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Mortality and Ski Season

post #1 of 22
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I get into a funk around this time of year. Something about ski season winding down and mortality. It's like dying a little death each year. Yeah, it's March and there's plenty left but we're over the hump; more trails will close than open.

Will I ever get back to that favorite trail? I only get to some of my favorite mountains once every five or ten years. Oh my gosh, I may never ski .... again!!!


Shock -- Darn it looks like .... is all washed out; the rope just went up.

Denial -- It's gotta be okay. I'll sneak in through the woods down below the ridge so I don't have to go under the rope.

Anger -- Darn, it really is washed out. Hit a few rocks and I have to walk the rest of the way out.

Bargaining -- Well if I can't ski .... at least .... and .... are still open.

Depression -- Man, hardly anything good is open.

Testing -- They're still running the .... lift is still running up at Mt. ...., maybe we should head up and try a few runs.

Acceptance -- Only a few trails were open today but me and the buddies had a heck of a lot of fun on what was left. That was a total blast. Who cares if the season's over. Our legs are putty from skiing big gooshie spring bumps all day and we're sitting on the deck in the sun with plenty of beers. What's not to be happy about. I can't wait til next season !!!




Really, I'll be in a funk for a few weeks when I get one or two days in in April. Get those last couple days when I thought all was lost and I'll be thankful for making something out of nothing. Always works that way.
post #2 of 22
Great post, I have the same kinds of feelings. "Is it over?" "Hey I just had a great weekend of skiing!" "It's going to be over soon."

I have SAD (Seasonal Afflictive Disease) but for me it's when Winter is over. I've tried other things, but have nothing that I really have passion for besides skiing. Bike riding, sure - fun, but basically just exercise. Working out, yep, I love it, but passion for it - no.

Every year I think "I know, I'll get back into music, composing, maybe start a band." That would be great for me, but it doesn't happen.

I've already started thinking about October already, when I can start thinking about ski season - and this one isn't even over yet!

It is a bit like dying each year. But at least we get to be reborn next year!
post #3 of 22
I don't know how old L2T is, but checking my profile I see I am in my 50's. The end of each season makes me a little morbid.

For some of you "Ten ski runs to do before you die" is a rhetorical flourish. For me it makes me wonder how much of the list I could realistically work my way through.
post #4 of 22
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I'm 47 mdf. Glad to here it's not just me.

SMJ, I get mild SAD mostly in the fall. I get up at 6:00 AM almost every day and waking up in the dark really screws me up. The last few weeks of DST in October get me in a funk and that carries me thru Nov/Dev. Skiing does help pull me out of it. Now we have this DST in mid-March and I'm back to waking up in the dark :-(
post #5 of 22
What is bugging me the most is this Day Light Savings Time adjustment. We're going to see faster snow melt with an extra hour of sun light each day. Who's idea was that? Isn't it bad enough we have global warming and now this!
post #6 of 22
I have the same problem. It hurts when the season ends. However, I forget about it in a week or two and start doing all of the stuff I've put off for the last 5 1/2 months. I don't usually get antsy until late October when the fever hits again.

At 53 I also have thoughts of mortality. I'm at the top of my game now, but won't be for a lot longer and I'm trying to get in as much as possible before I can't ski like I want to anymore.
post #7 of 22
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I don't know how old L2T is, but checking my profile I see I am in my 50's. The end of each season makes me a little morbid.
We're on the back nine.
post #8 of 22
Hey you guys I'm on the "back nine" with you. Maybe even closer to the club house. But I'm encouraged . We have a pack of bumpers at my hill that are early to late 60"s that can really ski moguls. So, that's inspirational. Have to stay as fit as you can to have as much fun as you can. It can be done, I believe staying as fit as you can gives you a shot at it as well as avoiding nagging injuries.
post #9 of 22
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What is bugging me the most is this Day Light Savings Time adjustment. We're going to see faster snow melt with an extra hour of sun light each day. Who's idea was that? Isn't it bad enough we have global warming and now this!
this is a joke right? the number of hours of daylight hasn't changed.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
this is a joke right? the number of hours of daylight hasn't changed.
:-) :-) :-)

What it will mean is a change in strategy on spring days. Assuming areas leave the lift hours the same things won't melt as early so the skiing will suck early in the day in early spring. I guess it's a reason to sleep in a bit.

Of course afternoons could be better in late spring as it won't be as gloppy.

I know some mountains are expanding lift hours but I doubt it will be common.
post #11 of 22
yeah amazing that the sun actually stays around an extra hour to help us save energy

Well, I always want March to continue on in early March mode for a few more weeks - ie more sun, a few big late season dumps, hero snow, warmer temps etc. Funny thing about 5 years ago we had a LOT of snow in March and I remember skiing on incredible base for Vt in April around Easter time. The mountain was closing down anyway because noone was showing up - pretty sad in itself that everyone was ready for golf.

Thinking about the whole GW thing (I know I know - it's not a direct cause of our weather) has me down this year - damned ski seasons getting shorter and shorter - I don't want to become an anachronism like a horse buggy driver or something if you know what I mean .

Regardless if you believe that or not this season has kind of sucked - hopefully we have a longer one next year. But I'm not willing to give it up quite yet ....
post #12 of 22
Yeah, it's that time of year allright.... TO GET MAJORLY STOKED FOR WATERSKIING! ! ! Yessir - won't be long now...... swingin' it way out there, wide and low, carvin' hard, (talkin' about tipping a ski on edge ... like perpindicular!) literally bending the surface of the lake and throwin' up a huge wall of water! Oh, did I mention bikinis! ! ! C'mon - skiing and bikinis! 4cznskier equation- shorter snowskii season = longer waterski season (or visa-versa) - directly and inversely proportionate! Perfectly harmonious, symbiotic and mutually enhancing, as the best relationships are! Let's see now.... To get waterski ready I'm going to have to make some time too....... UNZIP THE BAG!!!
post #13 of 22
I do try to occupy myself with other sports in the off-season, but none come close to skiing for me. Thus, I enter into a phase of depression and desperation this time of the year, and try to eke out as many days as I can before the 7-8 month exile begins. The desperation part is kind of good, as it has me chasing what few powder days may remain (hit the jackpot last week, woo-hoo!).

Yesterday I skied soft spring snow with temps around 50F and it was fun, but a bittersweet reminder that the season is indeed coming to an end in another 3-4 weeks here in the mid-atlantic (there's the depression part). My only consolation is that the weather guys think we might have 1-2 more brief doses of winter between the current warmup and early April, so we might have a shot at another dump. That will be a bonus round if it happens.
post #14 of 22
... or you start planning your S Hemisphere season

{envious of my cousin who spent last two summers in New Zealand}
post #15 of 22
I get into a funk around this time of year. Something about people saying ski season winding down when there are 100" of snow still on the mountains. People keep saying to me "what are you going to do now that ski seasons over" :
post #16 of 22
I also hate to see my favorite season slip away. I'd love to see the season last from late October to early April. But in the East it looks like those are just pipe dreams. Just got back from Stowe and I'm hoping that my ski season isn't over yet. The one thing that I take from this season is to start as early as possible. Started first full week of December (the Canyons) and it sure does seem to have lasted longer.
post #17 of 22
Where some of us come from, the mountains don't ever see 100 inches of snow.
post #18 of 22
All you depressed people seem to live in the northeast. Have you considered moving? Just a thought. I played golf yesterday, skied today, it's hell out here.
post #19 of 22
We have more than a month left. Some of the best skiing lays ahead.

Mad River on Friday, Stowe appreciation days next week and then there's Killington.

"Did we say it was over when the Nazis bombed Pearl Harbor."
post #20 of 22
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All you depressed people seem to live in the northeast. Have you considered moving? Just a thought. I played golf yesterday, skied today, it's hell out here.

Thanks, Jim, you just made me cheer up.

Things could be worse.

I could have played golf yesterday.
post #21 of 22
I have one more ski day, next Sunday, ith my son. It will make aroud 20 days on the snow. That about equals the past two years, combined. my Kid is just about skied out. We have had a good year.

Although we skied many very cold days, we hada lot of fun, with few crowds.

Kevin
post #22 of 22
I really don't feel that way - yet. Was just responding in kind to the subject. I took last weekend off but will be up again for hopefully some fresh turns Sat/Sun. But that depressed ski feeling is coming in another month or so.

Then again, baseball team meeting is next week and we got a doubleheader at Cooperstown in August this year. So it'll be on to the next thing to keep me going
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