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post #241 of 259
Honestly, tracking the number of days on the mountain is a chore for anyone who gets more than maybe 20 days on the mountain a year. I'm fortunate enough to get more than 20. After 20 it's all just a blur and I don't bother tracking with any level of accuracy. The only time I may be interested is to divide the season pass price by the number of days to see how much bang for the buck I got ("Awesome, it only cost me $3 a day to ski!")

Recreational scuba divers kind of do the same thing. Those people who actually dive a LOT never bother tracking. Why track something that is more or less something you do all the time? Do you track how many days a year you drive? Or go to the grocery store?

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post #242 of 259
Chore? Open up a spreadsheet, make a note, save. Maybe the first spreadsheet was a chore to set up, but that was 25 years ago. Takes less than a minute a day now.
post #243 of 259
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Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny View Post
Do you track how many days a year you drive? Or go to the grocery store?

 

Um, No, but neither of those activities are recreational experiences to be relished...or are in as finite supply.

 

It is work, though.  I didn't ski today because I had to stay home and catch up on my accounting for days this year.  

After hours and hours of complex calculations, I now know I'm at 7 days so far this year.  Whew!

post #244 of 259

Are people keeping spread sheets for days skied?

 

Shouldn't you notch your skis, or a post or something?

post #245 of 259
Well, then you've just got a notch. I also track which skis, notes on weather and conditions, vertical, etc. @SkiMangoJazz also is a data collector. It's actually informative as to physical shape, normal snow conditions for certain months, equipment wear and tear, etc. It's just a line for each day, but in the aggregate it's enlightening
post #246 of 259

sibhusky, SMJ, My brother writes a log. He skis a lot of BC so his notes include access info along with weather and conditions.

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@SkiMangoJazz Not seeing that pic unless I click on it...  

post #249 of 259

Just replaced it with a jpg was a tiff.  see it now?

post #250 of 259

Yep....Gave a gander at my recent logs....TMI!:eek

post #251 of 259

That goes up to day 62 of last year when I skied 82 days, but who's counting? :D

post #252 of 259
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Chore? Open up a spreadsheet, make a note, save. Maybe the first spreadsheet was a chore to set up, but that was 25 years ago. Takes less than a minute a day now.

 

I just ski.

 

*shrugs*

 

Not belittling you or anything - if being a data logger is something you enjoy doing, by all means. But I just ski. I just dive. Dive agencies want you to log your dives and your notes for each dive for certifications you're going for and to me it's always a chore even when I just do it on my phone. It feels so nice just to dive or ski for pleasure and not have to worry about anything afterwards. When someone asks how much I do of either I just say "don't know, a lot." I keep track of enough data in my work life that I certainly don't need to do it in my recreation life.

 

The only time I log is when I'm actively working towards something - like notes for working on better form and keeping track of things I've discovered don't work too well. But those notes never have a "Day #" attached to it. They're just improvement notes.

 

I don't log just to see the number of days go up.

post #253 of 259

I wonder what @Tony Crocker uses to keep his records, It must be massive.

 

I write it down on a calender the local Realtor sends to me each year

post #254 of 259
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

 

Um, No, but neither of those activities are recreational experiences to be relished...or are in as finite supply.

 

It is work, though.  I didn't ski today because I had to stay home and catch up on my accounting for days this year.  

After hours and hours of complex calculations, I now know I'm at 7 days so far this year.  Whew!

I reckon many folks would say that to relish a recreational experience is to not turn it into a spreadsheet. 

 

I tend to agree with fbb - not a chore in the sense that it's difficult, a chore in the sense that it's tedious and one more thing to remember. 

 

I get why other folks are interested in doing it - I'd bet Sibhusky's logs are pretty interesting to read years later - but I can see how some look at it as an unnecessary chore. I try to keep a mental record, but sometimes it can get fuzzy, especially when I start counting those pow days as I'm looking at the weather report instead of after they've actually started :o

post #255 of 259
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I reckon many folks would say that to relish a recreational experience is to not turn it into a spreadsheet. 

 

I tend to agree with fbb - not a chore in the sense that it's difficult, a chore in the sense that it's tedious and one more thing to remember. 

 

Well, I just note the number on my calendar when I get home.  The spreadsheet looks like it might be cool, but I'm too lazy to create one and keep up with it.

 

I was wondering why it's seemingly objectionable to anyone that someone else may get a kick out of documenting one or more aspects of their skiing experience.  I mean how does the fact that I count my ski days harm another person's skiing experience?

 

If some of us like to document one or more aspects of our skiing experience, we obviously find enjoyment of some sort in doing so.  If others don't, that's certainly cool, too.  I'm not getting that vibe from you, Joe, but it sounds as if the OP and co. are in some way implying that we "Counters" shouldn't be counting.  Why?  We're not suggesting they should.

post #256 of 259
skiblank.xlsx 32k .xlsx file

I tried to empty out a spreadsheet for anyone who wants one. I have a page for each year, but you'll have to create them each year, copying off of the first one. Using this on mobile didn't allow for much in the way of fancy cleanup. There's fields at the bottom where I keep track of ski use and boot use totals. They may have references to now non-existent pages you need to clean up, and of course ski models you don't own, but it's a start.
post #257 of 259
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skiblank.xlsx 32k .xlsx file

I tried to empty out a spreadsheet for anyone who wants one. I have a page for each year, but you'll have to create them each year, copying off of the first one. Using this on mobile didn't allow for much in the way of fancy cleanup. There's fields at the bottom where I keep track of ski use and boot use totals. They may have references to now non-existent pages you need to clean up, and of course ski models you don't own, but it's a start.


Awesome. There you go fuzzy baby bunny

You and Ski Mango ought to do a mini course on this with your findings over the years. I appoint @Tony Crocker to oversee your reports.

 

Things for you and Ski Mango to consider immediately. Bar Codes on skis, scanner in the garage so it automatically scans it and shoots it to your spreadsheet.

Maybe RFID tags on skis. Could do all of above plus...track your whereabouts on the slopes. I guess Whitefish would have to have the system. hmmm...that idea needs work. But... doesn't your phone do it?

Could we put Google Chrome to work? Maybe install a usb port in the ski? Head's got chips in theirs, let's tap in and see what the ski is saying!

post #258 of 259
I carry a dumb phone and an altimeter. I barely get coverage at my house, let alone the mountain. I guessing a third of the acreage you're in the shadow of the towers or something.

If you've got the funding, I'll do the legwork. :-) But I've really never felt the need to have tracks of where I've been. More interest in TYPES of terrain I'm doing at certain points in the season. Some of these people posting daily public maps and stats on Facebook drive me nuts.
post #259 of 259

When people used to ask me how many ski days I've got , I would answer "I don't count days, I count weeks" and it would annoy people that I got to ski that much.

 

Nowadays the ticket checkers have electronic guns that tabulate the number of days, so it is real easy to keep track of the half dozen or so days/year that I don't get zapped.

 

I'm in to "living in the moment" as much and whenever and however I can. Smart phones, skiing apps, counting runs, days, vertical etc is not living in the moment it is tracking/recording the moment.

 

I do have a mental note in my head of my top ten best days skiing so I guess that isn't "in the moment" but it is great memories.

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