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Too Cool to be Excited

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Not me. Knowing skiing is but a few weeks away, knowing that I'll be skiing next month, has me percolating. It's no different than when I was a kid counting down the days till Christmas. That my first turns may take place on a thin white ribbon of manmade, with too many other mountain riders at my elbows and on my skis, does not diminish the enthusiasm. In fact, I have come to see the ritual in it, indicating the start of something very, very good.

I begin to look at my ski plans for the year and calculate how many days I might be able to get in this year, if all goes well, if we have a good snow year. I'll ski on new mountains and add trailmaps to the slow-growing collection on my wall, a few maps larger every season.

For whatever reason, many if not most of the images that remain in my mind's eye are recollections of chair rides up, the terrain passing below me, the kinds of trees in the woods, the particular sound made by skis turning on various conditions of snow. The chairlift conversations that are somehow always similar to one another, no matter the range of language used,
shaped into a particular form by the mold that is a chat all parties know will be concluded in a matter of however many minutes it takes to get the point where we unload and wish each other "a great day."
"You too."
(Then it is awkward, isn't it, when your schedules are more aligned than you'd realized and you meet up again at the bottom and share the same chair again.)
"Sorry, I forgot your name."
Maybe you end up skiing a few runs together. I've lucked into good "lessons" this way.

I have seemingly indelible image memories from otherwise mundane rides. Who knows why some things stick while others slide off, practically greased. Why does the peculiar look a vanilla lab gave me at the top of Supreme in April of 1999 stay with me so vividly? His head cocked and ears eager for his dad's "let's go."
At Arapahoe Basin, up Pallavacini with a local who was telling me he knew of some bumps I might like first thing in the morning, "before the sun softens 'em up too much." Then, near the top, looking to the right at the bumps he was talking about, and me skiing away to the left, hearing him heading to his line, "you don't know what you're missing." He wasn't remotely boastful, just excited. "Yes I do," I yelled back. I doubt he heard me; it was pretty windy up there.

This year I get to Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. I'll be gaping. I have a feeling I will be intoxicated in a way I really can't foresee. Last year's Gathering in Utah was nothing but a complete blast; I know this year's, too, will be fittingly Epic.
I know I'll have a few days in Colorado a couple weeks later, and a season-ending long weekend at Mammoth in May, a thought that always makes me smile, like a promise you know will be kept. I'll be lucky enough to get to Utah again and, if all goes Very Well, Montana in March. If we get some actual winter here, I'll get great Baldy days and, if milesb deems me ready, a first day at Waterman.

It's going to be a good year. I just know it.

Friday reverie concluded.
post #2 of 9
Its hard to keep cool in Bozeman when you wake up to an inch of snow on your lawn. Its still snowing and should be piling up at Big Sky and Bridger. I might have to drive up this weekend to check it out.
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here here rio!!! i was out lastnight to take the new pup for a bathroom break and it was SNOWING!! with some authority [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] not bad for Oct 10th!! on my way to missoula today, should be an intereseting drive [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] and off to pick up my bridger pass on sunday! yippee!!

ryan, a well put post, the excitement of a new season is building, that much is certain... jsut out of curiousity, how's IS the weather in Hell-A?? [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
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From what I'm being told the snow in Bozeman was a publicity stunt for the TGR film that's showing tonight. Man, those guys have connections.
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Very nice Ryan! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Yah, thanks fer sharin'! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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I'm disappointed in you, ryan. Someone once said, about you, that you could leave a room and not remember details.

What a liar that person is.

That was beautiful. If not for skier_j......... [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

Edited to say that I will sorely miss seeing you in Utah. Dang!

[ October 10, 2003, 05:39 PM: Message edited by: Bonni ]
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Hi Ryan,

26 days till that great new season starts...Hope to see you on the mountain again this year.

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Does this sound like someone who is cool?
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