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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
The poll on best ski lunch got me to thinking about how my typical ski day does not lend itself to lunch.

[ October 07, 2003, 02:05 PM: Message edited by: lifer ]
post #2 of 29
I ski all day, usually go up and do the pow and steeps right away in the morning then after about 1 PM I'm too toasted to do anyhting difficult and usually head to the front side or lower groomers for the remaining part of the day.
post #3 of 29
On a trip - all day for sure (unless hungover - then midmorning, kinda long lunch, and to last chair). At home mountain Wintergreen - night to close (after work) or Sunday noon to dinner time.
post #4 of 29
I ski the whole length of the lift ticket, 8 hours.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
I don't think I have skied a full day since I moved to Boise five years ago and began purchasing season passes at Bogus Basin. My typical ski day is 3-4 hours, whenever I can make the time. The trip up to the mountain takes 40 minutes, door to door. With 2 high speed quads and nonexistent lift lines during the week, I can get in a lot of skiing in a couple of hours.

If the driving time was longer or if I was paying for daily lift tickets, I am sure I would ski longer days, less often. As it is, I am able to get my skiing in without my family complaining.

We don't get a lot of powder days at Bogus Basin but all in all, it is a great place to ski.
post #6 of 29
Last season was ski all day Saturday and drive home that evening. We (wife and 5yr old daughter) only live about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Cataloochee’s parking lot. Ski some Sunday afternoons when we get out of church unless we stayed overnight on Saturday, then we try to get a full day on Sunday too. During the week I’d try to leave work at least one evening a week to ski Cataloochee (NC) or Ober Gatlinburg (TN) to get in some night skiing either by my self or with a friend from work. On trips out west I try to ski from opening to close.
post #7 of 29
I'm there on the first lift and ski until the last! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 29
I usually ski alone, so I get up late, ski til mid afternoon, then pack it in. Unless, of course, it's a powder day.
post #9 of 29
All day, but with breaks throughout the day depending on how our kids are doing.
post #10 of 29
I've always been a terrible night owl, and think that the highly manicured groomers one gets in the early AM, as well as the untracked powder one might get for a run or two are overrated and not representative of "real" skiing.

At home, we usually get to the hill "whenever" (eg, 10 AM to noon or later, depending on what's happening), but ski till they throw us out, often 9 or 10 PM at the local areas. This puts us nicely out of synch with other people's lunch and dinner times.

We usually have whatever passes for a hot meal at the base cafeteria, once in early afternoon, and a second one in early evening.

Tom / PM

[ October 09, 2003, 09:50 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]
post #11 of 29
Depends on where I am. At home in Wisc maybe 9 to 4 maybe 10 till I get bored of the giant pimple I'm skiing. When I'm on an actual mountain its 9 til they don't let me back on the lift for as many days as I'm there. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] Well okay maybe I'll take a break midweek and throw in a 10-3:30 day. I usually take 30-45 mins for lunch unless its a powder day.
post #12 of 29
used to be.
sleep as late as possible.
wake up with lunch hopefully made the nite before. otherwise search for loose dollar bills or maybe slap a sandwich together.
ride came around 8:30
22 miles to Turner. not exactly lift lines at Turner. ski till hungry, eat, ski till ride leaves. usually at Turner the usual group would gather for after ski burgers/grill/booze.
eat, sleep, repeat.
post #13 of 29
My typical ski day is focused on family. Getting the kids to learn and push their abilities intermixed w/ lots of cruising. It's fun but...

I know it's poor "forum form" but at the risk of hijacking this thread I'd ask what's your Epic day like?

For me it's a serious storm day. Requiring a blizzard that covers your tracks on every run, chases the posers inside, and makes me in awe of nature. (oh yea, the wife and kids stay home which put me on parts of the mountain I don't see on my typical days).

I had two of these last season and they are still etched on my brain.

Of course the day after the storm is great for a few hours...

Anyone care to comment on an Epic day?
post #14 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by bobski:
...what's your Epic day like? ...For me it's a serious storm day. Requiring a blizzard that covers your tracks on every run, chases the posers inside, and makes me in awe of nature...
Of course, family and friends can also turn a normal conditions day into one that is epic in other equally wonderful ways. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

However, with respect to weather and snow conditions, I couldn't have said it better.

About the posers, they don't seem to pose too well in a storm, do they? I just love it when I meet someone on the lift in a reasonably normal storm (8-12" of fresh, 15-20 mph winds and 25 F) who tells me, "There's too much snow to ski", or "It's too windy/cold to ski". I've gotten real good at nodding back agreeably, and then getting serious and muttering things like, "I wonder if DoT will close the road before we get out of here?" or "We don't get them too often around here, but, you do know about tree wells, don't ya?". [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

One day, one of them sternly warned me about having my (then 9 y.o.) daughter out in such bad conditions. As I was trying to think of a suitable reply, in an easily heard, totally incredulous voice, my kid asked me, "What is he talking about, Dad? This is fantastic weather!".

Tom / PM

[ October 10, 2003, 01:46 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]
post #15 of 29
Quote:
posted by bobski:
I know it's poor "forum form" but at the risk of hijacking this thread I'd ask what's your Epic day like?
Any day I wake up, and I'm alive and well. :
post #16 of 29
Wow! I'm amazed to be the only afternoon skier!(so far) I'm a night owl, and don't much care for waking up while it's still dark out. Even on powder days, no rush to get stuck on the ski hill road. It usually gets plowed last when it snows a lot here. I normally have the chores and errands done, a nice brunch finished, skiis scraped and ready to leave the house by 12:40 sharp. First run at 1:15, go nonstop until two runs after the liftie says "last run". Sweep the hill with the patrol, and ski to the car. Dig the tall cans of Pilsner Urquell and frozen glasses out of a drift, and savour the flavour. (no beer compares) Drive down, the road is now ours. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
I have trouble ranking epic days. Mine come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes its the skiing, new snow--maybe still storming. Other times its blue bird days, skiing with my wife and kids. All I know is its the days I'm smiling extra wide. Come to think of it, it's most days I'm up on the mountain. It's all good!
post #18 of 29
Wake up at 4:00. Look at the weather forecast on net & remote weather stations, if it has snowed enough call other people at 5:00. Into office by 5:30. Make control schedule. Snowmobile to explosives mag. get shots, transport to day storage cache. 6:30 meet with control teams, discuss days control plan. 7:00 begin hazard reduction. Have mountain ready for public by 8:45. Patrol until sweep. 16:45, fill out paper work, plan for next day. 17:30 go home, eat dinner, fall into coma around 20:00. Repeat as needed.

Day off, get up at 7:00, hope the slackers have mountain open by 9:00. Free ski til 13:00 or so, take rest of day off.
post #19 of 29
Skiing days are vacation days and are therefore a rarity and must be maximized. I typically try to get to the lifts within 10 minutes +/- of when they open and ski to about closing time. Is there anything better than getting the last chair up the mountain? Well, I've never had the first chair so there may be better.

As far as Epic days...

EVERY day is an Epic day. My very first day on skis it was raining. Until a change in the weather that afternoon turned the rain to sleet. HS quads are fun in sleet. Constant falling. Epic day, hooked me on skiing. I always find a way to have fun.

True Epic days. I've only had four powder days in my brief skiing career, but one would be Epic in anyone's vernacular. The groomers were all at least a foot deep, the rest of the mountain knee deep to upper thigh deep, snowing and foggy to keep most of the other tourists away and only an inch or two at the base to keep most of the locals from realizing the goods to be had. Completely empty mountain. The upper mountain had untracked RUNS at the time the lifts were closing. They tried to groom a path down from the top lifts for people stuck up there to use, but an hour later you couldn't find the track.
post #20 of 29
If I'm working, it's first chair to last. If I'm on a ski trip, it depends on the snow condition, powder, and it's first chair(if possible) to as long as my legs will allow.
post #21 of 29
As close to the first chair as possible, and ski till my legs give out, then ski a little more. I've been known to fall into the trap of "20 min til last chair, how many runs can we make".
It also depends on the apres ski options on the slope...I've partied well past dark at the Krazy Kangaroo a number of times, so the last "run" is about 9 pm.

That said, it is a personal rule never to let a hangover delay a day of skiing. I don't care how bad I'm hurting, the cold mountain air will always make things better.

chet
post #22 of 29
My typical ski day, hmmm...

Bleet, Bleet, Bleet, I hit the snooze. Bleet, Bleet, Bleet, I hit the snooze again. Finally I begin to stir, brush the boogers out of my eyes.

After a shower and a quick brushing of the teeth, (I don't plan on kissing anyone up there) I usually do the gear search for about 15 minutes, or so.

The ride up ALWAYS involves a stop off at McDonalds, a Sausage McMuffin(TM) is mandatory. It's really more the coke that accompanies it, but, it all works.

Once arrived at the resort I'm usually still feeling the effects of the night before. Therefore, usually the McMuffin(TM) comes up. Quite a number of resorts have seen the stain of my McMuffin(TM) breakfast. I live on beer and cigarettes, so I'm pretty well used to the barfing thing.

After getting the first puking of the day over I'm usually good to go. I'll ski till 4 or so and call it a day.

If it is Sunday and you find yourself at Solitude, look for me. I'll be the guy puking in the parking lot.

BobMc
post #23 of 29
[img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img] Love it. I reccomend Berocca with panadol on toast for the ultimate ski breakfast.
post #24 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by BobMc:
My typical ski day, hmmm...

Bleet, Bleet, Bleet, I hit the snooze. Bleet, Bleet, Bleet, I hit the snooze again. Finally I begin to stir, brush the boogers out of my eyes.

After a shower and a quick brushing of the teeth, (I don't plan on kissing anyone up there) I usually do the gear search for about 15 minutes, or so.

The ride up ALWAYS involves a stop off at McDonalds, a Sausage McMuffin(TM) is mandatory. It's really more the coke that accompanies it, but, it all works.

Once arrived at the resort I'm usually still feeling the effects of the night before. Therefore, usually the McMuffin(TM) comes up. Quite a number of resorts have seen the stain of my McMuffin(TM) breakfast. I live on beer and cigarettes, so I'm pretty well used to the barfing thing.

After getting the first puking of the day over I'm usually good to go. I'll ski till 4 or so and call it a day.

If it is Sunday and you find yourself at Solitude, look for me. I'll be the guy puking in the parking lot.

BobMc
Seems you've adopted the European approach Bob.........ski, apres ski, apres ski.........and repeat

Not forgetting Pizza and hot wings !!!!!
post #25 of 29
Free skiing- Show up at mountain at 5 pm. Hit on chicks til night chairs open at 6. Ski til 10. Not too much apres ski in East Troy, WI. go home. Sadly, I only get to do some free skiing about 5-6 times/year.

Race Practice- Show up to hill at 6. Run gates til 9. Hang at mcdonald's with team til 11. Go home. School tomorrow.

Races- Get out of school at 3. Get to hill by 4. sit around in lodge listening to Jimmy Buffet til 4. slip course, 4:30. Team meeting at 5. slip course with team, 5:30. racing starts, 6:30. Make two runs in 3 hours, spend rest of time being obnoxious fools. go to mcdonalds at 10. go home at 11. school tomorrow.

Midwest is pretty mundane compared to the west, hey?
post #26 of 29
First comment on the thread is that respondees ought to indicate the context of their skiing life. For instance those locals who live and possibly even work at resorts are going to answer this quite differently from a destination skier that flies out once or just a few times each season. Locals with season passes and the time can ski the choicest times at their convenience. Weekend enthusiasts tend to have a lot of skiing energy built up during their mf 8-5 workweek. They also want to make all the costs worthwhile after paying full day ticket prices. And that is even more the case with destination travelers.

Most seasons I'm usually a weekend skier. As such I tend to ski until I'm pretty beat. When I was younger that was usually the full day but I'm wiser now and know when to pull the plug. Much of the reason I get tired is because I often ski difficult terrain. I can ski steep groomers all day without breathing too hard but just one effort through a long moguled fall line or chute will get me into the oxygen depletion zone by time I reach the bottom. Several such runs in the morning and I have to take a lunch break or my skiing degenerates. I season pass at one of the best resorts for regular powder dumps and on those days stuff some energy food into my coat because I often don't bother to stop for lunch. Powder rarely wears me down much so I don't need that longer lunch break.

Now this season as one of the hi-tech jobless since July (haven't looked for new job at all yet), I plan to enjoy skiing all winter as much as I want. Have done such a few seasons before so know how that usually goes for me. Will probably ski just a couple to few days each week depending on conditions. Will try and work some Saturdays in to ski with working friends and also because that is when the bump skiing is best as the loose snow is mined up. On those days there is no rush to get lots of runs in and I will find ways to socialize about leisurely particularly at lunch. And will interrupt somes days at the resort to go into the backcountry in the afternoons.
-David
post #27 of 29
Depends...if it's during the week and the and the *20cm rule kicks in*...I leave work at about 8:45 (already in my ski garb) I am usually parked within by 8:55...run to my locker, grab my skis and head for the chair...usually making it before 9:00. Head to the top, do a quick warmer upper on something moderate and then head for the steeps. Usually takes the patrol a while before they get everything open, so I hit the fresh pow as it opens. Ski hard until about 12:30 and then head back to work and relax

A weekend or day off I just play it by ear...if it's not a pow day I will usually do a little hiking for lines if conditions permit. Somedays will ski til lifts close, others I knock off early...maybe do some brews and nachos. 90% of my time is off piste unless its one of those really skied out used up snow days, then I will cut loose on the groomers for a little high speed cruising...but that soon gets boring so I usually never put in a full shift when the conditions bite.

*20cm rule- an unwritten by-law in this town which says if it snows 20cm or more you must close your business or leave your place of work and ski...it's tough living in a ski town but someone's gotta do it.
post #28 of 29
My typical ski day is far from what I'd consider my favorite ski day.

A typical ski day means waking up at 7:15, taking a shower, and driving to work. Usually I check my email and voicemail first thing. If I need to do mountain work then I usually try to stay in the office till 10am when it warms up a bit. Then I grab my skis and walk out the front door of the office to the lifts (about 200 yards). Then I navigate to wherever I need to go.. possibly taking a run or two in between. If possible I try to grab lunch on the mountain or a cafeteria and then ski back to the office.

Of course, if it's a powder day then I try to hit the lifts as soon as possible.

(sorry.. couldn't resist)
post #29 of 29
My typical ski day for the past few seasons has been pretty short. Wake up at 10, make breakfast and clean up the mess from the prior night, hit the mountain by noon and ski until 3:30. If it even looked windy/cold outside, I'd probably skip the day or just go for a run or two. The short days were primarily due to how boring Loon Mt. is when you ski it 40 times a year, and the cheapness of the pass ($299 for a pass, so I don't feel bad about going for a short day).

Vacation days I tend to ski from open lifts until 1:00, take a late lunch to avoid the crowds, then ski from 2:00 until close. It is a much different story when I'm skiing somewhere new, and paying $50-$60 a day to do so.
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