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post #1 of 60
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I hate the tease of thinking about skiing and I can't do it for another month. I hate looking at my wife's new skis and knowing that it could be another month before we can test them out. I hate seeing postings about an activity that I Can't Do!

At least with mountain biking I can do it at any time.

Life is tough. :

How do you deal with the "off season"?
post #2 of 60
I feel your pain, I have thousands of dollars on 07 gear just waiting to be skied..all I can do is talk about it and the upcoming season.
post #3 of 60
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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post
I hate the tease of thinking about skiing and I can't do it for another month. I hate looking at my wife's new skis and knowing that it could be another month before we can test them out. I hate seeing postings about an activity that I Can't Do!

At least with mountain biking I can do it at any time.

Life is tough. :

How do you deal with the "off season"?
before I would jsut go around and mope but now I mountain bike happy as a clam.
post #4 of 60
I hate having found this site and now needing a fix daily.
I hate that I am so excited about skiing this year that I filled out a Snowbird Resort survey. I hate taking surveys, but this one offered a chance for a 2 night stay in a lux. room with free lift tickets.
I hate having to be so excited about those first days that I worry about taking time off and spending the money to go and being too early and having it rain on my parade, 2 years ago I went early to Snowbird, the snow was heavy and most of the mountain was closed due to avalanche.
post #5 of 60
I've been coming to this site every day and checking mountain cams for snow that won't fall for months.
I talk about skiing constantly. People won't listen to me anymore when I talk about it ... at least not until the season actually starts. It's not even winter yet! In the summer surfing occupies my time. Fall is the worst. Too cold for surfing, too warm for skiing. At least in Spring I can ski into early spring and go back to surfing in late spring.
post #6 of 60
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
before I would jsut go around and mope but now I mountain bike happy as a clam.
Mtn biking is most excellent as is backcountry hiking. Two sports that I love.

But this is the first season that I am truly excited about skiing. Because I have finally become a half way decent skier and my wife and I have new good/great equipment. Kinda like having a new Santa Cruz Blur and it's raining for three weeks straight.

Anxious in Sonora.
post #7 of 60
Drug all the Skis(11 prs.) into the Utility room the other day. Wife says what are you doing as she stumbles over them. I said getting ready for Ski season. She says it hasn't even started Snowing yet. I looked at her and said......So what's your point.
post #8 of 60
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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post
I hate the tease of thinking about skiing and I can't do it for another month. I hate looking at my wife's new skis and knowing that it could be another month before we can test them out. I hate seeing postings about an activity that I Can't Do!

At least with mountain biking I can do it at any time.

Life is tough. :

How do you deal with the "off season"?
Off season? My season started last weekend! Sorry got to rub it in. You can always do what I did- move.
post #9 of 60
I read fancy ski forums and magazines and try to redirect my energy into hiking and weightlifting.
post #10 of 60
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Originally Posted by Dan5252 View Post
Off season? My season started last weekend! Sorry got to rub it in. You can always do what I did- move.
OK. But move? I live in the Sierras at 4000 ft. 45 min from my local resort. Truth be told I am in a bit of paradise.

Yes, I know what you mean. However, Mtn biking and hiking are also passions of mine and I can do both out my back door. Life is good, but not perfect. I can wait a month for skiing, but still I do feel a bit of frustration.

Pray for snow, at 6000 feet. Best of both worlds.
post #11 of 60
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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post
OK. But move? I live in the Sierras at 4000 ft. 45 min from my local resort. Truth be told I am in a bit of paradise.

Yes, I know what you mean. However, Mtn biking and hiking are also passions of mine and I can do both out my back door. Life is good, but not perfect. I can wait a month for skiing, but still I do feel a bit of frustration.

Pray for snow, at 6000 feet. Best of both worlds.
I understand too, I really got into mountain biking and hiking for the first time this year and love both. I really love my new 29er mountain bike. With that said I still get really giddy knowing I can ski from October to at least June with the lifts open. I also know I followed Epicski much more passionately in the weeks before A-Basin opened so I completely understand the frustration. My advice spend the most time you can on the bike so you don't have time to think about skiing
post #12 of 60

Ski?Epic?

SNPete, hey Mammoth has a Nov 9 scheduled opening.

So far: 1)my friends are sick of me talking skiing 2) so I hang out with my ski friends 3) punched up webcam of Red Mt. they got 6 in yesterday 4) ordered new Bro ski's 5)bought new bindings at ski shop in Couer d alene 6) punch up Bro web site all the time to see pic's of my new all mt. saviors 7) going Tue with ski friends to get new boots 8)laying out route through Canada for 2 trips this winter 9) E mailed Bigfoot campers in Canada to get there winter hints for not freezing up everything BUT mainly I haang out here on epic and read and read. oh yeah 10) going to PSIA-NW Seminar at Gonzaga U in Spokane Sat

I sort of analogize with duck hunting. You're sitting in a dark, dank, cold blind watching 20 mallards at 1,000 yards. Checking the wind, weaather, other hunters, water condition, decoy spread and shooting a duck isn't half as exciting as the anticipation of "are they coming in, will they miss my dekes, will they even notice, will they do by too high, will they flare at the last minute." SORT of like winter, will it ever get here, when, how much, good snow maybe - and then the 1st turn eases all the tension and built up anxiety and smooths out the winter into a pastel of white dry powder and great descents, dancing in the trees and barreling along without a care in the world.
post #13 of 60
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Life is tough. :

How do you deal with the "off season"?
Rollerblading the bike paths of Chicago.

Cheers,

Michael
post #14 of 60
Drugs, sex, and rock n roll.
post #15 of 60
Play my mando at bluegrass jams. Take my kid ice skating.
post #16 of 60
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Originally Posted by Devils Fiddle View Post
I've been coming to this site every day and checking mountain cams for snow that won't fall for months.
I talk about skiing constantly. People won't listen to me anymore when I talk about it ... at least not until the season actually starts. It's not even winter yet! In the summer surfing occupies my time. Fall is the worst. Too cold for surfing, too warm for skiing. At least in Spring I can ski into early spring and go back to surfing in late spring.
Where do you live, in most places the water is MUCH warmer in the fall than spring. I'm still surfing, plan on surfing till opening day. But I pretty much surf all spring/summer/fall. I also mtn bike, road race and scuba dive in the offseason, mainly surf though.
post #17 of 60
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Where do you live, in most places the water is MUCH warmer in the fall than spring. I'm still surfing, plan on surfing till opening day. But I pretty much surf all spring/summer/fall. I also mtn bike, road race and scuba dive in the offseason, mainly surf though.
Hey not to get off topic, but I noticed you have the Karmas, and live inand around where I ski. I was just wondering how you like them as an all mountain twin tip? You know...Bumps Trees Groomers? Of course you probably use the dragon slayers for bumps.
post #18 of 60
well, i dont hate anything about epic ski; and i vote that an administrator deletes this thread.

i also live somewhere where our thread starter, snpete; would never be able to snowski.
yet, with epicski; i get pictures and notices of the upcoming season and discussion of skiing at such great detail that i would never get(outside of my ski club) in Houston.

there's an old saying, if you cant stand the heat; stay out of the kitchen. i'll modify that to, if you cant stand talking about skiing; stay out of epicski. not meant to be a jerk, but to 'dis this site even in jest; is very offending to this die hard skier.
post #19 of 60
im not offended...must not be die hard enough. maybe taking it a liiiitttllee bit to heart and getting a liiitttlllee too sensitive. im with SNPete, cant stand this time...its like the cab ride home with a new hot girl after a good night out, the anticipation is killing me
post #20 of 60
Another month...doesn't sound to bad! Try not being able to ski until possibly March! Or if I'm lucky Dec./Jan. For me, talking about skiing actually helps. I have become a cyclist over the past couple of years. That has really really helped me. I race, so I have to ride my bike year round and focus on it. Last year, it made my ski trip come around very fast and I was skiing better than ever because I was a lot stronger.

If you can try to find a "complement" hobby to skiing, it helps. Cyclins, mtn. biking, trail running, kayaking, rock climbing are all outdoor sports that go well with skiing in the off season and you can do them year round.
post #21 of 60
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Originally Posted by cabrown317 View Post
Hey not to get off topic, but I noticed you have the Karmas, and live inand around where I ski. I was just wondering how you like them as an all mountain twin tip? You know...Bumps Trees Groomers? Of course you probably use the dragon slayers for bumps.
Hands down, the best all mountain ski I've ever riden. It handles crud, pow, bumps trees with ease, and I even impressed Mr doug lewis when I did a nastar run on them.

btw, dragon slayers own the bumps, but aren't worth a damn on anything else. good for when you're 100% committing a few hours to bumps thats all.
post #22 of 60
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There is always one in a crowd.

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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post
well, i dont hate anything about epic ski; and i vote that an administrator deletes this thread.

i also live somewhere where our thread starter, snpete; would never be able to snowski.
yet, with epicski; i get pictures and notices of the upcoming season and discussion of skiing at such great detail that i would never get(outside of my ski club) in Houston.

there's an old saying, if you cant stand the heat; stay out of the kitchen. i'll modify that to, if you cant stand talking about skiing; stay out of epicski. not meant to be a jerk, but to 'dis this site even in jest; is very offending to this die hard skier.
I knew it would happen. Given enough people there will always be someone who "doesn't get it". : Some people need to loosen up and culitivate one's sense of humor.

Perhaps I shall spell it out in plain English: I don't hate anything about Epic. I don't hate talking about skiing. I don't hate the anticipation of that first day on the slopes.

I do know that thousands of my fellow skiers are feeling the same thing right. That thing is: The Anticipation. And that is the point of the thread.
post #23 of 60
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Originally Posted by slider View Post
Drug all the Skis(11 prs.) into the Utility room the other day. Wife says what are you doing as she stumbles over them. I said getting ready for Ski season. She says it hasn't even started Snowing yet. I looked at her and said......So what's your point.
Exactly. Fortunately, I have no one telling me to put my skis away, out of sight, in another room, I don't even HAVE another room.

Snowbowl has 13.7 inches up top, I'm thinking about hiking for some turns.
post #24 of 60
Don't be a hater.
post #25 of 60
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Originally Posted by freeskier75 View Post
Where do you live, in most places the water is MUCH warmer in the fall than spring. I'm still surfing, plan on surfing till opening day. But I pretty much surf all spring/summer/fall. I also mtn bike, road race and scuba dive in the offseason, mainly surf though.
NJ. I just checked online and it says the water is 60 degrees. The air isn't too cold right now and I would love to head down to the beach but I don't get my license for a year. I would go out in the winter but I don't have the money to buy a full suit.
post #26 of 60
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I hate having found this site and now needing a fix daily.
I hate that I am so excited about skiing this year that I filled out a Snowbird Resort survey. I hate taking surveys, but this one offered a chance for a 2 night stay in a lux. room with free lift tickets.
I hate having to be so excited about those first days that I worry about taking time off and spending the money to go and being too early and having it rain on my parade, 2 years ago I went early to Snowbird, the snow was heavy and most of the mountain was closed due to avalanche.
Welcome to the ski-addicted and internet afflicted group known as epic. I like your sig too - cigars are great (although I shouldn't smoke em, grandad used to and I give in to the nostalgia feeling at times .
post #27 of 60
Ditto to everything said above (excepting skicougar).

I get through the off-season by taking advantage of my geographic location. I spend a lot of time sailing, hiking, and camping. Then there are the things that don't have an off-season. I play music year round, I golf year round. With all that and more to choose from, it helps pass the time.

But I'm already annoying my friends with my ski talk. I'm trying to organize a ski-tuning party, even though it's a fair month or two before we'll get to make it up to Mammoth. I visit epic about five times a day, now that I've discovered it.

I want. Badly.
post #28 of 60
I've also got new boards & boots begging for a run. But, until the snow flys and sometimes after you'll find me wakeboarding and wakesurfing !!!!

10/10/06 - only girly men are afraid of the cold !!!
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post #29 of 60
indeed. nice pics.

I need to get some new boots, but it must wait until I reenter the Land of Available Ski Gear in December. I've been walking around the apartment in the current boots anyways, just to prepare myself for the white ribbon.
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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post
I hate the tease of thinking about skiing and I can't do it for another month. I hate looking at my wife's new skis and knowing that it could be another month before we can test them out. I hate seeing postings about an activity that I Can't Do!

At least with mountain biking I can do it at any time.

Life is tough. :

How do you deal with the "off season"?

I hiked for turns last nite, when it snowed. Thats how to deal
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