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post #31 of 41
They closed the lifts in Telluride on Sunday. We're getting more snow, or so they say this week. Oh Well. Next year they are staying open another week. Soooo, I'm a bit melancholy today.

I don't post here to often, kind of a newbi (second year skier), but spend time reading the forum each day. It's been a wonderful resource and source of amusement. I feel like I'm getting to know y'all.

Last year 50 days and fell in love with the sport. This year 90 days. I also started instructing in February. That's been a God Send. It's been amazing to me how it took me head out of my skiing and into the students. And, by thinking more about their skiing, I became better (not that that's too hard). Hmmmm.

I've got out the books and started planning some peak bagging adventures for the summer. I'll be hanging out at 14ers.com. Same handle. If anyone is interested in a hike/climb this summer I'll be hitting peaks all over the state.

My Grandfather said, he was about 65, that one of his great gifts was that he never lost his delight in the world. Skiing has given me that same delight.

KenE
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Mac
Don't be so fast to put those skis away just yet. The major New England resorts will be open till at least Easter. Stowe will be open at least that long, Sugarloaf till the end of April, Sunday River always has a ski for free day on May 1st. Killington always makes it into May. And if that's not enough, there's still plenty of snow in the Rockies. Have a trip planned to Summit County after Easter. Snowbird didn't close till after the Fourth of July last year, and they are having another banner season, so don't look for them to close anytime soon. The season doesn't have to be over unless you want it to be. I ride my bike in the winter when the weather permits, there's no reason to put the skis away as long as the lifts are still running just because the weather turns nice.
What he said.
post #33 of 41
I too am very sad the season is over. I didn't get in NEAR the amount of skiing I wanted (the amount I wanted is probably a 1/4 of the days most of you ski).

Skiing would be more of an option in April here in the east if we actually had gotten some snow this year.

The thing that is REALLY going to get me is I'm about to pick up a new pair of skis, its gonna be torture to look at them and wait till next season.

Oh well.
post #34 of 41
SMJ: thanx for the kind words !
post #35 of 41
I called Heavenly the other day to plan an early May trip and they said their projected closing date is april 23rd
post #36 of 41
Guess I had better make it Alta, Bachelor, Whistler, Arapahoe, etc but I'm surprised that they are closing so early since it hasnt been a bad year for them I don't think.
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by Mac
Don't be so fast to put those skis away just yet. The major New England resorts will be open till at least Easter. Stowe will be open at least that long, Sugarloaf till the end of April, Sunday River always has a ski for free day on May 1st. Killington always makes it into May. And if that's not enough, there's still plenty of snow in the Rockies. Have a trip planned to Summit County after Easter. Snowbird didn't close till after the Fourth of July last year, and they are having another banner season, so don't look for them to close anytime soon. The season doesn't have to be over unless you want it to be. I ride my bike in the winter when the weather permits, there's no reason to put the skis away as long as the lifts are still running just because the weather turns nice.
Sunday River has actually got some new snow this week. Will probably ski tomorrow (but may also grab a day on Sunday ). Can't complain too much, still had 25-30 days despite a poor snow season and a business schedule that screwed up a lot of days.

Will also be my last day at SR after skiing there for 3 seasons, looks like Tahoe next season.
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by CSOcean10
I called Heavenly the other day to plan an early May trip and they said their projected closing date is april 23rd
Why not try Squaw, Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl or Mt. Rose?
post #39 of 41

Sad But The Seasons Move On

I get the same melancholy feeling as the rest of you when the season winds down. I think it gets a little stronger each year. This was my 39th consecutive winter of skiing. Enjoyed what turned out to be my last skiing of the season about 3 weeks ago on a mellow spring day. Gave my 13 yr old daughter a hug atop the observation deck on Mt. Wachusett and then we took a beautiful, bittersweet last run from the summit around 3:45pm.

SAD, BUT THE SEASONS MOVE ON took on a whole new meaning for me when my mom died about 10 days ago. Maybe some of you can relate. My mom enjoyed skiing, but what I remember strongest about her when it came to skiing was that she was the ENABLER. Only in a good way, especially when we were kids. She took care of the logistics that made it possible for all those day trips, weekend trips, and occasionally longer trips made by the family. She packed the bag lunches or frozen casseroles and made sure everyone had goggles and gloves and all the other correct gear. Her idea of apr├Ęs ski was often doing housekeeping chores at wherever we stayed. She made it fun and easy for me to get addicted to skiing. She backed my dad all the way when they committed to build a modest second home at a Pennsylvania ski area and worked hard to maintain it for 15 yrs. She also enthusiastically supported my dad when it came to plunking down the money for season passes and all the other accoutrements necessary for an enduring ski lifestyle. It humbles me to ponder how they pulled that off. I haven't been able to duplicate it with my own family.

She and my dad took up skiing in their late 40s. They became very competent intermediates in just a year or two and were able to actively participate in the sport for years as my siblings and I grew from teens to young adults. Although we had lots of great skiing in PA and some fine trips to New England, I think the skiing highlight for my folks came when they made an adults only trip with their favorite ski club to Heavenly, CA in the late '70s. Apparently, they partied and skied like college kids on that trip with a bunch of similar minded mature citizens. My mom gave up skiing in her late 60s. Too young you say? Actually, there was a method to her madness. She was a far better golfer than skier, shooting in the 80s even as she approached age 80. She always said she gave up skiing to avoid any broken bones that might interfere with the 200+ annual rounds of golf she logged in much of her senior years. She died of Alzheimer's at age 85, but she remained quite socially adept until just about a year ago. Funny thing I remember after taking a great ski trip to Austria with a friend of mine in 2003. When I recounted to her some of the incredible adventures he and I enjoyed on that trip she said "your friend's mom must be so proud of him." Of course she was speaking of me too. Hmmm, ski enabler to the end.
post #40 of 41
Thanks for sharing with us. I feel a great deal of gratitude to my parents, both non skiers, to have provided me the opportunity to ski growing up. I feel that skiing was a special gift from my mom and dad and I was very fortunate. Skiing memories are lifetime memories and its great you can now share your skiing passion with your daughter. My daughter went skiing with me for a couple of years about maybe 8-10 times a season and never really got enthused about it. I don't why, to each his own, it just wasn't her thing.
post #41 of 41

James J

I'm so sorry about the loss of your mom.
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