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Are you a "gypsy" or a "sedentary" ?

post #1 of 7
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Time and again I ask myself this same question...

Let me explain, since starting to ski, a loong time ago, for day trips, me and my family have always roamed the various ski resort of the Italian Alps (and places in Switzerland like the Engadin Valley) that could be reached with a 2-3 hrs travel (either bus or car)

This allowed us to get to know different resorts and see lots of places. And, to some extent, was keeping "boredom" away.

But this had a series of drawbacks, amongst which our knowledge of the areas was limited to, forcefully if we were skiing "alone" (e.g. without mountain guides), to the signed trails and to a little bit of sidecountry. The other is that we were compelled to leave our village early and come back late, and this in turn meant for the major part day trips only (with the occasional week end and the traditional weekly skiing holyday, in mid winter).

Not only, another aspect that we were missing was what I would call "socialize", that is, get to know locals and become one.

an aspect not to underrate...


On the other hand, choosing to go to ski (and maybe rent a flat for the season or buy it) year after year, season after season, to the same mountain was allowing to expand from the marked trails to the whole mountain, get to know other people, and thus more opportunities. But it could become boring, after a while, or not?


In late years, while still a bit of a gypsy, I've chosen to go to ski for the most part to the same mountain, and so it has happened that now I can recognize who is local at that mountain, and who's not.

I have started to expand ,as said, from "marked" trails mostly, to "whole mountain" (whenever possible), this also thanks to the friends I've made there.


So, when you think of it, who are you? A "gypsy", or a sedentary? Of course no one is completely one or the other...

Which other aspect of this have you thought of?



post #2 of 7

Ah, the nomadic life. Up at dawn, consulting trail maps on the lift, booting up in the parking lot. I miss it. I do. Seriously. I'm too soft and rooted to do it now, though.

post #3 of 7



I love exploring diffferent mountains.  Even when I was a ski bum I would ski the other areas in the region on my days off.  Of course I also love getting to know a mountain well, finding and exploiting the secret staches and tree runs...the hidden traverse that takes you to an unskied line... 


I try to ski at least 1 new mountan every season and there are certain mountains that I go back to time and time again.

post #4 of 7

I'm mostly sedentary, but not by choice.  Two problems arise for me, one is that I don't have a bunch of cash that would enable me to go on week long or longer trips, and the other is a schedule that keeps me close to home.  I buy two season passes and spend the lion's share of my time at those two ski areas with a short trip or two to resorts in the local region.  I don't seem to get bored, though.  I have no complaints.

post #5 of 7

I have moved to Tahoe, I was 54 when I did. I am here and go nowhere else to ski. I like knowing people. I enjoy knowing the mountain. The mountain is so big, complex, and challenging that in skiing here over 40 years, I have not skied every line yet, not even close, so no boredom. The mountain has every exposure to ski, so as the weather changes, the runs change.


Live at a very large mountain is the compromise between skier modes you define; the mountain is always new, never dull, you are always growing and being challenged.


And as my story goes, the mountain saved my life, so I'm loyal to the end.

post #6 of 7

Interesting topic.


I'm fortunate to be in a position where I've been a fairly widely traveled gypsy in recent years. There are some downsides to that mode of operation and not just the expense.  Since January 2008 I have skied at ~34 different ski areas in the US and Canada.  It's been fun, but a number of the places I skied were for just one day.  Some of the ski areas were so large and so good it was an absolute sin to visit them for only one day.  I definitely enjoy skiing a large, new place for at least two consecutive days to get more enjoyment out of the layout and maximize time on slope. Family members have accompanied me on many of the ski outings affording a nice overview of different ski areas for possibly longer returns in the future.


When I was a teenager and young adult I enjoyed the "sedentary" mode and skied frequently and almost exclusively at one ski area for more than a decade.  I had a season pass and access to my parents vacation cabin at Blue Knob, PA.  Even though it's relatively small  and in a less favorable geographic location I did not get bored there.  I loved that mode and have always aspired to something similar at a larger mountain when I retire in three or four years.


Latest example of skiing nomad mode:  http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=61449

post #7 of 7

I'm definitely a gypsi, though that's largely because I'm not a dedicated skier. ;-) But a "tourist on ski" rather. :(


To me, skiing is a "mode of travel", to see sights I otherwise don't get to see from a car or in the summer. So that neccesitate I go to different places after a while. The changing of the light and the condition can keep my interest only for so long before I have to move on. That, is also a bit of my life. I do get bored no matter how good anything is.


Granted, it gets tiresome with too much traveling. So I try to balance between going some place new vs going some place I'm familiar with but not bored with. My solution for the most part is not go to the same place too often to be completely familiar with it. That keeps it fresh, yet not alien.

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