Ski season regrets/thankfulness
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Roger Z
May 20, 2008
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
Uh-oh, almost no posts in a day, are we hitting the beginning of the summer doldrums?

Okay, another topic, and while granted I'm not as good at this as Jimmy is, here goes. Thinking back on the last ski season, what is your biggest regret? What is the thing you are most thankful you were able to do? You can answer both, or either, or just talk about the merits of public transit versus SUVs (just kidding!).

My biggest regret- barely hit any moguls at all this year, except for some early season stuff at Breck. Also, I regret not going on the family ski trip for something at work, turns out that I did nothing at work AND missed the annual ski trip for the first time ever, which was infuriating.

On the plus side, I tried snowcat powder skiing for the first time this winter with some fat skis, and that was an absolute blast, I'm thankful for a good snow year in CO and that opportunity to try out a new place.

And looking forward to next year- a long weekend trip in March to Monarch, Colorado is a virtual certainty. I'll be looking for fellow compatriots on the journey- JohnL knows the drill: find a cabin in the middle of nowhere, ski, repeat.
May 20, 2008
Member since 12/19/2002 🔗
998 posts
I am thankful for to Logan and having a sweet little mtn 30 minutes away. And regret that I got hurt too much this season.
Scott - DCSki Editor
May 20, 2008
Member since 10/10/1999 🔗
1,251 posts
My biggest regret from the last season is that I didn't get to ski at all -- first time in over 15 years. The thing I'm most thankful for is that I'll live to ski another day.
JimK - DCSki Columnist
May 21, 2008
Member since 01/14/2004 🔗
2,980 posts
I had a fine ski season with lots of great friendship & family time on the slopes, highlighted by memorable ski trip to Quebec City area.
Thanks go to Scott. Any ills he suffered this winter were totally transparent on DCSki, which continued to run without missing a beat.
May 21, 2008
Member since 03/14/2005 🔗
893 posts
I guess the regrets are what you could of done but didn't...there are lots of lines especially in the backcountry that I didn't get around to hittting because of conditions, avy dangers, or fear...but those are the lines that keep me going in the summer...thinking man I can't wait to get back and rip up line next winter or I'm going to get some fitness in this summer so I can skin more laps in a day and get all I want in...I like to think of it as motivation and not regret...

but more than anything I am thankful for being able to devote my winters to riding for the last decade and being able to ride with good friends and make new ones who share my love for POW...I am thankful for be able to go out and chase the dream...



I AM THANKFUL FOR DEEP POW! (and my buddy for capturing this sequence on camera so I can relive it all summer long!)

oldensign - DCSki Columnist
May 21, 2008
Member since 02/27/2007 🔗
499 posts
Regrets - cancelling a trip to Boyne and Granite Peak due to buissness reasons...make that BS reasons work should not get in the way of skiing.

Thankful for skiing little Pando and huge Vail all in one year.
May 21, 2008
Member since 01/18/2005 🔗
2,067 posts
Regrets....where do I start??? I guess letting the Mrs talk me out of going out west for a couple of weeks in search of pow. NEXT YEAR FOR SURE.
May 21, 2008
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
My biggest regret is not even hitting up any black or double black diamonds this year. I only went snowboarding twice, once at bryce and once at Whitetail. Both times were with friends that either couldn't handle the more difficult, or the more difficult wasn't open. I don't think any of the Bowl area at Wisp was even open this past winter.
May 21, 2008
Member since 09/13/2004 🔗
618 posts
The thing I'm most thankful for is that I turned my daughter into a skier this year.

My biggest regret is that for the first time since I've picked up a snowboard I'm not a better snowboarder in May than I was back in November.

Close behind and definitely related to the first regret, I regret I was only on the snow 3 days.

I also regret that I have a bad tendency of running of my ski partners. They don't just quit hanging out with me, they move...several states away. Vermont (twice), Kansas and Florida in the span of just 6 years. I'm starting to develop a complex.
May 21, 2008
Member since 01/17/2005 🔗
333 posts
Thankful - 2 days of PAs finest skiing and boarding at ELK (great resort) and Sno (don't know the special font symbol for the two dots above the "o" ;\) ). Trip with the two 5th graders with a two night stay at Days Inn. "Dad, this is the greatest hotel."

Regret and Thankful at the same time - missed trip out west (regret) due to family members major/minor surgery (thankful it went great).
Roger Z
May 21, 2008
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
Murphy, dude, these "chasing aways" are great for you. TWO buddies in Vermont now, ONE in Kansas? Okay, Kansas may not be the ski mecca of the United States... come to think of it, it isn't even the ski mecca of Oklahoma... but I'm out here scouting out all these great small hills in CO. Monarch this March! Tell your wife you've got a business trip that you have to take your daughter on, wear SPF 50 to cover up the sun tan and you'll be fine!
May 22, 2008
Member since 03/5/2004 🔗
2,650 posts
Yup Murphy now your excuse for hitting the slopes is spending more quality time with your daughter; how can a good mother object?

My season was pretty balanced. Regret not getting to ski with some friends that i look forward to skiing with but i got to ski with a couple that i hadn't for a few seasons and with some new friends.

Regret getting a late start on the season, December 15 but thankful to ski closing days at Timberline April 6 and Stowe April 20.

Didn't make much progress with my tele turns but thankful i got more days paratelelelling than many people got in this season.... regret not starting to learn to ski uphill, regret not skiing Ripcord.....
May 22, 2008
Member since 01/8/2005 🔗
1,318 posts
This is the first time in many years that I ended the ski season with no regrets. In fact, I am still getting a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about all that powder I skied at Alta in early April. So, I think the trick for me is to overdose on good skiing during the season (no matter the expense or effort), and try to ski so much that I am almost sick of it. That translates into good vibes in the post season.

Interestingly, the only reason I went ape-[censored] on Alta this year is because the local season/weather sucked so bad that it sent me into panic mode. I went from lamenting local conditions and looking at a mediocre season to making three wonderful trips to Alta and expanding my horizons quite a bit. Sometimes I need a fire lit under my butt to get moving.
May 23, 2008
Member since 12/19/2007 🔗
404 posts
Thankfulness -

We were healthy and lucky enough to ski almost every weekend this winter...and for novice skiers practice made translated into being ready for our first trip out west where we easily handled the terrain at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain.

The Colonel's advice on skiing destinations and Ibotta's advice on yellow lenses in flat light.

Regrets -

A canceled business trip resulted in a missed opportunity to ski in Austria and Bulgaria.

4 trips to Pittsburgh from Richmond with a carload of non-skiers having to drive past multiple ski resorts each time.

Standing in Ellicotville, NY looking at the closed slopes of Holiday Valley covered with snow in midweek near seasons end...another business trip opportunity lost.

Ski and Tell

Snowcat got your tongue?

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