOAA forecast for Crystal this weekend. . . .

post #8 of 17
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I make it my annual practice to not mow my lawn until after the area lifts close. That keeps me motivated to ski, all the while making my neighbors hate me.  Win-Win!


I leave all my Christmas lights up on the trees in front of my house until the ski season is over. Why climb a ladder and risk an injury that could keep me from skiing while the lifts are still running? I don't wash the dishes in my sink during ski season for the same reason.

post #9 of 17
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I make it my annual practice to not mow my lawn until after the area lifts close. That keeps me motivated to ski, all the while making my neighbors hate me.  Win-Win!

 

My grass is 3 ft tall, finally mowing this weekend.

post #10 of 17

I was having a rare thoughtful moment the other day and came to the conclusion that part of the reason skiing is so fun is because you can't do it all year. Like living near the beach, if you always live near the beach eventually it just becomes normal and does lose some of its magic.  But skiing comes and goes and the magic is renewed every winter.

post #11 of 17
I hate the end of ski season because now I have no excuse not to do housework. Have spent all week changing water filters, replacing light bulbs, and mopping floors... Pooh.. How many days until the lifts are running again?
post #12 of 17

I don't know how people can stand to live in places without seasons.  

post #13 of 17
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I don't know how people can stand to live in places without seasons.  

 

Alcohol.

post #14 of 17

When it warms up in town into the 60F range my thoughts turn from skiing to mountain biking and trail running. At this point in the season I've gone skiing enough times to be satisfied for the year. Plus, I always look forward to swapping my squishy winter car tires for my sticky summer tires so I can drive really fucking fast.

 

Having only one hobby for the whole year would be like eating only bologna sandwiches all year.

post #15 of 17

wow that article was classic

phil he actually mentioned bindings! your kind of guy

 

And the bumper stickers!:

 

The other day I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Snowboarding — It was better when everybody hated us.”

 

Maybe that bumper sticker I saw this winter is right after all: “Nobody cares that you telemark.”

Danger signs in the east that the end of the season is nigh is hearing birds chirping and old leaves blow onto the snow

My biggest pet peeve for end of season is the damn groomer parking lot is mud. Then they drive 'em out and turn the snow brown all over the place. The trauma of end of season is bad enough without a mam made assault clubbing the season like a baby seal.

post #16 of 17
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My grass is 3 ft tall, finally mowing this weekend.

Maybe you'll find the dog. Then you can take down all those flyers you put up with his picture.

post #17 of 17

If I had my way it would be spring all year long. Spring is the only time of year living on the Front Range has its major advantages. Nothing like going up and skiing a March dump and driving back to put on a t-shirt and shorts. Last year during spring break my friends and spent the first half of the week rock climbing in 80-90 degree heat in the desert then drove the 3 hours to spend the second half in the mountains skiing.

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