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  1. #21
    The fact that the ski season can be limited by ones geographic location and seasonal climate change is what makes it so apealing to me.

    The thrill of skiing Killington in October or in June has a very strong apeal to me. Stretching the ski season to where it should not be is what makes it fun. Glacier skiing is even more of a high for me, being on perpetual snow and ice that is thousands of years old is a thrill.

    Right now I have a severe longing to be in, on, or around snow, wheras I can go hiking anytime with almost no seasonal limitation.



    I understand the merits of both sports, but this is my 0.2 cents worth on why I love skiing.

    Am I alone with this feeling???
    2016-2017 - 21 Days

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by loafer89
    Am I alone with this feeling???
    Even though I am not as avid a skier as I am a hiker I do still feel that way about skiing.

    It's kind of a reverse Spring Fever... or one could say that abscence makes the heart grow fonder
    Sign, sign everywhere a sign... pointing out the trails, can\'t make up my mind.

  3. #23
    hikers dice and other such hostels are open in the winter for less than $20, so cheap ski lodging is avaiable.
    -Steve
    TheSnowWay.com "Skiing is not a sport, it is a way of life." - Otto Schniebs

  4. #24
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    Hiking allows me the freedom to explore my inner most thoughts during a tranquil walk through the deep woods of the north unencumbered by civilization’s demands, while skiing allows me to explore my untapped potential as I carve and glide through the soft blankets of pristine snow newly fallen on a deserted slope as the morning sun warms my soul.

    Ok, a tad over the top, but you get the picture.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by RJ
    Hiking allows me the freedom to explore my inner most thoughts during a tranquil walk through the deep woods of the north unencumbered by civilization’s demands, while skiing allows me to explore my untapped potential as I carve and glide through the soft blankets of pristine snow newly fallen on a deserted slope as the morning sun warms my soul.

    Ok, a tad over the top, but you get the picture.
    Nah, good stuff
    Sign, sign everywhere a sign... pointing out the trails, can\'t make up my mind.

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    Skiing rocks! Nothing better in my book unless...

    you hike to where you're going to ski!

  7. #27
    Okay so before I send you skiers packing over to the I love skiing boards on this site:

    (two of your own but off topic boards which seem to be filled with post from many people who don't post on the hiking bbs, including a list of banned people)

    Why hiking is better than skiing:

    Sunrise from the top of any mountain, anytime of year, try asking American Ski Company if you can ride the chair at 6:00 AM

    Sunset on any mountain, anytime of year, see if they will let you ride up after hours for a dusk run after the sun goes down, if they have night skiing, ask them to turn off the lights so you can enjoy the colors.

    $40+ per person per day, day defined as open at 8:00, close at 4:00, even if I got 8 hours of sleep a night, this would be 1/2 of the 16 hours left, it's about 40-45% of my day.

    No $ to hike unless I choose to go to BSP (& Don't live in ME - or borrow my friends car) many (but not all) WMNF trailheads until the State jumps on the fee bandwagon) or park at the ADK Loj

    I'll take bugs over lift lines anyday, DEET will cure bug problem, hiking October - early May solves bug problem, hiking in the rain, on windy days above treeline solves bug problem, backcountry skiing seems only cure for lift lines which seems to be hiking with equipment aided glissading after your hike up.

    Lift lines Vs. Crowds on the most popular peaks, Options for skiers - start sking at 6:00 AM, no; ski thru $10 per person hamburger lunch brake - yes; ski later in the day & come down via headlamp no;

    I can hike Mondanock on a Tuesday in December starting at 1:00 PM & see almost no one, I can go on a Wednesday in July starting at 6:30 PM (or 6:00 AM) and see almost no one - & most likely will see no one 1/2 of the trip.

    Colors - hiking, fall colors on leaves, aforementioned sunset, sunrise, green leaves, clear water, white water, blue water, aquamarine - okay you have to travel some for this color, rainbows,

    colors - skiing, white (you get that color winter hiking too) blue sky if lucky, gray if you aren't; all the bright colors on this years Obyermeyer, Descente & TNF gear, hikers only get this years TNF, skiers get black leitards worn on snow bunny's - see I 'm ot all negative about skiing.

    conversation: hiking, you can choose to talk to the people you meet or are hiking with if you want to anytime you want. skiing, hard to carry an indepth conversation while skiing, have to wait until you are back in the lift line or on the lift assuming you want the annoying guy you want to talk about to your SO to hear you as he is also on the quad or tram. or you can stop on hill & talk about him

    stopping; I'm confident I can stop on any trail almost anywhere (to rest, eat, enoy the view,...) & not worry about another hiker rounding the corner or coming over a rock so fast he will collide with me & injury me. Conversely If I come around a corner & find six kids laying out in front of me with one boot (hiking one boarders) I can stop in time easily or go around them easily - even if they are camped out on the trail on the summit like they were on Marcy last Saturday.

    Injuries: True medical help is minutes away from skiers, why is that? Medical help is moments away when you are in a Hospital but miles away in places where people seldom get hurt - supply & demand & perceived liability. When hikers do get hurt you can't slide them down a rocky trail & the injuries are usaully more life threatening (or it's body recovery not rescue) but many of those accidents are the result of your decisions & planning. I decide when to turn around, when the weather is too bad, what I pack. (Track record is pretty good so far - knock knock)If a novice skier loses control & runs me over, I don't have control of that. (from my few times skiing it was my lack of control that was at issue & fear that a knee injury would cost me six months of hiking & volleyball & playing with my kids - luckily my desk job would not have been impacted, it's wheelchair accessible)

    Satisfaction on your accomplishment: I rode a chair 10 times to almost the top of a mountain with 900 other people (Sugarloaf may be easiest to get to summit, Killington, Cannon, Sugarbush (Ellen) & Wildcat (D) require a short walk to the summit, (Whiteface & Washinton considerably more to the highest mountains with lift/train service) & let my balance, a slipperly surface & slipperly thing(s) on my feet with gravity return me to the bottom & I only went indoors to pee 3X & inside to warm up twice. I'm going to go to another mountain tomorrow & do it again after getting a loan.

    Or: I'm one of only a few hundred people to get up & down 48, 67, 115 - is a number really important - this/these mountains in the winter, in all seasons in every month to have done this alone or with a couple fo friends for support.

    Afterwards you feel really connected (or you experienced) to something bigger than yourself, the mounatin, the woods, etc... DO you feel connected to the artifical environment of lift, groomed trail & lodge?

    Apres' Ski? I guess I'm old & responsible now, I don't really get excited about the thought of a big hangover in the morning, I did enough of that from 15 - 30, it was more fun when I was underage (18 then) a beer or two after hiking/skiing/a volleyball tournament etc is always nice but I don't get giddy & excited about the end of a hike or tournament so I can go drinking, not anymore. Pizza & a beer or two, that sounds good anytime

    Okay skiers, flame on
    Happy Trails, be safe & Good Luck
    Mike P.

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    Yeah but when skiing, you get to go fast!!!

    (There, I took a well-written argument which probably took 30 minutes to type and destroyed it in 9 words.)

  9. #29
    If your a good skier you get to pay someone to allow you go fast, wait in line, go up slow, go down fast, repeat....
    (I never got fast, I got to look I'm gaining speed, fall )

    You can drive your car on the Garden State Parkway & do to exactly the same thing even faster; go fast, wait in line, go slow thru E-Z Pass, go fast to next toll booth, repeat.

    It also comes with people to patrol the play area to make sure we all behave. I get to even change clothes or talk on my cell, eat, etc., while going fast so I can leave work in pants & arrive at the beach in my suit. (or if I go hiking after work I can be dressed to hike & fed wearing boots before I reach the trailhead I just need to avoid those patrol people, passing high SUV's - they don't pass me - & trucks so no one gets a free show.

    While a motorcyclist can't change clothes while driving, he gets more of a speed rush while riding, IMO

    Skydivers race car drivers, bungee jumpers, all would say you skiers are still going slow. Heck the biggest rollercoaters & other rides at an amusement park will reach speeds that only the best downhill racers can match so only Tommy Moe & company should be able to use the I get to go fast argument. Same with luge, skelton & Bobsledders & jet skis are not far behind those.
    Happy Trails, be safe & Good Luck
    Mike P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P.
    (I never got fast, I got to look I'm gaining speed, fall :( )
    Ahhh.. the truth comes out.. This, of course, explains everything.
    (:

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