You know which ones!
(I figure this goes here as well as anywhere else...)
Or, they're just gapers who think they're having fun.
Seriously, I love that video. I have it on my iPod and probably watch it several times a week.
I have never skied outside of New England. Somehow, that western ski trip always stayed in that "someday" category. I can't tell you how many times my best ski buddy and I, over many a post-ski beer at many a ski lodge, have hatched plans for that epic ski trip out west. Because of mortgages, jobs, kids, college tuition, it was always "well probably not next year... but definitely the year after that".
Near the end of last season, watching a beautiful sunset from Saddleback's Swig-N-Smelt Pub, we were reflecting on an absolutely glorious day of skiing. Bluebird skies, soft snow, and a total of maybe 40 other skiers on the mountain. "It just doesn't get any better than this".
But, of course we knew it does. So, in our typical fashion, we formulated our plans for our "February 2010" trip. By the 5th PBR tallboy, we had it planned to the last detail.
A few weeks later, I saw that video for the first time, and it struck a note in me. I knew I had to go to Alta...and I knew I wasn't going to wait 2 years to do it. I immediately fired of an e-mail to my buddy with a link to that video, and a message: "Screw the 'year after next' February 2009. You in?"
Well, with 3 kids in college, he said there was no way he could swing it for at least a couple of years. I've got a kid in college myself, another who soon will be So, yeah, there are probably more "important" things I should be saving for, as well.
I watched that video again, and suddenly realized the most important "saving" I needed to do.
I immediately booked myself a flight as well as 7 nights in a Peruvian dorm bed. I told my (nonskiing) wife about my plan. "You're going alone?!?! I thought you guys were planning to go in 2 years"
"My priorities changed"
"Yes. You don't deserve to be married to a miserable old bastard, which I slowly feel myself becoming. I can't do much about the "old" part, so I decided to focus on the "miserable" part. This is something I need to do"
So, sometime in the last week of February, 2009, I'll be standing at the top of a slope, getting ready to take my first Alta run. Trying hard not to appear the gaper I am, I'll be wearing modern ski clothing and gear. But, on the inside, I'll be wearing skinny skis, rear-entry boots... and, yes, THOSE pants.
And, just before pointing my skis down the hill, I'll hit the "play" button on my IPod. "Wash away my troubles...."