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Starting to feel sad as it slips away...

post #1 of 11
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Just wondering if others are feeling the same.  Ski season (along with my wife and child) is one of the great joys of my life.  I look forward to it like a kid anticipating x-mas.  I hate March b/c it means the end is drawing near.  I know some of you lucky ones here ski 80 days a year and are catching early may storms in the mountains...I'm jealous of that.  I currently live in the East and have to take an airplane to my POW.  The arrival of April, generally means the end for me until next winter.  I have been going to summer ski camps in recent years--which helps a lot...but the season is so darn short!  

 

I'm working on a longer plan to live closer to the mountains but I have to be strategic.  I have a great job and want to get my kid through college so I can just pull up stakes unless I can find the right gig out West.  As it is, I'll end up with about 30 days this year...not bad for a desk jockey...but not nearly enough!

post #2 of 11

30 days is damned good for a desk jockey, so good on ya!

 

Don't get too bummed...pass the warmer months away biking and hiking, and skiing will be back before you know it! And if it gets too hot in August (as it is wont to do in the East), convince your wife to take the family on a trip south of the Equator for some summer skiing

post #3 of 11

I'm only getting in a half season so it feels really weird to see all the snow melting already out here.  A big part of that is also the poor snow season Colorado is having, but I'm still trying to get up there every day I can until there aren't any mountains left open.  Most seasons I was usually packing it in around early May, but I'm hoping to get to at least Memorial day this season.

post #4 of 11

Yes, it's slipping away fast! We got back from Colorado on Tuesday and it was quite springlike around here. BUT, I'm ready to go mountain biking (I'm sort of a newbie) and as I ride with a bunch of my ski buddies it's kind of an extension of ski season.Stiil seems to end too soon, and we started early this year..................

post #5 of 11

I don't feel depressed by March. I went skiing today and it was possibly the best day of the season so far, lots of bright sun, nice dry corn snow, temperatures in the mid 30's. I used to, when I was younger particularly, look forward to Spring especially because it meant Tuckerman's Ravine and Mt Washington. Another two months at least of great skiing!

post #6 of 11

Yes, I'm starting to feel depressed about the end of the ski season in the East.  Despite the fact that the last two times I skied we had absolutely perfect weather and beautiful spring conditions, at the end of each day I found myself grabbing a beer and toasting to "a great season," as if it were already over.

 

STE

post #7 of 11

Hey, spring is great.  Corn snow is hero time, everyone looks better in the corn.  But summer follows and while there is still skiing you really have to earn it or fly a long way.  But summer also bring time to climb and bike.  Both of which just get us ready for more skiing next year! 

 

I never like to see the snow melt, I always start watching for snow to fly in mid-summer but I like the change too

post #8 of 11

I run through the same emotions this time of year.  Living here in the midwest I have to drive between a hundred to two hundred miles to get to ski.  My hill is closing this weekend.  I went up there yesterday for one last hurrah.  I usually ski with my 12 year old daughter and the times spent with her are priceless.  Last weekend when  I left I was really depressed until I got closer to home and saw a lot of road bicycle riders out (which I do in the warmer months) so I felt better about looking forward to another chapter.  It looks like I'll be getting about 24 to 25 days in this year.

 

 

post #9 of 11

 I get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). But it kicks in around April 1st as the days get longer, not October 1st as they get shorter. I hear that they have a cure for this in Chile. Wouldn't it be fun to find it? Do you think Anthem would pay for the cost of this therapy?

D1

post #10 of 11

Ha, I moved out to SLC this year to fight SAD, and guess what? The economy tanked to hell and I had to go back to the East Coast for two months, missing all of January and February. (The fact that it's been a crappy season is very little consolation).

 

Now it's 70 in Salt Lake Valley, and about 45 at the top of Rustler, and it hasn't snowed in two weeks. Arrrgghh!

 

I have a pass to Snowbird and a lease that expires on May 31st. Maybe I can get 30-40 good days in before it's all over?

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Ha, I moved out to SLC this year to fight SAD, and guess what? The economy tanked to hell and I had to go back to the East Coast for two months, missing all of January and February. (The fact that it's been a crappy season is very little consolation).

 

Now it's 70 in Salt Lake Valley, and about 45 at the top of Rustler, and it hasn't snowed in two weeks. Arrrgghh!

 

I have a pass to Snowbird and a lease that expires on May 31st. Maybe I can get 30-40 good days in before it's all over?

notsosmart, left my beloved state of Maine early this month for "the greatest snow on earth," according to the Utah license plates. Notsomuch, as you might say. First two days at Deer Valley reminded me a lot of Maine hardpacked. Have to say that the last three days, when the temps hit in the high 40's, the snow was a soft magic carpet ride. Gave me the confidence to get into the Daly Chutes which turned out to be the best and most intense skiing experience of my skiing life.

We got great spring conditions in Maine. Will have skiing into early May unless we get rained out. Still into the teens and twenties at night and thirties during the day. Tomorrow to Saddleback and Wed to the Loaf for $29 tix. Last day there last year was May 3rd. Pond skimmin' in 70 degree weather. Had to go in the lodge mid day because it was too hot. Scantily clad ladies, corn snow, the smell of pine. Screw SAD and "the greatest snow on earth." Give me "vacationland" (god I hate that - how about "wicked good spring skiin'").
 

D1

 

By the way, sorry to hear that your plans did not work out. Funny how life works out sometimes. One trail closed and another opens....or hit the woods.


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