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WHAT'S YOUR YEARLY GOAL FOR SKI DAYS?

post #1 of 28
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For the last 4 years I've set a goal for the number of days I wanna ski each year. Basically the goal is to ski my age each year. This year 39 (I'm on 30 days). Last year I skied at least 38, 37 the year before etc....you get the idea.

As I get older - it's gonna get harder, but the passion grows and the determination intensifies. So what the hell... Im gonna try. Last 4 years worked out.

It got me curious what your goals are? And maybe it's not days. Maybe it's some other goal...


...Just thought it might be a fun conversation. (And give the guy/gal who skis 120 days/year a chance to gloat! Haha)
post #2 of 28

ONE good day would be enough to remember for a life time.

 

But I will take the medeocher days as well.

 

Just in case.....or for the exerxise ;-)

post #3 of 28

I'd say my goal is to just improve every year.  My goal this year is to get better at moguls.  I also track my days on the slopes and home to get in 20 a season.  I live about an hour from the hill I ski so I'm mostly just a weekend skier.

post #4 of 28
Depends on the season. Normally ski five days a week. If the season is short, I don't get as many days. If conditions stink, I might skip a day here or there. I live 16 minutes away, so have been known to go up, take three runs and leave, OR go up and stay hours longer than expected.

No goal really. It would be nice to ski more every year than the year before, but a few years ago I really hit the wall/tree on that one and never want it to become a "job".
post #5 of 28

Thats a pretty cool goal, might have to start doing it. 

post #6 of 28

Fun......

post #7 of 28
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Fun......

What a ridiculous goal, shame on you. 

post #8 of 28

You know, I have been an avid skier for a while, but never really had goals for ski days. Then three seasons ago I set a goal of skiing 50 days, because I never had done it. I think I ended up with 63 or something like that, as it was the epic snow year in CO. It sort of catapulted me into figuring out how to get a lot more days, and really enjoying doing so. The next year was epic-ly poor, and I only got 40-something (those April and May days at Loveland and ABasin weren't happening in 2012.) I had 67 last season, and so far this year have 43, so barring disaster I should reach 60 again fairly easily. Maybe I'll go for 70. 

 

The moral of the story is, Be careful what you wish for ...  I thought it was just one big season I would do, but it turned into a bad habit. 

post #9 of 28

I have no numeric goal. I ski when I have the time to and when I feel like it. Most of my 'days' are mornings or afternoons, not full days. I used to ask the lifties all the time how many days I had (their scanners could tell them) but now with EpicMix automatically trakcing it for me, I don't bother to check on a regular basis. It is more a quality than quantity thing for me.

 

Last Thursday was a spectacular day with runs on terrain that I have been watching for over 10 years. It is usually tracked out first thin but I was able to ski it four times, untracked. To top it off, I was skiing with my visiting brother that day. It didn't matter if it was day 1 or day 100 of the season, it was a quality day that I'll remember forever.

 

As sibhusky points out, I don't want it to become a 'job'. I have two of those and skiing is what I do to get away from them.

post #10 of 28
Last year I got over 20 and had to move heaven and earth to do so. This year I'll have 16 by March 6th. Maybe I'll get in a few more to make it 20, maybe not.

I've recently come to a realization that even 20 is very, very tough year in and year out and I'm going to have to settle for 10-15 for the foreseeable future. I don't live close to the mountains and the one-day trips start to really wear on me as the season drags on.

I'm about to turn 40 and am in the midst of my career, have a girfriend who has two kids that I've taken on as well, all of my family does not live near the mountains, etc.

I'm actually perplexed how people in my same age range, distance to the mountains, and same or more responsibilities can swing 30-40 days and maintain they're relationships.

Good news is I'll be visiting Alta and Snowbird for the first time this year. The other good news is that if I do some good planning, I have an early retirement job and can hopefully look forward to those 40 day years while I'm still relatively young (in my early, mid-50's).

I definitely fight an inner battle as I hear Warren Miller telling me to quit my job and move to a ski resort but if I can stay healthy for the next 10 years a lot of options will start to open up.
post #11 of 28
If you are doing one day trips, you're pretty close to the mountains. The trick is to convince the family that they love skiing as much as you do. There was a time when my husband was under this illusion that I talked him into buying a ski condo. He later gave up skiing, but my daughter by that time was hooked, so he didn't dare sell it, it was the Christmas House. And Santa needed a fireplace to come down. The rest is history. Even she got in 23 days the first session she skied. I usually got in 40. It meant every single weekend in a car on Friday, but the hassle factor was way lower.
post #12 of 28

Too many is never enough...  :D

 

I don't really keep close track of how many days I get, but it's usually in the high 40s / low 50s.  That's counting race league nights where I'm only in ski boots for ~two hours or so.

 

 

post #13 of 28

I hit 25 on the nose the last two years...   Trying to get there again this year but I missed many chances to go skiing due to the extreme cold this year...

 

Should hit 25 again though, maybe 30 with how much snow we have...

post #14 of 28
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If you are doing one day trips, you're pretty close to the mountains. The trick is to convince the family that they love skiing as much as you do. There was a time when my husband was under this illusion that I talked him into buying a ski condo. He later gave up skiing, but my daughter by that time was hooked, so he didn't dare sell it, it was the Christmas House. And Santa needed a fireplace to come down. The rest is history. Even she got in 23 days the first session she skied. I usually got in 40. It meant every single weekend in a car on Friday, but the hassle factor was way lower.

 



I've read a lot of your posts and believe you're from PA originally so you know the geography I'm talking about. Takes me about 3 hours each way to get to Catskill resorts and about 2 and a half to 3 for Camelback. Mountaincreek, well...

Having to get through NYC traffic means leaving very very early to get ahead of it and possibly getting hit with pm rush hour on the way home (most of the time) which turns 3 hours each way into 4 or 5 sometimes. It certainly wears this guys down. If it meant winding up at Alta, OK, but for Windham? Hunter? Belleayre? Nah. All good places but cost/benefit ratio is just not there.

As mentioned those day trips are OK in the beginning of the season but as the season wears on, those long days get tiresome and another big factor is I just don't think the quality of skiing at these places is worth a lot of day trips. A few a year, sure. More than that and I get a little bored. Also, while I have a decent amount of vacation time it's certainly not endless. I can do a day trip every weekend but frankly, the places are too damn crowded and not worth the drive and money for the amount of runs I'd get in. Rather go fewer days a year and get a trip out West and a trip or two to VT.

My girlfriend and her kids love skiing but not as fanatical as me. She wants them in other activities too. It's never going to be a pack the car and ski every weekend family. I'm fine with that. She understands my fanaticism and I go on a couple of trips a year by myself to get my fix of more challenging terrrain.

We do however have similar plans of getting a condo near the mtns or taking extended trips out West later in life. So for now I get in as many days a year as possible and hope for a future with lots of skiing.
post #15 of 28
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As I get older - it's gonna get harder, but the passion grows and the determination intensifies.

 

30 is my yearly goal.

 

On the older part, I find I'm more of blue birder than I used to be.

post #16 of 28
Why do you need a goal?

I ski when the conditions allow me to have a fun day on the snow.

Some years that's 20 days, some years it's 30+.

Since we have no control over the weather/snow, why beat yourself up over a fixed "must do" mindset?

You get what you get!
post #17 of 28
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Why do you need a goal?

 

It gets you out of the house and onto the mountain more often.

post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

If you are doing one day trips, you're pretty close to the mountains. The trick is to convince the family that they love skiing as much as you do. There was a time when my husband was under this illusion that I talked him into buying a ski condo. He later gave up skiing, but my daughter by that time was hooked, so he didn't dare sell it, it was the Christmas House. And Santa needed a fireplace to come down. The rest is history. Even she got in 23 days the first session she skied. I usually got in 40. It meant every single weekend in a car on Friday, but the hassle factor was way lower.

 



I've read a lot of your posts and believe you're from PA originally so you know the geography I'm talking about. Takes me about 3 hours each way to get to Catskill resorts and about 2 and a half to 3 for Camelback. Mountaincreek, well...

Having to get through NYC traffic means leaving very very early to get ahead of it and possibly getting hit with pm rush hour on the way home (most of the time) which turns 3 hours each way into 4 or 5 sometimes. It certainly wears this guys down. If it meant winding up at Alta, OK, but for Windham? Hunter? Belleayre? Nah. All good places but cost/benefit ratio is just not there.

As mentioned those day trips are OK in the beginning of the season but as the season wears on, those long days get tiresome and another big factor is I just don't think the quality of skiing at these places is worth a lot of day trips. A few a year, sure. More than that and I get a little bored. Also, while I have a decent amount of vacation time it's certainly not endless. I can do a day trip every weekend but frankly, the places are too damn crowded and not worth the drive and money for the amount of runs I'd get in. Rather go fewer days a year and get a trip out West and a trip or two to VT.

My girlfriend and her kids love skiing but not as fanatical as me. She wants them in other activities too. It's never going to be a pack the car and ski every weekend family. I'm fine with that. She understands my fanaticism and I go on a couple of trips a year by myself to get my fix of more challenging terrrain.

We do however have similar plans of getting a condo near the mtns or taking extended trips out West later in life. So for now I get in as many days a year as possible and hope for a future with lots of skiing.

If you can afford it, the condo and frequent skiing wherever you can get it will put you in FAR better shape for your trips out West. Plus it cuts down on the number of drives and the incredible hassle of packing. Your underwear and ski equipment are up there.

I lived in New Jersey during our condo period, and we lived considerably below our means there, so could swing the second mortgage. We called it the money pit for years, but fortunately sold during an upswing and got it all back.

The other nice thing was PEACEFUL mountain vacations in the off season. It was our "leave stress behind" place.

But I know what you mean about the crowds. You do learn the rhythm of the mountain if you are always at the same place.
post #19 of 28

N + 1

(always want to get one more day in) :)

post #20 of 28

I'll probably get in 30 or more this year, but a lot of those are lunch runs where I'll get in 4 or 5 runs and call it a day or take the kids up at 3:30 and ski for a few hours.    

post #21 of 28
My goal each year is to ski more than the year before.... last year I was on skis 136 days.... and as of today I am one day ahead of last year's pace.... biggrin.gif
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
136?!? Wow... That's impressive. The envy is setting in. Bravo to you !!
post #23 of 28
We're not even open that many days.
post #24 of 28

When I was in college, I easily skied 30+ days each year.  We made a 4 hour road trip to the NLP of MI or Blue Mountain in Ontario most weekends, skied at one of the local hill 10-15 days and made a yearly road trip to Breckenridge for spring break.

 

When my wife and I graduated we were both CPA's and worked a lot of hours in the winter and we probably only skied 10-15 days a year.   We spent a week out west during X-Mas, a couple of weekends in northern MI and usually a late March/early April long weekend to CO or UT depending on where conditions were better. That was the best we could do at the time.

 

Then we had kids and it's sad to say, but I skied a total of about 10 days in 10 years.  It seemed like there was always something - the kids were too young, too many other activities (adult and kid), work responsibilities, etc.

 

Things have taken a turn for the better this year though and I actually owe it to my wife and 11yo son.  She really encouraged him to join the local ski club, which really got us back into skiing.  We took both kids to the local hill between X-Mas and New Years and we both realized how much we missed it. Now my son skis every Friday with his ski club.  I chaperon on the Fridays I can work from home and we've taken a few family road trips to Northern MI for the weekend.

 

Realistically, I think I'll ski around 20 days this year and I'm pretty happy with that.  I was hoping to take my son for a long weekend to Killington, but that got cancelled at the last minute.

post #25 of 28

My goal is as much as possible.

 

If things go according to plan I'll get in 60 days this year.  That's every weekend, plus four week-long trips.  Not bad for a guy with a full time job.

 

I could inflate the number by getting out to the local man-made hills on weeknights after work, but I don't for whatever reason. &5 would easily be in reach, but it's not just about the number.

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Skeebum View Post
Basically the goal is to ski my age each year. This year 39 (I'm on 30 days). Last year I skied at least 38, 37 the year before etc....you get the idea.

 

 

A couple years ago, I rode up the lift with a 70 year-old who had been setting, and reaching, that same goal since his 30s!

 

No matter how many days I get, once the lifts close I'll always be mad at myself for not skiing more.

post #27 of 28
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If you can afford it, the condo and frequent skiing wherever you can get it will put you in FAR better shape for your trips out West. Plus it cuts down on the number of drives and the incredible hassle of packing. Your underwear and ski equipment are up there.

 

That's what I did after contemplating my choices for years.  I live in Florida and the only choice is to get on a plane or move.  After having the opportunity to travel to many different ski resorts, I decided to look for a good opportunity to buy a small, inexpensive condo close to a ski resort(s).  Last year, I found a condo in Cottonwood Heights, UT about 20 to 25 minutes to all the Cottonwood resorts and went ahead with the purchase.

 

Of course I still don't get more than 25 to 30 days in because I am in my early 40s and have a full time career.  But, as I get closer to retirement, my goal is to find work opportunities that I can do remotely and spend several incremental of weeks in my ski condo during the ski season.

post #28 of 28
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That's what I did after contemplating my choices for years.  I live in Florida and the only choice is to get on a plane or move.  After having the opportunity to travel to many different ski resorts, I decided to look for a good opportunity to buy a small, inexpensive condo close to a ski resort(s).  Last year, I found a condo in Cottonwood Heights, UT about 20 to 25 minutes to all the Cottonwood resorts and went ahead with the purchase.

 

Of course I still don't get more than 25 to 30 days in because I am in my early 40s and have a full time career.  But, as I get closer to retirement, my goal is to find work opportunities that I can do remotely and spend several incremental of weeks in my ski condo during the ski season.

 



That's my plan too but I"m about 5-7 years away from it.
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