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Goodbye Ski season

post #1 of 22
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Well for me personally my season is over. I've put more time in on skis this year then any other, at least 15 days. The local hill to me here in Ohio has closed and the weather is warming up and making me think of my warmer time outdoor pursuits such as whitewater, mtn biking and hiking/backpacking.

The good things from this season:
New skis
Monkeyman jacket by MH
Finding this site
skiing in knee deep fresh stuff at holiday valley
skiing with a great group of friends at snowshoe

Bad things:
realizing that this site annoys the hell out of me sometimes and i should take it less seriously
almost being taken out on green run at snowshoe
slush ski conditions at snowshoe in feb


Funny things:
1) The crash the guy who almost ran me over had. I was skiing on one of the green runs to get from one side of the mtn to the other. My wife and friends were behind me and I was skiing up ahead with another friend. This guy came up behind me not in great control and all I heard was "oh sh!t" and then felt a bump and saw one of his skis between mine. The bump knocked me a little off balance and I planted my ski pole to push off with. He ski'd right into my pole plant and that stopped him in his track and then he yardsaled. My wife said she thought I was done for but then the yardsale was quite humorous. She asked him if he was ok and he grumbled a yes and then she ski'd after me.
2) The number of people who take themselves and their skiing waaaay to seriously on this site and in real life. Lets just have some fun enjoying the hill in our own way.
3) Karma coming back to bite this lady in the butt. At Holiday valley I was off to the side at a trail intersection waiting on my wife and her cousin. There were a group of other people who also pulled up to figure out where they wanted to go. We were all on the left 1/4 to 1/3 of the trail so there was plenty of space to go around from any of the uphill trails. The other group began to start down the hill and as a few of the kids went here came this lady out of control yelling out "careful! be careful!" to everyone in front of her as she careened through them. I yelled out that the downhill skier has the right of way and she turned and flipped me off. Not even 50 yards later down the hill she caught an edge, and ended up with a yardsale that covered a good portion of the slope. I thought long and hard about skiing straight down at her and dusting her with as much snow as I could (not hard considering the 20+ inches of fresh groomed snow available) but I decided she had already gotten her due. I was back on the lift and coming up the hill and still had time to see her yardsale 2 more times on the same slope.

Anyone else?
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
Anyone else?
No. It's mid-march, are you kidding?

post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
The good things from this season:
New skis
Monkeyman jacket by MH
Finding this site
AGREED!!


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Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
Bad things:
realizing that this site annoys the hell out of me sometimes and i should take it less seriously

Funny things:
2) The number of people who take themselves and their skiing waaaay to seriously on this site and in real life. Lets just have some fun enjoying the hill in our own way.
Cool on the first part, but I'm detecting something (yes, I'm brilliant, I know...) with your other comments. Care to go into detail? I mean, it's an internet BB - did you expect something different?
post #4 of 22
No goodbye's coming from me. Still have several weeks left.
post #5 of 22
I've got three more weeks of lift skiing, then at least a month of easy hiking and UT tripping. Bob Peters skiis every month.
post #6 of 22
Quitter!
post #7 of 22
There's 6 more weeks left to my season, I'm not looking ahead of tommorrow sooooo, I'm not reading this entire thread. I think I'll put this on ignore until mid-May. xoxo
post #8 of 22
I have months left of the season. This is only the beginning of the the touring season.
post #9 of 22
I wish there was TRUE BC skiing in MN.
post #10 of 22
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I wish there was TRUE BC skiing in MN.
There is; it's called snowmobiling.
post #11 of 22
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There is; it's called snowmobiling.
I won't even dignify that with a witty retort.
post #12 of 22
Season almost over ?!?!?

I have a friend who lives in Columbus Ohio. His family is going to snowshoe WV. this weekend. Then he/they have three trips out west before the season here ends .... 2 1/2 months from now.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I've had a darn good season. Trips to Seven Springs PA, Snowshoe WV, Holiday Valley NY, and a ton of days at Snowtrails/MadRiver Mtn, the two local hills to me in Ohio. It would be nice to be able to afford multiple trips out west but the finances for that just aren't in the cards. I am headed out west next year, its already budgeted for.
post #14 of 22
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It would be nice to be able to afford multiple trips out west but the finances for that just aren't in the cards.
You aren't alone - we'll be seeing more and more of that I'm afraid. With taxes up and inflation rising each day, my dollar is getting stretched further and further.

post #15 of 22
Headed to Park City tomorrow and snow coming in. Booked for closing weekend in April as well....I have TONS of skiing left.....at least 10 days...cant' wait!
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Hedgelj View Post
I've had a darn good season. Trips to Seven Springs PA, Snowshoe WV, Holiday Valley NY, and a ton of days at Snowtrails/MadRiver Mtn, the two local hills to me in Ohio. It would be nice to be able to afford multiple trips out west but the finances for that just aren't in the cards. I am headed out west next year, its already budgeted for.
If they are actually able to open I may make a run up to Mad River this weekend. I am not sure what they will have left though with the 4-5 inches of rain we got.
post #17 of 22
Huh? A-Basin normally is open until early to mid-June, and the 14ers might be 'open' into July.
post #18 of 22
Just signed up for two july ski camps at Timberline , we don't go easy into that good night here
post #19 of 22
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Well for me personally my season is over...
Go west young man. More specifically to the PNW.
post #20 of 22
My season is done as well... Things in PA look horrible on both sides of the state. I just drove through driving rain and 60 degrees all the way from Albany, NY.

I did finish it nicely with two days at Stowe (my first "real" mountain). Was planning on Sugarbush for the third day but the whole day was incredibly rainy so I gave up. I wanted to stop overnight at placid for trying out whiteface, but got scared by the weather reports.

I guess I'll do my pros and cons:

Pros:
- Got my first season pass and equipment (and access to a car), so I could do the two hour ride to seven springs in midweek whenever I wanted. No more group trips on Saturdays for me.
- Got my first set of skis and first pair of boots. The former were ok, the latter were crap. Everyone in PA is apparently a giant because nobody has a decent selection for the shorter folks.
- Can finally confidently do blues if they're not too icy and if there's enough space to turn.
- Got to demo skis at Stowe. The guys at the demo center were super nice and kept giving me things to try. Most were too high-end for me but gave me a good idea of what I can expect in the future. I loved the vibration dampening mechanism on the Rossy Zeniths.
- Learned that it is possible to find good food at a ski resort. I highly recommend the restaurant on top of Mansfield in Stowe.
- Only three falls the whole season, one of them when got hit from behind.


Cons:
- My abilities: I thought I figured out turning (old style) only to realize I haven't figured out anything (carving). Still can't get both skis to turn at the same time. My fault, but I'm starting ot think my boots may be contributing.
-The more lessons I took, the more I got confused Don't know if it's just seven springs or everywhere, but there needs to be a consistent curriculum. Lots of people take group lessons. It's reasonable to expect consistency in the same school.
- The weather... What else? Maybe three storm systems the whole season, each followed by rain and a week of 50+ to melt it. And no March storm. Earliest close I recall.
post #21 of 22
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- Only three falls the whole season, one of them when got hit from behind.
While it's great to have improved your skills and I applaud you for it, don't guage how good your season is by how many times you fall. Some of the best skiers I've ever seen fall - alot!!

I look at it this way - if I'm skiing out of my comfort zone and trying to improve, falling is just part of the game. If you aren't falling, you aren't skiing!
post #22 of 22
Lateral tibial plateau fracture, on March 8th. I'm done too. :
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