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When does one ski season end and the next one begin?

post #1 of 42
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A thought to ponder? Say I bought skis this week. Just saying..not saying I did...or didn't...Would then be an end of year deal? or early season purchase?:
post #2 of 42
It's still "end of year" - I think of early season buying starting in August.
post #3 of 42
Out here within driving distance of Mammoth it is definately late season!
post #4 of 42
Are you still skiing or not? If not, then it is an off-season purchase.

I define the break as the longest gap I have between days on. Usually September through October, so for me this is still last season, but not end-of-last-season.
post #5 of 42
Let's analyze this:

Are we unpacking gear from a trip we just took, or are we planning for our "next season" trip? (I'm planning for 06-07)

Are we buying gear we will use yet or gear which will not be used until 06-07?(I'm buying for 06-07)

Are we still using a season pass for the slopes or are we buying the pass for 06-07? (bought mine for 06-07)

Are we trying to justify to our spouse, that it's the last thing to buy for the season(honest honey!), or are we making up reasons for the new purchase before hitting the slopes in November? (This one has me stumped.....gotta go with whatever my husband will believe at the moment)
post #6 of 42
Really, when is it cheapest to buy equipment: late season (just when resorts are closing), downright no-season-in-sight (june-aug), or just before season starts (sept/oct.)?????????

And I mean North American seasons....
post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
Really, when is it cheapest to buy equipment: late season (just when resorts are closing), downright no-season-in-sight (june-aug), or just before season starts (sept/oct.)?????????

And I mean North American seasons....
I have found great deals year round.
post #8 of 42

it's a lifestyle not a seasonal sport.

In our area the end of March is usually the end of the ski season, anything between April and October is off-season.

I find that the deals are usually the same anytime during the offseason...just don't buy stuff in dec. that's all.
post #9 of 42
Oh dilemma.......buy new skis and wait till next season or take them out for a spin this month.
post #10 of 42
I'd say anything more than one month past the last time you personally skied during a given season is early season for the next. Now if you have a consecutive months streak going, I might amend that to lift-served skiing. And I meant a *skiing* streak, not a ski *purchasing* streak Phil.
post #11 of 42
All i know is the season sure doesn't start soon enough. I am looking for a few things over the summer too ,to keep my head in the game and to pacify my interest
post #12 of 42
I have always definded the 'season' as starting when the snow begins to fall, and ending when it has melted pretty much. Some areas it does not melt completly, but when snow begins to fall (late Sept, October) is what I consider to be the start of the new season. Most resorts count 'season snowfall' as that which falls from Nov-May. Really it all depends on area of the country your talking about as it will vary from place to place. Even Mt Hood will shut down in Sept usually for a couple weeks and when they re-open it is considered the new season.

My 2cents FWIW
post #13 of 42


6/10
post #14 of 42
OK, how about this for a definition:
One season ends when you've finished paying for it on your credit card. The new season begins when you start paying for it.
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
OK, how about this for a definition:
One season ends when you've finished paying for it on your credit card. The new season begins when you start paying for it.
That's not a very creative definition:
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by trekchick
That's not a very creative definition:
OK, for those who are married: One season ends when you stop paying for it by having to buy your partner gifts and do things to make up for your time on the snow.
The new season begins the day you come home from work with a bunch of flowers/box of chocolates and say "darling, I stopped off to buy a magazine on the way home, and saw these, and thought you deserved them, just for putting up with me..."
post #17 of 42
This is really very simple...

The old season ends and the new one begins at the moment of the summer solstice. If I'm doing my math correctly (always a dubious assumption), Phil, for you that will be 8:23am EDT on June 21.

For me, it'll be 6:23am.

At that moment, the days start getting shorter and the first snow can't be too far off.

All purchases made prior to that are "late season", all purchases made after that are "early season".

Gentlemen (and ladies), synchronize your watches.
post #18 of 42
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
OK, for those who are married: One season ends when you stop paying for it by having to buy your partner gifts and do things to make up for your time on the snow.
The new season begins the day you come home from work with a bunch of flowers/box of chocolates and say "darling, I stopped off to buy a magazine on the way home, and saw these, and thought you deserved them, just for putting up with me..."
You obviously don't live in "my world".
No flowers necessary, maybe a selection of ski wax's, or a new stone. The really big problem in my house is that we are both gear junkies. When two people own 14 sets of skis, there is a teensy weensy issue with keeping them all waxed and tuned.:
Further more, I can name every one, the length, the purpose, and the binding on them. I am such a sick woman.
This is gettin back to the original question.....If I were to buy a pair of skis today, would they be considered the last purchase of my 05-06 season, or the first purchase of my 06-07 season?:
post #19 of 42
I always use Labor Day as the season break. Therefore, your purchase would be an 05/06 buy in my book.

As for "One season ends when you've finished paying for it on your credit card. The new season begins when you start paying for it." - So by your definition, it's a never-ending season. Got it!
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post #20 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
You obviously don't live in "my world".
No flowers necessary, maybe a selection of ski wax's, or a new stone.
Further more, I can name every one, the length, the purpose, and the binding on them. I am such a sick woman.
You sound perfect to me.
post #21 of 42

Ski Season

Phil, I think my definition would be its a State of Mind not a chronological order. Stopped skiing in April. 2 weeks later stopped thinking about past season and starting thinking/dreaming/planning about next season. Got the maps out of Canada to plot my 2 or 3 planned trips. Montana maps came out to see if I should go there independently for link Mt. into Canada and/or Utah sojourns. Checked oout Bro ski's on epic, E mailedthe manufacturer and arranged demo's for next Fall. Went to Scandinavia and bought a fantstic ski sweater in Estonia. Bought my 2 season passes for my 2 closest areas 50min and 70min away (oh yeah $279 for both). Readsome new PSIA stuff, renewed my membership and made the decision to not teach next season but to ski and trav el instead.

So, next season begins when my mind goes to next Fall and the snows of winter and the good times, great powder and good turns for next year.

Have an ok-good summer and a great next Fall/Winter.
post #22 of 42
My ski season never really ends. The only problem is that some months it is too warm and there is too little snow to actually make some turns.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
You sound perfect to me.
You would think so wouldn't you.
But then, a woman who does all the ski maintenance is also a woman who can put the wron wax on her husband's skis, just to get the upper hand

Psst......don't tell!
post #24 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
A thought to ponder? Say I bought skis this week. Just saying..not saying I did...or didn't...Would then be an end of year deal? or early season purchase?:
hey Phil I skied yesterday I would say its end of the season deal.
post #25 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
You obviously don't live in "my world".
No flowers necessary, maybe a selection of ski wax's, or a new stone. The really big problem in my house is that we are both gear junkies. When two people own 14 sets of skis, there is a teensy weensy issue with keeping them all waxed and tuned.:
Further more, I can name every one, the length, the purpose, and the binding on them. I am such a sick woman.
This is gettin back to the original question.....If I were to buy a pair of skis today, would they be considered the last purchase of my 05-06 season, or the first purchase of my 06-07 season?:
Sometimes, this question calls for some high level math (or perhaps some time travel?) I called my local Technica dealer yesterday, asking about the new boots for my woman's birthday (yesterday…). He said that the new models are due within two weeks and added "but you will have them at the '06 price". Now, what kind of shopping is that? Before? After? Very Early? Very late? Just on time?
post #26 of 42
The new ski season begins when the first ski magazines for that season appear in the stores. Until then its the old season.
post #27 of 42
The ski season ends the last day you ski, and the new season begins the next day. You think of what you did and what you will do different, or the same next time. You start counting the days till the snow flys. You promise to get in shape sooner, and get your equipment ready sooner
post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by RayCantu
The ski season ends the last day you ski, and the new season begins the next day. You think of what you did and what you will do different, or the same next time. You start counting the days till the snow flys. You promise to get in shape sooner, and get your equipment ready sooner
what about freaks like me that started in Oct adn ended in June, or what about people who ski all year round?
post #29 of 42
I think that buying ski gear in the summer time simply doesn't count. It's not a last season deal or a next season. You are up in the air.

This is for fox--isn't drinking on an airplane like that? If you aren't on the ground, it just doesn't count.
post #30 of 42
Thread Starter 
It is already almost the middle of July and I still haven't bought any ski gear this month. I am slacking. I need to get moving.
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