hmm....I'd have to give this season a 7
SO MUCH FUN!!
Skiied new terrain and new mountains
I skiied hard and made some improvements in my skiing that will only get better next year
Should have had more days on the hill...
Belatedly getting back to this ...
One thing I didn't mention was I was in better shape this year than ever before, so I was skiing better and had a lot more stamina, e.g. to climb to Little Headwall on Mt Wash and then charge hard all afternoon at Black. All that local skinning sure didn't hurt.
I should add two factors that cancel each other out:
- my sons continue not only improving in form and confidence but being scared by less and less. Last year the younger boy (then just 9) persuaded me (not the other way around) to ski Upper Magician and Red Line at Magic on a perfect day for that; this year they both (older boy now 13) did Fall Line as well as numerous other serious blacks at MRG, and we might well have done Paradise if it had been open that day (as noted, on a subsequent visit I did make my first descent of that trail).
- did not get my wife on downhill skis all season. She had a bad experience as a kid and has yet to overcome her fear of losing control on skis despite a few tries (lessons) in recent years. We did have some fun on xc skis though and she also got into snowshoeing, so I'm hoping we'll still get there someday.
I keep trying to do a season wrap up and keep forgetting about it.
Overall, 6.5-7.5. After a death in the family at the end of December, I had a hard time figuring out how to have fun. Many days, I simply "forced" myself to just go make some turns. I had a good trip to Stowe in January that delivered me 6"+ inches of fresh 4 out of 6 days. I didn't get much use out of the GoPro as I had hoped, maybe next season. Ended the season at the end of March at Hunter again. Picked up a bunch of new gear in the off-season so far. I'll be looking forward to my 1st turns of '11-'12 for sure.
hear you on the knee thing. mine are awful and always hurt after skiing. still swollen from sunday right now. not sure how you ski, but i've changed alot in the last 10 years. I dont get air anymore, it just isnt worth the risk. i still ski alot of moguls but i dont charge very hard, especially if conditions are firm and the biggest thing i try to avoid is groomed out hardpack. the chatter is worse then anything on my knees. I'm 40 and have been dealing with this for a long time. There are days it doesnt seem worth it, but i figure there's always snowboarding if the knees truly give out.
First year out west. I am confident I will hit my goal of skis days (60) that I set early on. I get to ski almost every day with my best friend along with testing new gear almost every day. I can comfortably say I am "living the dream"
Click. Point. Chute.Days 12-13: 37
Days 11-12: 58 ...and done.
Days 10-11: 66
Days 07-10: 44 (average)
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