Originally Posted by dustyfog
Some of you from what I read snofun, hight are going to keep skiing all over right into the end of April through to May, others continuing onto New Zealand etc. I have to figure out how you do this? What are your professions - ski professionals or something else..share the knowledge wealth, i need to figure out how to achieve a similar ski routine year-round AND afford it!
NY is being hammered with drizzle and rain coming this weekend. Promised to take son and his cousin, who he wants to teach skiing this weekend, fingers crossed, some southern mountains may close if rain gets heavy! Regrettably, got ski suits etc for his cousin, brand new and all that.
I doubt most of those who ski into May are "ski professionals"!
Things that helps:
1) live in the right place: if you live in the Rockies or west coast mountains, no problem, no extra expense
2) frequent fliers: Some use mile-point credit cards, others have business travel. either way, fly for free or score cheap air fare, to get to the above location where the locals enjoy for free.
3) time: If you can manage with cheap or free flights, time is on your side already. Take a day off on Friday and fly red eye, you'll get 3 days of skiing in Snowbird in May!
4) planning: I plan my vacation time at the beginning of the winter. I usually "budget" some days for April (I don't do much skiing in May, haven't had too good luck with May conditions) that involves traveling from the east coast to the western mountains. By that time of the year, east coast skiing is often marginal but condition at Rockies/Sierra are still prime!
5) money: stay local during the "main" winter season. Season pass, discount tickets, pack lunch, whatever. Make the most bang-for-buck by travelling to the snow to extend the season
Of course, some would say the ultimate planning for achieving the ultimate long season is to move to the snow country and still make a decent living there. Then you can ski to your heart's content.
But that's not me. (I don't want year long skiing, I need time to bike!)