The number of days is important because we are only human - most of us. It takes one or two 100 day seasons, at a western mountain, to get anywheres half decent. If you have not done full-time seasons in the last decade, I quote Bowie: " Don't Talk of Last Years' Capers". To know about skiing fast or aesthetic lines with serious skiers takes at least a couple of 100 day seasons. ( Also: to get ski theory dialed-in, along with yer boots and serious skis… The 'semi-expert' level : If only you could get paid for so much ski-expertise ).
Jones'n for the ski-crack and has long ago smoked any serious careers or relationships… and The Pension.
Instead; you work at 'whatever ' and every day that you work between ski seasons means another day you might not have to work in the winter.The Pass is a BiG Ticket Item and it equals $13.50 /day.
After the first season it gets better because you work a couple of days and ski five … weekdays. After a couple o' seasons it doesn't take much 'real' money to rent within walking distance to the lift and groceries.
Going out to dinner is now something that you used to do… Not much reason for these 'usual accessories' anyway: including a current girlfriend. Except for that one 'ski-buddie' who can hang with the boys; these are so rare you gave up long-ago. If you have a guitar, a bike, a stereo and the Net; there goes all your left-over time anyway.
During ski-season you come home and roll on the floor and cook a meal, then tune one of ten pairs of used skis ( or do boot work to keep them from eating your feet ) and watch a movie you have seen before.
There goes another fine evening as Nov. turns into Feb. and winter is only half gone and you don't even notice because if you ski full-time there are only three days - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - and they are all the same… Except for the skis you used and whether it was GS or SL or another Fat-day in a Three-meter month.
Just cause it is the thread of the thread - I have skied about 2,500 days since the mid '70's. I tried to be 'normal' for the '90's: I managed about 30/ year. Moved to Whistler in 2000 and averaged 70 to 100 days/year unless I crashed… that meant 40 days.
For the last two years I hit 150. Each. I still wonder what people do if they don't ski.
ps: Whistler opens this Saturday and here's to another rockin' season.
Edited by g-force - 11/14/13 at 1:21am