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The Ski Jones Malady

post #1 of 13
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So I finally understand the crazy friends I have who attend Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert every year. A great number of these friends have been attending said event for the better part of a decade. I tend to avoid hanging out with them as the event nears because they go into overdrive and begin lamenting about how life out on the playa is the true reality and that everything else is just meaningless and how hard it is to deal with the rest of the year waiting for the glorious time they will have in the desert.

I have slipped into this mentality now with skiing. I have slunk into a state of replapsing depression due to the lack of snow and skiing (though if I had my AT game in effect I could still be making semi-sweet turns in Utah/Washington/Oregon, but alas I do not). I have sadly slipped into a maelstrom of ice cream eating, massive DVD watching, and crashing the next door neighbor's bbq techno fests. Yet when I find myself in a large group of people my conversation skills lockdown and I invariably begin babbling incoherently about skiing. I have a few friends that won't even hang out with me if I even so much as begin to mention the words "ski", "snow" or the like. In fact a common question often asked of me before we go out is "How many skis did you buy today, Spence?" Several friends are looking into admitting me into Skiers Anonymous or some other like-minded program that helps the maligned deal with their problem in a human manner.

I am slowly realizing that I need to find a replacement activity, but don't think that much is going to come close to the sheer mind erasing bliss of shussing down a slope, groomed, ungroomed, piste, off-piste, in-bounds or out-of-bounds.

Perhaps my Burning Man brethren aren't so crazy afterall and have been onto something all this time in regards to the shifting sands of one's personal reality.
post #2 of 13
They're still crazy. The problem is, so are you. (And me.)
post #3 of 13
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don't get me wrong, i attended BM back in 2002 and had a blast. wore a dress for a week, made out with a hottie (she went along with me, so no i didn't pick up on some desert babe of unknown origin), and marveled at the perfect-to-scale recreation of the Thunder Dome that one group makes every year, among other things. I highly encourage folks to make the trip to BM at least once in their life to see what it's all about firsthand as any secondhand recounts, documentaries, and the like just don't capture the raw feel of being there in the flesh.

but i didn't feel a purging or detoxing when i returned to "reality" afterwards. it was like a mini-vacation, kind of like going to Vegas and Disneyland all rolled into one (with obvious differences, mind you...nudity, drugs, debauchery, a free love mentality, etc).

i am feeling a serious detox from lack of turns, though, thus prompting me to finally understand being attached to some experience so strongly that it effects your mental and physical well-being when you find yourself detached from it.

or something like that.
post #4 of 13
Funny, I put my skis away three times this year. Got them out twice for unexpected Ski Adventures.
I've transformed into summer TC with my bike and golf season in full swing but if a chance to ski came up, I'd do it!
Skiing First!
Always!
post #5 of 13
dookey, come up to washington, there is still tons of snow.
post #6 of 13
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in hindsight i prolly shoulda come up into the PNW in early May. Now i wouldn't be able to make the trek until the end of June!

Oh yeah, I've decided that buyin gear really isn't a satisfactory replacement for actually skiing.

Now I sit at home at night and stare at the unmounted Titan 9's and Lib Tech NAS's leaning against the bookshelf and sigh...I SO want to get 'em mounted and out on the hill!
post #7 of 13
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Oh yeah, I've decided that buyin gear really isn't a satisfactory replacement for actually skiing.
Welll just buy the gear and send it to me, it's still not skiing but it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
post #8 of 13
save the money on new unmounted skis and plan a trip to South America (e.g. Portillo, Las Lenas, Bariloche, etc.)

or

go hike/ski Shasta....or Adams....or Rainier.

the snow is always there, it just moves a little farther away sometimes.
post #9 of 13
Tyrone you should come up and ski. There is snow in many more places than just those 3 right now.
post #10 of 13
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Tyrone you should come up and ski. There is snow in many more places than just those 3 right now.
oh I know. those 3 just jumped out at me for a quick note. Some friends have been pestering me to come on up to the Cascades and further north for awhile now....but I'm done for the season and just have no interest at the moment. Attention is elsewhere for now until the Fall
post #11 of 13
I am going skiing tomorrow with about 20inches of new snow, I wish i could fel our pain.
post #12 of 13
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Thanks Bush!

And yeah, Ty, I know, I just need to get my feet wet first with the whole AT/BC thing...been reading 666's reports, but he's a few levels above my gnarl factor!

Thankfully I'm going rafting on the middle fork of the AmRiver this weekend, so that will shift the mind a bit.

And I hear ya, my mind is already elsewhere, but still keeps drifting back to skiing. Especially since the basic, normal weekend activity here in SF tends to revolve around drinking and sleeping in (at least where my youthful roommates are concerned) and q'ing and raving (at least where my crazy neighbors are concerned). Still trying to generate a hiking conglomerate, but drinking and dancing always seems to win out!
post #13 of 13
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And I hear ya, my mind is already elsewhere, but still keeps drifting back to skiing. Especially since the basic, normal weekend activity here in SF tends to revolve around drinking and sleeping in (at least where my youthful roommates are concerned) and q'ing and raving (at least where my crazy neighbors are concerned). Still trying to generate a hiking conglomerate, but drinking and dancing always seems to win out!
EXACTLY!
I biked last night, I biked this morning, I'm playing volleyball tonight, and have a golf outing scheduled for the weekend, but I can't keep my mind off skiing!!!:
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