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Reflecting on this season's goal(s)

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Now that the season is beginning to wind down, I thought it would be fun for everyone to take a minute and think back to the beginning of the year - Did you have a goal or goals in mind for the upcoming season? If so, were you able to achieve that goal?

Personally, I wanted to accomplish two things this season: 1) Become more comfortable snowboarding in the trees, bumps, and park; and 2) Finally take a crack at Okemo's "Truth" rail, which is by far the largest park feature (aside from one or two of the step downs) on the mountain.
I'm pleased to say I nailed both of my objectives for this season! Goal 1 was simply a matter of mileage; goal 2 took a little more in the form of a self-inflicted psychological beating.

My desktop wallpaper from November until the end of March was the first picture. After staring at it everyday for 6 months, it's now the second picture...and that feels good!
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post #2 of 19
You are a better man than me....it makes me think of a famous move line.... "I'm getting to old for this shiiiiiii......!!!!!!!"
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
I've seen footage of you skiing, Phil...I'm not a better man, just younger!

I almost forgot one of my most important goals, which thankfully was also achieved: Come through the season with friends, loved ones as well as myself still in one piece.

Then again, Okemo just extended the season another week (now closing April 22nd), so maybe I should temper my enthusiasm!
post #4 of 19
My goals...

Buy some gear...CHECK
Ski Blue Mountain...CHECK (tongue firmly planted in cheek)
Do a ESA clinic...CHECK
Bumpfest...CHECK
MRG...CHECK
Go west...CHECK
Helicopter...CHECK (Although bearly)
Ski with a bunch of Bears...CHECK (too many to name, for fear of leaving someone out)
25 days...depends on this weekend...TBA
Get better...CHECK (I think so)

and

My son finally getting better than me....CHECK, now where did I put that torch, it needs to be passed.
post #5 of 19
i've never been too good at making goals.

mine for the season was pretty simple: ski more than 40 days.

have not checked it off yet (think i'm at about 35 and may break it/tie it by the end of April).

while the 40 days is still eluding me, I did get over my internet fears and hook up with some cool peoples both at the Tahoe Gathering and LGC3, which almost makes up for not hitting 40...



oh yeah, unlike Phil, I may have my gear fetish under control.

got my quiver nailed down to:

Titan 9
King Salmon
Spatula

still have a pair of Titan 8's that might get mounted for tree skiing and bumps since they're 175cm (the LGC3 folks LOVED the bumps and by proxy i ended up in them quite a bit)

and i'm still looking for something in the 108-115 range to slip between the KS and Spat.
post #6 of 19
My goals at the start of the season were mostly places I wanted to ski.

Then I broke my leg on Feb 1st and things changed a lot. My goal pretty much became getting on skis by the end of the season. Well, I managed to do that about 2 weeks ago. After that, I had a new goal of at least skiing a double black. Well, today with 8" of snow on the ground I managed to do it. My leg hurts like hell, but I think it's the good kind of pain.
post #7 of 19
My goals were fairly basic at the beginning of this season.

1 - Ski outside of Michigan ~~~I did Twice!
2 - Ski with a buncha Bears ~~~I did that too! A whole Buncha Bears!
3 - Try and improve my basic skiing technique and pick up some speed~~~Attended ESA Stowe and got a lot out of it
4 - Learn how to ski moguls ~~~Since I never skied moguls much and really didn't "do it" I feel as thought I've improved drastically, tho I need to do much better
5 - Eliminate overlap in my ski Quiver ~~~DONE!
6 - Do a helicopter ~~~unaccoplished

My season also held some special moments and excitement with bears that I had not anticipated. You just can't put a value on that!
All in all, I feel good about my 2006-07 season, and plan on advancing my goals for the 07-08 season
post #8 of 19
The only goals I set were the ones I always set - ski something new and ski more days than I am old.

While I have accomplished some other benchmarks - skiing at least one day every week since October, passing the 50 day mark, more than 30 powder days; I still have not skied anything truly "new" this season. I have never skied Mt. Adams, so that will be a good summer marker.


Passed the birthday mark in March. Now shooting for senior citizen status.
post #9 of 19
^good ones Harry M.

since last season i sorta set the goal to ski as many days as i am old and for the past 5 seasons have tried to visit at least one mountain i had never gone to before.

last year was a banner year with 5 new mountains visited.

sadly, only hit 1 (Loveland) this season.

but i feel i more'n made up for that by attending 2 Epic Gatherings and leaving my indelible imprint on many a Bear's brains (scarred might be more appropriate of a term, though)

post #10 of 19
My goals were to ski my age (almost the same goal as yours Harry, just one less

Goal accomplished, skied 54 days.

To make major improvements in my skiing
Goal accomplished.

To get my PSIA Level I certification and to become at least a half way decent instructor.
Goal accomplished.

To ski more bumps and crud.
Took until February before I could work on this one due to lack of snow, but I did make progress in that area.
post #11 of 19
Goals for the season:

o Ski my age—Check. 52 days as of yesterday!

o Ski more off-piste terrain—Check. We had a great season that provided a lot of off-piste opportunities. This year's ratio of off-piste to on-piste was about 70/30. It was a big leap forward for me.

o Spend less time in the backseat—Check. I still end up in the backseat when I'm nervous, but I'm getting better!

o Improve carving and speed—Check. I still have a lot work to do, but it's getting better.

o Start doing small jumps—Check. I wanted to learn how to do small jumps because I've been uncomfortable when my skis leave the snow. The jumps I'm doing are small, but I'm making progress. Next year I hope to improve my body position, keep my arms down (I let them fly up over my head), and maybe do a 180. We'll see..
post #12 of 19
I reached my goal of passing my Level II this season!

The great posts that I read on this forum as well as all of the great advise that I get from fellow Bears, helped me achieve that goal! THANKS!

Next year's goal --- Level III:

~Snowmiser~
post #13 of 19
Simple goal -- Stop letting other peoples BS get in the way of my skiing.

For the last 4 years, I've been planning things with other people that fall apart. Trying to work out schedules with friends and relatives to go skiing. Putting trips off for weeks until suddenly the season was over. Allowing office politics and my boss make me stick around instead of getting out.

This year: I've finally gotten my Bro to head to Tahoe with me (wish the snow came too). I flew to CO solo with 3 days notice when a good deal came around. I chased a storm up to VT to (barely) miss first chair. I told friends, you're skiing with me this week instead of asked -- and they came, and I blew off my fair share of work to make some turns.

Oh yeah, and I found Epic, so despite my living in an area so devoid of skiing passion, I've been able to remain stoked (-1 for artificial use of slang) about skiing without feeling like a freak.
post #14 of 19
I had a rather bad fall last spring (6 weeks till I was all the way healed, could have been worse), along with pnuemonia, and then another respritory illness this fall. Last year my skiing was progressing by leaps and bounds until I injured myself, and I really wanted to get back to that level this year, and hopefully further. It did not happen. After my fall last year, my confidence has been shot. That, and with rehabing and being sick, I haven't had the physical strength to really ski hard and push myself.

I am just now starting to feel strong, and skiing close to the level I was last year, but now the seasons almost over. Oh well, it'll just make me more motivated next year (I hope).



My only real concrete goal was to ski 100 days this year, and I think I'll make that, so thats good. I'm allready at a personal best of 84.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by cloudpeak View Post
Goals for the season:

o Ski my age—Check. 52 days as of yesterday!

o Start doing small jumps—Check. I wanted to learn how to do small jumps because I've been uncomfortable when my skis leave the snow. The jumps I'm doing are small, but I'm making progress. Next year I hope to improve my body position, keep my arms down (I let them fly up over my head), and maybe do a 180. We'll see..

That is awesome. I hope I'm still pushing my limits when I'm 52.
post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudpeak View Post
Goals for the season:

o Ski my age—Check. 52 days as of yesterday!

o Ski more off-piste terrain—Check. We had a great season that provided a lot of off-piste opportunities. This year's ratio of off-piste to on-piste was about 70/30. It was a big leap forward for me.

o Spend less time in the backseat—Check. I still end up in the backseat when I'm nervous, but I'm getting better!

o Improve carving and speed—Check. I still have a lot work to do, but it's getting better.

o Start doing small jumps—Check. I wanted to learn how to do small jumps because I've been uncomfortable when my skis leave the snow. The jumps I'm doing are small, but I'm making progress. Next year I hope to improve my body position, keep my arms down (I let them fly up over my head), and maybe do a 180. We'll see..
Cloudpeak- I have only seen you ski for about 2 minutes ever. (I was with Banditman (mike) and Dug (doug) at the time), but when I saw you you were a) skiing off piste (in powder no less!!) and b) skiing like some one much younger than your actual age. I hope to get the chance to really ski with you sometime and if you want I can show you plenty of very small natural jumps which are much more fun than park ones.
post #17 of 19
my goals:

1) lose weight, get in better shape √ (-40 lbs)
2) more days than last year √ (25 vs. 21, shooting for 30 next year)
3) get better in moguls √ (barely, but I did not get worse!)
4) new boots √ (Salomon Xwave 9)
5) don't buy new skis X (failed, I bought 4 new pair)
6) ski out west and/or Vermont X (never made it out of the mid-A)
7) hit as many powder days as I can √ (could have hit a few more with better planning)
8) put together an AT setup and earn some turns √ (only one day so far, but fun)
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
my goals:

1) lose weight, get in better shape √ (-40 lbs)
2) more days than last year √ (25 vs. 21, shooting for 30 next year)
3) get better in moguls √ (barely, but I did not get worse!)
4) new boots √ (Salomon Xwave 9)
5) don't buy new skis X (failed, I bought 4 new pair)
6) ski out west and/or Vermont X (never made it out of the mid-A)
7) hit as many powder days as I can √ (could have hit a few more with better planning)
8) put together an AT setup and earn some turns √ (only one day so far, but fun)
My new goal, learn how to put fancy smancy checks into my posts.
post #19 of 19
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