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Yes- it is the end...

post #1 of 27
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of another season.

At 4pm, just like every other day, the lifts closed. Not with any special fanfare, they just stopped.

I finished teaching my last lesson of the season just about a half hour before, so I wasn't even on the hill when it happened. Instead, I was in the locker room, clearing out my locker. The place was quiet, like something terrible had happened. Lots of instr's, but the banter normally associated with the end of a day was gone. Just the sounds of instr's loading boxes and bags. And the door, as it slammed shut behind each departing instr.

A few of us tried to go get a beer, but most of the bars were closed. But it was hot, so we opted for an ice cream at the Swiss Hot Dog place in Lionshead. We reminisced for awhile, but it was time to leave.

Many of our staff have left over the past two weeks. Many will return, some will not. And like the seasons already gone by, this one will soon be covered in the dust of time, blending in with those general memories, unable to specify what or when something happened. Who we worked with, the students, the big snow days, and the sorrow of co-workers injuries, and of those fellow pro's we will never see again.

One highlight of my season was the opportunity to participate in the inaugural EpicSki Academy. It will remain in my memory as the time the consumer began to tell the ski industry that their SOP was unacceptable. I trust that it will continue to represent what you, as consumers, want.

I now have a week to finsh all my odds and ends, clean the condo and lock it up for the summer, as I'm supposed to be at my summer job next Monday. But over the summer, I will be actively involved with the organizing committee for the next ESA, and I will be tuning in to EpicSki, to hear what issues are floating around. This should keep the spark burning in my sub-conscious until it is fanned into aflame again next fall, as the forums heat up.

So- where ever you are, what ever you do-
Have a safe and active summer.

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post #2 of 27
again. no its not the end of the season. maybe for resorts such as vail, that never extend a season because they are "vail"; but theres plenty of snow and places to ski in CO and CA.

as soon as these resorts stopped being managed by over the hill mgt., maybe theyll realize they can still make money as long as theres good snow.
post #3 of 27
Skicougar... I think that overall, people are getting ready for summer( I know I am) and so they put their skis away. Prep 'em, shine 'em and set 'em aside for another great winter season [img]smile.gif[/img] Which brings me to another thought... I also think it has to do with one's mood; winter is officialy over and so many feel that it's time to get ready for it. For the few who still like to load up the skis for yet another ski trip, it's simply not enough business hence not yielding much profit for many of these ski resorts.

And so... the lift did stop at 4pm but it shall open again in only few months (it's only 6 months away, guys). Before you know it, we'll be talking snow and skiing once more.

[ April 21, 2003, 03:56 AM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #4 of 27
VSP,

It was the same haunting feeling here at Copper. As we went through the month of April more and more full time instructors said their goodbyes and headed south, east, west or wherever. More and more lockers stood empty with open doors. Voices echo but nobody is there. Most instructors will be back, some will not. A few part timers remained, most having been given their freedom earlier.

As much as we celebrated "That's at wrap" after lineup Sunday this will be that week when you don't quite feel right. Luckily I got to make a couple of runs with a client who needed to head towards DIA for an early evening flight to Baltimore. A great way to end my Copper season. Bumping the blacks with a great client.

Monday morning at 5:30 the dog still wants his early walk but there is no need to hurry (at least for me). Thank God I have a few home improvement projects to complete prior to going back to work at the course in early May. And a lot of study prior to heading to Florida next month for my first PGA checkpoint. Failing is not an option.

I'm looking forward a few turns at the Basin this weekend but it isn't the same as being "home".
post #5 of 27
VSP-
Certainly one of the high points of my season was the opportunity to ski with you. It opened up a whole new approach to skiing to me, (even if I haven't quite got it yet!- but getting better each day, I think).

I was at Vail skiing with my son on closing day (I foolishly forgot to bring your phone number with me, so I didn't get a chance to call). We stayed overnight at the Marriott (at Lionshead for the incredible price of $84.), and our window faced the bottom of the runs. All early evening long, until nearly 7pm, there were small groups of skiers coming down, long after the lifts had closed- presumably the on-mt workers, lifties, and lucky few who got their last turns in long after the rest of us.

This morning it was bizzarre to look out and see the cables of the gondola tracing their way up the mountain along the towers, but with nothing hanging from them.

I am not willing to concede the end so soon. We spent a great day at A Basin today (where snow conditions were GREAT, and the East wall is open). They are planning a July 4th closing day, and I hope to find out if they are right!

[ April 21, 2003, 07:42 PM: Message edited by: dp ]
post #6 of 27
The end? The forecast for the cottonwoods says up to 2 feet of new snow this week.
post #7 of 27
VSP

I really enjoyed skiing with you in Utah, I cleaned out my locker at Sugarbowl 2 weeks ago however the resort is still open so I'm going to try to get one more day if not 2 this week. It's still snowing at 5400 Ft in the sierra foothills. (what's up with that?)
Expected to continue through the rest of the week.

Sugarbowl is scheduled to close on April 27th and according to the weather forecast it should be snowing on that day!

Oh well, it was a great season. Certainly one of the highlights was for me to ski with all the great instructors/coaches at Brighton.

And passing the level II exams with all of the help from those here.

Mike Iman says Hi, and something about Dan?
post #8 of 27
Stop raining on my parade, this season is not over until the lifts start running next year.
post #9 of 27
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WOW! I'm unemployed!

It finally started to sink in about 11 am yesterday morning, that there was nothing I really HAD to do, or any where I HAD to be! So, a relaxing breakfast, a few phone calls, check email.... Oh well, I should probably do something productive.

I went and spent hours in the locker room, tuning and waxing skis for their summer storage. Maybe a dozen or so instr's came through, picking up their gear. Most were suffering from a very rough night before, and not really in the mood for cleaning out lockers.

This morning, I've been cleaning the condo, and getting ready to go out and run errands. I just looked outside, and it's snowing like crazy! What was dry and green yesterday is white again. So much for the bike ride I had planned on for later... But we can sure use the moisture!

This is always my busiest social week of the season! I'm having a couple of instr's over for dinner tonight, and am going out with others the next couple of nights. Just time for those final good bye's.

Then it's A Basin on Saturday with a bunch of Bears, for the final turns of my season. I hear the snow is great right now, and now with more, it should be awesome! If you are in the area, try getting up to join us!

Yes- it is the end of another season...

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post #10 of 27
Thanks for a great season. This year was my first to Vail, or west of the Mississippi for that matter. I learned more on Vail mountain in five days than my two previous seasons combined. I read putdowns about Vail on this board on a regular basis but, I already have my airline tickets into Eagle and my hotel booked for next season. See ya next year!
post #11 of 27
Great report about how the end of the season feels. Always a time of nostalgia and regret that you will have to wait 6 months to have that much fun again.

In Australia it is the opposite. We are all hanging out for the snow and have the expectation that within 6 weeks we will have skis on, as long as Mother Nature cooperates. In the ski resorts the anticipation can be felt. So guys enjoy your summer, but think of us Southern Hemisphere skiers who are so excited that our season is getting closer and closer!
post #12 of 27
Yep, it's in the air. The trees around here are definitely turning yellow, up in teh mountains they were at-it some weeks ago. Amateur forcasters are trying to predict the first snowfall that will settle and stay..it's only a long month away!
post #13 of 27
I don't know about Oz but in NZ it is the call of summer sports that pulls people off the slopes, even if there is still snow about. In NZ it is easy to ski all year round iff you go to Mt Cook area or the garden of eden or Alah.
post #14 of 27
Putting the skiis away?
Getting ready for summer?
End of the season?

You guys need to be in Mammoth!
post #15 of 27
9/11 We all need to be at the Basin www.coloradoski.com.
post #16 of 27
heh just 8 weeks approx until winter comes again ....... then 8 weeks after that winter is the next .... and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........ and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........and 8 weeks after that is the next and ........mmmm wonder I which mountain will next give up its secrets :

[ April 24, 2003, 11:52 PM: Message edited by: man from oz ]
post #17 of 27
You guy's in the Rockies need to come to the East and ski Killington until June, opened in late October close in June. Don't get to jealous.... Have a good summer.
post #18 of 27
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Originally posted by smithby:
You guy's in the Rockies need to come to the East and ski Killington until June, opened in late October close in June. Don't get to jealous.... Have a good summer.
Skiing until June?
There's talk of skiing in July at Mammoth.
Then again, I'm not in the Rockies.

Here's the forecast as of 4/25/03
post #19 of 27
It's never the end, just a summer pause until we can grin in the white stuff again.

DB
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post #21 of 27
Good points VSP.

My concern is the geographical knowledge of those back east. Where is Mammoth? The Rockies? I don' think so, check out a map and you might discover it is the Sierras out there near the other coast.
post #22 of 27
Mammoth or Killington? gee, there's a tough one. Only thing Killington's got over it are crowds.
Still, if there's a time to ski Killington it's when everyone's left for the season.
All those Brits that fly to killington really need to have their heads examined.

Spring Driving to Mammoth from LA:

desert...desert...desert...desert..."you sure they'll be snow?"...desert...desert...hmmm mountains...they're dry....dry...hmmm snow at the top only...dry...dry...we're going up..."uh...snow?"...still going up...some snow!...yeah not much..."you sure the skiing's good?"..."well we're here anyway"...it's dark...we'll find out tommorrow...

ummmm....Skiiiiing....Mammoth good...Paranoid Flats scary...
post #23 of 27
Thread Starter 
Jealous of Killington? Surely you jest!

You can ski at Keystone from October, and A Basin thru July. Throw in Breck, and 10 days at Vail/ Beaver Creek, and do all of it for $319.

Thats 8+ months of skiing for next to nothing.

If you were truly hardcore about it, lets figure 240 days. That comes out to about $1.33 per day...

Heck, even if you only use the Vail days- its only $32 per day.

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post #24 of 27
Yeah, I am really jealous of killington's 250 inches of snow and
it's 4,241 toop elevation. My house is higher then that there are six utah ski resorts that average over 500 inches of snow annually. The only reason utah resorts are not open later then they are is because utah skiers are spoiled, and dont want to ski anything but powder, something that eastern resorts never see.
post #25 of 27
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Originally posted by eastsucks:
Yeah, I am really jealous of killington's 250 inches of snow and
it's 4,241 toop elevation. My house is higher then that there are six utah ski resorts that average over 500 inches of snow annually. The only reason utah resorts are not open later then they are is because utah skiers are spoiled, and dont want to ski anything but powder, something that eastern resorts never see.
This is my first post after lurking for a while. I'm from the east but love to ski the west. Utah is a favorite. We get some powder here and there,you just have to catch it when it comes.Skied Alta and the bird 3 weeks ago, now thats powder!
post #26 of 27
You lot have it all wrong, doing north & south leaves a nice stop over in Fiji or the like for a relax on the beach. After a month of not being on snow I was back in a groomer again down south.

For a real endless winter there's always antartica.
post #27 of 27
Yeah but the ski lift systems in Antarctica are terrible!
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