Last time I skied was in Early August. Snow was old, dirty and sun cupped.
On my last run that day I clicked out of a heel at full speed (likely had dirt on my boot sole when I clipped in) and took a slide that was embarrassing and a little painful. I was lucky. The end result could have been worse.
I was back at it again in the same area today. Just across the valley this time but on the same Northwestern exposure. Today I was lucky enough to do lap after lap on perfect spring like conditions with chalk like snow that turned to perfect corn in the late afternoon sun. And thankfully a boot pack the snow boarders put in previous and then ignored the 700 vertical they had left me. I lapped it until my legs gave out. It was a perfect start to the 13/14 season.
A thought that crossed my mind today? Not sure I have ever skied in mid Oct. was one. Without the really light weight gear I have I doubt I would ever ski in Oct, was the other! 4# 4oz per foot including boot, binding and ski. It was some simply amazing skiing if only some 50 or turns per lap. Enough per lap that I was grateful just to be there. Not much skiing but enough to remind me of why we all go to the mountains and why we ski.
Edited by Dane - 10/18/13 at 6:34pm