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How special is your last run of the season?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

My last trip of the season is coming up in a few weeks, and I was wondering what goes through your mind as you make your last run of the season. For me, it's ususally, "is there still time for just one more?"

post #2 of 18

Usually something like "This has been a d*mn good season but next year's gonna be even better and I can't wait!"  Or something like "Where's my beer?"

post #3 of 18

When I'm at Mary Jane my day traditionally ends with the same run.  Most years that's where my season ends so it's become the traditional last run of the season.  But yeah, I think about it.  I usually ski on the same day that I drive 600+ miles so I'll be skiing Trestle for the fifteenth day in a row and two hours later I'll be out of the mountains for another nine months or so.  It gets me a bit emotional.

 

Year before last I was on that last day mission, riding up the Olympia with enough time to do Frenchman then up the Super Gauge and down Trestle before I met my wife at the appointed time.  The chair had a different idea as it stopped for about 25 minutes.  Tradition was broken and Frenchman was bombed for the last run of the season.

post #4 of 18

Last day of the year was my first father and son ski trip with my 6 year old.  I skied by the bunny hill to check onhim and his ski wee class.  He was plowing down, waddling around to get on the carpet, riding up, then plowing down again while the "instrudtors" were fully devoted to picking up the ski wee carnage all over the place.  I got a little too close and he saw me and called out as I was heading towards the lift corral.  I cut over to talk to him and he said "daddy I really like skiing but I'm really tired and I ant to go home now ".  I asked if he was sure and begged him to go take a run or two with me before we call it a day.  He said "not today, I'm ready to go home".  So that was it, we went home and started talking about next year.  I can't wait!

 

All in all, seeing him really ski on his own (even on the bunny hill) was pretty darned special.


Edited by crgildart - 4/13/2009 at 07:29 pm GMT
post #5 of 18

Last year and this year my last run(s) were quite different, last year a blue bird day, this year a powder day, yet they both held the same feeling of embracing the moment.  Both years, I didn't want the run to end.....

 

Sometimes its the weather that makes it, and sometimes its the company sharing the slopes with you.

I was blessed with great companionship for my last run two years in a row.   What an incredible way to end the season on a good note. 

 

Ahhhhhhhhh


Edited by Trekchick - 4/13/2009 at 07:49 pm GMT
post #6 of 18

The day is nearing…

 

I measure and paint to memory the last run of the season being that run which will be repeated in my mind many times until the first run of the new season.  If it’s not satisfactory, if it’s not the best I can produce, it is done over until I’m confident it’s a stone cold lock.  Regardless of skiing last day with my wife and/or friends, I will separate at some point from everyone to get it done.

 

My minds voice uses only a few words in this last run process as I’m attempting to incorporate all the positive movements learned that season…No [do it over] or YES [head on in]. 

 

[Season ends on wife’s Maybday]


Edited by DonDenver - 4/14/2009 at 12:49 am GMT
post #7 of 18

What I thought was my last run this year wasn't actually my last run. At 4:59, I still needed a good 1k-1.5k vertical down the bumps on The Face at Val D'Isere. But I got down at 5:04, I quickly jumped into the station after asking if the gondola was still open, and hopped in the very first gondola I could get. No one in it, no one in the 2 in front of me, and they were also closing the station. So the last person going up the mountain that day, the only person skiing The Face (which is extremely rare as it's one of the most popular runs in the resort), and the last run of the season at 5:04, 4 minutes after the mountain was supposed to close. That was one special run to end the season.

post #8 of 18

My Last few ski days always end up finishing here in flat tame Minnesota....typically its about 10-25 of us who always get up right away and catch the first few chairs up on saturday and sunday...we always seem to end it on a weekend. This year we called it quits at 3:00 PM. I had been skiing for six hours on my salolm skis. It seems that I always end my season on a set of race skis.....till I am far too sore to want to attempt another run......then we sit back and BS over a beer. Good memories......and now the countdown for next year begins.....argh.

post #9 of 18

I'm pretty sure I haven't taken my last run yet because we still have almost full coverage on the slopes. But I know what you mean, my last run of the day yesterday was one of the best runs of the year.

There is something about that last run that makes you saver each turn from beginning engagement to ending flourish and pole plant.

Well hopefully I'll have one more weekend to enjoy before I have to put it all away for the year.

   regards, art

post #10 of 18

I didn't look at it like a last run of the season, but a last run at my home area.

This year, not a lot of people showed up and in VT it was freakin' cold that day. Snow was mostly firm, skiing on closed trails was terrible because it was refrozen slush from Saturday and ungroomed.

All in all, day before close was better.

Hell, what did I do?

I called Trekchick on the last run. Hey, at least I was on snow, she was at a desk.

post #11 of 18

I actually have never acknowledged it. Too depressing. ABasin is always open later than I end up skiing, so there is always the possibility in my head that I'll go again ... and you never know, I could always take the skis and hike up somewhere ...

post #12 of 18

Funny, last year I had quite a few "last runs, my season kept getting extended. I don't think it will be the case this year. A-Basin  will be the end for me. I will think more about it when it gets closer. 

post #13 of 18

 

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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

I didn't look at it like a last run of the season, but a last run at my home area.

This year, not a lot of people showed up and in VT it was freakin' cold that day. Snow was mostly firm, skiing on closed trails was terrible because it was refrozen slush from Saturday and ungroomed.

All in all, day before close was better.

Hell, what did I do?

I called Trekchick on the last run. Hey, at least I was on snow, she was at a desk.

That was you!?

post #14 of 18

I don't ever "call" a last run in realtime because I never know when another ski opportunity will pop up. Not ready to call the season done.

post #15 of 18

For me, it's usually pretty special because it's always been a bc climb/skin deal.  I don't always know that it's the last one of the season though.  

 

I think this was last year's:

 


post #16 of 18

Nothing special. Same for all the years I can recall. Different trials, same nothing special'ness.

 

This year, assuming (a good assumption) I don't ski any more, the last run was just going from one side of the mountain to the other trying to avoid any section that's too flat, and running down to the bottom in heavy slush.

 

Probably quite a lot of my seasons ends in slush... I actually like them enough. But I wouldn't say I find that specially memorable.

post #17 of 18

The last run of the year comes on December 31st.  The rest of the year I keep skiing.  Every month, every year so there is never a last run of the year!

post #18 of 18

My season often ends with a multi-day excursion to Tuckerman Ravine.  That means that my last run of the seasons is typically down the Sherbie, so I would guess that I spend most of it thinking about how difficult bumps can become when skiing them with legs dead from three days of hiking and skiing steeps.  Oh yea, and the 60+ pound pack doesn't help much either!  ;) 

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